Grace Dent

Grace Dent is a journalist, author, and broadcaster.

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Retail therapy: Mary Portas helps people free themselves from slavish modes of thinking

Grace Dent on TV: Mary Portas: Secret Shopper delves into a grim cornucopia of retail wrongness

Behind every shopfront Mary finds a little dysfunctional family

Before you criticise Mick Jagger for dating a 28-year-old woman, try getting old

Do we really think that older people should live according to our expectations, and always stick with someone their own age?

Kazida Sultana, 16, Amira Abase, 15, and Shamima Begum, 15, (left to right)

If teenage girls want to join Isis in the face of all its atrocities, then they should leave and never return

It's hard to believe that the Bethnal Green trio don't know what they're doing

We are family: writer/stars Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney with Carrie Fisher (right) in ‘Catastrophe’

Grace Dent on TV: Catastrophe is one of the funniest British comedies in years

Comedy is bloody hard to do, so when something as wonderfully funny as Channel 4’s Catastrophe appears, it feels exciting

Keeley Hawes as Samantha Mollison in The Casual Vacancy

Ignore the BBC-bashing pillocks: The Casual Vacancy is as entertaining as it is realistic

Anyone who thinks that communists at the Beeb are frittering away their licence fee on anti-Tory propaganda must find life exhausting

Kat embarrasses herself in the Vic. Stan Carter (Timothy West), Alfie Moon (Shane Richie), Kat Moon (Jessie Wallace) (BBC/Kieron McCarron)

Grace Dent on TV: Happy 30th Birthday EastEnders, here's to never being boring

Thank you for the drab Tuesday nights livened up by Fatboy shagging Denise in the Vic loos and Skype calls from Aunty Kim’s cruise ship

Internet trolls are infuriating and depressing but giving them asbos is not the answer

It’s unworkable to expect the police to keep tabs on abusive behaviour

Principle Door Keeper of the House of Commons, Robin Fell

Grace Dent on TV: Inside the Commons glorifies a yesteryear all-boys boarding school

Would it do the Commons any harm to grow up?

Prince Charles travels by carriage after the Most Noble Order of the Garter Ceremony

If Prince Charles is going to be this troublesome, we don’t want him to be King

In a previous age, courtiers would have quietly ushered him away from the seat of power

Stanley Tucci as DCI Eugene Morton, Sophie Grabol as Hildur Odegard and Christopher Eccleston as Professor Charlie Stoddart in 'Fortitude'

Grace Dent on TV: Fortitude is essentially Broadchurch with polar bears

Still the microcosm of Fortitude is – as it stands – highly compelling and cinematically sublime

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War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable
Living with Alzheimer's: What is it really like to be diagnosed with early-onset dementia?

What is it like to live with Alzheimer's?

Depicting early-onset Alzheimer's, the film 'Still Alice' had a profound effect on Joy Watson, who lives with the illness. She tells Kate Hilpern how she's coped with the diagnosis
The Internet of Things: Meet the British salesman who gave real-world items a virtual life

Setting in motion the Internet of Things

British salesman Kevin Ashton gave real-world items a virtual life
Election 2015: Latest polling reveals Tories and Labour on course to win the same number of seats - with the SNP holding the balance of power

Election 2015: A dead heat between Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly!

Lord Ashcroft reveals latest polling – and which character voters associate with each leader
Audiences queue up for 'true stories told live' as cult competition The Moth goes global

Cult competition The Moth goes global

The non-profit 'slam storytelling' competition was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green and has seen Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie and Molly Ringwald all take their turn at the mic
Pakistani women come out fighting: A hard-hitting play focuses on female Muslim boxers

Pakistani women come out fighting

Hard-hitting new play 'No Guts, No Heart, No Glory' focuses on female Muslim boxers
Leonora Carrington transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star

Surreal deal: Leonora Carrington

The artist transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star
LGBT History Month: Pupils discuss topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage

Education: LGBT History Month

Pupils have been discussing topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage
11 best gel eyeliners

Go bold this season: 11 best gel eyeliners

Use an ink pot eyeliner to go bold on the eyes with this season's feline flicked winged liner
Cricket World Cup 2015: Tournament runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

Cricket World Cup runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

The tournament has reached its halfway mark and scores of 300 and amazing catches abound. One thing never changes, though – everyone loves beating England
Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Heptathlete ready to jump at first major title

Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Ready to jump at first major title

After her 2014 was ruined by injury, 21-year-old Briton is leading pentathlete going into this week’s European Indoors. Now she intends to turn form into gold
Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot