Gerard Gilbert

Gerard Gilbert is a television writer and feature writer for The Independent.

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Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey series 5: Michelle Dockery and Hugh Bonneville on uppity servants and sex before marriage

Will the show's stunning success last as Downton enters the swinging 1920s? Gerard Gilbert speaks to two of the drama's leading stars

How Britain's favourite TV shows get their look: Meet the designers who bring Downton Abbey, Sherlock and Doctor Who to life

How do you recreate Machu Picchu on a Welsh beach? Or bring the up and downstairs of Downton Abbey to life? In the latest in his series on the people behind the TV scenes, Gerard Gilbert meets the production designers bringing the nation’s favourite shows to life

Anne Reid's slow-burn success: The Our Zoo star on the surgeon's knife, bedding Daniel Craig and having a late-blooming career

A tryst with Daniel Craig in the film The Mother saved Anne Reid from a lifetime of ‘skirt and jumper’ roles – and that was just the start. The star of Last Tango in Halifax and the BBC’s new series Our Zoo, talks flirting, surgery and always being the white sheep

Doctor Who star Jenna Coleman: "Peter Capaldi is almost the opposite of Matt Smith"

As she returns to the Tardis for a second series, the actress discusses Capaldi versus Smith, alien chit-chat… and the advantages of being 5ft 2in

A researcher enjoys a whale shark encounter in the Maldives, as new research suggests that they are making unexpectedly big waves in the world of ecotourism

Fin frenzy: Discovery Channel's 'Shark Week' is biting into ratings again

This year's Shark Week is attracting record numbers of viewers in America

Funny faces: Joe Bor and Jo Caulfield

Edinburgh Festival 2014: Warm-up comedians Joe Bor and Jo Caulfield step into the limelight

Warm-up acts are the unsung stars of TV comedy shows whom the viewers at home never see, but Bor and Caulfield are taking their own material to this year's Festival

O'Shaughnessy pictured at the Unicorn Theatre in London

Utopia star Fiona O'Shaughnessy: 'I don't like to watch too much violence...it's weird that I'm involved in this'

Back on our screens in Utopia as the elusive Jessica Hyde, Fiona O'Shaughnessy explains where she ends and her strange and wonderful character begins
The byte stuff: 'Silicon Valley'

Why new TV show Silicon Valley is like Entourage for geeks

The new TV comedy show focuses on California's hi-tech companies – so don't expect any female whizz-kids, says Gerard Gilbert
Mum’s the word: Lauren and Dan in ‘She’s Having a Baby’

She’s Having a Baby, TV review: Sky Living's cloying maternity documentary is misconceived

Sky is in the midst of making its lifestyle channel, Sky Living, home to Britain's Next Top Model and What Katie Did Next, less female-facing – luring younger men with shows like Hannibal and The Blacklist in a process it is calling "de-pinking" in reference to the channel's formerly roseate logo – although it might also have implications for gay viewers. After all, this is the channel that once gave us the much-missed Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.

'Veep' returns: Writer Simon Blackwell reveals how to create a hit US sitcom

As ‘Veep’ returns, one of its British writing team gives Gerard Gilbert some tips

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Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam