Voices

For Evelyn Waugh, it was nothing less than "that original garden from which we are all exiled". Now it is the BBC that has strayed into the paradisal precincts of Blandings castle, bringing woolly-headed Clarence, ninth Earl of Emsworth, his indomitable sister Lady Constance Keeble and the irreverent Galahad Threepwood (last of the Pelicans) to the small screen for the first time since the 1960s.

DVD: Alice in Wonderland (PG)

It's once more into Wonderland with Tim Burton's attempt to give the children's classic a makeover for the 3D age.

Heartless (18)

Perplexing. Philip Ridley's film starts out as a portrait of urban alienation before lurching into an occult horror trip.

Last Night's TV: Chris Ryan's Strike Back, Sky 1<br />Timothy Spall: Somewhere at Sea, BBC4<br />The Boats That Built Britain, BBC4

What I want to know is who kidnapped Jed Mercurio and where are the ruthless bastards keeping him? He's an interesting and talented writer, after all, and the only explanation for the appearance of his name on the credits of Chris Ryan's Strike Back – a terminally dim-witted bit of SAS combat porn – is that he's being held in a basement somewhere and forced to write this gibberish at the point of a gun. It's at times like this that the Writers' Guild of Great Britain needs to be able to call on an elite force of its own, a team of crack dialogue boys who could blow the seals on Mercurio's contract and extract him to a place of safety, where he could be debriefed by trained trauma counsellors. Failing that, though, we're just going to have to look on helplessly as the humiliation continues.

Philip Ridley: I grew up with racism, but now it's an even scarier threat

When I was at school one of my best friends was a member of the National Front. At least, he had been. He was thrown out for being too extreme. So he joined Viking Youth. You had to be the full blond-and-blue-eyed package for that lot. They would congregate at the corner of Brick Lane every Sunday morning and hurl abuse at anyone who wasn't white. At school, my mate would boast how he'd "punched a Paki". You notice I keep saying "my mate" and "friend". And he was. I saw The Fly with him. We walked all the way home from Leicester Square to Bethnal Green. Just the two of us.

An interview with Tim Burton

The 'Alice in Wonderland' director talks Jonny Depp, falling down rabbit holes and the power of imagination.

Wear Me: Alice in Wonderland and spring fashion trends

Alice in Wonderland might seem an unlikely wardrobe inspiration &ndash; but it's a perfect match to spring's most curious trends, says Harriet Walker

Don&rsquo;t be late for a
very important date

Thanks to the launch next week of Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ film, there are three games heading our way.

Tim Burton: Boyhood traumas of a director

His films are pervaded by darkness and peopled by outsiders. As the director's 'Alice in Wonderland' opens, he talks to Gill Pringle about the origins of his demons

Odeon agrees Alice in Wonderland screening deal

Odeon announced today that it has reached a deal with Disney to show Tim Burton's 3D fantasy adventure Alice In Wonderland in cinemas.

A-Z of Alice in Wonderland

On the eve of Tim Burton's 3-D take on Wonderland, Kevin Jackson reveals his cultural history of a Victorian classic

Album: Badly Drawn Boy, Is There Nothing We Could Do? (BDB Records)

Three years since the last BDB album, Damon Gough still hasn’t completed the official follow-up.

Brian Viner: 'What's it going to be like in a theatre, seeing actors grappling with being me?'

Last week Jane and I were invited to a read-through of the play based on my book Tales of the Country. Jane especially went with trepidation. She doesn't mind me opening our lives to public scrutiny in a weekly newspaper column, or even in a couple of books, but a play's a slightly different matter. At least until now it's been my own interpretation of our family life, not a playwright's, and we don't sit there while people read about us, listening to their reactions. What's it going to be like in a theatre, with actors pretending to be me and her and even the children, metropolitan émigrés grappling with life in rural Herefordshire?

Album: Badly Drawn Boy, Is There Nothing We Could Do? (Big Life)

Badly Drawn Boy's first soundtrack, for 2002's film of About a Boy, showed him to be a skilled wielder of homely moods and sympathetic tones, both characteristics also in full effect on this soundtrack to Caroline Aherne's TV film The Fattest Man in Britain, starring Timothy Spall in the title role.

Album: Faryl, Wonderland (Decca)

For her second album, the young mezzo-soprano has tried to develop an overall theme, loosely based around Alice In Wonderland, though listeners may struggle to discern a trace of it.

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