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The lost generation of TV news watchers

Carol Thompson, 26, spends her day battling to get the attention of a classroom of small children. She gets up at 6:15am, runs to work, starts preparing for meetings and adds her finishing touches to lesson plans. At 9:00pm she relaxes on the sofa. Watching the news is the last thing on her mind.

“I generally watch television that I have recorded, rather than watching anything live or simply watching things because they happen to be on,” explains Thompson, whose viewing choices tend towards All 4, iPlayer, ITV Hub and Sky Go.

Your must-watch catch up TV

Catch these gems before they disappear.

Grace and Frankie

 

The slick, silver-haired comedy from Friends creator Martha Kauffman is back for a second season.

Straight-laced Grace and free spirit Frankie are both happily married women when their husbands, Robert and Sol, announce that they are leaving them – for each other.

Netflix to build on in-house productions

Speaking during a self-published video of their investor call, Netflix CEO and co-founder Reed Hastings began: "There are so many competitors and everyone is working hard to build the best content. We're seeing growth in the overall internet TV market."

When pressed if there were any plans to purchase an existing film company in order to produce content more easily, chief content officer Ted Sarandos confirmed: "we're building it versus buying it [...] not just in our films, but in several of our series Netflix is the studio and the network." 

Catch up TV picks

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1. Kabul Kitchen 

 

Based on true story of Marc Victor, a Radio France Internationale journalist, who ran a restaurant in Kabul for French expatriates until 2008, Kabul Kitchen is a hilarious French-language comedy taking a sideways look at life in the Afghan city.

Jacky runs the popular restaurant, Kabul Kitchen, and all appears to be going well… until his daughter arrived to do some humanitarian work.

Netflix announces new Top Gear deal

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The SVOD platform already shows older series of BBC Top Gear with Jeremy Clarkson.

The details of the deal remain vague, however Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos told Buzzfeed News that the show will “fall under the same deals” of international distribution as the existing Top Gear, adding that the deal will be “multi-territory for sure.”

Netflix announces first original series from Spain

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Although Netflix only launched in Spain in October 2015, the streaming service has announced its first ever original series filmed in the country, which will be available internationally.

The Spanish-language drama will be set in the 1920s and focus on four women from very different backgrounds who work as switchboard operators at Spain’s only television company in Madrid.

The show, which is currently untitled, will offer an insight into the changing technological and social landscape of that time in a region that is often underexplored in global television.

Could subscription on-demand services spell the end for pay-TV?

Later this month, NBC­Universal will launch Hayu, a new subscription online video service devoted to reality television shows, such as The Real Housewives franchise and Don’t Tell the Bride. It follows hard on the heels of Seeso, another subscription video on-demand (SVoD) offering from NBCU, but this time devoted to comedy and entertainment shows, ranging from Saturday Night Live to Monty Python’s Flying Circus.  

Your catch up TV must-sees

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1. Cooked

 

 

This slow-starting series is both beautifully shot and engagingly presented.

The show centres around the ways food is prepared around the world and the role that food, and eating, impact us on a social, cultural and personal level. Each of the four episodes is named after one of the classical elements (earth, air, fire and water) and examines how these four elements form the basis of every meal that we eat.