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Daniel Sloss: Finding comedy in chaos

“I understand my comedy isn’t for everyone, I would never want to be a comedian that appealed to everyone,” admits the Scottish comedian.

Describing his sense of humour as a “darkness”, Sloss often questions offensive comedy in his stand up. “My intention is never to offend…you’re choosing to be offended.”

“I don’t enjoy truly offending anyone, I’m still growing and learning. [But] there is a level of narcissism to being offended by comedy that I am jealous of. You go to a comedian’s show and sit there and think, ‘is this about me?’, that’s all being offended is.”

The Crown: Deconstructing the Coronation

The lavish ten-part Netflix series became another outstanding triumph for writer Peter Morgan and a distinguished team . Critics noted a “startling attention to detail in everything from costumes to sets” and thought it hard to see how it could be better.

The show set out to tell the inside story of the most famous addresses in the world, Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street, and it did just that, exploring the intrigues, love lives and machinations of post-war Britain.

Netflix confirms release date for Sex Education series two

Sex Education (credit: Netflix)

The first series saw the socially awkward and introverted Otis (Asa Butterfield) become an unlikely sex and relationships advisor to his teenage classmates as he followed in the footsteps of his sex therapist mother, Jean (Gillian Anderson).

The brand new eight-part series will follow Otis’s first ever relationship with his girlfriend Ola (Patricia Allison), and the new sexual urges and awkward encounters that come with it.

Trailer drops for the second series of The End of the F***ing World

Alyssa (Jessica Barden) and Bonnie (Naomi Ackie) (Credit: Robert Chiltern/Clerkenwell Fi/Channel 4)

Jessica Barden returns as Alyssa, runaway teenager turned café waitress, who adjusts to normal life after being detained by the police in connection with the death of rapist and murderer Professor Clive Koch (Jonathan Aris).

Killed by Alyssa’s boyfriend and fellow runaway James (Alex Lawther), the teenager was last seen being fired upon by the police, with his fate still to be revealed.

Watch the trailer for The Crown’s third series

Olivia Colman as HRM Queen Elizabeth II (Credit: Sophie Mutevelian)

The series takes place during a rapidly changing Britain that faces a failing financial climate and the rise of political agendas against royalism.

The new trailer opens with The Queen reflecting on her reign and the inner tensions within the Royal family as they endure personal struggles in service of their subjects.

Mark Thompson discusses the risks facing the UK media landscape at the Steve Hewlett Lecture

Mark Thompson (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

The UK is facing “a total loss of cultural sovereignty”, which risks leaving the country culturally impoverished unless action is taken to stop US giants such as Netflix from dominating the media landscape.

This was the frank message from Mark Thompson, the former Director-General of the BBC who, for seven years since 2012, has been engaged in a wholesale transformation of The New York Times from a print company into a digital-based global news operation with 5 million subscribers.

RTS London reflect on this year's RTS Cambridge Convention

Reed Hastings and Kirsty Wark (Credit: RTS/Richard Kendal)

The late-September event was hosted by the University of Westminster, and chaired by media producer and consultant Aradhna Tayal. It featured Bloomberg media reporter Joe Mayes, London Centre Chair Phil Barnes and James Cordell, a London committee member and first-time attendee at the convention.

The panel noted that one of the key themes throughout was the rise of streaming and whether the already established subscription video on demand (SVoD) companies – with more set to enter the market – will dominate the UK broadcast industry.

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings on competing with Disney and Apple

Reed Hastings (Credit: RTS/ Richard Kendal)

At this year’s Steve Hewlett Memorial Lecture, former BBC Director-General Mark Thompson recounted a conversation he had had with Netflix CEO Reed Hastings in 2007, during discussions concerning the launch of the iPlayer. According to Thompson, Hastings told him: “I don’t know why you’re bothering, Mark, you’ll never beat my algorithm. Why not just give us all your content instead?”