Well, it’s been an exhausting couple of weeks, hasn’t it? TenEighty hopes you have appreciated our commentary; we are very proud of the team and the maturity of our audience.
Despite the bumpy ride, there have still been some truly entertaining gems floating around our little corner of the internet. And TenEighty’s job as curator must go on! Yes, we realise that no one decided this would be our job, but we think it makes us sound classy.
The weather is miserable right now, so get yourself a cup of tea and a Hobnob and enjoy the best of British YouTube from the past seven days.
Harry Potter Marathon w/ Chels and Jim : Jimmy0010
Considering the large overlap in the Venn diagram of YouTubers and Harry Potter fans (do people still call them Pott-heads?), it seems implausible that one of our very own has not only ignored the literary phenomenon of our generation, but also not bothered to watch any of the films past The Philosopher’s Stone.
Alas, this disgrace is personified in James Hill. Take his YouTuber card and feed him to the Hippogriffs!
However, the wonderful Warner Bros Studios and Chelsea Fisher supplied him with HP merchandise and 18 hours of content, resulting in Jimmy finally being enlightened. He is a muggle no more!
Chelsea and Jimmy do car-crash-YouTube particularly well. We especially love the proclamation that stuffed-crust pizzas are magic and the selection of tattoo decals splattered on Jimmy’s face by the end of the video. We welcome Jimmy into Pott-head-dom, and had a lovely giggle as we watched his journey.
Childish Gambino – Sober: Sarah Close
We are so very much in love with Sarah Close. We cannot understand how so much talent and beauty could be distilled into just one person. Normally when we listen to music covers on YouTube, we’ll click away once we know the direction, but we are captivated by Sarah’s simple videos and her soaring vocal tones.
Yes, yes. We’re fangirling her a little bit. But we really are her biggest fans! As always, we love hearing what you’re discovering in the UK YouTube music scene, so tweet any of your suggestions for the weekly round-up to @TenEightyUK.
Locating Locations: Guy Larsen
The UK is special to have a large number of YouTubers who take themselves seriously not just as vloggers, but also as filmmakers.
Guy Larsen is a filmmaker who has a smaller offering on his own channel, but you will have almost certainly seen his work on VSauce, Bite the Ballot and with Mark Grist. In this wonderfully edited video, he gives all you aspiring filmmakers tips on how to find locations on a budget.
He does advise on twisting the rules a bit, but hopefully his experiences will help those of you who think outside of your bedrooms when considering sets.
I’m a feminist: Jack Howard
The internet is abuzz with people ‘coming out’ as feminists at the moment. Defining the word for themselves and sparking debate. And we like to have sombre, brain-stimulating discussion.
Jack Howard talks about his previous unwillingness to identify as a feminist – he preferred to be seen as someone who wanted equality. Which, he admits, he now realises is the same thing.
We love that this is being talked about, especially as it is very much of the moment as the UN tries to push the #HeForShe campaign out to the masses.
What does feminism mean to you? Why don’t you make your own video?
The Mawaan Show – Episode 1: Mawaan Rizwan
Mawaan Rizwan is like a serious comedian, innit. But seriously, he’s just come off a very successful stint at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and his new series combines all of our favourite MalumTV content. Public pranks on the London Underground, awkward skits, and everyone’s favourite, Khalid, makes an appearence.
It’s an interesting direction being taken by Mawaan, where he seems to have combines all of his videos into one Mawaan Show, almost like a showreel. But we love it! Can you see more YouTubers making content like this?
You want Moor, you say? You mean the Muslim inhabitants of Iberia between the 8th and 13th centuries?
Oh… more? Well why didn’t you say so? Here are a couple of extra for you lovely little things.
Chris Kendall is making a smashing return with a number of videos where he addresses his craft and tickles us with analysis of his characters and sketches. Click here to see more from him. And if you want to keep up to date with what the enigmatic Bertie Gilbert is doing, have a quick look at this rundown of all the exciting work he’s currently juggling. He’s going to be at BufferFest, don’t you know! Finally, keep up to date with the life of BriBry with his inspirationally named channel, Life of BriBry. It’s the run up to his wedding and apparently it’s one of his 99 problems.