For all its ingenuity and imagination, the first episode in a magical series lacks the human touch
Jack The Ripper
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Wednesday 10 July 2013
As head of contracts and copyright at Central Independent Television, which became ITV's Midlands franchise holder in the 1980s, Rupert Dilnott-Cooper was given some of his biggest challenges by the producers of the satirical puppet series Spitting Image. His job was to protect Central from legal action, but he regarded the show as fun and always tried to find a way to ensure that its biting humour reached the screen.
Moors murderer Ian Brady breaks his silence after 47 years: 'I killed for the existential experience'
Wednesday 26 June 2013
75-year-old breaks 47-year silence as he tells mental health tribunal of mixing with criminals from Krays to Great Train Robbers and IRA terrorists
Saturday 15 June 2013
From Alexander McQueen's razor-sharp suiting to JW Anderson's bandeau tops, Alexander Fury reveals what will be in vogue this autumn.
Jailed preacher, Mohammed Hamid, who trained 21/7 bombers ‘linked’ to Woolwich attack suspect, Michael Adebolajo
Friday 31 May 2013
Man accused of Drummer Lee Rigby's murder said to have had contact with 'Osama Bin London'
Sunday 17 March 2013
If you’ve been to any of the bigger tourist attractions in the capital of late, you’ll know that the ticket prices at the Tower of London are criminal and the queues at the London Eye are enough to drive anyone to murder. But there’s plenty on offer for tourists who want to something a little bit different… and a good bit darker. My book, Criminal London, a Sightseer’s Guide to a Capital of Crime, gives the low-down on the capital’s low-life.
Monday 11 February 2013
Alban Berg’s Lulu is a great opera, and greatly problematic.
Wednesday 30 January 2013
The BBC has commissioned a second series of hard-hitting crime drama Ripper Street.
Monday 14 January 2013
Penny Dreadful will be screened by Showtime, the channel behind Homeland
Tuesday 13 November 2012
The Killing star Sofie Grabol has revealed that TV bosses tried to take away her alter ego's trademark woolly jumper and even put the hard-nosed Danish detective in heels for the new series of the hit TV drama - but that their plan backfired.
Thursday 16 August 2012
San Franciscan Will Franken provides the most whistlestop character comedy that you’re likely to see at the Fringe this year.
Tuesday 08 February 2011
Wednesday 05 January 2011
Empty car parks, unlit alleyways and deserted graveyards are among architectural situations which have been examined by artists for a new exhibition about the power of buildings to intimidate and unsettle.
Sunday 21 November 2010
A maul is a kind of mallet, which was used to club a family to death (baby included) in London's East End in December 1811. The country was plunged into a frenzy of fear. Twelve nights later, an elderly couple and their maid were found bludgeoned to death. Public opinion demanded a culprit, and an Irish seaman named John Williams, who lodged at the nearby Pear Tree inn, was arrested. With the trial still ongoing, Williams was found hanged in his cell, and posthumously convicted.
Friday 13 August 2010
In 1180, a monk named Richard Devizes wrote of how he disliked London, a city filled with "jesters, smooth-skinned lads, Moors, flatterers, pretty boys, effeminates, pederasts, singing and dancing girls, quacks, belly-dancers, sorceresses, extortioners, night-wanderers, magicians, mimes, beggars, [and] buffoons." He concluded, "if you do not want to dwell with evil-doers, do not live in London."
Album: New York Philharmonic, Weill: Die Sieben Todsünden; Berg: Lulu Suite (Teldec/Warner Classics & Jazz)
Friday 25 June 2010
Weill & Brecht's The Seven Deadly Sins and Alban Berg's Lulu share a fascination with the decay and degradation of the human spirit in a decadent age.
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