Alice Jones is Deputy Arts Editor of The Independent.
23 April 2014 10:15 PM
It was William Shakespeare's 450th Birthday this week, or would have been, and Radio 3 marked it with a show that pointed out all of his faults – his sloppy writing, his anti-Semitism, his lack of parts for women, and so on.
23 April 2014 12:00 AM
The 'Thick of It' favourite thinks the romcom is an 'awful genre'. So why is he happy with a starring role in Sky Living's new Lake District-set series 'Trying Again'? Alice Jones finds out
18 April 2014 06:21 PM
The young Prince has been crowned 'Most Influential Baby of All Time'
16 April 2014 11:30 PM
War? What is it good for? Absolutely nothing. Although I suppose you could say that it has inspired a fine seam of sitcoms down the decades. Some of the finest - from the enduring daftness of Dad’s Army to the wisecracking M*A*S*H, to the best war comedy ever written, the peerless, poignant Blackadder Goes Forth.
11 April 2014 05:13 PM
The author’s death takes me back to the joy that was the hapless teenager’s secret diary
11 April 2014 12:00 AM
On 8 April 2013 I went to a comedy club. I hadn’t been planning to but Margaret Thatcher had just died, the road to my flat in Brixton was blocked with confused, champagne-spraying revellers and I figured if ever there was a time for political comedy to make a comeback, this might be it. So I went to Old Rope, an excellent weekly night in the basement of The Phoenix pub in London where comedians young and old, green and established, try out their freshest, totally unproven jokes on a relaxed crowd.
27 March 2014 11:00 PM
What's the best way to go about writing a BBC comedy? If you were to make a sly joke you might say that the shortest route to prime-time is to set your sitcom in the BBC. W1A is having a whale of a time in its plum 10pm slot, gently tickling the bureaucratic excesses of the corporation while doling out cameos to its great and good. The take-home message: as Ian Fletcher might say, we might be ridiculous, but we're still the best that you have; that'll be £145.50, please. (To be fair, the show hit its stride in its second episode this week, thanks largely to Siobhan Sharpe's inept live tweeting of Woman's Hour.)
No makeup selfie: It's hard to argue with £1 million raised for cancer research - but to say that these snaps are courageous is simply nonsense
21 March 2014 06:25 PM
Like The Sun’s breast cancer campaign, this trend glosses over the reality of cancer
21 March 2014 11:45 AM
Laughter Lines: The Week in Comedy
14 March 2014 06:27 PM
Brains are sexy - but the implication here is still that looks come first
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Attacks on 'Ukip Calypso' show how skewed people’s priorities are
Putin accuses US of causing global instability
- 1 Revolutionary lost Caravaggio painting 'Mary Magdalen in Ecstasy' identified
- 2 McKamey Manor: This 'extreme' haunted house is the stuff of nightmares
- 3 Russell Brand says he will 'probably' give up acting to focus on his revolution
- 4 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 5 David Beckham's Haig Club whisky is exactly what’s wrong with the Highlands