The Good Wife on More4 is in the midst of a reputation revision. Long-term fans of the smart, glossy legal drama, which began its fifth season on More4 last night, often complain it's not given the recognition it deserves. It's true that among crime and law procedurals (TV shows where a problem is raised and solved within a single episode) this is a show of unusual quality. But is The Good Wife really that good?
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Wednesday 08 May 2013
Consternation! Twitter storm! Chris Grayling, or “Lord High Chancellor” to give him his Mikado-esque title, turned his back on the Queen!
Saturday 04 May 2013
History rarely supplies plots for full-evening ballets, and with good reason. Dance tends to be strong on feeling, weak on facts. As George Balanchine once drolly observed, ballet has no way of saying “this is my mother-in-law”.
Friday 03 May 2013
Sometimes a story's comic spark burns out before the first line
Saturday 27 April 2013
Jealousy is the enemy in an impeccably cast tragedy. And a Swedish one-man-show is the West End's new best friend
Monday 15 April 2013
Endeavour, Sun, ITV / Isaac Newton: The Last, Magician, Fri, BBC2
Monday 08 April 2013
When Tom Beardsworth decided he wanted to do an internship, he decided to cast his net a little bit wider than rainy old London
Sunday 07 April 2013
The Young Magician of the Year contest is back, and Jonathan Owen finds that hocus-pocus is on a new high
Friday 05 April 2013
One lesson to be drawn from Keith Jarrett’s recent Southbank recital was how porous the border now is between jazz piano and its classical counterpart.
Film review: The Spirit of '45 - Mind the gap inKen Loach's impassioned plea for a return to post-war unity
Saturday 16 March 2013
An angry miner demands: "Who is it who tells the police to beat me – a working man?" Cut mischievously to a clip of Margaret Thatcher raising her hand as if to reply: "I do."
Friday 15 March 2013
A circus featuring dancing dogs is touring around Japan with the intention of teaching young children the responsibilities that come with owning a pet.
Thursday 14 March 2013
A former member of the Special Forces, turned stunt man has now forged a career in magic, and his new show has just seen him promoted to the highest level of the Magic Circle achieved by examination.
Film review: Oz the Great and Powerful - You thought the Wizard should be left alone? Step this way …
Saturday 09 March 2013
So, how did Oz gets its Wizard? This question has never exercised me for more than a nanosecond, but as redundant as Oz the Great and Powerful might seem, this Disney prequel turns out to be something of a classic: a family friendly fantasy which delivers as an affectionate prologue to The Wizard of Oz, that works just as well as a spectacular, neatly structured stand-alone adventure. It's directed by Sam Raimi, who once again brings irresistible enthusiasm to cartoonish genre entertainment, but it could also pass for the best Tim Burton film in a long time, and the best Terry Gilliam film in even longer.
Sunday 03 March 2013
It can be tricky to remember that Justin Bieber is a real human being.
Sunday 03 March 2013
The Booker-winner's unsettling new parable is set in Novilla,
Friday 01 March 2013
It takes a certain bravery to tinker with one of the great plays of the classical canon – let alone rip out two entire acts and replace them with brand spanking new material. True scholars have long debated how much of the established Doctor Faustus was written by Christopher Marlowe, not to mention the quality of what has been passed down through the years.
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
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