Grace Dent

Grace Dent writes about television for The Independent

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No half measures: ‘The Secret Life of the Pub’

Grace Dent on TV: The Secret Life of the Pub is sexist, ageist and a breath of fresh air – give these bitter men a whole series

In a world of braggards and showoffs, there’s beauty in boring people talking unfettered about nothing much at all.

Maisie Williams toughens up as Arya Stark in Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones leak: Brits are now the world's biggest pirates, but I know how we can stop them

If they're going to spoil the fun, then they should have their TV shows spoilt too

From Her to eternity: Robyn has taken her lesbian dating app, Her, to San Francisco and New York

Grace Dent on TV: Channel 4's How to be a Young Billionaire proves there's no app for happiness

Not that being wealthy isn’t thoroughly smashing, it’s just rarely enough to sate the brains of business-minded people

The rise of DIY dentistry: Yet again social mobility seems to be in reverse

There is already a marked difference between the teeth of the rich and poor

General Election 2015: Grace Dent's guide to your ballot box options on 7 May

From Tory cutbacks to the Greens' radical and raucous proposals...

Nervous breakdown? David Threlfall as Noah in Tony Jordan’s version of the Biblical story

Grace Dent on TV: Noah in BBC's The Ark was great – as long as you didn't actually want animals or a flood

This telling is far more surreal and subtly hewn than the Biblical version

In case you were wondering what it's like to not always look down at your phone, I can tell you

When we 'look up' the human condition forces us to think some pretty troubling stuff

Smart phones, dumb reading: Rebecca and Harry from ‘Teens’

Grace Dent on TV: After watching Teens, thank goodness there was no social media when I was that age

Twitter was the sort of thing that Judith Hann alluded to on BBC1’s Tomorrow’s World

Ashya King arrives at the Proton Therapy Center in Prague in September

Ashya King: Was the NHS's choice of cancer treatment right or wrong? Let's not go there

At the heart of this episode is an uplifting story about a little boy – the rest is petty political point-scoring

True friends? Jason Manford and Rebecca Callard in ‘Ordinary Lies’

Grace Dent on TV: Jason Manford in Ordinary Lies shows us why we should all try to fake a death

No one wants to hear the boring honest truth that a car salesman is in the midst of a minor midlife crisis

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NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own