Tonight the TV Baftas will be handed out in a roomful of top-flight actors. Matthew Bell offers a guide to the expected tussles and tantrums
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Friday 05 October 2012
“It's death to be understood,” declares Galactia, the 16th century artist-heroine of Scenes from an Execution. But the fact remains that this 1986 play is one of Howard Barker's most accessible and stringently witty works - a searching study of the fraught relationship between artist, patron, critic and political culture.
Monday 20 August 2012
“I’m sick of playing people who have been hit by spades”, laments Marek Larwood in his debut solo show. It’s not clear whether he is offering this slapstick stereotyping as a reason for his permanently startled expression, but there’s little doubt that the 36-year-old has a face for comedy.
Saturday 18 August 2012
TV pick of the week
Thursday 16 August 2012
Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch has launched a verbal tirade against Downton Abbey calling its second series "fucking atrocious".
Friday 20 July 2012
America's love affair with British television drama continues to flourish after a host of UK talent received Emmy nominations, with Downton Abbey leading the charge.
Tuesday 17 July 2012
American viewers couldn't get enough of the class snobbery and grandeur of Downton Abbey. But will the misery of the East End's post-war slums prove quite as appealing when Call The Midwife becomes the latest British drama to cross the Atlantic?
Monday 16 July 2012
What we love, we're not sure about, we're buying and can't wait for...
Sunday 24 June 2012
A David Cronenberg film about Jung (Michael Fassbender), Freud (Viggo Mortensen), and the strictly therapeutic S&M they have with a troubled young protégée (Keira Knightley) sounds like it should be, well, dangerous.
Friday 15 June 2012
No heroine of Victorian literature is safe. A steamed-up version of Charlotte Brontë's masterpiece is going to be published in August, under the title Jane Eyre Laid Bare.
Saturday 09 June 2012
This official soundtrack to the recent festivities has an unashamedly populist slant, David Parry and the LPO presenting what are effectively a succession of musical figureheads commensurate with the celebration of a national figurehead.
Saturday 05 May 2012
Lights, camera ... action? With Entertainment One, the co-owner of kids' favourite cartoon porcine Peppa Pig, on the search for acquisitions, The King's Speech-backer Alliance Films has long been rumoured to be in its sights. Yesterday, with the sale process of the Canadian firm looking set to be completed in a matter of weeks, City scribblers were claiming that – win or lose – punters would be switching onto the media firm.
Thursday 03 May 2012
Laura, daughter of top British dramatist Stephen, shows she has a voice all of her own with her debut play. By Alice Jones
Saturday 28 April 2012
Stephen Hendry hit the front in his long-awaited first Crucible meeting with his fellow Scot John Higgins in Sheffield.
Sunday 15 April 2012
Blackthorn (102 mins, 15)
- 1 'Sickening, deluded and unforgivable': Bloody attack brings terror to capital’s streets
- 2 Mothers' diets may harm IQs in two-thirds of babies
- 3 Far-right French historian, 78-year-old Dominique Venner, commits suicide in Notre Dame in protest against gay marriage
- 4 Eyewitness gives extraordinary account of her confrontation with Woolwich attackers
- 5 Woolwich attack: The EDL might have a sinister plan as a soldier is murdered in suspected Islamic terrorist attack
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