The Most Successful TV Shows of 2020 (…and why they mattered)

We watched 63% more television in 2020, for some very obvious reasons. It’s been a long subject of debate, but the pop culture that we consume has a very real impact on our behaviors, ways of thinking, and our view of the world. Both Netflix and Google have released figures about the most popular TV shows of last year, and it seems that the proof of the importance of pop culture has never been more stark.

Here are the biggest and most popular shows that we binged watched and rewatched in 2020 and the effect that they have had on our lives.

The Queen’s Gambit

Going into 2020, nobody could have foreseen that one of the biggest hits of the year would be about chess. The Netflix mini-series, The Queen’s Gambit, was one of the biggest hits that Netflix has ever seen, and the story of Beth Harmon has resonated with audiences in some surprising ways, despite being something of a period drama. Watched by 62 million households in just 28 days, the show led to an 88% increase in google searches for chess, and sales of chess sets soared. Some toy companies reported sales increases of up to 1000%!

The Crown

Love them or hate them, the royal family saw an incredible surge of interest in 2020 thanks to the fourth season of The Crown. While previous seasons have been popular, the leap to a more modern setting saw online searches for the clothes worn by the characters surge (turtlenecks had a 7,000% increase in Google searches). But it’s not just fashion. Even views on the royal family changed, with the website Betway reporting that 35% of people who watched the latest season saying that they view the royals a little better or much better. The opinion of Prince Charles changed too, with 34% of British audiences saying they now viewed him with more empathy after watching the show.

Emily in Paris

Despite the controversy over the personality traits of the main character, there’s no disputing that Emily in Paris was one of the most popular shows of the year. It became the most binged show in release week ever, and a second season has already been greenlit. With a show so focused on fashion, it’s no surprise that Google saw a massive leap in searches for some of the key clothes and accessories highlighted in the series. Bucket hats alone saw a leap of searches by 342%, and sales of those hats, berets, and jelly snapshot camera bags have helped the fashion industry make some serious sales figures.

While the link between the pop culture that we enjoy and the products that we buy has been well known for decades (product placement is used for a reason), it’s never been easier to see those connections. Back when the popularity of the film series Twilight saw an increase in the number of people reading the book Wuthering Heights, or when online searches for Charles Manson went up by 3,2000% during the apex of Mindhunter, pop culture is clearly formative. Just as nobody expected the biggest hits of the year to be about the royals, Paris, or chess, who knows what changes the biggest shows of 2021 will bring.

Papa Shirandula’s TV daughter shows off her cute baby bump

Papa Shirandula’s ‘daughter’ Naliaka is heavily pregnant.

The multi-talented actress-cum-motivational speaker, tied the knot with her long-time boyfriend Justus Netia, in a colourful wedding ceremony in 2016.

The young couple has been keeping a low and Naliaka recently surfaced showing off her bulging baby bump. She really looks great

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 Just like her counterpart Awinja, who is the brand ambassador of Uber, Naliaka has revealed that she’s working with Taxify. The heavily pregnant actress in a post she shared on social media thanked the taxi company for making her pregnancy journey easier. She wrote:

People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did for them. But, people will never forget how you made them feel.

Zile laps nilichapa na hii ball😊mara ……Gikosh, Toi, Kamkunji, River road, Biashara street etc Thank you so much for making my pregnant journey very comfortable.

Here is the photo of Naliaka showing off her cute baby bump

Papa Shirandula’s Naliaka shows off baby bump

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Two months ago, the actress and her husband celebrated their second anniversary and her message read:

My best friend,I enjoy doing life with you. It’s exactly 2 years since we got married.
You make parenting look so easy. The sacrifices you make for us….cherrie you are the best daddy in the world. May God bless and refresh you.Maloooooooooovito.


Here Are 2017 Must Watch Television Series!

2017 is halfway gone but in the movie world, this is just the beginning. The movies are getting bigger and better, therefore, there are television series you must watch out for.

It doesn’t matter if it is the comeback or new series, you’ve got to have the following series in your collection;

1. Medici (Masters of Florence)

If you are fascinated by Historical things and would love to know about the largest bank controlling families in Italy, this series is perfect for you. It is something close to Vikings but well spiced up by the murders and a lot of mystery surrounding those murders. Guess what? Richard Madden who plays Rob Stark from Game of Thrones is on the show too!


2. Six

This series is based on real events regarding the operations of Seal team six. Once you start watching this one, you will definitely not stop! The storyline will keep you hooked onto the series till the end. You might actually forget to eat and stay glued to your tv all day.


3. Game of Thrones

Season seven will be dropping in July of this year and we can’t hep but have our own predictions. One thing we can predict is that there will be the reunion of the Stark family which we definitely can’t wait for!


4. Ransom

If you are a lover of Scorpion, you will also fall in love with this one. Each episode kinda has a different story but the flow is superb. It features Dracula The Dark Prince! Yes, Luke Roberts is the main character in the series where he plays as the professional negotiator.


5. 13 Reasons Why

There are gazillion reasons why parents have raised their concerns over this series. However, you cannot fail to watch a series produced by Selena Gomez! It follows a story of a young student who kills herself due to stigmatization in school and it is definitely a good watch.

Fred Indimuli’s Loving Message To His Mum

Sunday May 10th marks the annual mother’s day celebration and with a few days to the d-day, Kenyan celebrities are showing love to their mothers.

Ex-news presenter and senior content writer at Radio Africa Group Fred Indimuli has a sweet mother’s day message to his mum. Indimuli appreciates his mother for being an amazing disciplinarian and credits her for the man he has become.

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TV series “Scandal” cast do a photoshoot ahead of premiere (photos)

The fourth season of Scandal returns on Thursday and it looks like the political drama will be taking into account the current racial tension in United States.

The first episode, shows Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) called in to ‘fix’ a small problem for the police force after one of their white officers guns down a black teen.

This is a little similar to the Trayvon Martin story.

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Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope
Guillermo Diaz returns as Huck
Jake Ballard (Scott Foley)
Tony Goldwyn as President Fitzgerald Grant
Bellamy Young returns as First Lady Mellie Grant
Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan
Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins


Kenyan TV stations risk loosing digital signals over self-switch off

The African Digital Network consortium risks losing broadcast signal distribution licences for going off air Saturday, ICT Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has said.

Addressing a media briefing Sunday afternoon Mating’i said the decision by Citizen TV, KTN, NTV and QTV to go off air amounts to blackmail and contempt of a court order.

Matiang’i further said that an advert posted by the consortium explaining the reasons for being off air are untrue.
“The three media houses opted to screen inaccurate and misleading messages in an effort to incite the public. Both switching themselves off the digital transmission and screening inaccurate messages is illegal and a breach of their licences,” Matiang’i said.

The Supreme Court on Friday ordered CA to restore digital frequencies to ADN that had been withdrawn following a breach of the terms of the permits. The five-judge bench of justices Kalpana Rawal, Philip Tunoi, Jackton Ojwang, Mohammed Ibrahim and Njoki Ndung’u however gave CAK the authority to switch off analogue broadcast when it saw fit.

Matiang’i said the government will not revert to analogue broadcast and told ADN that they should operate within the law.
“The three media houses like all of us are in Kenya and not above the law. We expect responsibility on their part. We will not go back on digital migration,” Matiang’i said.

This latest incident is the second time the ADN consortium is being put to task over information circulated to the public concerning the status of the digital migration.

ADN was accused of engaging in anti-competitive behaviour when they ran an advert warning viewers not to buy set-top boxes from GoTV and Star Times to access their content. Matiang’i said Kenyans are the beneficiaries of digital migration which will not be hampered by ADN.



CA to repossess all analogue frequencies by midnight

Television viewers in Nairobi and major urban centres have been given up to midnight to acquire set top boxes or be switched off. Communications Authority of Kenya said on Friday that phase one and phase two recipients will be switched off at midnight.

Phase one of the switch off was in Nairobi and environs which took place on December 31,2014, while phase two that covers Mombasa and its environs was to be switched off on February 2,2015. CA asked all media houses to migrate to the digital platform since they were set to repossess all analogue frequencies.

The Authority warned media houses that will not comply with the directive that they will be switched off forcefully. The CA officials were addressing the media on Friday in Nairobi.

The Supreme Court ordered that Citizen TV, NTV and KTN’s digital broadcasting licenses be restored. The court issued a directive for analogue and digital TV platforms to run concurrently.


TV of the future may be a sphere

The TV of the future may not be a rectangle, but a sphere.

Some visitors to the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show got a peek at this new way to view 360-degree video.

The new viewing experience was shown as part of a collaboration among several partners including French video software firm and Ateme, British-based Pufferfish Displays, which makes the spherical projection module.

Although 360-degree video can be viewed on a standard television of tablet, the spherical module adds a new dimension, said Mike Antonovich, the Ateme general manager for the Americas.

This “can augment the experience of viewing a live concert or sporting event,” Antonovich said.

Using the sphere makes the viewing an interactive and collaborative experience, said Geoff Kell of Pufferfish.

“It will be an addition to the viewing experience, but it also has great value as a data visualization tool” for research or other purposes, Kell said.

Ateme and its partners recently produced the first live 360-degree broadcasts using the trademark LiveSphere.

“You can view from different angles, so if you are watching a concert you might want to be part of the audience, and then switch to be part of the band,” Antonovich said.

While 360-degree imaging has been around for several years in services such as Google Maps, Ateme it is far more challenging to produce this for live television.

“This is completely different to do 360 degrees for live TV, and making it seamless,” said Ateme research manager Jerome Vieron.

Other partners in LiveSphere include the Finnish technology group Finwe and France-based Kolor, which specializes in “image-stitching.”

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Supreme court suspends digital migration

Your TV set will not be switched off today, 31st December 2014 which was the date set for the switch off in Nairobi and it’s environs. The rest of the country was targeted for switch off by end of March ahead of the global deadline of June 30.

This is after the Supreme Court issued temporary orders Tuesday stopping analog switch off. Deputy Chief Justice Kalpana Rawal issued the orders, and directed that parties in the case appear in court on Monday for further directions.


Messages sent by Communication Authority of Kenya warning of the impending switch-off before the ruling

TV naturalist eaten alive by anaconda lives to tell the tale

The Amazon boasts the world’s greatest variety of wildlife, but no one had ever seen anything quite like this.

Gliding through the dense, waterlogged vegetation was a 20ft long, 18 ½ st green anaconda — one of the world’s most terrifying creatures.

Moving tentatively towards it was a man on his hands and knees pretending to be a wild boar — clad head to toe in a black armoured suit slathered in pig’s blood.

Paul Rosolie was on a terrifying mission: to be eaten alive by the biggest and mightiest snake on Earth.

The 27-year-old wildlife presenter and his ten-strong team had spent 60 days struggling up to the headwaters of the world’s largest river, battling electric eels, floods and poachers.

Finally, they’d found a snake that might be big enough to swallow Rosolie whole as the cameras rolled.

Tomorrow night in America, the Discovery Channel will broadcast the result of his experiment in its show Eaten Alive, despite protests from conservationists on both sides of the Atlantic. The documentary — to be aired in the UK on Friday — will follow his stomach-churning quest into the very belly of the beast.

The channel has refused to say exactly what ensued after the snake wrapped Rosolie in its coils. But he has explained what drove him to such extremes of apparent lunacy — and told of his fear as he realised the snake had accepted his invitation to subject him to one of the natural world’s most lingering deaths.

‘I wanted to do something to grab people’s attention to the plight of the disappearing rainforests, something completely crazy,’ he told me this week. ‘Everything else has been tried.’ Whether his


Bollywood star Veena Malik sentenced to 26 years in prison for ‘blasphemous TV programme’

Bollywood star Veena Malik has been sentenced to 26 years in prison for taking part in a ‘blasphemous’ TV programme.

The 30-year-old actress, along with her husband Asad Bashir Khan Khattak, the owner of the company that aired the programme Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman and TV host Shaista Wahidi have been given 104 years in jail between them by a Pakistani court.

The offending programme was shown several months ago and involved the couple reenacting their wedding to the tune of a “contemptuous” qawwali, a traditional form of South Asian music.