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Wednesday 23 January 2013
David Hare was wittily spot-on when he said recently that “there's a sort of line where you can't tell where Wilde ends and Rupert [Everett] begins”. And Hare is not the only person to note a Wildean spirit in the prose of the actor's own two splendid volumes of autobiography – “the same heroic cheerfulness in the face of disaster”, as the dramatist puts it.
Wednesday 01 August 2012
Award-winning comedy Rev is being resurrected for another series.
Saturday 07 July 2012
Wednesday 29 February 2012
The controversial ITV1 drama Appropriate Adult, about Fred West, has received three nominations at this year's Royal Television Society awards, including a Best Actor nod for Dominic West for his role as the notorious serial killer.
Friday 26 August 2011
Hanna is right up there among the very silliest of Hollywood thrillers, along with Derailed, The Long Kiss Goodnight and the impossibly silly 8 Million Ways to Die. Perhaps, two decades from now, Joe Wright's nonsensical actioner will be viewed as a cult classic. But, right now, it's a stinker.
Hanna, Joe Wright, 111 mins (12A)<br/>My Dog Tulip, Paul & Sandra Fierlinger, 82 mins (12A)<br/>Water for Elephants, Francis Lawrence 121 mins (12A)
Sunday 08 May 2011
Friday 06 May 2011
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana
Friday 06 May 2011
Joshua McGuire is cornering the market in toff undergraduates. He was last seen as one of the upper-class oiks who were members of the exclusive Right-wing Oxford dining club in Posh, Laura Wade's Royal Court play about the Bullingdon Club. It's hard to imagine Hamlet joining any society at all, still less one devoted to trashing restaurants. So, though he has shifted universities to Wittenberg (not that big a schlep), McGuire has also had to zoom some distance up the spiritual scale in order to encompass the most exposing of all the tragic roles in Shakespeare – which he achieves with great chutzpah and elan in a thrilling performance for Dominic Dromgoole's wonderfully engrossing touring production for Shakespeare's Globe. It's hand-on-heart as well as hand-to-mouth (the company comprises just eight actors but you only have to see the rapt faces of the audience to realise that this production makes an emotional impact that often eludes snazzier versions of the play).
The Children's Hour, Comedy Theatre, London<br/>Plenty, Crucible Studio, Sheffield<br/>The Heretic, Royal Court Downstairs, London
Sunday 13 February 2011
Friday 14 January 2011
Rarely is the interplay of form and narrative function so fittingly enacted as in William Boyd's TV adaptation of his own 2002 novel.
A Flea in Her Ear, Old Vic, London<br/>Get Santa! Royal Court Downstairs, London<br/>Antony and Cleopatra, Roundhouse, London
Sunday 19 December 2010
Wednesday 17 November 2010
Downton Abbey, ITV1, Sunday<br/>Harry & Paul, BBC2, Tuesday<br/>Trinny & Susannah: From Boom to Bust, Channel 4, Thursday
Sunday 03 October 2010
Sunday 05 September 2010
The revelation that God did not, after all, create the universe went largely unnoticed last week. I clocked the cover of The Times's science magazine: "The End of the Universe by Stephen Hawking". But the kettle was boiling and I didn't want to be late for work, so I thought, perhaps later.
Sunday 04 July 2010
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Nigel Farage promises Ukip will not 'stigmatise' would-be migrants – and says he wants 'everyone to speak the same language'
Ex-head of MI6: 'We shouldn't kid ourselves that Russia is on a path to democracy'
Most people think legal tax avoidance is just as wrong as illegal tax evasion, poll suggests