You only needed to watch the animated trailer for Darkside – that's right, a trailer, with images, for radio. What madness is this? – to know it was going to be totally off its box. A toy farmer stood staring at the skies; giant angle grinders sliced up the earth; a figure sat on a hospital bed with a massive propeller where his head should be.
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Monday 20 May 2013
Still living the good life?
Sunday 19 May 2013
Speaking of her “dark side”, the 66-year-old said she couldn’t be further from the doting housewife Barbara Good
Friday 12 April 2013
'New plays are vital to the future health of British theatre' they say
Bafta Television Craft nominations 2013: Parade's End leads charge for BBC drama with five award nods
Monday 25 March 2013
The BBC leads the nominations for this year's British Academy Television Craft Awards with five nominations for period drama Parade's End.
Thursday 14 March 2013
John Humphrys will today receive a prestigious broadcasting award following the Today programme interview in which his ruthless grilling of George Entwistle prompted the resignation of the BBC Director-General.
Wednesday 27 February 2013
The theme of Jonathan Rendall's writing life was risk. He came to prominence in the late 1980s as a vital new voice covering that most literary of sports, boxing, and captured in urgent, seductive prose the risk to life and limb that assails a fighter every time he enters the ring. But the risk came closer to home too. Rendall wrote about playing the odds in a book called, ominously, Twelve Grand. The terms of the contract with his publisher were that he would take his advance – the titular £12,000 – and gamble it. It's one measure of how well the gambling paid that later in life he would joke about a sequel called Twelve Quid.
Friday 01 February 2013
A ravishing Keira Knightley very nearly convinces in Joe Wright's wilfully odd – most scenes take place in a theatre – adaptation of Tolstoy's tragedy.
Saturday 22 December 2012
Saturday 20 October 2012
Saturday 01 September 2012
Readers of fiction, Howard Jacobson argued at a literary symposium recently, ought to be able to withstand the “expression of an ugly point of view”.
Saturday 18 August 2012
TV pick of the week
Monday 02 April 2012
As J M Barrie's ghost story Mary Rose comes to the stage, Paul Taylor explores how his arrested development added to his powers
Sunday 05 February 2012
The Redgraves have rivals in the latest batch of offspring to follow their parents
Wednesday 01 February 2012
Blimey, that was quick. Barely an hour after the announcement, Sir Fred Goodwin's Wikipedia entry was headed "Fred Goodwin". It looked so bare. Without that all-important Sir, Francis Drake and Walter Raleigh were just historical geezers not heroes. The contraction "Fred" in "Sir Fred" sounded cool; Fred Goodwin just sounds like a bloke down the bookie's.
Friday 20 January 2012
Booker-Prize winning author Salman Rushdie cancelled plans to appear at an Indian literature festival today after protests from Muslim clerics and warnings that he could be targeted for assassination.
Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
New era of cheap oil 'will destroy green revolution'
Ukip founder Alan Sked and Nigel Farage 'begged Enoch Powell to stand as a candidate'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
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- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more