Will Dean is Editor of The Independent Magazine
Oh! You Pretty Things: the Story of Music and Fashion, TV review: It's the same old song - a Sixties pop doc with style but little substance
18 September 2014 12:00 AM
To anyone who's ever read The Face or, you know, watched Top of the Pops or seen what a band looks like, it's fairly obvious that fashion has played a major role in the history of British pop music. All pop music. But especially British pop music from the Sixties to the present day – a period in cultural history rarely covered except by a niche group of scholars. And 18 documentaries a week on BBC4, doing their best to prove the adage that if you can remember the Sixties, then you'd best do a piece to camera for Alan Yentob.
11 September 2014 12:00 AM
Without wishing to shatter the illusion that the nation's hardy TV critics file their copy as the previous evening's viewing ends – "on the whistle", as they call it over on sports – the mollycoddled troops in the Independent's multimedia AV theatre get the advantage of advance previews (plus the popcorn machine, martini trolley, gratis foot rubs etc).
11 September 2014 12:00 AM
Obviously, Armando Iannucci's Veep (Sky Atlantic) is nothing like a rehash of an old show. But in last night's season-ending double-header, things did take a bit of a turn for the Jim Hacker circa the Yes Minister 1984 Christmas special when our fictional politico got a promotion.
04 September 2014 12:00 AM
But did the camels enjoy making it?
Bright Lights, Brilliant Minds: a Tale of Three Cities, TV review: This whirl through Vienna's past was an artful start to a promising triple-bill
21 August 2014 12:00 AM
Gawd, there's a load of rubbish on at the moment isn't there? Thank goodness once more, then, for BBC4, TV's verbose uncle with ephemera to divulge and an hour in which to do it while everyone else watches The Great British Bake Off.
100-Year-Old Drivers, TV review: This wryly amusing look at mature motorists bypasses some bigger issues
14 August 2014 12:00 AM
It makes a difference if you can walk to the shops or not. Design a town around people walking and you'll design a happier, healthier community. Follow the model of suburban town planning over the past 60 years and you create areas entirely dependent on being able to drive a car to go and get a pint of milk. Or need someone else to go and get you one.
06 August 2014 11:00 PM
In a more innocent age, the very notion of a celebrity being in jail was enough to trigger hysteria. Phil Spector! Pete Doherty! Paris Hilton!
06 August 2014 03:57 PM
With just over a week to go until the start of the new season, here are the crucial pieces of kit and training aides to get you match-ready
30 July 2014 11:00 PM
A slight confession. I missed the beginning of The Mimic (Channel 4) when it returned a fortnight ago. That was because it returned on the same night as Veep and Silicon Valley on Sky Atlantic, and, like the rest of the global media elite, I take my commands from Rupert Murdoch, or at least from one of his underlings.
24 July 2014 12:44 PM
The world has just heard the latest from Edward Snowden. Holed up in a Moscow hotel room, he told The Guardian his thoughts on the security services and surveillance and his bizarre new existence in Russia. His story, it goes without saying, is one to test the imagination of even the most creative writer.
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Scottish independence: The Queen breaks silence on referendum debate – as think tank warns of £14bn black hole if Scotland votes Yes
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
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- 2 Scottish independence: What you shouldn't tweet about if you want to avoid jail today
- 3 Scottish independence: Five reasons Salmond is secretly hoping for a 'No' vote
- 4 Isis plan to 'behead random member of the public' in Sydney thwarted by Australian police
- 5 Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God