The Barometer: Andrew Lincoln; Doves; The Boat That Rocked; Top of the Pops

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What's hot...

Andrew Lincoln

The This Life star gets rave reviews for his performance in Jez Butterworth's play Parlour Song at the Almeida Theatre.


New single "Kingdom of Rust" is another slice of brooding cinematic indie rock from the Manchester band.

The Wire

The finest television show ever made is on terrestrial television screens now (BBC2).

...and what's not

The Boat That Rocked

Its cast couldn't be more star-studded, but Richard Curtis's film about a pirate radio station is a disaster.

Peter, Bjorn and John

We might give up hoping for another song as brilliant as "Young Folks", from the Swedish trio.

Top of the Pops

Sadly unlikely to return to our screens for another series.