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27 September 2016

SRSLY #61: Autumn TV preview / Victoria / The Year of Magical Thinking

On the pop culture podcast this week: we look ahead to the exciting new TV shows coming out in the rest of the year, watch ITV's new period drama Victoria and read Joan Didion's grief memoir The Year of Magical Thinking.

By Caroline Crampton

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The Autumn TV preview

The shows we mentioned were:

Atlanta, Insecure, Queen Sugar, Gilmore Girls, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective AgencyBlack Mirror, Crisis in Six Scenes.

The episode of Another Round with Ava DuVernay.


A clip from the show.

A piece on whether Victoria is the new Downton Abbey.

For next time

Caroline is watching The Bletchley Circle.

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See you next week!

PS If you missed #60, check it out here.