On 26 February, Spitting Image will celebrate its 30 birthday. BBC Four will mark the occasion with a special episode of Arena which promises to tell the “vexed and frequently hilarious story” of the sketch show which ran for 21 series between 1984 and 1996 and marked a high point in British satire.
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Tuesday 06 August 2013
If you like to spend your free time laughing at mad, misspelt and hyperbolic comments on web forums, then Adam Buxton's brand of piss-take comedy for the YouTube generation will be right up your street.
Friday 19 April 2013
The Royal Opera House and Glyndebourne have relayed live operas to cinemas. But for the first time next week, an opera will premiere at a London cinema.
Thursday 02 August 2012
Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 thriller Vertigo is the greatest film of all time, according to an once-in-a-decade poll of critics which has deposed Citizen Kane from the top spot.
Sunday 29 July 2012
An ecological fable ... padded out with industrial levels of filler
Thursday 29 March 2012
Saturday 31 December 2011
Uncut versions of classic movies to be screened to mark 100 years of the Board of Film Classification
Sunday 04 September 2011
Sunday 05 June 2011
Friday 04 March 2011
Sunday 30 January 2011
Wednesday 01 December 2010
Friday 05 November 2010
My first inkling of the art demanded for the accompaniment of silent films came when I watched a young Carl Davis sit down at my piano and deliver a dazzling preview of his score for Abel Gance's five-hour epic, Napoleon. That was three decades ago, since when Davis's scores have become big business. Though his route has been orchestral, accompaniments on the piano are still provided for silent classics at the National Film Theatre. And the champion at that is the young classical pianist-composer Costas Fotopoulos, who has been providing the music for a clutch of rare Frank Capra movies at London's BFI Southbank, with the final one – Rain or Shine – due to be screened tomorrow.
Friday 20 August 2010
It's a long way from Helensburgh to Hawaii. When you watch Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster in their celebrated clinch on the beach in From Here To Eternity ("nobody ever kissed me like you do!"), you realise just what an extraordinary metamorphosis Kerr underwent in the course of her movie career. The Scottish-born star (the subject of a retrospective at the BFI in partnership with The Independent during September and October) seemed in her early film career to be the most upstanding and "proper" of actresses. She had a shy and aloof quality.
Friday 25 June 2010
Ray Harryhausen – the daddy of stop-motion animation – turns 90 next week. Tomorrow, BFI Southbank rounds off a month of screenings and events with a celebration hosted by the director John Landis. It is comforting to know that though computers dominate special-effects nowadays, his pioneering techniques are still admired.
Saturday 08 May 2010
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
'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
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
George Galloway condemns 'racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag' Charlie Hebdo at freedom of speech rally
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
- 1 Paris attacks: Do not call Charlie Hebdo killers 'terrorists', BBC says
- 2 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
- 5 The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back