Pop CultureJanuary 10, 2017

Inside the Lightbox: Shows to help the new you into the New Year


Inside the Lightbox is a sponsored segment where we peruse the extensive Lightbox catalogue for shows you might like to watch. This week, Alice Webb-Liddall creates a vision board of shows to help you become the best can be in 2017.

Swamp People


There’s nothing like a bit of tragic reality television to make you feel better about your own life. If you’ve had it up to your Kylie Jenner-stained lips with the Kardashians, the trials of a croc-hunting family from Louisiana might be just the break you need. Sleep happy knowing your encounters with cold-blooded reptiles are generally restricted to zoos and harmless brown skinks. 2017 is looking up already.

How to Cook Like Heston


You’ve probably seen Heston Blumenthal’s wacky scientific creations on television, and now you can (apparently) learn how to cook just like him. 2017 is the year you have told yourself you’d increase your culinary repertoire, and watching a cooking show is the perfect start if you’re not yet motivated enough to get into the kitchen.

Dance Moms

The cast of "Dance Moms" filming in Pittsburgh, PA on January 11 & 12, 2012. Photo by Scott Gries

If getting ‘jiggy wit it’ isn’t your thing, then maybe you’ve resolved to learn how to dance. Abby-Lee’s harsh choreography and teaching tactics may help you to realise your stage-worthy talent. DISCLAIMER: Dance Moms will make you sad that this flock of pre-teen girls are probably making more money than you ever will, but you can be reassured by the fact that their moms are all demons.



So you are welcoming in the new year with a sneaking suspicion that you may not have called your mother more than three times in the blur of 2016. How about a psychological thriller about someone who eats people? If anything, it should save you from 2016’s cloud of guilt with the knowledge that all your shortcomings didn’t lead you down a path of cannibalism. Well done you!

War and Peace


A few days in and 2017 is already feeling like it’s not your year? There’s nothing like television to whirl you back to the 19th century. This new adaptation of Tolstoy’s classic story will have you forgetting the current terrible worldwide political climate in exchange for one of blissful Napoleonic war. Besides, you’re never actually going to read the book.

Breaking Bad


For anyone looking to change up their life in a big way, it’s never too late for a career change. Take it from everyone’s favourite High School Chemistry teacher turned meth-cooker, Walter White. If you haven’t already, this could be the year you find your true calling.

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