‘The show needed to come back’: how Drake rescued the druglords of Top Boy

It was Britains answer to The Wire. But the gang drama was dead until the rapper stepped in and pitched it to Netflix. Its stars and writer talk grime, gentrification and Boris Johnsons Britain I told them I was on my way out to meet some singer called Drake, says writer Drake was a fan of Top Boy, Bennetts Channel 4 drama about the lives of drug dealers and residents on a fictional Hackney estate called Summerhouse. He had been recommended it while on tour and loved it so much, he began posting stills from the show on Instagram with clumsy attempts at London slang (real bod man). When he found out it had been cancelled, he decided to bring …

Why are thirtysomethings lonely? Because society doesnt value friendship | Arwa Mahdawi

Social media has been made the scapegoat for millennials reporting loneliness, but the cultural primacy in adulthood of career and family has much to answer for, writes Arwa Mahdawi Millennials arent just the poorest generation; they are also the loneliest. According to data from YouGov, while digital habits undoubtedly affect mental health, research hasnt provided conclusive answers regarding the relationship between the two. When it comes to loneliness, I have a feeling that the culprit isnt so much technology as the fact that many millennials are in their 30s, which is a natural time for friendship dynamics to change: people start focusing on advancing their careers and building families rather than socialising with pals. It feels as if we are …

We just clicked: why I set out to find a new group of friends online

Can a friendship app, a digital neighbourhood noticeboard or Facebook really help me discover a new bestie? This year started with a bang. It burst into life with fireworks and kisses, and then came the sound of a spoon tapping on a wine glass. Since were all together, said my friend, I wanted to say its been an honour knowing you while Ive been in London. Another leaving speech. I have heard many over the past few years, watching loved ones leave in search of job opportunities or housing security, or as a cure for homesickness. Later, as I lay in bed, I thought about my rate of friend attrition. How long until I found myself totally alone? Five years? …

Good riddance, Sarah Sanders, Washington’s worst communicator | Richard Wolffe

She wasnt spicy like Sean or hopeful like Hicks, but she was the perfect spokeswoman for a perfectly lazy and dishonest president What on earth was the point of Sarah Sanders? For 94 days, the admitted to Mueller that she fabricated the entire smear. She also recalled that her statement in a separate press interview that rank-and-file FBI agents had lost confidence in Comey was a comment she made in the heat of the moment that was not founded on anything, Mueller stated in his report. But who really needs credibility, a sense of shame or any degree of self-respect when youre working for Trump? Speaking to Fox News after the Mueller report destroyed what was left of her reputation, …

‘That show has ruined my life’: Jeremy Kyle guest speaks out

Exclusive: Dwayne Davison, labelled most hated guest ever, says he has faced sustained abuse Millions of Britons have watched Dwayne Davisons appearance on the Jeremy Kyle Show. He was labelled the most hated Jeremy Kyle guest ever. He wants them to know he struggled for work and was mocked in the street as a result, and tried to kill himself after sustained public shaming. Its the worst thing that has ever happened in my life, Davison said. They put the spoon in and stirred around my whole life. He said the show was designed to provoke participants into causing offence, footage was edited to portray them in an unflattering light, and any attempt at aftercare by the production team was …

Why I went viral on Twitter after talking about being evicted on Sky News | Kirsty Archer

The patronising interviewer, who is a landlord, demonstrated the contempt with which many landlords view renters, writes Kirsty Archer, a member of London Renters Union On Monday I had the weird experience of going viral on altercation with a Sky News journalist. Following the governments announced plans to section 21 eviction notices, I was invited on to Sky News to talk about the time I was served such a notice in February. I made a complaint about the serious disrepair in the flat I have been renting with a friend since August. We now have to get out by the end of the this month. As it stands, section 21 gives landlords huge power over our lives and discourages renters …

Gannett touts digital growth as it battles takeover bid

New York (CNN)Under the cloud of an aggressive takeover bid, Gannett reported a dip in fourth quarter revenue Wednesday. But the company said it was encouraged by growth in digital advertising. But Robert Dickey, the president and CEO of Gannett who intends to step down later this year, said the company was “pleased” by growth in digital advertising, which he said was driven by “strong national advertising” across the company’s network of newspapers. Gannett said Wednesday that its total digital revenue for the fourth quarter was $272.3 million, comprising 36% of its overall sales. The number of digital-only subscribers jumped to 504,000, a 46.3% spike from a year earlier. That didn’t impress MNG Enterprises, the hedge fund-owned company that has …