Nick Galvin

Nick Galvin

Nick Galvin is a journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald

From The Bachelor to Game of Thrones: how TV recaps became a new artform

Nick Galvin Once the preserve of obsessed superfans, blow-by-blow retellings of popular shows have become a cultural phenomenon.

Radio wars

Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O tumble, Hamish and Andy soar in new radio ratings

The Kyle and Jackie O Show on KIIS1065 has lost even more listeners in the most recent survey period.

Nick Galvin SmoothFM has been crowned number 1 FM station in Sydney for the first time, Kyle Sandilands and Jackie Henderson continue their dangerous slide and Hamish Blake and Andy Lee are already working their...

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The dodgiest ideas for reality TV shows

Contestants on The Swan are turned  into Barbie lookalikes.

Nick Galvin Bizarre, bad taste or just plain crazy - yes, there are TV shows that cover them all.

Strong words

Adam Hills blames media for lack of asylum seeker compassion on The Last Leg

Nick Galvin Adam Hills has unloaded on the UK's asylum seeker policy in a powerful rant on his Channel 4 program, The Last Leg.

Straight to the pool room

Shane Warne painting reveals Angelina Jolie, Bruce Springsteen barbie fantasy

Shane Warne

Nick Galvin In a terrifying insight into the mind of Australia's former King of Spin, Shane Warne's ultimate fantasy has been revealed in a painting that takes centre stage in the study at his Melbourne home.

Run for the hills

Karl Stefanovic, Lisa Wilkinson perform car-crash Iggy Azalea cover on Today

Lisa Wilkinson.

Nick Galvin In a disturbing clip that will leave Iggy Azalea fans everywhere covering their eyes in horror, the presenters and reporters on Today have produced their own lip-sync cover of the rap star's track...

Star power

Cilla Black The Musical in the works

Nick Galvin A musical based on the life of legendary singer and TV personality Cilla Black and featuring hits including Anyone Who Had a Heart and You're My World could be in the works.

Jezza's payday

Amazon's Jeff Bezos pays big bucks for Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson

Cashing in ... Clarkson has cut a sweet deal with Amazon.

Nick Galvin Amazon chief Jeff Bezos says he had to dig deep to hire Jeremy Clarkson, the controversial Top Gear frontman sacked by the BBC after assaulting a producer.

The Moth podcast comes to Festival of Dangerous Ideas

The Moth host David Crabb is keeping his wounds covered for the Festival of Dangerous Ideas.

Nick Galvin If you have ambitions to stand on a stage and capture an audience with a story from your life, you'd better make sure that story means a lot to you.

Underground sounds

Bach in the dark brings chamber music to life

Cellist Rachel Scott at the crypt in St James Church.

Nick Galvin Music comes alive in a church crypt, says cellist Rachel Scott, the darkness forcing the audience to listen without distractions.

Nightmare in Nottingham

Viewers glued to Australia's Trent Bridge Ashes horror show

Horrified viewers could not look away as Australia crumbled at Trent Bridge.

Nick Galvin Australians, it seems, love a good horror show if viewer figures from last night's Ashes coverage are anything to go by.

It's a jungle

Jumanji reboot set for Christmas 2016

Board members ... Bonnie Hunt and Robin Williams in a scene from Jumanji.

Nick Galvin The remake of Jumanji, the 1995 Robin Williams fantasy classic, will arrive in cinemas as the end of 2016, Sony Pictures has announced.

Snigger

Destiny dumps 'wooden' Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage for Nolan North

Dumped: Peter Dinklage didn't cut it for video game fans.

Nick Galvin A video-game voiceover by Peter Dinklage will be re-recorded by another actor after the Game of Thrones star's efforts were widely mocked by the gamer community.

Resurrected

John Mayer joins resurrected Grateful Dead

Long strange trip ... members of the Grateful Dead in the 1960s.

Nick Galvin Just one month after legendary US rockers The Grateful Dead declared it was all over they are back from the dead.

Family ties

Peter Abetz says Nazi war criminal Great Uncle Otto did some 'positive things'

Otto Abetz ... Hitler's man in Paris.

Nick Galvin West Australian state MP Peter Abetz, brother of Senator Eric Abetz, says his reaction was "mixed" when he first learned his great uncle was a convicted Nazi war criminal.

Escape claws

YouTube cat videos will replace Restaurant Revolution on Seven

Feline groovy ... the new show mines the internet for thigh-slapping antics from

Nick Galvin The verdict is in on Seven's much-hyped Restaurant Revolution and the winners are...a bunch of cats.

Dream on

Metallica fan posts video from behind Lars Ulrich's drumkit

Nick Galvin In what is surely the closest any bedroom guitarist will ever get to playing to a monster crowd of 40,000-plus, a Metallica fan has posted a bands-eye-view video from this weekend's Lollapalooza...

Star mourned

Cilla Black 'willed herself to die'

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 2, 2009 file photo, British TV presenter Cilla Black arrives for the opening night of the musical 'Sister Act' at the  Palladium Theatre, in London. Police say big-voiced British singer and TV host Cilla Black has died aged 72. Spanish police said Sunday that the singer, who had a home in Estepona, southern Spain, died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015.  (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)

Nick Galvin Much-loved British singer and TV personality Cilla Black "willed herself to die" to rejoin her husband Bobby Willis, who died 16 years ago, according to reports.

Sydney Symphony Orchestra names Brett Dean as artist in residence

Australian composer Brett Dean: 'I can't deny who I am – an Australian who studied here and also had a long period working and living in Europe, so something of that has to rub off.'

Nick Galvin Composer Brett Dean has never been overly concerned with making work that is characteristically Australian.

Big call

1000 Foo Fighters fans' stunning performance of Learn To Fly a plea to play in Italy

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Nick Galvin A thousand Italian musos have come together to stage an epic performance of the Foo Fighters' Learn To Fly in an astonishing effort to get the supergroup to play in their town.