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Original Content podcast: ‘Years and Years’ takes an unsettling look at the next decade

“Years and Years” is an unusual show. It’s a co-production of HBO and the BBC, and in the course of six hourlong episodes, it covers a span of more than 10 years in our near future.

During that time, we see the rise of a terrifying Trump-style politician in the United Kingdom named Vivian Rook (played by Emma Thompson), along with lots more political, economic and technological upheaval. All of this is seen through the eyes of Manchester’s Lyons family — grandmother Muriel and adult siblings Rory, Edith, Daniel and Rosie, plus their spouses and children.

No one in the family is a major power player; they simply watch everything change with a growing sense of dread. That, in large part, is what makes the show effective — it feels true to the experience of trying to get on with your life while the world shifts around you.

On the latest episode of the Original Content podcast, we spend the entire hour reviewing the show. We had some reservations about the finale — which seemed to abandon the strengths of the previous episodes — but even so, we were impressed by the series, and by the way it brought so many of our fears to life.

You can listen in the player below, subscribe using Apple Podcasts or find us in your podcast player of choice. If you like the show, please let us know by leaving a review on Apple. You can also send us feedback directly. (Or suggest shows and movies for us to review!)

And if you want to skip ahead, here’s how the episode breaks down:

0:00 Intro
0:23 “Years and Years” review
30:07 “Years and Years” spoiler discussion

The new 'Doctor Who' trailer promises an outrageously epic series

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Doctor Who fans, the wait is nearly over. To get viewers geared up for the anticipated Series 10 premiere, BBC has released a new trailer.

The video above teases new villains and more outrageous adventures for the Doctor and his team. The legendary Peter Capaldi will reprise his role as Doctor Who. He will be joined by the hilarious Pearl Mackie and Matt Lucas. 

The series premiere is set to be epic. In the words of the Doctor, “This is the moment you’ve been waiting for since the day you were born.” Or at least since the Series 9 finale. Read more…

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BBC's shortwave transmissions from Thailand go dark, after talks fail

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The British Broadcasting Corporation announced Wednesday it is ending its shortwave transmissions from Thailand after 20 years of operation, because it failed to reach agreement with Thailand’s military government on a renewal of its operating permit.

Shortwave transmissions are radio broadcasts in the AM band. Demand for AM receivers has dropped steeply over the years, but the BBC had still employed 45 staff members, who may lose their jobs with the decision.

Its Thai transmitters were serving the East Asia region. The BBC moved its East Asia relay station to Thailand from Hong Kong after the handover of the British colony to China in 1997. Read more…

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Tom Hardy reading a bedtime story is about to break the internet

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LONDON — If you like bedtime stories, dogs, and Tom Hardy — and let’s be honest, what kind of monster doesn’t like all of those things? — then you’re going to want to keep 6:50 p.m. GMT on Tuesday free.

Basically, Hardy is going to be reading a bedtime story on British kids’ TV network CBeebies.

Here’s the trailer, in all its glory:

“Cloud spotting with a best friend is definitely more enjoyable,” smiles Hardy in the clip, sat on a blanket and surrounding by stuffed bears. “Especially if your best friend is a dog.” Read more…

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The BBC sets up a taskforce to fight back against fake news

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The uphill battle against fake news (and correctly using the term “fake news” in the first place) continues. The latest effort to debunk made-up information is British broadcaster BBC.

On Thursday, The Guardian reported the BBC was forming a debunking team to tackle false stories that often start on Facebook and other social media outlets.

This means segments such as the outlet’s Reality Check will become more than an occasional feature, but a persistent effort with a team tackling incorrect stories, posts and information.

The amount the NHS in England is getting from the government is at the bottom end of the range that it asked forhttps://t.co/gyWvoK8YMn pic.twitter.com/PQbPi47cdp

— BBC Reality Check (@BBCRealityCheck) January 12, 2017 Read more…

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The BBC is launching a live 'Sherlock' mystery for you to solve on Twitter

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LONDON — Ever found yourself wondering how effective you’d be at solving the type of complex mysteries Sherlock faces on a regular basis?

Well, it’s time to test those skills out for real.

On Tuesday evening (8 p.m. GMT) the BBC are launching #SherlockLive — an interactive mystery that you can play along with on Twitter. 

Test your powers of deduction in a live, interactive #Sherlock case#SherlockLive. Right here. Tuesday 10th January. 8pm#PureDrama pic.twitter.com/ialqSkTzzT

— BBC One (@BBCOne) January 8, 2017 Read more…

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