Tom Sutcliffe

Tom Sutcliffe was The Independent's first Arts Editor in 1986 and is a former columnist and television reviewer

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Alana (Honey Boo Boo) reads a book to her baby doll.

TV review: Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (TLC) is certainly educational television

It's just an excuse to laugh at poor people and farting

Last night's viewing - The Fall, BBC2; The Flying Archaeologist, BBC4

"No one knows what's going on in someone else's mind and life would be intolerable if we did," murmurs Paul to his wife soothingly. Paul knows what he's talking about. He's a therapist and bereavement counsellor and, apparently, a loving father, currently a little preoccupied, like his wife, by his daughter's recurrent nightmares. In fact, the two of them are in her bed, the little girl having been resettled in the parental room after waking up screaming.

Shaun Dingwall and Paddy Considine in The Suspicions of Mr Whicher

TV review: Olivia Colman can do no wrong - But The Suspicions of Mr Whicher (ITV) was a mistake

United States of Television: America in Primetime, Sat, BBC2

Empty vessel: Ellen Gallagher’s Bird in Hand 2006 features a figure, Pegleg, who mutates into a pirate

In the visual arts aesthetic standards can't be measured by hard labour or the lack of it

Plus: Could an Indonesian fisherman understand the 'The Waste Land'? And this journalist finds himself between a sock and an art place on the streets of Berlin

Great Artists in their Own Words: Salvador Dali

TV review: Great Artists in Their Own Words, BBC4

Bankers, BBC2

The Weekend's Viewing: In Russell Lewis, Endeavour has a writer who knows when to stop

Endeavour, Sun, ITV1 // The Genius of Marie Curie – the Woman Who Lit Up the World, Fri, BBC2

Camp fire: Ian McKellen (left) and Derek Jacobi in ‘Vicious’

If you say you like ITV sitcom ‘Vicious’ or ‘Django Unchained’ its more than a statement of taste

Plus: Ben Kingsley and the crime of the scene and Grand Theft Auto V has an LA lookalike that's just grand

Last Night's Viewing: The Repo Man, Channel 4
12-Year-Old Lifer (the story of Paul Gingerich), Channel 4

Feeling better because of the spring sunshine? Daring to hope that things are getting better at last? If so you might want to avoid Sean James. "We don't live in a civilized country at all," Sean said gloomily at the beginning of Arron Fellows' film about his work. "The human race is shit."

Last Night's Viewing: Scott & Bailey, ITV1
Dara O Briain: School of Hard Sums, Dave

Scott & Bailey, it is becoming increasingly clear, actually takes place in an alternative universe, broadly indistinguishable from the one its viewers occupy but given away by one significant inversion. In our universe senior police officers are mostly men. In theirs it looks as if promotion exclusively favours women.

TV review - Archaeology: a Secret History, BBC4

Alex Polizzi – the Fixer Returns, BBC2

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US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

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VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but is it really needed?
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Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
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Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
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'How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?'

Man Booker Prize nominee Anna Smaill on the rise of Kiwi lit
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The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems
Art of the state: Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China

Art of the state

Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
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Vegetarian food gets a makeover

Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks
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Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?
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These dishes are so easy to make, our chef is almost embarrassed to call them recipes
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A woefully out-of-form Michael Clarke embodies his team's fragile Ashes campaign, says Michael Calvin
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Exclusive: David Keys reveals the research that finally explains why HMS Victory went down with the loss of 1,100 lives
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'I saw people so injured you couldn't tell if they were dead or alive'

Nagasaki survivors on why Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism
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