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
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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
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15 July 2013 12:01 AM
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12 July 2013 08:28 AM
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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.
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