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TELEVISION REVIEW – The Killing: The Complete Seasons One and Two (DVD)

By Marty Mulrooney

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The Killing (Danish title Forbrydelsen) is a BAFTA award-winning and Emmy-nominated Danish television series written by Søren Sveistrup and produced by Danmarks Radio (the Danish Broadcasting Corporation). Each series follows Detective Inspector Sarah Lund (Sofie Gråbøl) as she investigates a specific case; the first series deals with the brutal rape and murder of a 19-year-old woman named Nanna Birk Larsen, whilst the second series deals with numerous killings that somehow involve the Danish military. Both series were shown on BBC Four in 2011 to high viewer figures and overwhelming critical acclaim.

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DVD REVIEW – The Ricky Gervais Show (HBO, Channel 4)

By Stewart Sutherland 

What do you get when you take a comedian, an BAFTA Award-winning writer and an uneducated radio producer and put them in a small room with a set of microphones? The answer is the most downloaded podcast ever recorded. Over two hundred thousand people have tuned in to hear Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington gather for “pointless conversations” about everything from religion, travel, reproduction, charity and monkeys. After debuting on HBO and Channel 4 in 2010, the animated version of their first ground-breaking series, The Ricky Gervais Show, is now available on DVD.

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Alternative Magazine Online: The Best of 2010 Awards

By Marty Mulrooney

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Following the success of last year’s 2009 AMO awards, it only seemed fair to make them an annual tradition. This year, things are a little different: we’ve expanded our award categories to encompass a wider range of great products from the past year. So, without further ado, here are AMO’s top picks of the best films, games, books, graphic novels and music CD’s of 2010!

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FEATURE ARTICLE – Ashes To Ashes, Dust To Dust, R.I.P Gene Hunt

By Marty Mulrooney

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Life On Mars was always going to be a tough act to follow. It fast became one of the most critically acclaimed and best loved British television shows of the Noughties upon release, no doubt due in no small part to John Simm’s highly endearing portrayal of central protagonist DCI Sam Tyler. When Ashes to Ashes arrived in 2008, many were wary of the new spin-off series muddying an already fitting close. Furthermore, could Keeley Hawes as DCI Alex Drake be as successful in the 1980’s as Sam Tyler had been in the 1970’s? We needn’t have worried. The final episode of Ashes to Ashes aired last Friday and it was absolutely incredible. Hopefully, I can now share a little bit of that magic with AMO’s readers by offering my thoughts on the ending. Warning: Spoilers.

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INTERVIEW – In Conversation With Steve Purcell (Creator Of Sam & Max)

By Marty Mulrooney

SteveKittyCU Steve Purcell is an American artist, cartoonist and film/game designer. Perhaps most important of all though, he is also the creator of the hugely popular characters Sam & Max, who have featured in a wide variety of media products over the years including comic books, a TV show and now a return to gaming with their third Season from Telltale Games, launching tomorrow (15th April 2010). He also works at Pixar. What better time to speak to this hugely talented artist and designer? I was recently lucky enough to be able to track Mr Purcell down and pick his brain for the pleasure of AMO’s readers… he even provided us with some fantastic artwork too!

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FEATURE ARTICLE – The Sopranos: A Retrospective

By Marty Mulrooney

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It cut to black. This sprawling, modern day mafia epic was over. But just why was The Sopranos so successful?

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ALTERNATIVE MUSINGS – Where It All Began: Alternative Magazine, 2009

By Marty Mulrooney

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A little bit of trivia for AMO’s readers: it all began as a project for my BA Degree in Media and Film, specialising in Print Journalism and Advanced Screenwriting. That’s right, Alternative Magazine began as an actual physical, printed magazine. Previously only seen by friends and family (and the moderators, who gave it a splendid mark I might add!), you too can now finally see how it all started…

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