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      Dinosaur review – autism sitcom thrills with jokes about loyalty cards and thrush

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 15:09 · 1 minute

    This spiky and heartfelt comedy might be powered by the lead character’s autism, but it’s not defined by it. It gives people with the condition a long overdue voice

    Nina (Ashley Storrie) and Evie (Kat Ronney) are Glasgow sisters in their early 30s, who are also best friends and live together. Within five minutes of Dinosaur, we have established their dynamic. Evie is sunny of outlook, while Nina has a knitted brow and has just been overwhelming the proprietor of a coffee van with a detailed complaint about his loyalty card scheme. Evie’s recent trip to London with her boyfriend – we sense that Nina does not feel ready for either of these things – has caused her to miss a planned joint viewing of a Real Housewives reunion episode, but Nina isn’t too vexed, despite having had no audience for her watchalong quips: “We can watch it again tonight, with my commentary.”

    Yet Evie has news: they have only recently begun dating, but her boyfriend has proposed and she has said yes. Isn’t that amazing? Isn’t Nina happy for her? Nina stares. “It’s not amazing news, and I’m not happy for you. You’ve only known this man for six weeks. You’ve had thrush that lasted longer.”

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      TV tonight: how a bargain basement horse beat racing’s finest

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 05:20


    He’s owned by a group of ordinary blokes from Darlington and won at York races in 2022 – can he do it again? Plus, Michael Palin heads to Nigeria. Here’s what to watch this evening

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      Bluey’s blockbuster episode hit a nerve for my family by casting moving house as difficult and scary | Chloe Booker

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 00:11

    Children go through all sorts of changes, along with moving. The show was a missed opportunity to help children navigate such events in their life

    Bluey’s blockbuster 28-minute episode has thrilled children around the world, but I’m sorry to say it was a missed opportunity.

    The ABC’s Logie and Emmy-winning cartoon could have taught children that change – specifically moving house – can be difficult and scary, but over time they will adapt and even flourish. Instead, the message was that preventing change is what makes a “happy ending” – a phrase repeated throughout the episode.

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      Blue Lights series two review – last year’s breakout police hit is as beautifully tense as ever

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 21:00 · 1 minute

    The cop show set in post-Troubles Northern Ireland will leave you holding your breath constantly, not knowing what perils await our beloved ‘peelers’

    Is it a stretch to call Blue Lights, which is back for season two, the United Kingdom’s answer to The Wire? Well, yes. In all honesty that would be a bit much – it’s more like a cross between The Wire and Holby City. But the police drama was one of the breakout hits of 2023 because, beneath the soapy surface of its interactions between rookie cops, it has a clear-eyed, humane view of policing as an impossible job. Whatever we might think of the force generally, a combination of societal breakdown on the streets and corruption/mismanagement in the corridors of power makes any attempt to carry a badge and maintain order a futile gesture, like standing on a beach trying to mop away the tide. As it was in Baltimore, so it is in Belfast.

    Blue Lights comes at this recipe for bracingly pessimistic drama from a particular angle, sitting itself as it does in modern Northern Ireland. We are post-Troubles, which is to say that the schisms and resentments that caused the Troubles are still there, being carefully – or perhaps not so carefully – managed to prevent embers again becoming flames. Season one revolved around the police’s battle with a local Republican crime family, the McIntyres, who it turned out were being propped up by the British security services, meaning any effort to do the simple work of arresting these criminals for committing crimes was met with the show’s insidious catchphrase, “double-oh bee”. Messing with MI5’s mysterious and probably misguided work was, for the humble bobby on the beat, out of bounds.

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      Jamie’s Air Fryer Meals review – the din of barrel-scraping is deafening

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 20:00 · 2 minutes

    Jamie Oliver jumps on the culinary bandwagon in this bewilderingly cringey two-parter. Hasn’t even he tired of his own shtick by now?

    I don’t really know what to tell you about Jamie Oliver’s new series Jamie’s Air Fryer Meals. It’s presented by Jamie Oliver, who first bounded on to our screens as The Naked Chef (no, he wasn’t) in 1999. He cooks meals in an air fryer. An air fryer is a little convection-type oven with a perforated basket that you put food in and the hot air circulates round it and makes things crispy without you having to dunk it in a panful of boiling oil. So, in essence, Jamie makes meals and puts them in a small oven to cook. Oh, and the programme is made in association with Tefal, who sell a line of pans endorsed by Jamie. The air fryer shown in the programme is a Tefal one. Jamie is very impressed with what air fryers can do. Maybe you will be prompted to buy one after watching his show.

    There are only two episodes in Jamie’s latest venture and things are starting to feel stretched long before the end of the first. I mean, there is not much you can say about a little oven that is good at making things crispy and does so slightly faster than a normal oven would. “Two minutes!” shouts Jamie as he pushes another basket home. “Real cooking, with love and care!” If you say so, petal. “I love the way you can use this to bake and to roast and also to make beautiful sauces!” he says, as if pouring meat juices off a roasting joint was not the basis of most sauces and unique to the air fryer’s capabilities. “Wilt some spinach in 40 seconds! Happy days!” His cheddar and chive scones take 12 minutes, which is only a couple of minutes faster than the ordinary way of doing things. But no matter! Because while things are air frying, he explains, you can get on with boiling or steaming or cooking other things in ways that the air fryer cannot manage. I feel a fool to have stood by my ordinary oven for so long, watching a chicken roast when I could have been getting on with the potatoes. No wonder it takes me four days to make a family meal.

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      Big Zuu Goes to Mecca review – a quietly revolutionary portrait of Islam

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 2 days ago - 21:00 · 1 minute

    This thoroughly sweet look at the grime artist and TV chef making a pilgrimage is that rarest of things – an intimate profile of being male and Muslim

    There’s no one way to be a religious person. For some, it’s all about a deeply personal connection between you and God. For others, its value comes from how it places you within a larger community of like-minded believers. Either can bring comfort and meaning to a person’s life, and in the case of the grime musician and award-winning TV chef Big Zuu, he is fortified by both as he makes a pilgrimage to Mecca.

    Big Zuu is a thoughtful and charming host who is able to find the heart and humour in even the most typically solemn moments. This hour-long BBC documentary follows him through Ramadan, where he is giving up his “sinful” ways – even as a committed Muslim, he loves the ladies, a bit of hash and the odd tipple. Despite being “westernised” and not the most pious of believers, he decides to go on the umrah pilgrimage to Mecca (in contrast to the hajj, this can be undertaken at any point in the year) to work out what Islam means to him. He is surrounded at most points by a small group of friends (his “mandem”) who are also Muslims and just as endearing as Big Zuu himself. For him, this experience isn’t about being a perfect, sin-free person. “This ain’t some fake religion documentary where I’m pretending to be some great Muslim and convert the world,” he tells us. Instead, he is sincerely trying to figure out his faith and become the very best version of himself.

    Big Zuu Goes to Mecca aired on BBC Two and is available on BBC iPlayer

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      The Guardian view on pilgrimage: a 21st-century spiritual exercise | Editorial

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 2 days ago - 16:30

    As a recent BBC series confirms, the idea of a spiritual journey has survived the decline of organised religion

    In Geoffrey Chaucer’s England, the arrival of spring was taken by many as a cue to take to the road. As the prologue to The Canterbury Tales begins: “When in April the sweet showers fall/And pierce the drought of March to the root, and all/…Then people long to go on pilgrimages”.

    Given Britain’s increasingly damp climate, contemporary pilgrims are as likely to encounter persistent rain as the occasional sweet shower. But the participants in the BBC’s sixth Pilgrimage series, which ended on Friday, were largely blessed with fine days as they travelled by foot and bus across North Wales. Travelling the Pilgrim’s Way, the group of minor celebrities followed a Christianity-based route-map of shrines and churches, but also stayed at an eco retreat and a Buddhist meditation centre.

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      ‘You can be normal. You can have acne!’ TikTok star GK Barry on the appeal of social media personalities

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 2 days ago - 14:00

    Grace Keeling says TV needs more authenticity and better representation if it wants to attract younger viewers

    TV should “move with the times”, take risks and be less “polished” in order to attract younger audiences, the TikTok star Grace Keeling has said.

    Record numbers of young viewers are switching off traditional television in favour of short-form content, according to the media regulator, Ofcom, with Enders Analysis revealing a 30% decline in 16- to 34-year-olds watching TV shows with their parents.

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      TV has become exploitative and cruel, says Ofcom chair Michael Grade

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 2 days ago - 12:00

    The boss of the broadcast regulator has expressed concern about how the chase for audience ratings is harming the industry

    Television has become more “exploitative and cruel”, according to Michael Grade , the chair of the broadcasting regulator, Ofcom.

    “The exploitation dial has been switched up more and more for ratings,” said the peer and former chair of the BBC board. “It makes me mad. I really don’t like it or enjoy it.

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