Cultural Life: Mathew Horne, Actor
Saturday 23 June 2012
I'm reading The Second Coming by John Niven. He wrote my favourite book, Kill Your Friends. I've not finished it yet as I'm also reading The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith. I did a reading of a section of it for the Criterion Theatre in the West End as part of Stories Before Bedtime and thought it so funny I wanted more.
The Grayson Perry exhibition, The Vanity of Small Differences, at Victoria Miro in east London has been running concurrently with his Channel 4 documentary series. I have an unhealthy obsession with that man and his work. And I feel privileged that I can see his work from the brilliant TV show locally.
As a fan of The Killing, I watched The Bridge on BBC4 recently with a keen eye. I was completely gripped from start to finish. It was most definitely appointment to view – up there with Twin Peaks and The Prisoner. Cardinal Burns is an E4 sketch show with brilliant comic writing and performances.
I saw the RSC's Comedy of Errors at the Roundhouse and thought it was done deftly and with big laughs. It really inspired me for my upcoming performance in Charley's Aunt at the Menier Chocolate Factory in September.
I haven't got long enough here to go into Prometheus, but I recently rewatched District 9 because it's so damn good.
Mathew Horne presents coverage from the Isle of Wight Festival live from 6pm on Sky Arts 1 and Sky 3D on 23 and 24 June (skyarts.sky.com)
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Peter Lik: The self-proclaimed 'fine-art photographer' whose work sells for millions
Best underrated Christmas movies from Trading Places to While You Were Sleeping
Grace Dent on TV: The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies was a beautifully shot, immensely considered drama
The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, review: Jason Watkins is brilliant, but real victim Joanna Yeates is reduced to a footnote
Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking Lana Del Rey rape video
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga