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People are throwing their phones away after watching Netflix’s new documentary about social media

This programme is creepy…

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A new Netflix documentary about big data and social media has got people throwing their phones out to avoid technology.

The programme on Netflix is a documentary-drama hybrid that looks into the world of social media, tackling a range of issues from mental health to surveillance. 

The programme looks into how our internet usage and search history are being used ‘against us’. Sounds pretty creepy right?! 

The show’s synopsis reads: “This documentary-drama hybrid explores the dangerous human impact of social networking, with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations.”

The two-and-a-half-minute trailer shows how a team of engineers are hired to use psychology against us. 

A voiceover in the trailer states: “What I want people to know is that everything they’re doing online is being watched, is being tracked, every single action you take is carefully monitored and recorded,” 

The programme features some big names in the social media world too – just to make it that little bit more scary and realistic. It includes the likes of the co-inventor of Facebook’s ‘like’ button, the former president of Pinterest as well as people who work for Twitter, Instagram and Google. 

The programme has got people ironically taking to social media to express their concerns on the documentary’s eye-opening approach to… er… social media.  

One user simply wrote: ‘Social dilemma really scared the crap out of me’.

Another added: “Omg I just watched the social dilemma and I kinda wanna delete all my socials, throw away my phone and live in the woods for the rest of my life,”

A third said: “Everyone needs to watch The Social Dilemma on Netflix. Yesterday.” and another explain that Social Dilemma is ‘one of the most important things you’ll ever see’. 

A fourth added that the programme ‘exposes truths about big data, manipulation & warnings from the people who designed social media’. They explained that ‘we know we’re being manipulated by social media & having our psychology used against us’. 

The programme also really creepily points out that ‘if you’re not paying for the product… you are the product’.

BRB throwing my phone out…

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Corrie fans left shocked after Roy Cropper reveals real reason for leaving the soap

Corrie will never be the same again…

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Opinions were divided among Coronation Street fans last night when the soap’s veteran Roy Cropper announced his sudden departure.

Roy, played by David Neilson, has been a staple part of the ITV soap since 1995 and has gained a loyal fanbase for his soft and gentle demeanour over the years.

However, fans were less than impressed by Roy’s sudden departure last night, where he abandoned his niece Nina Lucas, played by Mollie Gallagher. 

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In last night’s episode, Nina was shocked to discover from Adam Barlow that Roy had signed over his entire estate to her with immediate effect, which led her to worry that he was planning on taking his own life. 

In a shock twist, Roy then revealed that he was leaving the cobbles for a new job opportunity in South America, where he will be working as a chef (probably not rustling up bacon butties, I can imagine). 

This storyline twist left viewers scratching their heads, however, with many slamming the whole idea of Weatherfield’s finest chef sharing his expertise in an exotic foreign country. 

One puzzled Twitter user wrote: “I’m struggling to picture Roy Cropper in South America. Southport maybe.”

Another commented: “Just read that #Corrie‘s Roy Cropper might leave the street as he’s been offered a job as a chef in South America. He literally fries eggs and butters toast WHERE do they come up with these stories hahaha.”

A very good point indeed. 

Roy is starting a new life after the pressure mounted as police traced the gun used to kill Natasha Blakeman. Roy stopped Abi from shooting the teenage thug after the pair were washed away together in a Victorian sewer – as you do.

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The first Peaky Blinders series 6 trailer is here and Castlefield has a starring role

Castlefield has had a dark makeover…

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The newly released trailer for the sixth and final series of Peaky Blinders has given fans a glimpse of Manchester’s Castlefield as the dark streets of Birmingham. 

The official Peaky Blinders Twitter account released the teaser clip over the weekend with an announcement that the series will be available to watch on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in ‘early 2022’. 

The clip shows Tommy Shelby, played by Cillian Murphy, walking down a dark, cobbled street carrying a mysterious-looking bag likely filled with money and other shady stuff not unfamiliar in the world of the Peaky Blinders.

Behind the scenes, Screen Manchester worked with the Peaky Blinders locations team to organise access to various locations across the city, with Manchester’s Castlefield standing as one of the most frequent backdrops in the new series.

Earlier this year, excitement was rife as crews rolled into the area to build their set on the cobbled streets around Duke Street.

The area was left completely unrecognisable but all too familiar for viewers of the series, which follows the exploits of the Shelby crime family in the aftermath of the First World War. 

Bobby Cochrane from Screen Manchester said: “It was a pleasure to facilitate filming applications from this iconic BBC drama and we worked closely with the location manager and their team from late 2020.

“The requests for Castlefield were some of the most ambitious and complex we have facilitated to date but I am proud that we helped make the director’s vision a reality.

“I am excited to see how this stunning area of the city will look in this series and It has been wonderful to see the location in the first trailer.”

An exact release date for the sixth and final season is yet to be announced, though Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight has previously said he hopes for a Spring-time release, which will be sometime between March and May next year.

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First trailer released for crime drama starring Vicky McClure and produced by Line of Duty creator

Vicky McClure has shared the first teaser trailer for the new crime series

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Are you still questioning your existence following the dramatic season 6 finale of Line of Duty?

Well, I may have a little bit of good news for you; HTM Television, Jed Mercurio’s production company and the brains behind all six seasons of the hit policing series, has made the mother of all comebacks with a brand new crime drama, Trigger Point.

The new series, set to be released early next year, will focus on counter terrorism policing and the ‘extraordinary’ work of the Metropolitan Police Bomb Disposal Squad.

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McClure, who became well known and loved as undercover detective Kate Flemming in Line of Duty, will this time be taking on the role as frontline officer Lana Washington, with Adrian Lester as her colleague, Joel Nutkins. Both ex-military, the pair are close, having served together in Afghanistan.

But, when a terrorist campaign threatens London over the summer, the duo are at the forefront of urgent efforts to find out who is behind the bombings before the number of deaths increase.

Further details surrounding the show have so far being kept tightly under wraps but, over the weekend, both McClure and Mercurio shared a brand new teaser trailer, which you can watch below. 

Mercurio wrote: “What a thrill to continue the collaboration with the brilliant @Vicky_McClure on #TriggerPoint @HTMTelevision coming in the new year to @ITV.”

On her new role, McClure said last year: “I’m so grateful to be working with Jed again. I’m really looking forward to creating a strong, bright and troubled character in Lana Washington.

“Daniel Brierley has produced a brilliant and nail-biting script. I can’t wait to get started later this year.” 

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