The year in cinema and television


After the cessation of productions following the pandemic, the cinema tried to make a comeback this year. Meanwhile, streaming platforms have served up a glut of binge-worthy series to make sure we all stay glued to our TVs.

Film and television were particularly affected by the onset of the pandemic last year, as national lockdowns across the world forced theaters to close and big-budget productions to shut down entirely. While 2021 has seen a return to business as usual – albeit with strict Covid security precautions in place – the events of the past 18 months have clearly had an impact on the nature of the industry and viewing habits. people on a deeper level. Some of the most popular shows of the year range from cheerful and uplifting (think Sex Education’s light-hearted teen exam) to pure escape (Netflix’s luxury retail series Selling Sunset, is so opulent that it hardly counts as a reality show).

On the other end of the spectrum, Jack Thorne Help’s hard-hitting drama marked one of the first attempts to unravel our experience of a pandemic in the cultural realm. Set in a fictional care home in Liverpool but based on the very real events of the past year, the heart-wrenching one-off drama starred Jodie Comer as a caregiver and Stephen Graham as an Alzheimer’s patient.

But there were also plenty of other storylines to unravel in 2021. Here we take a look at some of the other major film and TV trends that have emerged this year:

Above: Squid Game, the hit series from Netflix. Above: Still from Dune
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