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Five things to read, watch or listen to this weekend

Hi there!

How’s your week been? Have you watched the trailer for Cats yet?

If you are a new subscriber, welcome to The Edit - my weekly email with five things to read, watch or listen to. I hope you find something below to enjoy this weekend.

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Right then, let’s get on with this week’s five…

Drag SOS (Channel 4/All 4)

A group of drag queens head to some of the UK’s more provincial towns in search of people in need of a drag makeover as a sort of leg-up to fulfil their dreams and ambitions. Drag SOS is surprisingly touching and insightful in places. I’m really happy that a format which could have been used to highlight divisions in our society, actually serves as a reminder that we all have a lot more in common than we think.

The Farm by Joanne Ramos

Golden Oaks is a luxury retreat, quietly transforming the fertility industry. Women receive the best of everything, from organic meals to daily massages and fitness training, provided they are willing to produce the perfect baby for someone else. This novel is a dark and funny mix which touches on race, class and inequality through the prism of what is ultimately a very extreme example of the gig economy.

Charli XCX & Christine and the Queens - Gone

In an era of collabs for the sake of collaborating, with many questionable results along the way, here’s one that makes perfect sense:

GameFace (Channel 4/All 4)

The second series of Roisin Conaty’s sitcom has just started. I’ve arrived late to the party and am just making my way through the first series on All 4. Roisin plays Marcella, a woman on a mission to improve her life with the help of her mates, dubious life-coach and ever-patient driving instructor. Genuine LOLs.

A Day Inside The BBFC (The Guardian)

Sex, violence, f-bombs and randy sausages. Simon Hattenstone spends a day inside the British Board of Film Classification’s headquarters to find out how they decide what rating the films we see in the cinema get.

BONUS: Summer 1999

A new playlist for you this week featuring the hits of summer 1999. Still the best summer of music ever. I refuse to believe it was 20 years ago!

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Have a great weekend!

Rob x