Loving the ‘Oaks

Hollyoaks, a Channel 4 soap set in a fictional suburb of Chester, is a strange beast.  Aimed at teenagers, on one level it’s like an economy-value Dynasty, with similarly overblown and contrived storylines; but instead of champagne-drenched catfights the inhabitants of the ‘Oaks settle their differences by glassing each other or … Continue Reading Loving the ‘Oaks

Ward No. 6

Taken collectively, Chekhov’s short stories are an impassioned protest against the depravation inflicted by those in authority upon the weakest members of society; those with no voice or recourse to justice. Director and writer Matthew Parker’s absurdist interpretation of one of the longest of these stories, Ward No. 6 – first … Continue Reading Ward No. 6