Category: pop culture

  • Sarah Mary Chadwick’s “Full Mood” is a hauntingly beautiful love song for our time

    Sarah Mary Chadwick’s “Full Mood” is a hauntingly beautiful love song for our time

    “Full Mood” didn’t remind me of any one man I dated. It reminded me of many.

  • Words on Walford: Weeks of 30 March – 10 April

    Words on Walford: Weeks of 30 March – 10 April

      It’s been almost a month since my last Words on Walford blog. The truth is, like the rest of the world, coronavirus quarantine had me a bit down. Rather than watching something as grim as EastEnders (and make no mistake—grim is why we love it), I’ve been tuning into cherished sitcoms like Are You […]

  • How Modern Family changed American television

    How Modern Family changed American television

    When Modern Family won the 2010 Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, I was livid. A derivative show which mashed the mocumentary-style of The Office up with the formulaic family sitcom (a la Everybody Loves Raymond), I couldn’t see how it could it could possibly rank as more “outstanding” than Glee, another nominee in its first […]

  • Words on Walford: Week of 24 – 28 February 2020

    Words on Walford: Week of 24 – 28 February 2020

    The week after an epic stunt like what I call “Boat Week” – that is, the 35th anniversary episodes – is always a bit of a comedown. It’s like getting back from a long holiday, when your mind is still firmly on the sun and sand but you’re back in your drab, fluorescently lit office. […]

  • Words on Walford: Week of 17 – 21 February 2020

    Words on Walford: Week of 17 – 21 February 2020

    Over the past decade, EastEnders anniversaries have come to be known for their epic nature. For the 25th anniversary in 2010 we had the first live episodes as Bradley Branning fell to his death and Stacey Slater admitted to killing Archie Mitchell. In 2015, the 30th anniversary saw Kim Fox gave birth, Kathy Beale returned […]

  • The 35 most compelling characters in EastEnders history

    The 35 most compelling characters in EastEnders history

    As EastEnders celebrates its 35th anniversary, I thought it would be fun to look back at 35 of its most compelling characters. These characters helped shape the course of the show’s history, providing some of the most interesting, timely, and memorable storylines. Some of them were on our screens for years, others for a very […]

  • River Phoenix, my best actor

    River Phoenix, my best actor

    Joaquin Phoenix made me cry last night while accepting the Oscar for Best Actor. “Run to the rescue with love—and peace will follow,” he said, quoting lyrics written by his late brother, the actor River Phoenix. A lot of people don’t know that River was a talented musician as well as an Oscar-nominated actor. He […]

  • 20 questions with… EastSiders creator and star Kit Williamson

    20 questions with… EastSiders creator and star Kit Williamson

    Most people will have first met Kit Williamson when he starred as Ed Gifford on the Emmy-winning series Mad Men, but now he’s best known as the creator, writer, producer, and director of EastSiders, the Emmy-nominated web series about a group of LGBT friends living, loving, and often lying in Los Angeles. Its fourth and […]