Ken Loach

Turkey time in Tinseltown

The magic ingredient for a classic Christmas film is a touch of misery, not the manufactured merriment of today's movies, says Mike Shaw

Three Miss Worlds and one (rugby) World Cup

We've all heard the song. But there's more to life than football and fighting. So how do England and Germany measure up at the Nobels? The Oscars? Crufts? Kevin Rawlinson keeps score

Couscous (La Graine et le Mulet) (15)

If you crossed Ken Loach with Robert Guédiguian, added a pinch of wry comedy and handed it to a thoroughly committed ensemble of actors, the result would be something like Couscous.