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The State: Can you glorify the truth?

The State is exactly what drama should be. A show that raises questions about the world we live in, questions that we may or may not want to answer. Questions that we may not get the answers to; but will make us think, nonetheless.

The journey of those who leave British shores to travel to Syria in the ‘name’ of Islam is something that is debated on an hourly basis.

Despite what certain parts of the mainstream media would have you believe; the story isn’t as simple as a bunch of Muslims wanting to bomb us all because they despise western ways. Nor is it only brown people who make the decision to join ISIS or its variations. Like most things in life, it is far more complicated than that.

Many of the reasons are touched on in the first hour-long episode.

The young London Muslim who feels he is honouring his brother’s memory. The single mother who wants to offer her medical services as the new Islamic State builds itself. The young girl who has never used a communal bathroom and wants to be “a Lioness amongst the Lions”.

I’ve seen lots of comments suggesting that it is glamourising the idea of terrorism, but you rarely see that when the subject matter is rape or any other kind of abuse. Regardless, it doesn’t.

It’s trying to show you why people are making those decisions, and why some believe they are doing the right and noble thing when they make this choice. A choice that often results in them giving up their life.

It’s trying to show us that we cannot truly try to stop radicalisation until we consider the causes of how people are brainwashed in this way.

I don’t have all the answers, sadly none of us do. But maybe The State will help us all start to ask the right questions.

The State is on Channel 4 at 9pm until Wednesday, or it can be found on All4.

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The Out-Laws: Guilty Pleasures

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*CONTAINS MINIMAL SPOILERS* 

If an unfortunate accident were to occur, you’d probably want it to happen to Jean Claude Delcorps. He’s rude, overbearing, casually racist, startlingly cruel and overly sensitive. He makes sport of minimising and belittling his diffident wife in public. 

A painful, protracted death would be sad in the way that all death is sad, but few would argue that the world would be a nicer place without him in it.

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Friday Night Dinner: Situation? Critical

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The new series of Friday Night Dinner is trying too hard.

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Coach Trip – Road to Ibiza: 18-30’s on wheels 

Brendan Sheerin and his coach are back, and this time he has a motley crew of Love Island and Big Brother rejects to chaperone on the ‘Road to Ibiza’.

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The LWT List: Call to Action 

Is there anything more enduring than our nations soaps? Whether we watch them religiously or dip in and out; there is something about them that keeps them on all of our radars. 
It may be the humour, the drama and the controversy; but I suspect it’s something simpler than that. For all the so-called reality tv on the box, the thing that mirrors the real world most consistently are the soaps. 

With that in mind, we have a new series called The LWT List. Here we will be picking our favourites from Coronation Street, Eastenders, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks, Home & Away and Neighbours. 

There may be some appearances from Doctors, Eldorado, Crossroads, Night & Day and the US favourites as well. 

But we want you to get involved. Do you have a favourite ‘doctor’ we shouldn’t ignore or which bad girl would you want on your side in a fight? Or who was the barman you wish could serve you? 

So comment below, do the polls, hit us up on twitter @letswatchtele

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