Grace Dent

Grace Dent is a journalist, author, and broadcaster.

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Eastenders' Lucy Beale (Hetti Bywater), Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt), Bobby Beale (Rory Stroud) and Peter Beale (Ben Hardy)

Grace Dent's best TV picks of 2014: From Game of Thrones to EastEnders

From hoodlums, hipsters and tender Eastenders, here is my pick of the best telly to land on our screens this year

Kerry Smith, Ukip's candidate for Basildon South

Leaking emails and phonecalls can prevent bigots like Kerry Smith standing for Parliament, but its growing popularity should terrify us all

Who hasn’t taken part in an exchange which someone could use to floor them?

Pictured: Jason Watkins as Christopher Jefferies and Howard Coggins as Custody in The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies

Grace Dent on TV: The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies was a beautifully shot, immensely considered drama

This was the sort of drama so weighty that Anna Maxwell Martin could poke her head up in a bit part – brilliantly – and still hardly warrant a mention

Nigel Farage: 'I don't know anybody in politics as poor as we are'

Ask Nigel Farage anything, and you can guarantee there will be outrage

It’s our smug rush to silence him that voters find deafening

Who’d have thought he’d be standing there today? Michael Palin stars as an elderly man caught up in a death and a haunting in Yorkshire in ‘Remember Me’

Grace Dent on TV: Remember me is bewildering in the worst pre-pre-Christmas week of television ever(!)

Presently, I am the forlorn TV critic equivalent of The Little Match Girl, dreaming of festive TV largesse, while making do with BBC1’s Wild Weather with Richard Hammond

Shia LaBeouf made the claims during an interview last week

Shia LaBeouf's rape claim: Would we say to a woman 'Oh sure, why didn’t you fight them off?'

The actor's claim is a test for the feminist cause

Cyber Monday: I can't wait until Psycho Saturday and Worst Behaviour Ever Wednesday, but I reserve my right to sneer

It's not 'snobby' to look down on those who assault people over cheap TVs

All in a day's work: the players in the forthcoming 'Posh People: Inside Tatler'

Grace Dent on TV: After watching Posh People: Inside Tatler I'm happier to be a peasant

But just as we should 'hug a hoodie', we should also, I believe, learn to 'hug a Hooray Henry', because poshness is an accident of birth

Sir Bob Geldof has drawn the usual ire for 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'

Band Aid 30: You know it must be Christmas when everyone's shouting about a charity single

Ah, how I love the festive sound of intellectual critiques clashing with Geldof's populism

Bill Cosby speaks onstage at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund 25th Awards Gala on 11 November 2013 in Washington

Bill Cosby: Isn’t it obvious why his accusers have stayed silent up until now?

What we're hearing now are the final pathetic roars of a man who has always got exactly what he wanted

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas