Tom Sutcliffe was The Independent's first Arts Editor in 1986 and is a former columnist and television reviewer
22 July 2013 02:02 PM
Plus: Nostalgia at the V&A needs a personal playlist and Rh-app-sody for the iPad
18 July 2013 12:00 AM
"Rome wasn't built in a day and Alan Sugar didn't become a millionaire overnight," said Sharon, one half of the nascent trading empire Sharon and Al, in Wheelers, Dealers and Del Boys. Sharon was wondering whether she might have been a little hasty in giving up her day job to concentrate exclusively on trading in tat, and this remark was by way of self-reassurance.
17 July 2013 12:00 AM
"Every sequin, stitch and seam provides a window on to her short but extraordinary life," said the voiceover at the beginning of Princess Diana's Dresses: the Auction, an instructively besotted film about the sale of 10 of Diana's frocks. "These dresses," it had already promised, "hold the key to understanding Diana as never before." An hour later, with your understanding of Diana unchanged by a single stitch, any doubt about that claim had hardened into certainty.
16 July 2013 12:00 AM
Also: Broken by Battle, BBC1
15 July 2013 12:01 AM
Top of the Lake, Sat, BBC2 // Alive: Rankin Faces Death – a Culture Show Special, Sat, BBC2
12 July 2013 08:28 AM
Plus: All the world's a stage...well, nearly; and what's the difference between "canned" and "studio"? Don't make me laugh
12 July 2013 12:00 AM
Some wary prejudices can be dissolved with greater knowledge
11 July 2013 12:00 AM
Michael Mosley, one of the more cheerful pop science presenters currently on screen, would like us to know that appearances can be deceptive. He might look happy, but he's not. "I get stressed and constantly fret about the future," he said at the beginning of Horizon: The Truth about Personality.
10 July 2013 12:00 AM
The groundbreaking show tested your own ability to suspend prejudice and attend only to evidence
07 July 2013 09:10 PM
Until play actually started the BBC must have been quietly satisfied with its Wimbledon coverage. Or at least relieved. With an hour or so gone and virtually the whole country watching, at least none of their commentators had triggered a Twitter-storm – as John Inverdale had done the day before with his less-than-chivalrous remarks about Marion Bartoli and the hitherto unexplored Appearance/Trying Really Hard nexus.
British Muslim leaders outraged after Eric Pickles says followers of Islam should 'prove their identity'
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Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
Billy Crystal: 'Stop shoving gay sex scenes in my face'
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
- 1 The truth about 'girl things': Three cheers for Heather Watson's honesty
- 2 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
- 3 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 4 Tennis fan suing Australian Open organisers for 'failing to shade spectators' during Murray match
- 5 Men behaving badly: Urinating while standing, 'manspreading' and the gendering of selfishness