In a year when the future of cinema seemed to hang in the balance and threaten to become overwhelmed by hammering computer-generated imagery (CGI) and safe bet franchises before the WGA and SAG screenworker and actor strikes came along to sound the apparent death knell of Hollywood’s 2023 hopes, things on the big screen turned out not to be so bad after all.

On the small screen a number of singular and innovative shows returned or said goodbye and a few newcomers breathed some much-needed inventive life into an arena that like its big-screen counterpart had increasingly felt as if it was sliding into a depressing abyss of algorithm-satisfying uniformity...

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