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Past articles by James:

Does the Queen really own all the swans?

Swans get royal protection but they're not the only wildlife claimed by Her Majesty → Read More

OCD almost took my life. I need help. Not awareness.

People wrestling with their mental health need treatment, not awareness weeks and Twitter threads, writes James McMahon. → Read More


How the 'Peaky Blinders' finale sets up a movie and TV spin-offs

It's Tommy vs the fascists in World War II – or is it? Here's how the final episode of 'Peaky Blinders' looks forward to a full-length film → Read More


'Peaky Blinders' season 6 finale recap: the last orders are in

Does Tommy Shelby meet his end in the last ever episode of 'Peaky Blinders'? We finally found out in the beautifully written 'Lock and Key' → Read More


'Pistol': what the cast told us about their new Sex Pistols series

“This is the story of the underdog..." says Anton Boon, who plays John Lydon in the new TV biopic of the Sex Pistols, 'Pistol'. → Read More


Why 'Peacemaker' is the superhero franchise we need right now

Starring John Cena as the douchey title character, James Gunn's Peacemaker series is a bombastic blast with a bangin' hair metal soundtrack. → Read More


'Peaky Blinders' season 6 episode 4 recap: Tommy's fascist flirtation

In 'Sapphire', 'Peaky Blinders' season 6 episode 4, Tommy mourns the death of his daughter and increasingly flirts with the British fascists → Read More


'Peaky Blinders' season 6 episode 3 recap: Ada comes into her own

Forget everything you thought you knew about the previously undervalued Ada Shelby, she comes into her own during Peaky Blinders' new episode → Read More


‘Vikings: Valhalla’: five things to know about the gruesome new spin-off

Not sure 'Vikings: Valhalla' is for you? Let the cast and creators do a little convincing. We think you'll come around soon enough... → Read More


First look review: ‘Peaky Blinders’ season six – Tommy’s time-jump sets up his final fling

Episode one starts with a three-year time-jump, attempting to explain everything that's happened in the run-up to 'Peaky Blinders' season 6 → Read More


How Angela Kang resurrected 'The Walking Dead'

TV's top zombie show has got good again, just in time for its final fling. We meet the overseer of all things undead, showrunner Angela Kang. → Read More


Ivan Reitman – 1946-2022: 'Ghostbusters' legend who taught us to always seek the magic in life

RIP to a filmmaking genius, Ivan Reitman, whose comedy creations taught millions to look beyond the mundane – and toward adventure → Read More


‘Jackass Forever’ review: pure, prank-filled fun (plus a lot of testicles)

In a time of fear and frustration, we all need to see a dude get kicked in the nuts – and that's exactly what 'Jackass Forever' serves up → Read More


‘After Life’ season three review: Ricky Gervais’ humanist hit goes out on a high

The final scene of Ricky Gervais' 'After Life' season 3, moving and poignant, is among its creator's greatest works. Don't miss it → Read More


'Scream' review: rollercoaster 'requel' is stuffed with scary good times

Ghostface returns in 'Scream 5' to slash a bloody knife through the modern horror rulebook – and give us all a well-earned few hours of fun → Read More

The worst places to live in the UK? Britain's run-down towns aren't funny anymore

There’s too much suffering prevalent to whistle in the wind about the worst places to live in the UK, writes James McMahon → Read More


The 10 best horror films of 2021

NME looks back at the 10 best horror films of 2021, featuring the likes of 'Candyman', 'Censor' and 'Lamb' → Read More

Bullseye was a record of the working-class being left behind

Bullseye was more than just a darts competition show, but an active records of working class communities and the difficulties they faced in the 80s → Read More


'The Witcher' season two review: Netflix fantasy show finds its feet in much-improved second offering

Henry Cavill leads the way as Geralt of Rivia in the return of the popular adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s beloved novel series → Read More


‘Tiger King: The Doc Antle Story’ review: salacious spin-off swaps facts for farce

'Tiger King: The Doc Antle Story' is yet another follow-up series to the Netflix phenomenon – with increasingly awful results → Read More