Grace Dent

Grace Dent is a journalist, author, and broadcaster.

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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

Conservative MP Louise Mensch has made enemies in high places through her fearless pursuit of the hacking scandal

Thank heavens for Louise Mensch and her foul-mouthed tweets to world leaders

Her anger at the response to King Abdullah's death sums up what many of us are thinking

Focus E15 Mothers led a protest to highlight the lack of affordable housing in London

When rents are so high that you have to share a bed with a stranger, surely the revolution can’t be far off

London’s affordable-homes crisis amounts to an abuse of human rights

Grace Dent on TV: Damian Lewis smouldering in tights is epic value for licence-fee money

'Wolf Hall' is a fitting, elegant centrepiece for the BBC's Tudor season

Pope Francis greets the crowds

And we all thought this Pope was a little bit more gay-friendly than his predecessors...

Would Jesus have said the sort of things Francis has been saying?

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Syria civil war: Meet the military commander who says his soldiers will not rest until every inch of their war torn country is free of Islamist 'terrorists'

‘We won’t stop until Syria is back to normal’

Near the front lines with Islamist-controlled towns where Assad’s troops were besieged just last month, Robert Fisk meets a commander confidently preparing his soldiers for battle
Fifa corruption: Strip Qatar of the World Cup? Not likely

Strip Qatar of the World Cup? Not likely

But if a real smoking gun is found, that might change things, says Tom Peck
Twenty two years later Jurassic Park series faces questions over accuracy of the fictional dinosaurs in it

Tyrannosaurus wrecked?

Twenty two years on, Jurassic Park faces questions over accuracy
The inside story of how Bill Clinton built a $2bn global foundation may undermine Hillary's chances

The inside story of how Bill Clinton built a $2bn global foundation...

... and how it may undermine Hillary's chances in 2016
Genes greatly influence when and how many babies a woman will have, study finds

Mother’s genes play key role in decision to start a family

Study's findings suggest that human fertility is still evolving
12 best olive oils

Extra-virgin, cold-press, early-harvest, ultra-premium: 12 best olive oils

Choosing an olive oil is a surprising minefield. Save yourself the hassle with our handy guide
Rafa Benitez Real Madrid unveiling: New manager full of emotion at Bernabeu homecoming

Benitez full of emotion at Bernabeu homecoming

There were tears in the former Liverpool manager’s eyes as he was unveiled as Real Madrid coach. But the Spaniard knows he must make tough decisions if he is to succeed
England can win the Ashes – and Elvis Presley will present the urn

England can win the Ashes – and Elvis will present the urn

In their last five Test, they have lost two and drawn two and defeated an India side last summer who thought that turning up was competing, says Stephen Brenkley
Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
Beating obesity: The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters

Beating obesity

The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters
9 best women's festival waterproofs

Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

These are the macs to keep your denim dry and your hair frizz-free(ish)