Why I’m beginning to warm to Netflix

After a rocky start with Netflix, I’m now coming round to it. I started subscribing to the online service in order to watch Okja, the Netflix-only feature film by director Bong Joon-ho. Although that particular experience was a big disappointment, I continued the subscription in case I was tempted by any of the other movies […]

Kim Chi spices up BBC make-up reality TV show

One of the more fun programmes on UK terrestrial TV right now is the reality show Glow Up, in which would-be professional make-up artists compete against each other. Every week a different guest celebrity make-up artist joins the show to critique the work of the contestants. This week, Episode 5, the show was graced by […]

BTS’s busy couple of weeks

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for Korea’s biggest band: A speech for UNICEF at the United Nations on 24 September. The speech, by the band’s leader Kim Namjun (aka RM), ended as follows: Like most people, I’ve made many and plenty mistakes in my life. I have many faults and I have many […]

Michael Palin in North Korea on Channel 5

Actor, TV personality and travel writer Michael Palin will be presenting a two-part documentary from the week or so he spent in North Korea earlier this year. He happened to be in the country during the meeting between Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong Un. The first episode screens on Thursday 20 September at 9pm on […]

Luther, Mistresses, Life on Mars get Korean remakes

A small number of BBC TV shows have a keen following in Korea, as can be seen from a Sherlock-themed cafe in Gangnam to the popularity of the Doctor Who world tour in 2014. And it may also be remembered that Luther won Best Mini-Series at Seoul International Drama Awards in 2011. Now Luther is to […]

Event news: Channel 4 documentary + discussion — North Korea’s Reality TV Stars

This Wednesday’s talk at the Frontline Club, originally billed as focusing on the impeachment of Park Geun-hye, will now be an opportunity to preview and discuss the Channel 4 Unreported World documentary on the subject of the South Korean TV panel show starring North Korean migrants – “Now on My Way to Meet You” (이제 […]

Gangnam Style remembered on Strictly

Thanks to would-be Labour finance minister Ed Balls for brightening up our dull Autumn on the BBC’s celebrity talent show Strictly Come Dancing. Consistently at the bottom of the scoreboard, he is saved by the popular vote. In the most recent episode he had the guts to do a Gangnam Style inspired Salsa, choreographed (with […]

Looking back at 2015: Entertainment news

In the second of four retrospective articles, we recall some of the entertainment stories that caught our eye in 2015. We’ve left out a few of the more scurrilous stories. Also, a few sad deaths of people outside the entertainment industry. Entertainment Ode to My Father became the second-biggest box-office hit of all time, boosting […]

Event news: TV Drama screening and Panel discussion

The last of this year’s TV drama pilot episode screenings also includes a panel discussion: TV Drama screening and Panel After months of preparation, we will finally have our panel talk, at our 10th London Korean Drama Screening. PANEL TALK 18:30-19:30 Moderator: Georgia Brown: SVP Scripted at FremantleMedia. Panelists: Marc Lorber, Intl CoProduction & Formats […]

October’s K-drama pilot screenings

October’s pilot episode screenings, which are showing on 1 October at 7pm at the KCC, are set out below. Registration is required via info@kccuk.org.uk. As always, thanks to daehandrama.com for working with the KCC on these. Three Days (쓰리데이즈) First Broadcast: SBS (2014), 16 episodes Produced by: Goldenthumb Pictures Cast: Park Yoo-chun, Son Hyun-joo, Park […]

September’s K-drama pilot screenings

If it wasn’t such a busy week this week I’d definitely sign up for this particular evening. Not only did a lot of my friends heartily recommend Misaeng to me, but it would be interesting to see an example of the retro 1990s trend that seemed to have be running through Korean popular entertainment recently. […]

August’s K-drama pilot screenings

Details of this month’s pilot episode screenings, on Thursday 6 August from 7:00pm at the KCC. Pre-booking is required in the normal way. The Three Musketeers (삼총사) First Broadcast: tvN (2014), 12 episodes Produced by: CJ E&M Cast: Jung Yong-hwa, Lee Jin-wook, Yang Dong-geun, Jung Hae-in Synopsis: The Three Musketeers is a television adaptation of […]

July’s K-drama pilot screenings

Here are the two pilots that will be screening on 2 July at 7pm in the KCC, in a collaboration with the London Korean Drama Club. As usual, registration is required via info@kccuk.org.uk. This time, the screenings will be followed by a panel talk. More details over on Daehan Drama. The King’s Face (왕의 얼굴) […]

June’s K-drama pilot screenings

Here are the two pilots that will be screening on 4 June at 7pm in the KCC, in a collaboration with the London Korean Drama Club. As usual, registration is required via info@kccuk.org.uk Mama (마마 – 세상 무서울 게 없는) First Broadcast: MBC (2014), 24 episodes Produced By: Pan Entertainment Cast: Song Yoon-ah, Jung Joon-ho, […]