Will Dean

Will Dean is Editor of The Independent Magazine

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Winning combination: the German team

Germany's football team: Everything you need to know about the World Cup champions

They’re going to rule football for a generation, so we’d better get to know the world champions, says Will Dean

The White Widow: Searching for Samantha, BBC1, TV review

A journey from Aylesbury to al-Shabaab that's stranger than fiction

Crowning moments: Dan Cruickshank in ‘Majesty and Mortar: Britain’s Great Palaces’

Majesty and Mortar: Britain's Great Palaces, TV review: Dan Cruickshank scores again with an engrossing alternative to the World Cup

The problem with the World Cup – besides Fifa, the impact on the Brazilian economy, and England's quadrennial pants-downing – is that its domination of the TV schedules is so absolute that there's sometimes not a tremendous amount else for your common-or-garden TV hack to mull over. Even the Radio Times – whose daily picks denote a rigorous thumbing through the schedules worthy of a bloke in the pub with a creased copy of TV Quick and a pink highlighter – selected a 9am repeat of Frasier as one of its Wednesday highlights. Admittedly it's a great episode, the one where Frasier thinks he has a stalker – but it doesn't bode well for a classic night's viewing. Not when Honduras vs Switzerland is on elsewhere.

Making waves: Hazel Evitts featured in ‘The Trouble with Mobility Scooters’

The Trouble with Mobility Scooters, TV review: Menacing drivers don't have such an easy ride

Some documentaries tell you more about something you knew a bit about. Some tell you about something you know nothing about. Then there are those such as The Trouble with Mobility Scooters (BBC1) that present a thesis so seemingly paradigmatic that any TV critic worth their smoked sea salt can't help but alight upon them for an hour.

New Girl's Nick and Jess are just Ross and Rachel in disguise

Cast your mind back to February 1, 1996. Football hadn't yet come home, Dolly the sheep was a biotechnological twinkle in the eye of the Edinburgh Roslin Institute and, for another 12 days, Take That were still together, bashing out the hits without Robbie.

Chest the job: ITV’s World Cup anchor Adrian Chiles – never knowingly under-Brummied

World Cup 2014: Is Phil Neville the worst pundit in Brazil? A look at the hits and misses

Forget the players at the World Cup, what about the pundits? Will Dean reveals the hits and misses of the former players paid to shoot their mouths off

Thirty-one Nil - On The Road With Football's Outsiders: A World Cup Odyssey by James Montague, book review

A celebration of the game's outsiders that can't fail to score
On the attack: Jay featured in ‘Football Hooligan & Proud’

Football Hooligan & Proud, TV review: Uninspiring look at ugly side of beautiful game

'Tis the season! White plastic furniture decorating the air above foreign piazzas, the choir of shirtless choristers singing "No surrender" and the florid scent of continental lager being imbibed and exbibed. Yes, it's Big Tournament time. That biannual period when English football fans turn the world's strasses, plazas and rues into am-dram productions of Apocalypse Now.

The first dance arms race: The rise of cool songs and elaborate marital choreography

The First Dance Arms Race has two distinct strands. Will Dean presents his comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

Rock Stars Stole My Life! A Big Bad Love Affair with Music by Mark Ellen, book review

Depending on your purview, you'll know Mark Ellen either as one of the key brains behind some of the greatest music magazines of the last 40 years (imperial period Smash Hits, Q, Mojo, The Word); or maybe as the presenter of The Old Grey Whistle Test or Live Aid; or as the bassist in Ugly Rumours, the Oxford college band most notable for the Jagger-like moves of its frontman, one Anthony Blair.

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But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
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The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
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Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
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The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
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Spells like teen spirit

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If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
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Licence to offend in the land of the free

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From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
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Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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