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Hello there…

A brief moment of calm has settled upon me, presenting an opportunity to get this issue out, albeit a bit shorter and three days late.

September is here! It’s basically winter now so you’ll be confined to your home with plenty of time to enjoy everything that follows.

Think of others and do forward this email on to them or shout about it on social media. Thank you!

Rob x


Goodbye for now, Big Brother. It was a pleasure watching you

Despite hitting the headlines again over the weekend, there’s no denying Big Brother is a shadow of its former self. This short piece is a good reminder of how influential it has been on just about every other reality show that’s followed.

‘A Star is Born’ Gets Warm Ovation Following World Premiere Glitch
‘A Star is Born’ Gets Warm Ovation Following World Premiere

The Lady Gaga Movie got an eight-minute standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival and that’s even after it was interrupted by a power cut.

Chris Evans Leaves Radio 2 for Virgin Radio
Chris Evans Leaves Radio 2 for Virgin

But why would he?! Radio consultant Matt Deegan provides shrewd analysis of this big shake up of the airwaves.

‘Bigger than MTV’: how video games are helping the music industry thrive

I don’t play computer games and had no idea how important they have become to the music industry – a few weeks old but a fascinating read.


Bodyguard (BBC One)
Bodyguard (BBC One)

I know I’m only adding to the chorus of people already talking about this show from Line Of Duty creator Jed Mercurio, but it really is very watchable indeed. Episode three aired last night, no spoilers, but there was a huge moment and cliffhanger at the end. I’m not sure I can wait another week to find out what happens.

Further reading: Bodyguard smashed Vanity Fair in the ratings, Theresa May doesn’t like it and the show is so popular the Daily Mail is literally making up stories about it for clicks.

If Bodyguard is your thing there’s a whole load of new season drama starting this week… Mother’s Day starring Vicky McClure (Today, 9pm BBC Two), Wanderlust starring Toni Collette (Tuesday, 9pm BBC One) and Press starring Charlotte Riley (Thursday, 9pm BBC One) to name but a few.


Troye Sivan - Bloom
Troye Sivan –

I feel like really good pop albums, the sort that hold up to repeated full listens, are increasingly rare in the streaming era. The good news is that Troye Sivan has just made one!

Further reading:

Troye Sivan Is the Perfect Pop Star for 2018


Troye Sivan: Bloom – out and proud pop in full flower


Troye Sivan’s Bloom Is a Joy to Listen To


Right, that’s all for now. I’m off to make an ‘I ♥ Troye’ banner out of glitter and tinsel. Have a lovely week won’t you and with any luck I’ll pop back into your inbox on Friday.