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SRSLY #37: Doctor Thorne, Female Friendship and Alt-J

This week, we chat ITV's Doctor Thorne, Female Friendship Week on the New Statesman website, and the debut album from British band Alt-J.

By Caroline Crampton

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The Links

(03:30) Doctor Thorne

The whole series on

The Guardian’s review: “the pug was the best character by a country mile”


(13:40) Female Friendship Week

Anna’s piece, co-written by her best friend

Caroline’s piece on a friendship lost

All the pieces from Female Friendship Week


(27:10) An Awesome Wave

Listen on Spotify

Laura Snapes’ Pitchfork review.


The music used this week was:

Money – The Flying Lizards
Bros – Wolf Alice
The Ripe and Ruin – Alt-J
Matilda – Alt-J


Next week:

Anna is reading Lev Grossman’s The Magicians.

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See you next week!

PS If you missed #36, check it out here.