Gerard Gilbert

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

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Christmas animation On Angel Wings based on the book by War Horse author Michael Morpurgo

Christmas TV guide 2014: Best family friendly shows from The Boy in the Dress to Esio Trot

From David Walliams' new drama to Esio Trot starring Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman, there's plenty of wholesome family fare to watch this Christmas

The cast of Downton Abbey in the 2014 Christmas special

Christmas TV guide 2014: Best dramas to watch from Doctor Who and Downton Abbey to Game of Thrones

Tune in for Doctor Who and Mapp and Lucia too this festive period

Anna Chancellor has a lineage worthy of Tatler but has had to scrap to establish herself as one of our finest actors

Chancellor has come a long way since Four Weddings. The British actor talks motherhood, her new role in Mapp and Lucia, and why she shuns her aristocratic roots

Sally Wainwright at the 'BAFTA' British Academy Craft Awards' The Brewery, London.

Happy Valley and Last Tango in Halifax creator Sally Wainwright on how to create TV gold

With three hit TV shows, Sally Wainwright is the envy of the biz. Here she reveals the secrets of her success

The cast of multi award winning drama Broadchurch attended the read-through for the second series of the drama in London.

Broadchurch series 2: David Tennant, Olivia Colman and cast share all the clues they can

Olivia Colman: 'I got to the point where I stopped going on trains and buses because everyone would ask who did it'

Anna Chancellor as Lucia and Miranda Richardson as Mapp, in the BBC’s new adaptation (C) BBC - Photographer: Nick Briggs)

Christmas 2014: Can a new TV take on E F Benson’s cult Mapp and Lucia novels compare with the sublime 1985 series?

The BBC's new version is written by The League of Gentlemen's Steve Pemberton, who says we should expect "a genteel version of Royston Vasey"

W1A actor Jason Watkins to star in new ITV drama as the landlord falsely accused of Joanna Yeates' murder

Jason Watkins has been a steady supporting actor for most of his career. But now, following a family tragedy, he's set to play the lead role in The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies
Robson and Jerome are said to have earned Simon Cowell his first million

Jerome Flynn: Game of Thrones and Ripper Street star is back in the limelight

One minute he was topping the charts as Robson and Jerome – the next he’d disappeared, seeking refuge in a religious sect. Now, starring roles in ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Ripper Street’ have catapulted him to success again... Can he handle it second time around?
Through a glass darkly: Jamie Dornan in ‘The Fall’

Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan: Playing The Fall's serial killer left me scarred

Dornan stars in 'Fifty Shades of Grey' in the new year. Before that, he returns as a misogynistic murderer in the controversial drama 'The Fall' on BBC2. He tells Gerard Gilbert how the role has transformed his life
The Passing Bells, with Michael (Jack Lowden) and Thomas (Paddy Gibson)

From The Passing Bells to Trollied: What to watch on TV tonight

Intruders, Toast of Britain and Gareth's All-Star choir also come recommended

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Fifa corruption: The 161-page dossier that exposes the organisation's dark heart

The 161-page dossier that exposes Fifa's dark heart

How did a group of corrupt officials turn football’s governing body into what was, in essence, a criminal enterprise? Chris Green and David Connett reveal all
Mediterranean migrant crisis: 'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves,' says Tripoli PM

Exclusive interview with Tripoli PM Khalifa al-Ghweil

'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves'
Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles: How the author foretold the Californian water crisis

Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles

How the author foretold the Californian water crisis
Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison as authorities crackdown on dissent in the arts

Art attack

Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison
Marc Jacobs is putting Cher in the limelight as the face of his latest campaign

Cher is the new face of Marc Jacobs

Alexander Fury explains why designers are turning to august stars to front their lines
Parents of six-year-old who beat leukaemia plan to climb Ben Nevis for cancer charity

'I'm climbing Ben Nevis for my daughter'

Karen Attwood's young daughter Yasmin beat cancer. Now her family is about to take on a new challenge - scaling Ben Nevis to help other children
10 best wedding gift ideas

It's that time of year again... 10 best wedding gift ideas

Forget that fancy toaster, we've gone off-list to find memorable gifts that will last a lifetime
Paul Scholes column: With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards

Paul Scholes column

With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards
Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget Heysel

Thirty years ago, 39 fans waiting to watch a European Cup final died as a result of a fatal cocktail of circumstances. Ian Herbert looks at how a club dealt with this tragedy
Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: Khan’s audition for Floyd Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation, says Frank Warren

Khan’s audition for Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation

The Bolton fighter could be damned if he dazzles and damned if he doesn’t against Algieri, the man last seen being decked six times by Pacquiao, says Frank Warren
Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor