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Friday 10 February 2012
Joely Richardson, a scion of England's grandest theatrical family and with a glittering career to match, is pensive on the eve of her return to the London stage, writes Arifa Akbar
Monday 06 February 2012
Ronnie O'Sullivan brought the house down at the Tempodrom in Berlin last night with a magnificent comeback win to beat Scot Stephen Maguire in the final of the German Masters.
Sunday 08 January 2012
Meryl Streep is superb, but the story is of one woman fulfilling her destiny rather than the pell-mell of politics
Wednesday 28 December 2011
In a good year for the film industry, the average Briton will go to the cinema three times. Neil White clocked up twice that number of movies in just one day as he chased his goal of watching every new release over the last 12 months.
Sunday 18 December 2011
Mr Drew of Passmores school was my hero, in a year in which the reality show got a bit more real
Thursday 15 December 2011
There hasn't been a bumper yield of great new plays this year, but now, at the eleventh hour, comes this spell-binding dystopian parable by Dawn King.
Sunday 11 December 2011
Raul Ruiz, who died this year, has left us with a surreal four-hour story, set in 19th-century Portugal, that reclaims cinema as the language of dream
Friday 08 April 2011
Friday 11 February 2011
Fans of Sylvain Chomet's wonderful Belleville Rendez-Vous will find the director in a slightly gentler mood here.
Wednesday 09 February 2011
The war between the Coalition and the BBC rages on, but the corporation's latest salvo comes from a somewhat unexpected source: the costume drama department. South Riding, slated for Sunday nights on BBC One from the end of this month, is based on the 1936 novel by Winifred Holtby.
Wednesday 03 November 2010
From bonnets and bustles to swords and sandals, there's nothing more comforting on a dark evening than a box set of drama DVDs. After all, we Brits do make the best
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Wednesday 24 March 2010
Take a preview peak at 'Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang' ahead of its release in cinemas on Friday. This exclusive video feature explores the relationship between Nanny (Emma Thompson) and a Jackdaw named Mr Edelweiss who follows her around.
Sunday 07 March 2010
Jane Campion steers clear of the clichés of the typical English bonnets-and-breeches costume drama, but she veers too far in the opposite direction when she turns the tragic romance of John Keats (Ben Whishaw) and Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish) into a casual, housebound flirtation between two giggly neighbours.
Monday 02 November 2009
American grey squirrel comes in, British red squirrel goes out. American crayfish comes in, native crayfish gets crunched – quite literally. American mink comes in... you get the picture.
Thursday 22 October 2009
The death of the costume drama on the BBC has been declared before. By the BBC. In the Eighties the Corporation decided that the public no longer had an appetite for it, and barely made any, denying a generation adaptations of the classics. Then in the Nineties it made the excellent Colin Firth/ Jennifer Ehle version of Pride and Prejudice to critical and public acclaim, and the senior BBC executive Michael Jackson went on the Today programme to apologise for keeping costume dramas off the air.
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