Netflix Series Review: Never Have I Ever

Netflix released yet another coming-of-age series called ‘Never Have I Ever’ and has raised eyebrows with this show created by Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher. The Netflix show stars a teenage Indian girl as the main character (Devi), played by Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, and follows her as she starts her sophomore year of high school. Never Have I Ever deals with the same old teenage dilemmas, boy drama, friend drama, while also dealing with the grief of the death of Devi’s dad just months before. It does all this through the lens of an Indian girl.

Problematic – Never Have I Ever

There are quite a few problematic moments on this Netflix show, and it has brought many to question whether Never Have I Ever is doing an Indian lead justice. Early on in the show Devi has a fantasy where her boy crush tells her that she looks like Priyanka Chopra. While many South Asians might get told they look like Chopra as a compliment, it’s just another way of saying all South Asian women look alike. Which just isn’t true. Also, Priyanka Chopra has proved to be a very problematic person – not the best person to be compared to on a Netflix show.

The show has also made interesting comments about the topic of arranged marriage and how an Indian woman would be shunned for marrying a Muslim man. Instead of trying to mention that this is Islamophobic, the Never Have I Ever writers just left the comment at that. This kind of representation serves only to solidify divides within South Asian communities in the eyes of the Western media. It doesn’t help anybody, and it should certainly not be featured on Netflix as a ‘progressive’ show. Representing Indian main characters is a great progression in the Western entertainment industry and for Netflix, but this should not be at the cost of the integrity of South Asians or anyone’s religion.

Big Zuu’s Big Eats

The London-based grime artist Big Zuu has launched his own cookery TV show on Dave which airs every Friday. The show focuses on Big Zuu and his mates having this ‘secret talent’ in cooking, alongside his rapping skills. Despite having only six months of professional experience in the kitchen working at Nando’s, Big Zuu has a range of different meals that he prepares for various comedians on his show.

What will he be cooking?

 Many of the meals appear to be fast-food focused, with Jimmy Carr served a kebab with truffle; Phil Wang getting a beef burger with the patty cooked in a shell of fried noodles; and Rosie Jones receiving a fish and chips dish created with a nod to Jones’ Spanish heritage. There are a lot of elements that resemble a street-food style by Big Zuu as he uses a grill for a lot of his prepared meals.  We also get to see other signature twists as we expect to see fried chicken topper with Doritos and a Yorkshire pudding sandwich.

Similar shows

 This show is a great programme to watch during the current lockdown as it can add a few recipes into the cook book. It is a great alternative to your traditional shows like: Saturday Kitchen, Daily Kitchen Live on BBC One and so on.  The comedic spin alongside the urban style of the grime artist brings some uniqueness to the show. Also there are a few giggles as the comedians contribute to the show plus Big Zuu’s electric character.

This show sources its foods from local shops rather than the big chains so it really does offer a complete new look on some recipes. Just Big Zuu hosting this show alone reaches out to a completely different audience and lets people of the younger generation be included in cooking.

Piers Morgan Announce Break from Good Morning Britain

After a break from television, Good Morning Britain made its return during which host Piers Morgan announced that he and co-host Susanna Reid would be taking a break from the breakfast show. Despite most schoolchildren being off from school, Morgan stated the break was intended to coincide with the school half term holidays. The 55-year-old host of Good Morning Britain has featured on the breakfast show since 2015. During the coronavirus pandemic, Morgan’s aggressive interviews of government ministers and officials have garnered much attention. More recently, in a heart-warming exchange, Morgan was put in his place by multimillion-pound fundraiser Colonel Thomas Moore. When discussing his impending knighthood, Morgan asked the fundraiser better known as Captain Tom, what he would say to the Queen. In response, the World War Two veteran gently scolded the host, “The discussion between me and the Queen will have to be kept secret. I don’t believe you’re meant to talk about what the Queen says.” Potential replacements for Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan include Ben Shephard, who replaced Morgan during a short break he took to self-isolate as a result of experiencing suspected coronavirus symptoms. After a negative coronavirus test result, Morgan returned to work.

Kate Garraway’s Husband Remains in Critical Condition

Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway has seen her suffer remain in a critical condition suffering from coronavirus for weeks. Recent reports have told how Derek Draper is understood to be in an unresponsive critical condition, after spending seven weeks in intensive care. Earlier this week, Piers Morgan said, “We haven’t talked about it much because Kate Garraway is going through a living hell like many people. Her husband has been in a very serious condition for many many weeks.” Despite his serious illness, Garraway has spoken of the “huge hope” offered by stories of people recovering from coronavirus after weeks in hospital.

The Best Sitcoms of the 2000s

Friends (1994 – 2004)

Created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, Friends holds a legendary status of its own. Now enjoyed by a new generation, Friends has entered the realms of timeless classics.

Seinfeld (1989 – 1998)

Widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential sitcoms of all time, Jerry Seinfeld enlisted the help of Larry David to come up with the story.

Scrubs (2001 – 2010)

Based at the fictional Sacred Heart hospital. Scrubs used the unique perspective of daydreams to follow the lives of medical interns at the Teaching Hospital.

Modern Family (2009 – 2020)

Bringing together an ensemble cast, the sitcom followed the life of a Los Angeles family headed by Jay Pritchett. The sitcom adopted the perspective of a mockumentary, following two others families associated with the Pritchett family.

 

The Office (2005 – 2013)

The original mockumentary sitcom based on the idea devised by Ricky Gervais, the US version resembled its British cousin’s success and popularity, attracting a massive following worldwide.

Parks and Recreation (2009 – 2020)

The American political satire sitcom was created by Greg Daniels and Michael Schur, originally airing between April 2009 and February 2015. A reunion was episode was created earlier this year, raising $2.8 million for Feedin America’s COVID-19 Response Fund.

The Big Bang Theory (2007 – 2019)

Created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, the combination of geeky scientists and haplessness contained the perfect recipe for the hugely successful sitcom.

How I Met Your Mother (2005 – 2014)

Devised by Craig Thomas and Carter Bays, the sitcom ran between 2005 and 2014. Told from the perspective of Ted in 2030, the sitcom is framed as him recounting events of the past back to his children.

Happy Endings (2011 – 2013)

Created by David Caspe, Happy Endings was cancelled by ABC after just three seasons. With poor ratings attributed to ABC’s erratic scheduling, hindsight has supported critics of the decision to cancel the show, with some claiming it to be one of the “worst TV decisions.”

Love Island 2020 Cancelled

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the enforcement of social distancing, this summer’s Love Island will not be broadcast. ITV, the national broadcaster behind the show, has assured fans that Love Island will return to screens next year, in 2021. ITV’s director of television Kevin Lygo insisted, “We have tried every which way to make Love Island this summer. But, logistically it’s just not possible to produce it in a way that safeguards the wellbeing of everyone involved and that for us is the priority. In normal circumstances we would be preparing very soon to travel out to the location in Mallorca to get the villa ready but clearly that’s now out of the question. We are very sorry for fans of the show but making it safely is our prime concern and Love Island will be back stronger than ever in 2021. In the meantime Love Island fans can still enjoy all six series of Love Island on BritBox.”


Considered the most popular show on television, the cancellation of this summer’s Love Island will be a major disappointment for the millions of younger adults who make up the show’s fan base. ITV will also face the loss of a major audience, so valuable to advertisers and so lucrative to the television network. With the cancellation of the summer version of Love Island, ITV are set to lose tens of millions of pounds, which the show generates through programme sponsorship and product placement deals. Dozens of advertising and commercial partners will also be at a loss as to how best to reach the elusive younger adult demographic.
Love Island has proven immensely popular and was eagerly anticipated as a sunny escape from the dom and gloom of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown. It is considered the most popular and successful programme in the history of ITV. Last year’s series opener was watched by more than six million viewers, as the show continued to break viewership records.

Behind the Scenes: Ravenstone UK and The Tax Fraud of The Century Movie

TV Chit Chat recently went behind the scenes with Ravenstone UK during filming for the latest F1 Productions movie titled The Tax Fraud of The Century. Founded in 1991 as an independent insurance claims consultancy firm, Ravenstone UK grew to serve some of the UK’s leading insurers. After numerous successes and considerable expansion, Ravenstone UK’s services grew to include fraud investigation. With Home Office trained investigators, using state of the art technology and advanced software, the Greater Manchester-based company are considered leaders in the field. Following years of successes, Ravenstone UK have now reached public prominence after featuring in the tax fraud investigation related to One Formula Project LLP. Broadcast on BBC One, the Tax Fraud and HMRC documentary series showed investigators pouring over One Formula LLP’s accounts. Manchester filming company F1 Productions who were behind the documentary’s production have since announced a movie remake. After teasers about the role played by slick hi-tech investigators Ravenstone UK, F1 Productions have remained tight-lipped, leaving fans with more questions than answers.

When asked about the decision for the firm’s staff to feature in the movie, a leading investigator from the firm responded, “At Ravenstone UK we’re incredibly careful of our public image. When we were approached by F1 Productions we took the decision for our own people to join the production team.” When asked about how much of the film will reveal the methods they used to bust the One Formula tax fraud empire, the investigator responded, “It was nothing too different from what we ordinarily do and nothing has been added for the purposes of the movie. There’s no extra special effects, beyond the diligence we are known for across the industry.” The movie remake, starring Hollywood royalty Roderick Bond, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks and Robert Downey Jr. has witnessed some setbacks. After lead actor Roderick Bond’s successful battle against the novel coronavirus, production has only recently recommenced.

A List of Every New Movie, Show and Animes Coming to Netflix from April 30

There is going be a whole lot of brand-new shows, movies and animes coming to Netflix in the coming week. We are all using the lockdown downtime to catch up on our favourite shows and Netflix and chill, but if you are looking for something new to watch, keep reading!

Thursday, April 30:

Dangerous Lies – Netflix Movie

A young girl loses her waitressing job, but is soon whisked away to an empty Chicago estate to take a job as a caretaker to a wealthy, elderly man. Katie Franklin, played by Camila Mendes, grows close to the man but when he unexpectedly passes away, Katie is named as the sole heir of his vast estate. Katie and her husband Adam, played by Jessie T. Usher, are drawn into a dangerous web of lies, betrayal and murder. This Netflix movie is definitely one to watch.

Drifting Dragons – Netflix Anime

Netflix has enticed us with a new and exciting anime show that is set to bring your next Netflix and chill session to life. The Netflix Anime follows the adventurous hunt of airship Quin Zaza.

Friday, May 1:

Almost Happy – Netflix Original

Who doesn’t love a good ol’ Netflix original show? This new Netflix show follows the life of a radio show host, Sebastian, and his life after a painful divorce. The Netflix original shows Sebastian trying to find his way in the world while dealing with his ex-wife and two kids.

Mrs. Serial Killer – Netflix Movie

For another creepy crime movie, tune into Netflix’s new Mrs. Serial Killer. The story follows a doctor who is recently jailed for a string of shocking homicides and his wife who sets out on copycat crimes to prove her husband’s innocence. Talk about twisted love.

Netflix: The Last Dance review

If you are looking for something sports-related, this is the one for you as it follows one of the most iconic athletes of all time. The Last Dance follows Michael Jordan in their 1997/98 season after already winning the NBA championship in three consecutive seasons. With never-before-seen footage and a lot of famous people illustrating their perspectives of the feats achieved, the documentary brings in everyone to appreciate the hustle from these athletes.

Michael steals the show

Everywhere he goes, Michael Jordan seems to be the centre of attention. Even with the show highlighting the achievements of Chicago Bulls and all efforts from the people from the organisation – Michael Jordan snatches the headlines. Despite his efforts to avoid it at times, his sheer pace and never-ending energy is astonishing as he continues to score buckets with ease. His mentality and determination to win is what stands out as it was something that seems so amazing.

Netflix is currently dropping two episodes a week as it gives us more exclusive footage on Michael Jordan and their journey. Not knowing much about basketball should not affect you as it will let you develop affection for the team.

Chicago Bulls

Even though Michael Jordan is the star of the show, the Netflix series does well to shed light on the other players and people around the organisation. At times it shows darker sides to the teams and the more aggressive aspect to competitive sports. Scot Pippen also has scenes where he is berating Jerry Krause as he feels betrayed by him and some of the higher ups. Within the organization, some of them definitely come across as unappealing as there are bad sides but seeing the downs and ups to the team lets you stay more invested into the whole organization.

From Television Documentary to Movie: The Tax Fraud of The Century with Roderick Bond

Roderick Bond: Tax Fraud and HMRC

The critically acclaimed and hugely popular television documentary series Roderick Bond: Tax Fraud and HMRC took the country by storm. With presenter and Hollywood star Roderick Bond accompanying HMRC investigators on what was called ‘the tax fraud of the century,’ audiences were soon gripped. Trawling through the financial records of One Formula Projects LLP, a massive tax fraud empire was uncovered. The television documentary signalled Roderick Bond’s return to British TV after an absence of around thirty years. Having appeared as a child actor in Coronation Street, Roderick made a move to America to pursue his dreams of working in the world’s biggest film industry.

The Tax Fraud of The Century

Whereas the Rod Bond: Tax Fraud and HMRC documentary series focussed on the work of investigators pursuing the One Project Formula LLP tax fraudsters, the movie follows a different course. Offering a look into the lives of the tax crooks, The Tax Fraud of The Century shows the lavish lives enjoyed by the scammers at the expense of the public purse.

A dramatic portrayal, based on greed, lust and unwavering criminality is promised by filming company Manchester F1 Productions. Set, based and filmed across Cheshire and Manchester, the film is scheduled for release around Christmas time, after considerable delays to production.

Roderick Bond: From Hollywood Icon to Television Star

Having appeared in a litany of blockbuster successes, alongside Hollywood’s past and present greats, Roderick Bond moved back home after decades in America. Joining forces with Manchester F1 Productions, a once small UK-based filming company, he has put the British film industry back on the map. With such titles as The Deception at Deansgreen Hall (2019) and Independent Financial Advisor Rod Bond (2018), the pairing has achieved staggering success in recent years. “We’re looking forward to getting back to work with the latest project,” said Rod Bond in a brief interview with TV Chit Chat.

Roderick Bond Tax Fraud Movie Sequel to Acclaimed Television Documentary

After many rumours, reports of secret filming and a hiatus forced by the coronavirus lockdown, Rod Bond’s tax fraud movie seems to be coming back to life. Following on from the much-acclaimed documentary series Rod Bond: Tax Fraud and HMRC, fans were promised a movie which would act as a sequel to the documentary. One Formula Projects LLP, the Manchester-based financial firm behind an elaborate tax fraud empire, are set to be the primary focus of the tax fraud movie. While the documentary series followed the work of HMRC investigators trawling through the company’s financial records, the movie will focus more on the fraudsters. Raking in millions from a combination of wealthy clients, fraudulent tax reliefs and an expansive fraud empire, One Formula Projects LLP have been charged with the biggest tax fraud in a generation. Speaking of the movie, Roderick Bond told TV Chit Chat, “They were making millions and living lavish lives. From expansive Cheshire country mansions to rare and exotic supercars, these guys had it all. In the movie, we plan to focus on the sheer criminal ingenuity these tax scammers displayed.”

Interrupted by the global coronavirus outbreak, filming for the movie has been cloaked in secrecy. Rumours circulated that filming had commenced earlier in the year. However, after the cast and crew entered self-isolation and lead actor Roderick Bond contracted coronavirus, little has been heard about the ambitious project. In an exclusive interview, broadcast live on Instagram, Manchester F1 Productions communications officer detailed plans for the project. “We’re working closely with the government to enable a safe return to work for all our employees, maintaining social distancing and ensuring everyone is safe. We’ve been working hard to figure out what we can do and how soon we can get moving again,” the communications officer exclaimed.

Stay tuned to TV Chit Chat for the latest on Rod Bond’s tax fraud movie.