The News Matrix: Monday 21 January 2013

BBC's Marr 'on the mend' after stroke

DVD & Blu-ray review: The Sweeney (15)

Forget the excellent John Thaw series. In Nick Love's joyless take on Flying Squad hard-nuts Ray Winstone and Plan B play Regan and Carter, boozing, corrupt coppers who are being investigated by internal affairs (Steven Mackintosh) for their diabolical tactics: "There's even talk of baseball bats".

IoS album review: Broadcast, Berberian Sound Studio (Warp Records)

This soundtrack to Peter Strickland's Berberian Sound Studio is the last record by Broadcast, purveyors of icy-sharp electronica: singer Trish Keenan died unexpectedly in 2011.

The pleasure Debbie Wiseman takes in her work shines forth

IoS radio review: Scoring Father Brown, Radio 4, Tuesday
Student Stories, Radio 4, Friday

Clues and cues: to hit a happy note, you find it first

Last Night's Viewing: Spies of Warsaw, BBC4,
World's Most Dangerous Roads, BBC2

It's surprising sometimes what you can do with stock materials. Take Spies of Warsaw, for example, an adaptation of Alan Furst's novels, set in Central Europe just before the Second World War.

A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings, BAC, London

Gabriel Garcia Marquez's magical realist fable proves to be the perfect vehicle for this bewitching collaboration between Islington's Little Angel Theatre and Cornwall's Kneehigh company.

100% Happy listening; Lee Child makes film cameo in Jack Reacher

Alice Jones' Arts Diary

Tom Daley will be mentor to celebrities learning to dive for a new TV series, Splash!

Tom Daley: When an Olympic hero's career takes a dive

Dear little Tom Daley is excited about his new role, as mentor to celebrities learning to dive for a new TV series, Splash! (which launches on Saturday). Us? Not so much.

Album: Various artists, Christmas Rules (Decca)

What event could possibly have gathered together artists as diverse as Andrew Bird, Rufus Wainwright, Paul McCartney and The Civil Wars?

Kaiser Chiefs

Kaiser Chiefs to headline an Eden Session

Kaiser Chiefs have been confirmed to headline an Eden Session in Cornwall on Saturday 29 June 2013.

Hymn and Cocktail Sticks, Lyttelton, National Theatre, London

“I have never found it easy to belong. So much repels,” declares Alan Bennett (uncannily well- played by Alex Jennings) towards the close of the first in this delectable double-bill of short autobiographical pieces. “Hymns help. They blur.”

Andy McSmith: Forget the Stones, rock up to a concerto

Classical music is an acquired taste. I have not quite recovered from the extraordinary experience of hearing a live performance of a 100-year-old concerto at the Royal Festival Hall last week, but I know that the notion that classical music can be as exhilarating in its own way as a Rolling Stones revival sounds off-beam to most of the population.

The Snowman and the Snowdog: How do you rival The Snowman and, more terrifyingly, 'Walking in the Air'?

Thirty years since it first aired, Raymond Briggs’ ‘The Snowman’ has become a Christmas staple. So how do you go about writing its long-awaited sequel? What do you do if you are the man tasked with penning the song that will have to rival 'Walking in the Air'?

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Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
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It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

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Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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Growing mussels

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Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
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