Top 50 singles of 2018

This is my tenth – TENTH!!! – year-end singles blog (eleventh if you include 2008, but that was more of a straightforward list on a Facebook note(!)). And goddammit I will continue until the bitter end!! Loads of the blogs aren’t online anymore because they were on websites I forgot

On BBC World News talking viewer interactivity in TV

I had a little chat on BBC News yesterday about rumours that Black Mirror could introduce viewer interactivity to one of its upcoming episodes. I absolutely did not have an ulterior motive of starting my route to being on Strictly Come Dancing in 2020. No way.

Top 15 TV shows of 2017

Right it’s nearly the end of LISTMAS for another year, but I wanna put in a quick shout-out to my favourite TV shows of 2017 before we limp over the finish line into another sodding January. Unlike last year, I’ve kept it purely to scripted shows – mainly because I

The 39 new movies I saw in 2017, ranked

Last year I made sure I saw a hell of a lot of theatre, and while I dropped the ball a tad on that front in 2017, I did make up for it in movies. My goal is to be that smug bastard in Oscars season who has ALL THE

Top 25 albums of 2017

For the last couple of years I’ve #SHUNNED a conventional “Top X albums…” list in favour of a straightforward ranking of each and every one I listened to. I heard 50 in 2017 and started typing out a ranked thing, but honestly this has been such a shrug-worthy year for

Top 50 singles of 2017

This is my TENTH ONE OF THESE LISTS, guys, I’m getting so old – and my extra-ness is not diminishing with age! How about that?!?!?!1?! These are the past winners of these annual slogs: 2008: Sweet About Me – Gabriella Cilmi 2009: Battlefield – Jordin Sparks 2010: Teenage Dream –

Christmas Farce opens this week – with bonus Anita Dobson!

Christmas Farce – a play of mine that had its first outing a couple of years ago – is back, bigger and better than ever, for three whole weeks, starting this Tuesday (November 28). We’re at the good ol’ Waterloo East Theatre this time; bringing Samuel Buttery, Marc Gee-Finch, Emma

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