Pick up lines are cheesy in every culture
From failed marriage proposals, to a date ending in an arrest
Poor old Olivia Colman doesn't have much luck with on-screen husbands, does she? In Peep Show, she was lumbered with drippy Mark, the less said about her Broadchurch spouse the better, and in The 7.39, on BBC1 last night, Colman played the unsuspecting "her indoors" of cheating commuter Carl (David Morrissey).
Arifa Akbar picks this year’s must-read book releases
Whimsy is hard to pull off. In the wrong hands it becomes fey and cloying. When it's done well it can create a loyal, lasting audience, as Terry Pratchett will tell you.
Taylor Swift, it seems, has something of a soft spot for British men.
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Organisers breathe a sigh as Health and Safety wins the 4.15 at Aintree
Is a club supposed to reflect some of the deepest values of the community?
David Farr's new take on Hamlet takes place in what looks like the fencing gym of a run-down public school.
We are formed by what we desire,” declares Bill Abbott, the bisexual narrator of John Irving’s thirteenth novel.
We may have survived the arduous slog that was January, but don't breathe a sigh of relief yet – Valentine's Day is looming.
Stuck for a romantic idea? Go for all-out luxury with a meal for two or something a little more high tech
4 November: Raikkonen zooms to victory in Abu Dhabi
Presumably it will not take long for people to start hailing Sprinter Sacre as a two-mile steeplechaser without precedent, in keeping with the fatuous instinct that seems to demand indulgence with each new champion, both over jumps and on the Flat.