Grace Dent

Grace Dent writes about television for The Independent

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Philip Seymour Hoffman: The imperfections that made him so adorable

In the right role the star of so many great movies was worth a dozen Tom Cruises

Grace Dent on TV: Girls, Sky Atlantic

When I watch Girls, I want to shake them hard and shout "bloody grow up"

Rufus Hound is going to run in the next European elections

Grace Dent: Check your closet for skeletons, Rufus Hound. Britain likes its politicians squeakier than squeaky clean

I'm amazed that Rufus is considering swapping celebrity for politics

Same Love: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were joined on stage by Madonna, Mary Lambert (left) and Queen Latifah (right), who officiated the 33 weddings

Grace Dent: 33 marriages at the Grammys - now we can all be equally ridiculous

For too long, straight people have had the right to wacky weddings and to drive-thru Vegas emotional car-crashes

Grace Dent on TV: The Musketeers, BBC1

I was all for switching off as the bawdy band of brothers fired blanks

Lena Dunham and Vogue: Since when did being feminist mean showing off your pimples?

Practically every picture in every magazine is touched up - not just Lena's

It’s hard to lay the blame at anyone’s door for the latest crop of unhappy children

Yet another report says how tough it is to be young these days. Well, sorry to break this to you, kids – but it’s always been that way

It’s hard to lay the blame at anyone’s door for the latest crop of unhappy children

Grace Dent on TV: Benefits Street, Channel 4

The title screams "poverty porn", but this is a show rich in compassion 

Tina Fey and Amy Poelher prepare for their hosting stint at the Golden Globe Awards 2014

Grace Dent: The Golden Globes showed women can do more than just light up the red carpet

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey’s presenting turn was a caustic triumph

Grace Dent: Valérie Trierweiler and what my heartbreak hotel would look like

A broken heart really does feel like a physical thing. Perhaps I should open a clinic to help people who’ve experienced it

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What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic's latest video is an ode to good grammar. But what do The Independent’s experts think he’s missed out?
Can Secret Cinema sell 80,000 'Back to the Future' tickets?

The worst kept secret in cinema

A cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
Facebook: The new hatched, matched and dispatched

The new hatched, matched and dispatched

Family events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped the ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’ announcements
Why do we have blood types?

Are you my type?

All of us have one but probably never wondered why. Yet even now, a century after blood types were discovered, it’s a matter of debate what they’re for
Honesty box hotels: You decide how much you pay

Honesty box hotels

Five hotels in Paris now allow guests to pay only what they think their stay was worth. It seems fraught with financial risk, but the honesty policy has its benefit
Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

The 'scroungers’ fight back

The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
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Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

Paranoid parenting is on the rise

And our children are suffering because of it
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Yours for a cool £4m
Phone hacking scandal special report: The slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months for intercepting phone messages. James Hanning tells his story in a new book. This is an extract
We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war, asks Patrick Cockburn
Alistair Carmichael: 'The UK as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts'

Alistair Carmichael: 'The UK as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts'

Meet the man who doesn't want to go down in history as the country's last Scottish Secretary