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film The Party’s Just Beginning review – dark days in the depths of grief

The actor Karen Gillan makes her writer-director debut with a downbeat, interesting-but-flawed drama...

artanddesign David Lynch smoking: Chris Saunders' best photograph

I was a student working part-time in a video shop and I took Twin Peaks home to watch. It was a reve...

tv-and-radio Recovery revisited: the surprise political punch of the beloved 90s music show

In a full embrace of 90s nostalgia, I donned a pair of brown corduroy trousers, cracked a cold longn...

culture William Blake's final work to be projected on St Paul's Cathedral

William Blake always dreamed of making vast works for churches and palaces but to his bitter disappo...

tv-and-radio The Baby Has Landed review – where’s the blood, sweat and vomit?!

I have only one consistent criterion for judging shows about childbirth and newborns and that is: ar...

music Welsh Music prize won by female post-punk trio Adwaith

Welsh-language female post-punk trio Adwaith have won the 2019 Welsh Music prize for their album Mel...

culture Clive James: 'A wisecracking literary phenomenon who was on fire with life itself'

The death of Clive James breaks as its own kind of “fake news”, a moment so long anticipated and ima...

culture Clive James obituary

The writer and broadcaster Clive James, who has died aged 80, once wrote a poem about visiting his f...

tv-and-radio Letter: Julia Cave obituary

It was a delight to encounter Julia Cave in the corridors and canteen of the BBC’s Kensington House ...

culture Clive James on Trump, War and Peace – and furry bears

On War and Peace On a shelf near where I sit writing this, there are half a dozen different editions...

culture Clive James, writer, broadcaster and TV critic, dies aged 80

Clive James, the broadcaster, poet and television critic, has died aged 80 after a long illness. The...

stage Jonathan Miller: a master of all trades

Most people would consider it a good life’s work to have done any one of being a medical doctor, a m...

stage Sir Jonathan Miller, writer and director, dies aged 85

Sir Jonathan Miller, the writer, theatre and opera director, and member of the Beyond the Fringe com...

film The Street review – quietly enraging portrait of Hoxton lives on the brink

You know things are bad when an estate agent earnestly makes the case for government action to stop ...

music Aria awards 2019: four wins for Dance Monkey hitmaker Tones and I

It’s only been six months since Dance Monkey, Toni Watson’s second single, was released. It’s now be...

stage Darbar festival review – blazing celebration of Indian dance

Initially a showcase for Indian classical music, since 2017 the Darbar festival has invited Akram Kh...

tv-and-radio Mrs Brown’s Boys – again: how groundhog schedules destroyed Christmas TV

Christmas is a time of tradition, and nowhere is that more apparent than on BBC One. The channel has...

artanddesign Archive of blood: how photographer Letizia Battaglia shot the mafia and lived

Letizia Battaglia can still remember the first corpse she photographed: a man lying beneath an olive...

artanddesign Long-lost overpainted portrait reveals young Queen Elizabeth I

A mysterious portrait of an unknown woman has been identified as a rare depiction of a young Elizabe...

film Proceder review – the life and crimes of a Polish rap star

Like so many other biopics of musicians from the wrong side of the ring road, this dramatisation of ...

stage Sir Jonathan Miller obituary

As a comedian, TV presenter, satirist, stage director, man of medicine and all-round intellectual, J...

music The month's best mixes: celestial acid and rave nuttiness

Honcho Campout Series: Mike Servito Each summer, if you head into the woodlands in south-western Pen...

artanddesign Revolutionary and eminently doable: our critic on Labour's housing policy

‘A million new homes over the next five years!” The Conservative party’s manifesto pledge was launch...

culture Original tomb raider: was Tutankhamun buried in someone else's grave?

He may not have the whip, the hat, the gun and the dusty old leather jacket, but Nicholas Reeves has...

film The Biggest Little Farm review – The Good Life, California style

Those interested in farming, adorable animals and environmentally friendly lifestyles will swoon ove...

stage My Brilliant Friend review – Elena Ferrante's twisting tale of heroines for our age

At the start of the first novel in Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan quartet, its two young protagonists b...

film A little rain must fall: the tragic secret of a musical movie masterpiece

Voguish director Damien Chazelle’s pick for “the greatest movie ever made” isn’t his masterwork La L...

tv-and-radio Gary Rhodes: the spiky-haired scoundrel who became the first superstar chef

Gary Rhodes wasn’t the first TV chef by any means, but he was certainly one of the most influential....

tv-and-radio Are podcasts a disaster waiting to happen?

‘I am a comedian, not a journalist, and am stumbling my way through this … I thought I was doing eve...

music Vibras! How J Balvin took on English-language pop – and won

If I had to make a personal playlist for the past decade, J Balvin’s 2012’s early reggaeton track Tr...

culture 'I predicted more video eyewear': the 2010s as seen by futurologists

The 2010s has been an eventful decade for influencers, craft brewers and vape shop owners – and a di...

music TRNSMT music festival boss: 50-50 gender balance is 'a while' away

The director of Scotland’s TRNSMT festival has said “it will be a while” until there is a 50-50 gend...

stage Candida review – Shaw's comedy of fizzing words and extreme passion

Paul Miller is almost single-handedly keeping the Shavian flame alive. This is his fourth production...

film The Mortal Instruments actor Godfrey Gao dies on set aged 35

Taiwanese-Canadian actor and model Godfrey Gao, the first Asian person to be the face of Louis Vuitt...

music Melanie C: 'I've had an incredible career. It's time I accepted myself'

It’s often said that meeting a Spice Girl feels a lot like encountering a cartoon character. You can...