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The 12 Best TV Characters Of The Past Year

TV has once again gone all out to entertain us all. This year has shown more great revelations, some gripping edge-of-your-seat moments and the most baffling of all, the renewal of Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. for a fifth season (WHY!!!!!!!!!!!). But, we know that after the writing for the shows, it all comes down to the actors and actresses who bring our favourite characters to life. I am happy to share with you the characters who have stuck out for me in the last year, and who I think make these shows so good!

Jeffrey Dean Morgan – Negan on The Walking Dead

How could I not put this guy on the list? Jeffrey Dean Morgan managed to not only become a fan favourite within minutes, he took out two full time characters with thanks to Lucille in his first full episode. Negan has spent most of season seven being the one man you don’t f**k with. Morgan showcases a new kind of charisma and installs a fear which hasn’t been seen on the show previously. With season eight promising to be one very tense showdown, look forward to seeing Negan front and centre of this list next year!

Pearl Mackie – Bill on Doctor Who

It was going to be tough to get someone who could fit into the shoes of Jenna Coleman’s Clara, but then we didn’t know what Pearl Mackie was going to bring. With Bill, we got a great new companion who is clued up and ready to challenge everything. There was a lot of focus on Bill being a lesbian, but this is hardly scratching the surface. Even though the series hasn’t finished yet, Bill looks to be one of the best new companions of all time!

Tom Hardy – James Keziah Delaney on Taboo

Tom Hardy is indeed able to make almost any character he plays a fantastic one to watch, and James Delaney is no exception. Given Hardy co-created the show, he manages to make Delaney a great person that you would be happy to have on your side, and will never be able to turn your back if you ever cross him. He has survived years in a wild land, being shot and…long enough to make it to season two! I…CAN’T…WAIT!

Ian McShane – Mr Wednesday on American Gods

American Gods was a show I waited to see for years. Based on my favourite ever novel, the series focuses on an ex-convict Shadow who is caught up in a battle between the old gods and the new. While Ricky Whittle plays Shadow well, it’s Ian McShane who steals the show as the man who can out-con even the most experienced scam artist. Mr. Wednesday is one of the most unique characters in the show, he manages to shine in every scene and provides plenty of laughs amongst the gritty and bloody moments of this awesome show!

Bryce Dallas Howard – Lacie Pound on Black Mirror ‘Nosedive’

There are a lot of great characters in Season 3 of Black Mirror, it was hard to narrow it down to one. Where I really enjoyed Jerome Flynn and Alex Lawther in ‘Shut Up and Dance’ and Gugu Mbatha-Raw in ‘San Junipero’, it was Bryce who really got under my skin and won me over. She is hungry for attention and the Instagram-like app that takes over the lives of so many in this episode is one that many can relate to. To see her flying so high to suddenly crashing into obscurity was a sight to behold. ‘Nosedive’ may not be the best episode, but it had the best character.

Grant Gustin – Barry Allen/The Flash on The Flash

OK, I am sure I have placed Grant Gustin on a list previously, but he does deserve a lot of recognition this year. Season Three may not have been an overall strong series, but there was plenty to applaud from Barry Allen. In this series, he had to fight the “god” Savitar, find a way to stop his fiancée Iris from being killed and then face off with himself in the future and in the present. We see someone who lives with the pain of creating Flashpoint and basically changing the Arrowverse forever in a way where it will never be the same again. Also, we need that cliffhanger solved!

Jessica Henwick – Colleen Wing on Iron Fist

Before anyone says anything, I do really like Iron Fist. It doesn’t compare to Daredevil or Jessica Jones, but it is enjoyable and a worthy addition to the line-up. While I am sure Finn Jones will shine more in The Defenders, it is Jessica Henwick who really stands out in this series. This girl can handle her own in a fight and shows she isn’t a damsel in distress. Also, we know her fight scenes in that cage were some of the best the show offered! Please keep Colleen in this universe!

Grace Gummer – Dominique DiPierro on Mr. Robot

Mr. Robot is one of them shows that I got hooked on, I remember binge-watching the show during the summer and I couldn’t get enough of it. While the first season got us to learn about Elliot, Darlene, Angela and Mr. Robot, the second season gave us someone who wants to take them down! Grace Gummer is an actress I have never really seen before, but she made Dominique DiPierro one of the most engaging characters the show has had so far. She is shown at her most vulnerable and we become so familiar with her that we hope she will succeed at the end of the day!

Justin Roiland – Rick Sanchez on Rick and Morty

Ok, only one episode has been shown of Season Three, but how bloody good was it? To see Rick and Morty back was a great delight and Justin Roiland has been missed very much. While Morty and Summer both do really well, it is Rick who gets the nod as we are believed to be seeing his life before he became the twisted genius that we now know. ‘The Rickshank Rickdemption’ has us laughing, gasping and lapping up every moment. It’s not everyday you can outshine Nathan Fillion, but you did it!

Dan Mintz – Tina Belcher on Bob’s Burgers

I love Bob’s Burgers. It is easily the best animated show from Fox at the moment (The Simpsons and Family Guy really need to pick their game up!). All the characters are so fun and give a lot to us in each episode, but my choice is Tina for one reason, you can’t help but love her. She lives like any teenager, but maybe is a bit more odd than what you may have been like. She’s eaten cat food (watch and you will understand), worked to get her own phone and even made some rather humorous fan-fiction. However you see her, Tina is truly the heart of the show and it would not be the same without her!

Sian Gibson – Kayleigh on Peter Kay’s Car Share

I have said before how much I love this show and I would say Kayleigh is probably the main reason. She is adorable, naïve, silly and fun. You fall in love with her just seeing her interactions in that car with her buddy John. In series two, we get to see the duo reunite and their “friendship” is getting a lot of people talking, you really want them to come closer. Then you have that last scene of the series, where you think John has finally sweeped Kayleigh off her feet and admitted his feelings…then it turns out to be a dream! PLEASE PLEASE PETER KAY, DON’T LET IT END THIS WAY!

Bob Odenkirk – Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman on Better Call Saul

When it first began, I honestly thought Better Call Saul was going to suffer as a show. Following Breaking Bad was never going to be easy, but luckily enough, the writing and the character portrayals have managed to almost make this its own entity even though you know how it must all end. While there are so many to choose from, the lead is definitely the strongest this time. He has done all he can to keep out of jail, prove his Brother is a deceptive scumbag and he continues his journey to becoming the criminal lawyer we know and somehow like to see!

OK, I said 12, but there is one more I want to mention!

Alanna Masterson – Tara Chambler on The Walking Dead

I find it sad that many wanted to bully or moan at this actress. Alanna is a lovely human being who truly shows her worth in this show! Tara begins this season away from the group with Heath on a supply run when Negan deals with the rest of the gang. During this time, we see Tara go on her own adventure when she ends up at Oceanside, a community that has only women after all their men were killed by the saviors. Tara not only has to deal with the group (who nearly kills her too) but she also becomes key to helping Alexandria prepare for a war with Negan. Also, she is a little bit of light in a show where many characters have shown or now live in their dark side. I don’t care what anyone says, Tara is a superb character and deserves more recognition and for those who bully Alanna online either for her portrayal or physical look (she looks fine, she just had a baby and that does not affect her acting, trolls need to get a life and f**k off!) you need to grow up! I look forward to see what Alanna does next on the show!

What do you think of this list? Is there anyone who you would put on here? Let me know!

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Justice League. New Trailer. Is It Good?

The DCEU has had a lot of people worried now for some time. Man Of Steel was one of the most divisive films of recent memory, and they followed that up with…another divisive film! But, what we did get from Batman v Superman was a great collection of characters who will indeed be taking the world by storm this November. Here is the new trailer…

Do I honestly think Justice League will save the DC Extended Universe? Definitely!

There is a decent level of humour in this trailer, which was hinted in the debut trailer last year. We also get to see more on Cyborg (Ray Fisher), Aquaman (Jason Momoa, who certainly seems to be having fun in the role) and The Flash (Ezra Miller). By November, we would have become more acquainted with Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot was indeed perfect casting) and it is just right seeing Batman lead this group of heroes into the fight against Steppenwolf and his Parademons who have come to earth for three mother boxes that are on the planet (these are supercomputers created in Apokolips, the home to Steppenwolf and DC big-bad Darkseid!).

Also not just teasing the action, we also get to see other characters that will appear in the film, including our first real look at J.K. Simmons becoming Commissioner Gordon, Amber Heard’s Mera and Billy Crudup becoming Henry Allen (Barry Allen’s Dad). The shots we see look great and still no sign of Henry Cavill emerging as Superman…yet! We may be waiting a little while longer for that Batman solo film, but Ben Affleck will be back and leading the charge as the Dark Knight later this year. While we see no sign of Steppenwolf just yet, I am sure we will probably get our first glimpse of him in the next trailer.

Overall, I like this. It may be just what the DCEU needed. But you can find out for yourself when Justice League comes to cinemas on 17th November 2017!

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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TEN BEST LIVE-ACTION DC CHARACTER PORTRAYALS (ARROWVERSE and GOTHAM)

Superhero TV shows have generally been a strong force in animation form for many years. With certain exceptions such as Batman 1966, Lois and Clark and Smallville, there has never been such high quality comic based shows on TV at one time. With DC ruling the roost on The CW and Fox, Marvel’s MCU taking Netflix and ABC by storm and Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead and Outcast making some damn fine TV! So, the first in a number of countdowns, I wanted to give some top 10’s based on more current comic book shows and the characters that feature within them. With the short lived Constantine being hugely popular, Arrow creating a massive TV universe and Gotham giving us some great origins on much loved characters.

This list was not easy to write, but there was so many to choose from. Honorable mentions go to Morena Baccarin’s Dr Leslie Thompkins in Gotham, her partner and good cop Ben McKenzie’s Jim Gordon and Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells and Reverse-Flash in The Flash. I want to know who you would say was portrayed best as opinions will always vary. This is my personal list, so take this as you will.

  1. Harold Perrineau – Manny (Constantine)

Portraying an original character in a comic book show is not always seen as a great idea, but Harold Perrineau pulls it off so well as the angel Manny. Guiding Constantine on his journey to prepare for the oncoming war with evil, Manny appears at times of great need (even when John really could do without seeing him). Sometimes a very insightful character and a moment or two of comic relief, it is a shame that we may not see him spread his wings in Constantine’s future anytime soon.

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  1. Teddy Sears – “Jay Garrick”/Hunter Zolomon/Zoom (The Flash)

Trying to top the brilliant work by Tom Cavanagh in season one was never going to be easy, but Teddy Sears takes you on one hell of a journey in season two. Revealing himself to be Jay Garrick at the start of the season, he claims his speed was stolen by another known as Zoom! The twist here is that Jay is actually Hunter Zolomon AKA Zoom and he has hatched a plan to destroy all universes and speedsters…including Barry. Who knows if he will run again into the lives of the STAR Labs team.

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  1. Emily Bett Rickards – Felicity Smoak (Arrow, The Flash)

Originally a minor character, Felicity grew to be one of the most important characters in the Arrowverse. Originally an employee of Oliver’s step-father Walter, Felicity proves herself to be a welcome addition to Team Arrow. Originally only wanting to save Walter, Felicity eventually joins the team full time and is vital in helping Oliver become more understanding and find new methods to deal with crime. Though many see their romance as annoying, Felicity really does make a big impact in the show and I hope she will do for a long long time to come.

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  1. David Harewood – “Hank Henshaw”/J’onn J’onzz/Martian Manhunter (Supergirl)

One of the biggest surprises of Supergirl was the revelation that head of the DEA Hank Henshaw was actually the Martian Manhunter. Having been nearly killed by the real Hank Henshaw, Kara and Alex’s father saved J’onn and in return J’onn promised to look after Alex and Kara as much as he could. A character with a huge heart and one of the most heartbreaking backstories in comics, he fights his inner demons and becomes a true hero who eventually gets the recognition he deserves.

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  1. Manu Bennett – Slade Wilson/Deathstroke (Arrow)

Probably the greatest rival to come up against Oliver, Slade Wilson originally helped Oliver Queen survive on the island and gave him the help he needed to escape and find his family. After Slade was injected with the “mirakuru”, he finds himself stronger than ever before, but his mind suffers from the chemical. He personally wants revenge against Oliver after what happens to him in regards to Shado and losing his eye. Killing Oliver’s mother and almost destroying the city was indeed enough to push The Arrow to his limit!

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  1. Danielle Panabaker – Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost (The Flash, Arrow)

When she had her cameo in Arrow, I was not too sure how much I would like this character. But from her first episode, Caitlin is shown to be a great part of the STAR Labs team. She is shown to be very distraught over the particle accelerator explosion which seemingly killed her fiancé and at times being cold towards her friends. Though Caitlin is indeed, in at least one life, destined to be the villainous Killer Frost, she proves a true friend and a heart to the show. She knows how to take on enemies without powers of her own and will do anything to help you.

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  1. Stephen Amell – Oliver Queen/Green Arrow (Arrow, The Flash. Legends Of Tomorrow)

The man behind the Arrowverse, Oliver Queen returns to Starling City after five years being presumed dead. When he returns, he takes on the mantle of The Arrow to fight the crime in the city as part of his promise to his father. Originally wanting to take on this crusade alone, Oliver later gets assistance from John Diggle, Felicity, Roy Harper, Sara Lance, Laurel Lance and even his sister Thea. Though Oliver may be sometimes hard to trust, he does care about his friends and family and does show a lighter side with his friend Barry/The Flash.

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  1. Grant Gustin – Barry Allen/The Flash (The Flash, Arrow)

After getting caught in his lab as the STAR Labs accident happened, Barry Allen became The Flash. Originally unsure if he deserved his powers, Barry would go on to become one the greatest heroes in existence. With a pure heart and mind, Barry is definitely the best person to have on your side when in trouble with a meta-human. When Barry developed his powers and begun travelling through time, we see him truly get emotional with anything around his deceased mother when he sees her in the past. We want Barry to have a happy ending, but has he destroyed the world to get it?

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  1. Robin Lord Taylor – Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin (Gotham)

The only Gotham character to make it into the list, but there is a good reason why he is this high! Robin Lord Taylor from episode one managed to make Penguin probably the best portrayal of the character in any medium. Danny DeVito done a great job in Batman Returns, Nolan North makes a great performance in the Batman Arkham games but it is Taylor’s take on the character which is unique and intriguing. Starting as an aspiring gangster, he eventually takes control of the Gotham underworld and uses many means to get what he wants. Whenever his version of Oswald Cobblepot takes to the screen, I am glued!

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  1. Matt Ryan – John Constantine (Constantine, Arrow)

You know you have done a character right when you have a fan and cast campaign to get you to be the character again (eventually appearing in Arrow Season 4) and then becoming the character again for an animated movie (2016’s Justice League Dark). Am I right? Matt Ryan embodies the character perfectly and does everything right. He smokes like a chimney, isn’t afraid to be rude, enjoys being an arse to people and fights demons with ease. The look is also done right, down to the hair colour and the clothes. We may have only had 14 hours of TV with John Constantine, but I am sure Matt Ryan’s version of the character will be around for a long time…and maybe that petition to get a season two of Constantine will also become reality one day!

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Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

DC at Comic-Con

DC’s Extended Universe may only be two films in, but there was a lot to show off at Comic-Con this year. With the release of Suicide Squad just a matter of days away, there was some more clips and a trailer to keep teasing this movie. We also got to see a proper first look at Wonder Woman and a Justice League trailer already? Also, how about the DC shows on The CW? Let us see what was shown in San Diego this weekend!

Suicide Squad

With the film out on August 5th, we don’t have too long to wait for this big release. Bringing together a huge selection of DC villains for this release, we are guaranteed a superhero movie unlike any film we have seen before. With a huge selection of clips and a new trailer, the hype for this film could not be higher! We have got so much to look forward to in the DCEU, and this movie looks to be the turning point for all films to come!

The Flash

We know that the start of Season Three will be an adaptation of the Flashpoint storyline, and the initial trailer shows Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen really taking on a different world when the show returns. With new additions such as Tom Felton and the return of the Reverse-Flash, there will be plenty to enjoy in the new season. The Flash has never been about simple storylines, but if we have learnt anything, it is that the Arrowverse knows what the fans want! And, it is Flashpoint!

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Without this show, the run of DC shows we have now just wouldn’t exist. Arrow season 5 will continue with the fracturing of Team Arrow as Oliver Queen looks to build a new team. We have Curtis about to become Mr Terrific and we also have a potential Artemis and Wild Dog as new members of the team. Where we get a good a good tease at what is to come, I can’t wait to see what affect happens from the Flashpoint storyline

Wonder Woman

Gal Gadot is fresh from her fantastic appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice to bring her to the big screen for her debut as a lead in a film. We get a great tease in the few minutes of the trailer which features a fantastic cast and some great action scenes. It’s safe to say that the warrior from Themyscira will indeed make a great splash in 2017 in both Justice League (we will get to that) and with this movie! Did I mention the humour and action is just spectacular? Because it is!

Justice League

Well this one was unexpected! We don’t get this film for another 16 months (Sixteen Months!!!!!), but we got a great look at what is to come. We see Bruce Wayne begin to assemble the league in this movie and learn more about the members who will be coming in! Aquaman does indeed look intimidating, and this will work well for the character. Wonder Woman is on hand to help, and will do all she can to help Bruce. The Flash seems very keen to be part of this group, and almost fangirls over the fact he just met Batman. Then there is Cyborg who actually does look rather awesome! Cyborg ain’t as flashy (no joke intended) as I thought he would be, but does look impressive. We get a good idea of what to expect, but I think you should watch the trailer now and begin your hype train!

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Game Of Thrones: Winter is coming late…and ways to cope

*BE WARNED, SPOILERS AHEAD*

For a show which makes a lot of mentions about winter, it looks like it isn’t coming quick enough for production on the hit show. Usually, Game Of Thrones would begin filming this month to get it ready for its usual April start to air. This year may be an exception, as Daenerys has FINALLY left Meereen to take her place on the Iron Throne, we expect to see a lot more of winter as the seventh season sees it finally come. As you may notice, this is the summer. You can’t really make a winter setting when the temperature is reaching an average of 95 Fahrenheit. As much as it may be bad news for fans, you can’t help but laugh that it is the lack of the show’s most common motto which is keeping it from starting production.

How much longer will we need to wait to see Mad Queen Cersei making Kings Landing (should that be Queen’s?) her dumping ground and what will Jon Snow think about his true heritage? We need answers, and it may not be till the summer of next year when we get our next trip to Westeros. Until next year, and the possibly shortened runs for the last two seasons, Winter Is Coming! What can you watch to keep your mind entertained until 2017? Well, there is a lot of great shows which can satisfy your hunger for your epic drama cravings and I will tell you what they will help with.

THE WALKING DEAD

Why? The body count

Do you like your shows with a huge body count and multiple favourites being picked off on a regular basis? Well, you must have seen this show or at least heard of it. This is not the only similarity with GOT (I know there isn’t a lot) but it is truly an ensemble piece. The world goes bad and the dead are coming back to life as zombies (though are never called zombies, anyone else find that weird?). Arguably this is one of my favourite shows, even after six seasons. There is a lot to enjoy in this show. The human stories are indeed intriguing, the special effects on the zombies is just breath-taking and indeed they do deliver on the entertainment and shock value. Whether you just like the gore or just love Norman Reedus, you will love this show! You have 83 episodes to watch before Season 7 begins and that huge cliffhanger is finally resolved, get started!

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THE FLASH

Why? It looks awesome

Special effects in Game Of Thrones are stunning and give a real film quality to it, but it isn’t the only show that truly delivers on its looks. The Flash begun as a spin-off to hit show Arrow, but has since become front and centre of The CW programming and the best superhero show on TV now away from Netflix. The show probably has a fraction of a budget than that of the DC comics movies, but it looks great every single time. The attraction to the show is not just the special effects, but the characters are all truly engaging with tight storylines and the fan service on screen is nothing short of perfect. Two seasons in and I don’t see an end in sight for this show, especially after that finale…P.S. Arrow should be added to this too!

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BREAKING BAD

Why? Moral grey galore!

Breaking Bad really made good use of characters who you found it hard to decide if you like them or hate them, and this only is brought out in Game Of Thrones as well because of how perfected it was in this show. Walter White is definitely one of the most conflicted characters in TV history and the show was filled with many more that you could neither straightforward love or hate. A show about a man who finds he has cancer and wants to provide for his family by making Crystal Meth isn’t the best selling point is it? Well, turns out you only get the greatest show on TV ever according to many sources! The acting is well done and there is never a dull moment. Every episode in its 62 count is important and adds more detail to what is the most addictive shows I have ever experienced…and Better Call Saul is essential too!

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DOCTOR WHO

Why? Epic scope and long games

120 episodes since 2005 to sink your teeth into! That should help towards 2017? Well, this is also for anyone wanting to get into Doctor Who before series 10 (or 36 for the purists!). Arguably, the biggest show to come from my home country is still one of the best on TV. Even the 2015 series proved how fresh and shocking the show can be. Science Fiction has definitely seen a huge spike in popularity because of this time travelling show! Series 1-4 keeps things fairly simple, then Steven Moffat makes it more in-depth and involved, perfect for all of you who like complicated storylines and long pay-offs (The silence between series 5-7 I am talking about, and Gallifrey from 2005-2015).

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JOURNEYMAN

Why? Gripping

Only 13 episodes were made of this top drama, and I think this is truly one of the biggest mistakes ever made in TV. Just when the show was really making good traction and the main mythology was established, NBC cancelled it and left so many opportunities to be had. But, if you find yourself with a day free, then it would be worth watching this show about time travel and the effects it has on a man and his family. The show builds to a nice enough conclusion so you will be fulfilled by the time you reach the end, and the tension in this show can match that of GOT even though they are both very different.

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Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

INJUSTICE 2. What I Want To See!

Who would have thought a game based around DC comics and using the game engine from the latest Mortal Kombat series would prove such a hit? But it did in both the look and the gameplay. It was fun and really had you hooked all the way through the story mode and repeatedly going through the arcade segments to master each superhero and villain. The personal highlights I got from this game was how well each character was represented and the special moves given to each was well made and faithful to their traits. Also, who expected them to actually give a reason to how Green Lantern and Green Arrow could fight each other on equal grounds? But anyway, we have Injustice 2 on the way next year. With a cool looking trailer and hints to some new and returning characters, here are the five things I want to see in the next game…

  1. Don’t be afraid to extend the roster

There was a great cast of characters in the first game, though I am sure many fans would like a further expansion of the DC characters you can pick from. We already know Supergirl, Atrocitus and Gorilla Grodd will be in the new game with returning characters Batman, Superman, Aquaman and The Flash. After the successes of the DC TV shows, there is a lot of new characters who deserve a spot on the game. I reckon Black Canary, Constantine, Red Arrow, Firestorm and more would work well as some new heroes to feature. On the villain side, we need Captain Cold, Zoom, Riddler, Ra’s Al Ghul, Livewire, Clayface and maybe Brainiac as the main enemy? Why not.

  1. Keep them equal

The big selling point in the fights was that each character could handle their own with any other and still stay unique. Before 2013’s Injustice: Gods Among Us, I would have thought a game like this could not exist. Though I think the pills will not be a factor in this game, and that may not be a bad idea. In the trailer, it looks like we get to see some “upgrades” for the heroes to see them capable of going head to head on a level playing field again. Will that work into the story? This is where we get to the next point…

  1. Take inspiration from a certain 2016 film

Before you say it, I am not talking about Batman v Superman. If you have watched Captain America: Civil War, you will see its biggest talking point was the big battle between Team Cap and Team Iron Man. Maybe a similar story seeing the two sides form in the one universe (I think we could avoid multiverse for this game) and it would be fun to see two sides form over some crisis. I wouldn’t ask for a remake of what I saw on screen, but there are some elements that could be borrowed. Maybe it’s a way to deal with the defeat of a villain like Joker or Lex Luthor and then them fighting each other leaves earth vulnerable to an attack. From the information I have read, this looks very unlikely and seems to be a more direct continuation of the first. But fingers crossed the links will be there.

  1. Keep the same actors/actresses

Another good point from the first Injustice game was the voice acting. If you have Kevin Conroy voicing Batman, you have already sold it to me. There was also Carl Lumbly reprising his role as Martian Manhunter from the Justice League cartoon, Phil LaMarr becoming Green Lantern again and the amazing Tara Strong living her role as Harley Quinn. If we could have the same cast again, it would not be a disappointment. To have consistency within the games, it would be nice to get that same feeling back from the first title. The only change in cast would be for me The Joker, no offence to the guy who took it on, but I think Mark Hamill or Troy Baker needs to re-take the part.

  1. Longer story mode

In Mortal Kombat and Injustice: Gods Among Us, the story was always strong and enjoyable. The only problem was that story mode could be completed in about 5 hours. I know this would not be the end of my time playing the game, but it would be great to expand the story some more and get about 8-10 hours. If we learnt anything from the first game, the story shot past with great speed and indeed kept you hooked. I hope the next instalment can keep the same momentum but give a longer experience without just padding it out.

Injustice 2 will be released on PS4 and XBOX ONE in 2017.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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12 Best TV Characters Of The Last 12 Months

Another year has gone by and some great TV characters have emerged and stood out. Going from an initial list of 22, I have narrowed down my list to 12 of the best characters in the last 12 months. A mix of comedy, drama, action and even animation. Find out which 12 have stood out for me above the rest. I will say now there is a few spoilers ahead, so please be careful…

T.J. Miller – Erlich Bachman – Silicon Valley

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This show is probably the funniest on TV at the moment. Filled with some superb characters and hilarious set pieces, it was hard to decide which actor really stood out most. While Richard has really grown in confidence and Gilfoyle continues to be blunt and side-splittingly funny, you can’t help but love T.J. Miller who continues to impress as Erlich. Whether he is stealing coconut water, trying to rip-off Big Head (in fact, puts Big Head in financial ruin) or even his interactions with the Pied Piper board, he is indeed the best character and does it with the least effort. Want more proof, just remember this from Season One “Richard wrote the code, yeah, but the inspiration was clear. Let me ask you something. How fast do you think you could jack off every guy in this room? Because I know how long it would take me, and I can prove it!”.

Jon Bernthal – The Punisher/Frank Castle – Daredevil

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Last year, the main antagonist of this show made the list. This year, the semi antagonist/anti-hero has and does it just as well. From episode one, he is a force to be reckoned with. Straight away we see him come into conflict with Matt Murdoch and the two engage in some of the most engaging action ever seen on TV. Sod Batman v Superman, this was really the big superhero clash that March was going to give us and it delivered in every respect. Jon Bernthal did so well, that Netflix is working on a Punisher series! That is awesome! We see Frank Castle is a tortured soul and one that you will cheer for as he kills all the enemies in his path now and into the future.

Krysten Ritter – Jessica Jones – Jessica Jones

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This character is truly a unique superhero. Most people go for the “with great power comes great responsibility” philosophy. Krysten Ritter goes 180 on this as one of the most reluctant protagonists to ever appear. She lost her family, was brainwashed by a psycho in a purple suit and adopted by a horrible step-mother. But, where Jessica Jones shines is in the fact that she does care about some people (her step-sister Trish and love interest Luke Cage) and the strength that they give her. Also, she will always help those who are truly in need, though sometimes it may take a while to happen. She won’t go down easy, and I can’t wait to see where she will be in season two.

Melissa McBride – Carol Peletier – The Walking Dead

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There were many characters who could have been considered for this list again. The reason I chose Carol was because I feel she went through the most inner turmoil in this season. Her season long rival Morgan proved to her that she was maybe wrong in her actions, but also made her think more about what she wanted from her life. She begins a short romance with Tobin and saves Maggie from Negan’s soldiers, but she also loses her nerves and is unsure if she can protect anyone anymore. Her breakdowns are truly shocking for a character who has been very strong and this makes her more human.

David Harewood – J’onn J’onzz/Martian Manhunter/Hank Henshaw – Supergirl

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This is an actor who has previously portrayed Tuck in Robin Hood, Nelson Mandela, a Doctor Who villain (ish) and even appeared on Selfie (oh god why was that show ever made?). Truly one of his best performances is of him becoming the last green martian who aids Supergirl and is close friends with her cousin. As Hank Henshaw, we see J’onn save countless lives and protect the earth many times over. As J’onn J’onzz, he has become a great ally and helped Supergirl and her sister Alex more than any other being ever could. Let’s just hope Season Two will show more Martian Manhunter and possibly see him form the Arrowverse equivalent of The Justice League. (Which just to really make a go of it, would include: Arrow, Flash, Atom, Supergirl, Martian Manhunter, Black/White Canary, Firestorm, Mr Terrific and maybe Hawkman and Hawkgirl)

Andre Braugher – Captain Raymond Holt –  Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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After three seasons, the straight faced leader of the Nine-Nine has remained a favourite for many. He has become more relaxed and involved in the activities of his colleagues and still manages to stay as funny as he did in the first episode. He still tries to make Jake a better detective and is a father-figure to him when needed. He is a committed husband to Kevin which is indeed still the provider of some great scenes. Also, he considers an oboist a celebrity (which is funnier than it should be) and is at the end of season three placed into witness protection with Jake. Captain Holt will surely be suffering with this arrangement, but all for our amusement.

Rami Malek – Elliot Alderson – Mr. Robot

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A hacker with people problems? Yeah you probably have seen that before. But not to this level! Elliot has to deal with social anxiety and clinical depression which clearly isn’t fun, and to see how he can possibly work with a group of hackers looking to clear all debt by taking down E Corp (or Evil Corp as it is referred to). He has few friends, Rami’s voice over fills in some of the gaps we don’t see on screen or find out in his interactions. Being part of fsociety is clearly important to him and seems to be feeding on his paranoia and delusion to get him to help the hacktivist group. Also, the biggest moments come from his interactions with Mr. Robot himself and that trip when Elliot goes cold turkey is striking and incredibly insightful.

Maisie Williams – Ashildr/Me – Doctor Who

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Wait a minute, why not mention Maisie Williams as arse kicker Arya Stark (To be honest, she is now making her mark this season)? Well, she has had 6 years now perfecting that role. In Doctor Who, she becomes a recurring character in the form of Ashildr. When she first meets The Doctor, Ashildr is living in the time of Vikings and sacrifices herself to save her people. The Doctor revives her, and she later becomes a conflicted character. She goes against The Doctor and very much nearly destroys the world and inadvertently kills Clara. Hate her? Can you really hate her? She didn’t ask for immortality, but is the only one who will wait for The Doctor till the end of time itself!

Justin Roiland – Rick Sanchez – Rick and Morty

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The only animated character to make this list, the foul-mouthed grandpa who is happy to bend the universe (and other dimensions) to his own will. Rick is fearless, a drunk and a loner. He has his grandson Morty by his side to help him feel more human and give some meaning to his existence. This is shown in full when he sacrifices his freedom at the end of season two to protect his family from any harm. Want more proof Rick is a good guy, his “only” friend Bird Person says about the good Rick has done and will do anything for Morty and Summer (including making a car that will murder anyone who poses a threat to his grandchildren).

Jaimie Alexander – “Jane Doe”/“Taylor Shaw” – Blindspot

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A woman is found in a bag and has no memory of who she is and how she got there. “Jane” is brought to the attention of FBI agent Weller after his name is placed amongst the tattoos that nearly covers her whole body. What makes Jane great is that she is not so much a victim, but a vital asset for investigations in relation to the tattoos on her skin. Throughout the series, we see that Jane is capable of many styles of combat and is fluent in multiple languages. Whoever Jane turns out to be, I am sure there will be something big in store for Jane in the future and let’s hope they can keep the tension and excitement high for another year.

Teddy Sears – “Jay Garrick”/Hunter Zolomon/Zoom – The Flash

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From the beginning of Season Two of the show, we got to see Jay Garrick. The original Flash in the comics, he really was set to be a big force in the show. Well, the twist in this tale was that Jay was actually Hunter Zolomon AKA Zoom! The character blends in so well initially and makes his mark as the hope/support for Barry Allen after he arrives from Earth 2. When he reveals himself as Zoom, everything changes. The man who seemed to want to help The Flash was actually wanting to defeat him all along. He loved Caitlin Snow and saved Barry, but was also happy to kill a time remnant of himself multiple times. Zoom truly made a huge impact in the show, and let’s see if he does come back as The Black Flash!

Kit Harrington – Jon Snow – Game Of Thrones

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He managed to do two episodes of the show as a body lying on a table (we knew he wouldn’t stay dead), and then came back to life and begun making his plans to help his family and save his home. Where he has been a huge force and an almost untouchable character in the early series, we see his vulnerable side in Season 5 and this year continues to struggle with his own limitations and still find worry/fear with what has happened to him and what could happen. Also, Jon Snow continues to be one of the purest characters in Game Of Thrones and will probably be until its final episode when be either wins the game, gets killed again or becomes a dragon himself and destroys all that is in his path (I think that last one isn’t likely to happen).

Honourable mentions go to Tom Cavanagh for portraying another version of Harrison Wells on The Flash, Rhea Seehorn’s Kim Wexler in Better Call Saul, Sarah Wayne Callies in Colony and Idris Elba as Luther.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

Top Ten TV Characters Of The Last Year

In the last 12 months, there have been some fantastic performances in the land of television which saw these ten characters take the heights of popularity on the small screen. Whether it is a TV superhero, a former crook, a crooked lawyer or even a cartoon character, there is something for everyone here. Before going through this list, I want to add that barely missing this list was BoJack Horseman (Will Arnett), Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) in The Walking Dead and Joe Potter (Rafe Spall) in Black Mirror: White Christmas.

Taraji P. Henson – Cookie Lyon (Empire)

This character has become a phenomenon worldwide since Empire debuted early in 2015, giving Taraji P. Henson her best part in her career. With Cookie Lyon coming out of prison in the pilot after 17 years, she returns to the company she begun with her ex-husband Lucious and demands her share of the record company she help put together when Lucious was a struggling artist. With this hip-hop show producing some very catchy music and outstanding performances, it is all about the sassy Cookie as she makes you laugh with her attitude and cry with her heart. With Empire coming back for season two, I wonder where she will go next after trying to kill her ex-husband.

Vincent D’Onofrio – Wilson Fisk AKA Kingpin (Daredevil)

Daredevil normally comes as a package with Kingpin, and the 2015 Netflix series was no exception. Casting the fantastic Vincent D’Onofrio, he makes Wilson Fisk a complex and fascinating villain who compares to other Marvel Cinematic Universe antagonists such as Ultron and Loki for the sheer effortless portrayal and bringing something more unique to a series where so many villains are too one-dimensional. D’Onofrio has rightfully been earning praise and award nominations for his character, all of which he deserves and more. With season two of Daredevil due for 2016, let’s hope that The Punisher isn’t the only guy going for The Devil of Hell’s Kitchen!

Peter Capaldi – The Doctor (Doctor Who)

When you take on the role of The Doctor, you have to be prepared for a lashing from the fans. Peter Capaldi brings an older perspective of the Time Lord to the 21st century and it is brilliant. Starting the first of his regeneration cycle, The Doctor begins as a confused man and eventually becomes the tough and grouchy Doctor that we had waited for. After a Doctor that was full of life and regret, he is given the chance to enjoy his old age and show a new edge. His interactions with returning companion Clara are gripping and at times hilarious. Peter Capaldi gets his second series this autumn, and I can’t wait to see him fight the evil aliens once again.

Gemma Chan – Mia/Anita (Humans)

Portraying a character that isn’t human is not easy; portraying something that isn’t actually alive is even more difficult. But, it should be said that Gemma Chan has given a breath-taking performance as synthetic Anita. She doesn’t twitch, her focus is immense and you are honestly convinced that she is not human. You wouldn’t want to be left alone with her, as you feel you couldn’t trust her intelligence. How many times have we seen androids on screen? Movies like A.I. and characters such as Michael Fassbender’s David in Prometheus couldn’t even topple this subline performance. Give this woman the BAFTA!

Grant Gustin – Barry Allen/The Flash (The Flash)

In an age where many popular heroes have been those who rely on skill and money to be at the top of their game, but you can’t keep a character that can run fast enough to travel through time out of this list. Debuting as non-powered Barry Allen in Arrow in 2013, it was then in 2014 when we finally saw Mr Allen become the superhero he was destined to be. Determined to free his father from his fate in prison and later looking to rescue his mother from her death. Barry brings heart to all the superpowered mayhem in Central City and shows he is a hero who will do anything he can to save the day, while choosing different methods to his mentor Oliver Queen. Grant Gustin went from Glee to Flash with little problem, and definitely the coolest superhero on TV today.

Robin Lord Taylor – Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin (Gotham)

Before Gotham began, I would have barely put Penguin into my top ten list of Batman villains. But, the sheer performance and look of Robin Lord Taylor as gangster Oswald Cobblepot made me re-evaluate said list after just one episode. He is portrayed as creepy, smart, lethal and unpredictable. Showing himself as manipulating both of the main gangs of Gotham, Oswald is eventually shown as becoming one of the big players in the city after defeating Falcone and seeing the end of Fish Mooney. The main reason I can’t wait for Gotham is for this character, to see how we will next use Jim Gordon and watch him pace the city with his crippled walk.

Uzo Aduba – Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren (Orange Is The New Black)

As a starring character on the Netflix original show, Suzanne – accurately nicknamed Crazy Eyes – comes across as eccentric and easy to obsess, as she does with main protagonist Piper Chapman, but her character develops as the show continues. Mainly seen with other inmates such as Poussey and Taystee, she is controlled by her friends when having a behavioural episode and protected when people try to take advantage of her because of her natural naïveté. Despite her differing due to her mental illness, she can show that she is still as humane as all others. Even if she does write erotica about alien orgies.

Estelle – Garnet (Steven Universe)

No one would decide that a character from a kids’ cartoon could have such an impact but Steven Universe isn’t a normal cartoon. Based around beings formed around gemstones saving the world from evil, one stands out among the others: Garnet. As a fusion formed from two loving gems, Garnet pushes the boundaries that those working on kids’ shows are afraid to. Especially if you split Garnet to get the gems that form her, Ruby and Sapphire, and see that the feminine characters are in love, making them Cartoon Network’s first canonical same-sex relationship – even if they are really gemstones. It’s a big step to take in the world of children’s entertainment. Well done, Garnet.

Bob Odenkirk – Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman (Better Call Saul)

Being seen as the source of comic relief during the run of Breaking Bad, Bob Odenkirk was really given an opportunity to expand on his popular character and show that there was more to the lawyer than a number of quirks, funny henchmen and a terrible comb-over. Showing his caring side for his sick brother Chuck, his loving side for his close friend Kim and also showing the days before he was a lawyer (back when he was just a criminal). With Jimmy slowly becoming the shady lawyer which we knew from the parent series, this spin-off will soon see a more familiar Saul Goodman spread his wings very soon.

Hayley Atwell – Peggy Carter (Marvel’s Agent Carter)

2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger saw the debut of not only Chris Evans as the heroic Captain America, but we were also introduced to the charming Agent Peggy Carter, a British Agent working for the Strategic Scientific Reserve (the early version of S.H.I.E.L.D.) during World War II. What we didn’t know, was that this would soon lead to the fantastic mini-series starring Hayley Atwell once again. We see her become a hero in her own right as she looks to help her old friend Howard Stark in 1946 and save the world. She takes on the evil forces of Leviathan while looking very stylish and kicking arse with some great looking outfits and crafty gadgets.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove with contributions from Joanna Cosgrove (Uzo Aduba and Estelle)

The Top Five DC Villains On The Small Screen

So, I begun thinking about the takeover the DC Comics shows have had recently. With Arrow and Flash sharing a rich universe, Gotham bringing a fresh-faced look at those villains we remember and multiple cartoons which intrigued and gripped us. Well, I decided to make a list on here of my top five villains. I tried to be fair and keep it to one from each show. Let me know your own thoughts, but for now this is what I have put on…

  1. Helena Bertinelli/The Huntress – Arrow

I am sure many may not agree, but Helena Bertinelli is a very interesting character. Being a love interest for Oliver Queen, Jessica De Gouw brings a vigilante to life in Helena and we find her as more than a match for Oliver Queen. When they begin a relationship, it seems that Oliver can help keep her in control, but eventually The Huntress continues her mission to take down her criminal father and anyone who gets in her way. Helena Bertinelli is shown to be tough, dangerous and untrusting. When all happens, she finds that her revenge doesn’t change her, and this makes us anticipate what will happen in future appearances.

  1. Leonard Snart/Captain Cold – The Flash

So this is possibly the newest villain, but someone who has made a great impact on 2014’s The Flash since his debut. Wentworth Miller portrays a brilliant villain as Leonard Snart, the first rival for The Flash who isn’t a meta-human and definitely one of the most dangerous. Leonard Snart is the first man to actually stop Barry Allen with the ice gun; he uses his brains and has become a recurring menace for the STAR Labs group. Teaming up with other villains in the Rogues Gallery, be sure to see Captain Cold for a long time still as his menace and gravitas continues.

  1. The Joker – Batman: The Animated Series

The Joker has been popular for many years, though he didn’t really see his character fleshed out on screen as much as when Mark Hamill took to voicing him in the 1990’s cartoon series. The character, though in the series was slightly restricted to how far he could go, his menace shines through in each appearance and each time you hear that laugh is a feeling of both discomfort and fun. His appearances in the Batman animated films and Batman Beyond continued his menace on a more terrifying scale and his inclusion in the Batman: Arkham Video Game series showed just how far The Joker can go while keeping Mark Hamill to cement the most popular villain in Batman history.

  1. Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin – Gotham

I will start by saying that Penguin has never been my favourite villain. I enjoyed Burgess Meredith’s portrayal in the 60’s and Batman Returns saw Danny Devito really bring in the creep factor, but one man beats them all. Robin Lord Taylor. Bringing Oswald Cobblepot to a pre-Batman Gotham showed us a snivelling, cowardly character who is being an obedient little servant. But, we slowly see he is actually clever, treacherous and dangerous. Seeing him kill a number of people and also plant himself into both of the big gangs in Gotham, The Penguin is also shown to be caring to his mother but heartless to everyone else. Robin Lord Taylor is the best actor to take this role, and arguably the best actor on the show.

  1. Slade Wilson/Deathstroke – Arrow

Starting as a friend to Oliver Queen while on the island Lian Yu during his first year being “dead”. Oliver is told to find Slade Wilson to help save Yao Fei from his imprisonment. Oliver and Slade become good friends, working together to eventually get off the island. Later, Slade Wilson is injected with the Mirakuru serum and becomes super-strong, but his mind evaporates and he begins to see visions of Yao’s dead daughter Shado whom he loved. He blames Oliver for his death and seeks revenge. Though Oliver thinks he has killed Slade while on the island, he returns five years later to seek revenge on Oliver and makes him suffer. Manu Bennett may not be the most known actor, but he makes a really tough character and a formidable foe for any hero.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

THE TEN SHOWS TO SEE IN 2015

2015 looks set to bring a lot of TV shows which will be hooked on over the next 12 months. This is the ten shows I will be watching

Arrow/The Flash

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Ok, I begin this list by cheating a bit. As they are in the same universe and also have shared multiple crossovers, it’s hard to say where to begin for these two superhero dramas. First off, Arrow left us with possibly it’s most shocking cliffhanger following Oliver’s meeting with Ra’s Al Ghul and The Flash saw Barry Allen finally come face to face with the man who killed his Mum. Be sure to keep up to date with both of these high quality shows and see what happens next when this DC Comics inspired world returns (and more crossovers would be nice).

Doctor Who

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Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman will return as The Doctor and Clara Oswald for the ninth series of the revived Sci-Fi Doctor Who. This year celebrates ten years since it re-emerged to the world to high viewing figures and rave reviews. Doctor Who is all about change and now people seem to be embracing the new Doctor more and his second series as the time lord looks already set to bring big changes (filming starting with a two-parter, please let there be more of these again).

Marvel’s Agent Carter

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Hayley Atwell returns to front her own mini-series as the heroic Peggy Carter. First seen in Captain America and cropping in other Marvel movies and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. developed her character and made way for her to return. Set after World War II, Peggy is helping her friend Howard Stark when he is being made to look like he is selling his weapons on the black market and enlists Peggy’s help to clear his name while also tackling the organisation Leviathan. When is the UK gonna get this show? Please let it be soon!

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Netflix a couple of years ago announced their plans to create four Marvel-based TV shows which would have links to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the first of these is Daredevil. British actor Charlie Cox leads the cast as Matt Murdock, a blind man who works as a lawyer but is also a crime-fighter. Set to debut in April, the show has got a positive buzz around it and I can’t wait to see the end result to this usually underrated comic character.

Fortitude

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A show that will bring together Christopher Eccleston, Stanley Tucci, Sofie Gråbøl and Michael Gambon should be enough to sell this one! Set in the arctic in an almost isolated town. Fortitude is a place where it is rather peaceful and safe, but one day a murder happens and everything changes. Dark secrets are exposed and lots of twists and turns are expected in this psychological thriller. Simon Donald is behind this one and looks to replicate the success of his now iconic Channel 4 show Low Winter Sun.

Better Call Saul

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Breaking Bad took us on an adventure and showed us that the dad from Malcolm In The Middle could become one of the world’s top actors. Set before its parent show, Better Call Saul brings back lawyer Saul Goodman and shows his life before he came face to face with Walter White. Bob Odenkirk returns as Saul and is also joined by Jonathan Banks as Mike, his loyal private investigator. The question of whether or not Bryan Cranston and/or Aaron Paul will feature may still be up in the air, but the show already looks like addictive viewing. Roll on February.

The Walking Dead

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The zombie apocalypse, it’s bleak. It is never getting any better, people are dying one way or another. But, you can’t help but be captivated throughout. Continuing on from probably one of the best run of episodes in recent memory, the group of survivors continue to find a new home after visiting the supposed haven that was Terminus. The gang are back together, but can they stay together? The Walking Dead has been renewed for a Sixth Season and I hope it retains the magic formula which has got us to this point.

Bojack Horseman

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Another Netflix show, this animated comedy struck a chord from the very first episode. A quirky adult cartoon about a famous actor (the titular Bojack Horseman, voiced by the very funny Will Arnett) who was the star of a sitcom in the 1980’s-90’s sitcom Horsin’ Around. If you hadn’t guessed already, yes, he is a horse. Funny, different and at times very strange, the show manages to keep itself from being too serious but also makes you feel for the character who seemingly only cares for himself.

Game Of Thrones

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There was no way I was going to miss this one out. Possibly one of the greatest shows (if not just the greatest) HBO has ever produced. We return to Westeros for the fifth season of Game Of Thrones and things are about to get all shaken up. With Season Four giving us the trial of Tyrion Lannister, the battle on the wall and that fight between The Mountain and The Viper, there is a lot for it to live up to. But, if we trust the show like we have before, we can expect even more memorable moments to come.

Mrs Brown’s Boys

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Probably one of the best British Sitcom’s today, Mrs Brown’s Boys is just good belly laughs and a great way to bring you up. Brendan O’Carroll brings his iconic character to life in this sitcom effortlessly and makes the show funny. The show may be restricted to Christmas specials at the moment since they are continuously touring their live stage shows (which are also great) and the release of the recent movie also taking their time, but I am glad to think that I will be finishing my Christmas day with a big smile on my face.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

And as we have no official UK broadcaster for it yet, here is a sneak-peek of Marvel’s Agent Carter