It's not just that the National Geographic documentary series Scam City is a pointless programme, it's that it's also a uniquely irritating one. Whereas most consumer watchdogs investigate scams at the instigation of aggrieved parties, in Scam City presenter Conor Woodman, travels the world looking for trouble and – what's more pitiful – often fails to find it.
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Bayern Munich v Chelsea preview: European Super Cup provides latest chapter in rivalry - not least between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola
Thursday 29 August 2013
The Blues may be playing their German opponents at just the right time
Tuesday 20 August 2013
The Pianist star will play the famous illusionist Harry Houdini in upcoming mini-series
Sunday 04 August 2013
Critic turns on TV historian after she breaks 'Twitter silence' to highlight bomb threat
Saturday 03 August 2013
Vegas showmen Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell, shiny teeth, stonking toupée) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi, wonky teeth, wondrous manner) have been pulling the same act for decades – only to split up when challenged by maverick street-magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey in manic mode).
Thursday 01 August 2013
This is an abominable time of year for the radio listener. Early August is when the big-name presenters pack up and sod off to the Seychelles, leaving their shows in the hands of the unqualified and confused. It's a time when the interns run riot, and when producers press the big button marked "pre-recorded tat" and disappear off for a nap.
Tuesday 30 July 2013
Arriving for a London summer season, the Bolshoi Ballet is overshadowed by appalling backstage dramas. The great Moscow company has been plagued by factions for years; in January, artistic director Sergei Filin was the victim of an acid attack, and is now fighting for his sight. One of the dancers, Pavel Dmitrichenko, has been charged with ordering the assault. In these grim circumstances, you might expect the dancers to look demoralised, or to come out fighting. In fact, they do neither. A law unto itself, the Bolshoi sails on.
Friday 19 July 2013
TV pick of the week: Burton and Taylor
Thursday 18 July 2013
James Anderson’s 10 wickets in the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge showed he is England’s “magician”, according to the former pace bowler Bob Willis. His spellbinding deliveries could oust Willis from the No 2 spot in the list of England’s top Test wicket-takers at Lord’s over the next five days.
Sunday 14 July 2013
“One man. One Bus. Three hundred and sixty miles of simulated post-apocalyptic desert and the endless struggle between man and nature personified.” The tagline for computer game Desert Bus makes it sound pretty exciting. It isn’t.
Brendan Rodgers in 'constant contact' with Luis Suarez and remains hopeful striker will remain at Liverpool
Friday 12 July 2013
The Anfield boss understands the striker's desire to be playing Champions League football
Exhibition review: elBulli: Ferran Adria and the Art of Food - feast your eyes, mortals but don’t try this at home
Saturday 06 July 2013
Don’t play with your food! Isn’t that what every child is told when they attempt to mould mashed potato into pea-sized balls, or find the colour result of squashing a strawberry into pistachio icecream? For most budding food lovers that is the beginning and end of experiment. For Ferran Adria, playing with food became a stellar career.
Film review: The Bling Ring - what’s it like to yearn for the trappings of privilege? Don’t ask Sofia Coppola…
Saturday 06 July 2013
Is there anything wrong with directors sticking to what they know?
Film review: Now You See Me starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman and Woody Harrelson
Friday 05 July 2013
Louis Leterrier, 115mins. Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Mélanie Laurent (12A)
Friday 28 June 2013
Sam Raimi DVD/Blu-ray (130mins)
Just how did he do it? Magician Dynamo sails through London mid-air on the side of a double decker bus
Monday 24 June 2013
Theories abound as to just how the magician managed to levitate his way through London traffic
In defence of liberal democracy
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
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