Oh, but I had such high hopes for The Young Pope, the new drama series that starts next week on Sky Atlantic. The early signs were so promising. News leaked out in bits, each more deliciously risible than the last: Jude Law to play a young pope!
Statistically, it's a war. More than 300 African-Americans shot and killed by police in 2015 - nearly 9% of them in Chicago, the US's third city and the adopted hometown of President Obama. Fifty-four this May, 252 so far this year. Added to that, more than 2,500 black-on-black shootings last year, more than 350 of them fatal.
Throw off your cares and woes! Banish all thoughts of the forthcoming TrumpoBrexalypse and rejoice! The greatest prophylactic against despair you could ever hope for has emerged: the Carringtons and the Colbys are back in town. Yes! Let your hearts swell as majestically as the theme music did during its nine-season pomp - Dynasty is being rebooted.
My neighbour is feeding the foxes. We live in town, and he is feeding the foxes. The foxes who have collectively decamped from the countryside (my husband and I recently came back from a three week stint in Norfolk, where we saw nary a one, and counted six of the mangy almost-curs over our first weekend back) because there is so much food lying around our cities that they have no more need to be encouraged or supplied with further sustenance than Nicholas Soames.
We were playing around with a lot of ideas for sitcoms but they didn't seem real. So we thought, how about what we talk about between ourselves - our kids and the idiotic things that happen in our households?
Do you know what I want in this post-Brexit, Trump-elevating, reef-killing, antibiotic-resistant, strife-strewn pile of bollocks we call life? A laugh, that's what. And God (who is dead) be praised, I got one - more than one - last night, from Morgana Robinson's The Agency (BBC2).
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Selecting a term
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Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
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