Julian Hall

Julian has been the comedy critic for The Independent since 2003. He is also the author of The Rough Guide to British Cult Comedy, www.textualhealing.co.uk

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Dawn French: 30 Million Minutes, Theatre Royal Brighton, comedy review: 'A rage against the machine'

It's French's life force, rather than her celebrity, that is under the spotlight

Jack Whitehall is outraged at the BBC's decision to axe comedy and drama channel BBC Three
Miranda Hart stars in 'My, What I Call'. With nothing riskier than a few fart jokes, this is family viewing

Miranda Hart comedy gig review: Exuberant, frothy, wholesome fun with a heart of gold

Miranda Hart: My, What I Call, Live Show Bournemouth International Centre

Comedian Miles Jupp

Miles Jupp Is The Chap You're Thinking Of, comedy review

Ambassadors Theatre, London

The duo in 2007

Punt & Dennis: Ploughing on Regardless, comedy review

Hexagon Theatre, Reading

The Establishment Club, comedy review

Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill, London

Tommy Tiernan: Stray Sod, comedy review

Soho Theatre, London

Best of 2014: Comedy preview

Julian Hall picks this year’s must-see comedy

2013 - the year in review: The best comedy of the year

"Bo Burnham: What", Pleasance Grand, Edinburgh Fringe, August

Bill Burr performs on stage in Los Angeles
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What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
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As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
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Smash hit go under the hammer

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The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
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America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
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A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
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Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
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Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
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Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'
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Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

Stock up on mirin, soy and miso and you have the makings of everyday Japanese cuisine
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