Grace Dent

Grace Dent writes about television for The Independent

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Grace Dent: A restaurant that checks me out before arriving? No thanks

It’s a trend that must be destroyed before it crosses the Pond

Grace Dent: I could never be as good a mum as Lily Allen

Despite her celebrity status, she wants her children to remain grounded

Grace Dent on TV: The Crimson Field, BBC1

A missing fruit cake is a good enough cliffhanger for me

The woman from Sussex travelled to the Dignitas assisted suicide clinic in Switzerland with her niece

Grace Dent: Modern life can be horrific. But assisted suicide is the easy – and often wrong – option, so don’t let the likes of Dignitas dignify it

A retired teacher ended her life because she ‘couldn’t adapt to the modern world’

Grace Dent: Dappy's new hashtag tattoo is unlikely to get him trending

From a distance the tattoo looks like a squashed bluebottle

Grace Dent: Gove's ‘hot sex’ and the city

It’s refreshing that a politician recognises the murky, lusty, reasons behind many of the business decisions being made in the capital

Grace Dent on TV: Louis Theroux’s LA stories, BBC2

Even before tragedy, Theroux doesn’t flinch. That’s just what he does

Grace Dent: We need to treat stay-at-home dads with the respect that stay-at-home mums have yearned for

The idea that men are making a good job of being home-makers and baby-raisers is a kick in the teeth for the cult of Mummydom

Grace Dent: It's not exactly a shock that Nigel Farage's No 1 world leader pin-up is Vladimir Putin

Farage can't be trusted to riff sans script without causing a diplomatic incident

Grace Dent: Beautiful and captivating - they don’t make them like Kate O’Mara any more

She rattled with an innate elegance and a knowing sense of feminine empowerment

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