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2811, 2016

BBC One’s The Missing – Will the series finale give us all the answers?

By |November 28th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on BBC One’s The Missing – Will the series finale give us all the answers?

by Morag Kennedy and Shona Robinson-Edwards, visiting lecturers in Criminology at Birmingham City University

The BBC One crime thriller The Missing has become more intriguing as the weeks go on.  Series two was set to be both intriguing and, at some points, unpredictable.  The disappearance and speculated return of Alice Webster has kept the audience […]

410, 2016

Could EastEnders’ Denise change her mind about her baby’s adoption?

By |October 4th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Could EastEnders’ Denise change her mind about her baby’s adoption?

by Alison Edwards, senior lecturer in Midwifery at Birmingham City University

A recent storyline on EastEnders has seen Denise Fox fall pregnant at the age of 47.  Many may question the likelihood of such an occurrence but in reality, Denise’s situation is not that unusual. Recent ONS (Office for National Statistics) figures indicate a year-on-year increase […]

1609, 2016

BBC’s ‘One Of Us’ – Can the final episode be likened to real-life murder cases?

By |September 16th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on BBC’s ‘One Of Us’ – Can the final episode be likened to real-life murder cases?

<by Dr Adam Lynes, Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

As suggested last week, it was highly unlikely that Rob was going to be the killer, despite his apparent motivation to kill the “knife wielding drug addict” who murdered the young couple in the first episode, and the practical manner in which he assisted in […]

909, 2016

BBC’s ‘One Of Us’ – Is Rob really the killer?

By |September 9th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on BBC’s ‘One Of Us’ – Is Rob really the killer?

by Dr Adam Lynes, Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

One of the more interesting themes from this week (Episode 3) was the juxtaposition between how the media reported and portrayed the young murdered couple to, as hinted at the end of the episode, the potentially darker reality behind why they were in fact killed. This brings […]

109, 2016

‘An eye for an eye’ – Episode 2 of BBC Thriller ‘One of Us’

By |September 1st, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on ‘An eye for an eye’ – Episode 2 of BBC Thriller ‘One of Us’

Dr Adam Lynes, Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

This week’s episode of One of Us continues the “whodunit” style established in the first episode, but introduces and develops interesting themes that, from the point of view of a criminologist, are very interesting.

The most fascinating theme that I found myself being drawn to was the more philosophical […]

2408, 2016

New BBC thriller series ‘One of Us’ – a feast of crime and deviance

By |August 24th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on New BBC thriller series ‘One of Us’ – a feast of crime and deviance

by Dr Elizabeth Yardley, Associate Professor of Criminology and Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University.

In recent years we’ve seen a few ‘whydunit’ dramas emerge, such as The Fall, when we know who the perpetrator is from the outset and spend the series trying to figure out what drives them to […]

710, 2015

Will Doctor Foster feel better for taking revenge on her cheating husband?

By |October 7th, 2015|In The News|Comments Off on Will Doctor Foster feel better for taking revenge on her cheating husband?

by Dr Elle Boag, senior lecturer in Social Psychology at Birmingham City University

I have, for the past weeks, watched Dr Foster with varying emotional reactions ranging from disbelief and horror that so called ‘friends’ can betray someone without remorse (until they got found out) to screaming at the TV in anger and frustration that Dr […]

1205, 2015

Let’s give Mr Whittingdale a little licence

By |May 12th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Let’s give Mr Whittingdale a little licence

Bob Calver, senior lecturer in Broadcast Journalism at Birmingham City University

Much has been made of the impact on the BBC of the new man in charge of the Department of Culture Media and Sport. John Whittingdale is on record as saying the BBC Licence Fee is ‘worse than the poll tax’ and that the current […]

1401, 2015

Bring Back Borstal

By |January 14th, 2015|Opinion|Comments Off on Bring Back Borstal

Would bringing back the methods from Borstal Prison solve the current crisis in UK prisons? Professor David Wilson discusses.

In what can only be described as one of the worst inspection reports on a Young Offender Institution (YOI) of all time, the Chief Inspector of Prisons, Nick Hardwick, yesterday described HMYOI Feltham as “unacceptably violent” and […]

1012, 2014

Are the days of the Licence Fee numbered?

By |December 10th, 2014|In The News|Comments Off on Are the days of the Licence Fee numbered?

A recent Ofcom report states that there are almost a million households who have a broadband connection, but no TV. The implication is that these households are still viewing TV content, but online, perhaps through catch-up services via their mobile, tablet or laptop, rather than on a TV.

Is this a problem? Well, potentially yes, particularly […]