DetectoristsI recommend the BBC sitcom Detectorists. It was written and directed by Mackenzie Crook
and stars Crook and Toby Jones as Andy and Lance, a hapless pair of metal detecting enthusiasts in the fictional town of Danebury.

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Ex Machina

Ex MachinaI recommend the 2015 film Ex Machina. It’s a story about Google making robots with metal boobs but, as this isn’t a sequel to The Internship and therefore isn’t a two hour Google advert, it uses the pseudonym ‘BlueBook’ instead. If I was a proper writerer, I might describe it as a character driven sci-fi film about geeky programmer Caleb (Domnhall Gleeson) winning the chance to spend a week working on a top secret project at the secluded, clinically clean home of search engine mogul Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaacs).

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The Worst Idea Of All Time

The Worst Idea Of All TimeI recommend the podcast The Worst Idea Of All Time. It’s hosted by kiwi comics Guy Montgomery and Tim Batt, and could be described as ‘high concept’. Guy and Tim have decided to watch and review the Adam Sandler film Grown Ups 2 every week for 52 consecutive weeks. They may well have either succeeded or had simultaneous mental breakdowns by now, but I don’t know as I’m only on episode 16 and don’t want the surprise ruined.

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This American Life

This American LifeI recommend the podcast This American Life.

This American Life is a behemoth of podcasting. Although its listener numbers have been surpassed by its offspring Serial, This American Life remains the template for American public radio style podcasting. It embodies the qualities that so many shows strive to obtain: originality, high quality journalism, seamless audio storytelling and a universal appeal.

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National Lampoons Christmas Vacation

National LampoonsI recommend the film National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. I realise that I have missed December, the one month in which it would have been a good idea to post this recommendation. This recommendation is, therefore, a form of New Year’s resolution. It forces me to keep writing content for this blog because if I don’t every visitor will be greeted by an out of date Christmas recommendation.

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