Grace Dent

Grace Dent is a journalist, author, and broadcaster. She writes regular columns for The Independent, i, The Independent on Sunday and Saturday Magazine. Grace has also written eleven novels for teenagers.

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Judi Dench as Mrs Silver in Esio Trot

Grace Dent on TV: Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot makes for a twee, syrupy adaptation

In the hands of Richard Curtis, this was gentler viewing than 'Balamory'

My Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

The festive season is an important time for quizzical introspection

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

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'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

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However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
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‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
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... and not just because of Isis vandalism
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