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The TV quiz of the year: from It’s a Sin to Squid Game

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The 50 best TV shows of 2021, No 5: Squid Game

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In 2009, Squid Game’s creator Hwang Dong-hyuk got himself deep into debt. When both he and his mother found paid employment impossible to come by, he had to turn to loans to survive. Hwang’s homeland is a desperate so...

Can you say Squid Game in Korean? TV show fuels demand for east Asian language learning

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Whether it’s down to Squid Game or kawaii culture, fascination with Korea and Japan is fuelling a boom in learning east Asian languages. Japanese is the fastest growing language to be learned in the UK this year on th...

Squid Game no threat to traditional British TV hits, finds Barb

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Strictly Come Dancing attracted substantially more viewers than Squid Game on British television screens in October, according to the television ratings agency Barb. The BBC’s celebrity dancing show attracted 10.4 mil...

Squid Game to return for season two, creator Hwang Dong-hyuk says

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South Korean sensation Squid Game will be back for season two, the show’s creator has signalled. “There’s been so much pressure, so much demand, and so much love,” director and writer Hwang Dong-hyuk said at a red car...

Squid Game’s creator: ‘I’m not that rich. It’s not like Netflix paid me a bonus’

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Hwang Dong-hyuk is laughing at me from his office in Seoul. I’ve just asked the creator of Squid Game, Netflix’s smash hit show, if its astonishing success has made him rich. In the dystopian survival drama, a mysteri...

The Korean debt crisis that inspired Squid Game’s dark dystopia

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The Netflix hit is as fantastical as it is violent – but underpinning its macabre story of impoverished contestants risking their lives for money is a real crisis of personal debt in Korea. Why has it resonated all ov...

‘They didn’t just pick us up off the street!’ Meet the globally derided Squid Game VIPs

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Squid Game is a sensation. A violent Korean drama that mixes childhood nostalgia with vast amounts of death, the series has surpassed all expectations to become the most successful show in Netflix history. It has made...

English council urges parents not to allow children to watch Squid Game

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A council in the south of England has advised parents not to let their children watch the Netflix show Squid Game, after reports children as young as six are copying its violent challenges. The education safeguarding ...

Squid Game is Netflix’s biggest debut hit, reaching 111m viewers worldwide

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Dystopian South Korean drama Squid Game has become Netflix’s most popular series ever, drawing 111 million fans since its debut less than four weeks ago, the streaming service said Tuesday. The unprecedented global vi...

Squid Game’s success reopens debate over who should pay for rising internet traffic

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The breakout success of the Korean drama Squid Game has prompted a local broadband provider to launch legal action to force the maker, Netflix, to help pay for the huge surge in traffic, the latest flashpoint in the a...

Squid Game: the smash-hit South Korean horror is a perfect fit for our dystopian mood

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If you are one of the many millions of people around the world living in a city taking tentative steps out of lockdown, you may be like me in that among my jumble of feelings – excitement, relief, joy – is also a surp...

Squid Game: the hellish horrorshow taking the whole world by storm

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What if winning playground games could make you rich? That’s the basis of Squid Game – the South Korean show currently at number one on Netflix around the world – where debt-ridden players sign up to compete in six ga...

Rachel Roddy’s recipe for linguine with clams, squid (and/or prawns), mussels and tomato

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Somewhere – probably in one of the shoe boxes in a larger box, Russian doll-style, under the bed – is a strip from a magazine. It is a cartoon of a man sitting at a table eating, while under the table his feet are in ...

Squid review – a krautrock kite caught in a prog-rock squall

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This is a night of firsts. The first time Brighton five-piece Squid have performed live in 18 months, and the first time their audience have experienced socially distanced gigs – we sit politely in discrete rows of ch...

Squid: Bright Green Field review – exhilarating punk-funk-krautrock debut

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The multifarious music of Brighton five-piece Squid strives hard to escape definition, their tentacles tangled in krautrock, post-rock, math rock, re-revived post-punk and full-on sax-vamping jazz. Their debut album, ...

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