The actor said the profession is becoming so limited that a 'messy kid from a council estate' like himself would no longer be able to forge a career
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Thursday 19 December 2013
Sheffield Crucible: 'Visually gorgeous and beautifully choreographed'
Sunday 15 December 2013
There are rich pickings to be harvested from this year’s crop. Jim Crace’s unforgettable Harvest (Whole Story, 7 CDs, £20.41) is a book begging to be read aloud. Had the Booker judges listened to John Keating reading it, they’d have given it the prize unanimously. The story of a pre-lapsarian village facing the end of centuries of agrarian life is written in blunt and sturdy language that moves seamlessly between Old English accented alliteration and flights of superb iambic pentameter. “Caught between a nettle and a thorn”, the helpless narrator watches as monetary greed and a flagrant injustice destroys a community and creates an avoidable refugee crisis, whose contemporary relevance is unmistakable. It is a work of genius.
Sunday 24 November 2013
The Square Mile enjoys 'unfettered and unmonitored' access to senior politicians and civil servants, campaigners claim
Friday 15 November 2013
'We have Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' Push The Sky Away on vinyl pretty much on rotation right now. Sublime.'
Saturday 12 October 2013
Watch the videos below to take in tracks from the new album by The Feeling - ‘Boy Cried Wolf’
Monday 30 September 2013
David Cameron has branded the Labour Party’s tax policy “nuts”, warning that it would drive business out of Britain and hamper the economic recovery.
Sunday 22 September 2013
A sideways look at the world of music
Monday 19 August 2013
Low Winter, Sun, Fri, Fox / Big School, Fri, BBC1
Friday 26 July 2013
Without the bitchy, bejewelled debauchery of bygone Hollywood, this was an affair to forget
TV review: Burton and Taylor (BBC4) contained nuance and nostalgia, but not enough sheer bloody awfulness
Tuesday 23 July 2013
Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor were monuments going badly to seed by the time they appeared on stage together in Noel Coward’s Private Lives in 1983. Burton died less than a year after the play’s run ended. Taylor was heavily overweight, drinking too much and taking too many pills. This is the period in the two stars’ lives that the BBC’s new biopic covers. It’s a fascinating but very flawed affair.
Friday 19 July 2013
TV pick of the week: Burton and Taylor
Thursday 04 July 2013
Actress Anna Chancellor, who starred in axed BBC drama The Hour, has spoken of her hopes that the period drama could return for a one-off special.
Tuesday 28 May 2013
The Village star John Simm has admitted that he is fed up with the attention he gets from Doctor Who fans.
Monday 31 December 2012
Pianist Lucy Parham is practiced at presenting composers’ lives in words and music with the aid of actors, and Debussy is her latest. Not such an easy nut to crack as Schumann – no equivalent of the Robert-and-Clara household diaries – but as a letter-writer Debussy held forth with an engaging blend of pride and prejudice, hedonism and misanthropy.
Saturday 27 October 2012
Lyrical and sublime, Butterworth’s triumph is the hottest ticket in town
The Independent's live blog of today's Premier League action
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
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Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
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