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Last night, once again attempting to decide what I should watch on Netflix, I noticed that season three of Charlie Brooker’s ‘Black Mirror’ had been released. An anthology series of speculative fiction that’s usually dark and sometimes even ‘bleak’, as Brooker claims himself, Black Mirror is just up my street. It’s satirical themes that question and examine modern society and present to us thousand’s of plausible ‘what if’s’, Black Mirror is not only exceptional original writing, it’s visually great to watch, and is layered with symbolism throughout.

Nosedive is the first episode in the new season. Starring Brice Dallas Howard who plays Lacie Pound, we follow her through her day to day life in a future that seems not too distant from one that we live in now. Everyone is obsessed with image and how others perceive and rate them, not only figuratively, but also literally – everyone has a visible rating that you can see by looking at someone (with some high tech program fitted into you eyes). Everyone is incredibly nice. So nice, so sweet, it’s enough to give you diabetes just looking at them interact with each other.

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I rarely review TV shows on my blog because well…I don’t really watch a lot of them, and the shows I do watch are already years old. However, recently I have been watching more shows and have discovered a few gems along the way, like ABC’s ‘How To Get Away With Murder‘ staring the amazing Viola Davis who I just adore, or Netflix’s original show ‘Scream’ based on the iconic Wes Craven movies.

But there’s one show that’s really stood out from the rest, stuck with me for weeks, even months, and overall inspired me when it comes to my own aspirations for writing scripts. And that show is…

Happy Valley. 

Lets face it, the most important aspect of creating a believable and memorable character in a film is, of course, the writing. Of course, the actor playing the character also has to actually be able to act and do the character justice, but there’s no doubt that clothes, costume, props and makeup can be essential to creating and developing the character and most importantly, immersing the audience into the film.

Oh I have been waiting for this for a long long time. After Coven finished I was like a lost soul, searching to get my fix of twisted story lines and fabulous f*ckery (sorry I just had to!) And now the time has come, my next dose as been delivered with the next season of American Horror Story- This time set in a ‘freak show’ circus in 50’s America (specifically a place called Jupiter in Florida…how cool!)
Halloween month couldn’t be a better time for this show to start.

I don’t want to write a long post on each episode because trust me that would be pages long, so instead, here’s a quick list of the things I loved most/can’t wait to see.