Hugh Grant said last night it was "fun" to bring out a darker side for his multiple roles in the screen adaptation of Cloud Atlas, rather than the bumbling English gent he normally plays.
Alice Jones' Arts Diary
Peep Show, Sun, Channel 4 // Him & Her, Sun, BBC3 // 4Funnies: Dr Brown, Fri, Channel 4
The mismatched housemates return tonight. Hugh Montgomery looks at the rise of two sitcom losers
If, like me, you have trouble sleeping; if at night your brain starts fidgeting in your skull like a recalcitrant toddler, pin-balling from one deranged thought to the next without a care for the exhausted body that houses it, then the radio is probably your best friend.
From terrific tablets to slick smartphones, David Phelan selects the hottest hardware for your Christmas wish list
My best holiday memories aren't of sunsets or dolphin sightings but of wallowing in the shallow end of a swimming pool, giant inflatable ring wrapped around my middle, my face shaded by a fat paperback. I can't brag about the quantity of my beach reading like some: I'm slow, easily distracted, and usually only notch up two novels over a fortnight's break even while my hungrier holiday companions tear through one Penguin Classic after another.
Its makers are banking on the eternal appeal of teenage humour.
Three London friends come to terms with their various losses and meet to wrangle, wittily and touchingly, over the deepest questions of belonging and identity. This year's Man Booker winner finds bold and wrenching humour within its solemn themes. However adept at all the skills of comedy, and however immersed in ideas of Jewishness, this novel bristles with a passion and zest that defy all label-stickers.
Howard Jacobson richly deserved his Booker prize, but so many other novels divided cultured opinion
Ditching analogue radio was meant to be progress. Don't be so sure
Who could root for such a charmless philanderer, even if one of his three faces is Jim Broadbent?
David Mitchell attracts both deep popular affection and critical awe. In Edinburgh, Arifa Akbar talks to him as the Booker race looms
The Man Booker Prize announced its longlist last week. But there are plenty of other books to admire...
Some might consider it curmudgeonly to reflect on the novels left off the Man Booker prize long list, which was announced yesterday, rather than commend the 13 authors who made the final cut.
The 13-strong longlist for the Man Booker Prize 2010 was announced today.