It shouldn’t have taken a death to suspend the Jeremy Kyle show

The public’s health and societal problems are increasingly being used as bait to rake in the viewers. Why isn’t the media doing more to remove shows that carry mental health risks? Here's my latest piece for the Independent which came in light of the tragic news that a participant from the Jeremy Kyle Show died … Continue reading It shouldn’t have taken a death to suspend the Jeremy Kyle show

LINEKER UNABLE TO RESPOND TO NEWS THAT OPINIONS ARE PROHIBITED IN SPORT

Sports legend Gary Lineker has been unable to respond to fresh criticism relating to his politically-charged tweets as he is not allowed an opinion on it. As a TV star and sports personality, it has been revealed that he is not authorised to have an opinion on anything that other people might disagree with. The … Continue reading LINEKER UNABLE TO RESPOND TO NEWS THAT OPINIONS ARE PROHIBITED IN SPORT

It took having a breakdown on stage to take my mental health seriously

There's this idea that acting, performing, being creative, etc, is a cushy way to carve out a career. We've heard people complain on social media when a show or a gig is cancelled because of the performer's illness or exhaustion. Surely they can just get on with it for one night? But the pressure on … Continue reading It took having a breakdown on stage to take my mental health seriously

Soap fan and proud: Why TV soaps have a crucial role in education

Our beloved Philip Schofield has just hosted another raucous British Soap Awards and the usual best dressed / worst dressed nonsense has hit the headlines again. But the soaps do a lot more for us than generating gossip on the cobbles, leaving us hanging with duff-duffer moments and making us gasp for breath as something … Continue reading Soap fan and proud: Why TV soaps have a crucial role in education

Have we finally got to grips with the truth behind tortured rock stars?

My one and only piece for NME (does this make me cool or someone rapidly approaching 40 yet desperately hanging on to their youth, increasingly jealous of their 19 year old step son who takes better selfies and has a much wider taste in music). Anyway, I like NME, I loved Hole and Nirvana and … Continue reading Have we finally got to grips with the truth behind tortured rock stars?