Emilia Clarke: I didnt want people to think of me as sick’

As she stars in this years Christmas feelgood movie, Emilia Clarke talks about the intense scrutiny of Game of Thrones, how she coped with the brain haemorrhage that almost killed her and why we all need to escape reality sometimes Emilia Clarke had a headache. It was 2011, just before Valentines Day and just after shed wrapped on the first series of Game of Thrones, playing Daenerys Targaryen, Breaker of Chains, Mother of Dragons. She didnt yet know, as she crawled into the locker room of her local gym in north London and vomited bile into the toilet, that Game of Thrones would run for seven further seasons, break Emmy-award records for most wins for a scripted television series and …

Why Mrs Fletcher is the most underrated show on TV right now

The HBO limited series starring Kathryn Hahn provides a fascinating commentary on sex, online porn and existential uncertainty Mrs Fletcher is not a show likely to inspire a rabid fanbase. The HBO miniseries, based on the 2017 Tom Perrotta novel of the same name, is a small show, in the vein of Ramy, Shrill or Fleabag: half-hour series whose worlds revolve around one deep, rich well of a character surrounded by a knockout supporting cast. But where, say, Shrill rocket-launches one millennial womans self-acceptance (and writing career) and Fleabag shatters, well, everything, Mrs Fletcher is decidedly more understated, indecisive, moody. Its namesake, Eve Fletcher (Kathryn Hahn), is a mid-40s single mother in suburbia whose attempts to bond with and discipline …

Dollface review slick but skin-deep female friendship comedy

A new sitcom about re-entering the world of female friendship after a long relationship has some strong ideas, but is limited in heart The breakup underlying Dollface, a new half-hour comedy from Hulu, seems implausibly cold and abrupt. One minute, Jules (Kat Dennings, now free of Two Broke Girls) is having lunch with her boyfriend; the next, despite the fact that, as she says, theyve spent every day for the past half-decade together, he doesnt love her any more. Then again, very little of Dollface at the outset makes sense; Jules is promptly picked up by a bus driver with the head of a cat and, in a dream sequence that regenerates each episode, the crazy cat lady visualizes Juless …

Little Mermaid Live!: Disneys Horniest Musical Is Messy TV

Can Disneys horniest actual TV anymore, the last remaining hope is reverting to, ironically, one of the most reliable ratings ploys stretching back to the dawn of television: the of It Wasnt Me fame pretending to be a crab begging two teens to tongue wrestle cant revive our appetites for live television in its purest, if randiest form…then what will? All jokes aside about the 1989 Disney musical about a 16-year-old girl with eye-popping cleavage who risks her life to in order to, quite literally, spread her legs for a actors wore rolling heely shoes, the en vogue footwear of 2005, The Little Mermaid Live! is safe from catastrophic judgment. But that, really, doesnt guarantee that it was good. I …

Couples Therapy: why would anyone agree to televise their therapy sessions?

The showrunners behind an honest, if uncomfortable, new series explain how they got four couples to allow cameras in the room with their therapist Before the closed glass door of a therapists office in New York, a series of couples brace themselves for a slog. One man fidgets with a 3D puzzle; a woman, eyes closed, grips the chair arms. In the chairs, facing a Rorschach-esque painting, the couples seem aware of, if not reacting to, a discreetly installed camera one womans attempt to tuck in her partners shirt tag, met with a shrug and rebuff, morphs into a shoulder rub. But the anticipation seems to cut through any self-consciousness, landing back on the two people their unit, about to …

Do Richard Curtis Rom-Coms Exist in New Four Weddings?

The plot of writer-director summer romantic comedy The Beatles from the world. Only one person remembers their songs and their legacy, passing them off as his own in an attempt to become a music star. But if youve seen Yesterday, you know that its not only The Beatles that no longer exist. Some make sense: No Oasis, as their music certainly descends from the Fab Fours sound. (Though asked Curtis that very question. His response: Oh, well, thats very good. Im going to take that on now. If anyone else says what else has happened, I will say, Love Actually is out. I think the truth is we would have found another song that could have gone into the church …

Euphoria review so explicit it makes Skins look positively Victorian

Zendaya is astonishing as the self-destructive Rue in a teen sexndrugs drama that hides hidden depths behind the Instagram angst Few new series have achieved such notoriety with quite the same speed as Sky Atlantic), the teen-populated Skins look positively Victorian. This pilot episode serves as both a taste and a warning: if you can accept that it depicts its world with the flippancy of an Instagram scroll, then its rewards are vast, particularly in terms of its emotional depth. But early on it brims with pills, drink, apps, erect penises, loving sex, cruel sex and nude pics, ever present and lurking, but horrifyingly casual, as if they are an inexorable part of these particular fictional, middle-class, suburban teenagers existences. …

From Gentleman Jack to Killing Eve: who are TV’s greatest lesbian icons?

TV fans have been spoiled for women-on-women scenes on our screens of late. We celebrate with a rundown of the characters whose impact on the world is permanent and forever Get the rollers out! The drama about Gentleman Jack AKA Sally Wainwright. As youre playing her, youre aware that everybody has a right to be who they are, regardless of sexuality, Killing Eve or I heart you, and Pipers reply: I heart you? What is that I love you for pussies? Well, that, and their awarding her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016 was a hugely emotional moment. Sophie Webster, Coronation Street Sophie (Brooke Vincent) starting her sapphic adventure was the key surprise element of the 2010 New Years …

These memorable movie scenes were totally unscripted

Christopher Abbott, Pico Alexander, and George Clooney in Hulu's 'Catch-22.'Image: Philipe Antonello / Hulu It couldn’t be more fitting that the latest adaptation of Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 finds its home on Hulu, proud purveyors of dystopia.  The six-episode miniseries has been marketed mostly as a comedy, but as anyone familiar with Heller’s 1961 novel knows, that’s just a way to cheat the system. Make no mistake, friends, this is a war epic, and a searing, caustic commentary from the men inside it.  Catch-22 is the story of John Yossarian (Christopher Abbott), a neurotic World War II bomb plane pilot whose only goal is to survive the war – by getting out of it. Yossarian and his unit have a mandatory …