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Dec 29, 2018

Sure, none of us have finished Bandersnatch yet, because none of us ever will. We're just going to have to live with that.

One thing we'll all have noticed is that the themes of mental illness, therapy and medication are central to every path that Stefan Butler (Fionn Whitehead) takes through the game-film. He's clearly...


Dec 27, 2018

Netflix has finally released the trailer for Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. What's a Black Mirror Event? Nobody knows, but looks like we'll be finding out at about 8am GMT tomorrow... that trailer looks pretty darn analogue, so the 1980s nostalgia is going to be strong.

To help with the Season 5 anticipation, here's an...


Dec 24, 2018

I've known this episode's guest a long time, since we were both undergraduates at Oxford back in the Noughties. Oli Mason (https://twitter.com/moreolimason) went into making films, and he's made an impressive number over the decade since graduating. He's also been made redundant three times (same as me!), so he's very...


Dec 21, 2018

It was a simple and inescapable choice back in spring 2015, wasn't it? Stability and strong government with incumbent Prime Minister David Cameron, or chaos with Ed Miliband. We, the British people, did not choose chaos with Ed Miliband.

All the Brexit palaver has sent the political news cycle spinning faster than ever,...


Dec 9, 2018

This week's guest is film critic Ryan Gilbey, who's a self-confessed "creature of print," as he started out on The Independent's film desk 24 years ago, after winning a competition. He now writes for The Guardian, The Sunday Times and New Statesman.

We met back in 2006 when he was my tutor on a part-time Film Journalism...