The man behind television's most masterful political operator reveals the inspiration for his story, gives advice to the PM on the powers of persuasion, and recalls his own real-life political dramas.
The new documentary What’s Happened, Miss Simone makes an interesting point about the power of women singers using swear words.
The last time I looked, a heavy black leather collar covered in D rings is not what supposedly goes with a bikini this year.
In that grey area between documentary and fiction, the movie finds a new kind of truth.
This film laments the way Winehouse's life was intruded upon while relying on the same methods to create drama.
Dear White People never exactly loosens up; the screenplay would make a good PhD thesis.
I wondered if there had ever been a lover. Had her parents been kind? When she cared for her ailing father, who had dominated whom?
“Sandra Bullock is quite simply the world’s most successful actress,” he informed Sandra Bullock.
Richard Dadd painted some dazzling visions abroad but found peace within the walls of Broadmoor.
This novel about the 1992 Los Angeles riots holds itself to a standard of verisimilitude – of the raw, unvarnished, authentic – that is is deeply immersive and deathly dull.
To dismiss him as a right-wing cigar-chomper would be to disregard that rare phenomenon – a true star, an embodiment of the aspirations of his time.
If sex in the past – in the sense of what people did to each other, in or out of bed – is notoriously hard to pin down, the larger history of sexuality and society is most rewarding.
Martins are in steep decline now, but once their mud-cup nests, slung under eaves, were a familiar sight across Britain.
This very enjoyable biography-cum-autobiography illuminates not just Federer’s place in tennis history but also the way in which the author converted his psychological problems into sporting fandom.
When is it better to die than live?
In the first episode of the NS's new pop culture podcast, we discuss Grey by E L James, the new Amy Winehouse documentary, and why One Direction is actually the saddest music you will ever hear.
Pop's woman of the moment forms a friendship with fans through her honest lyrics and disarming stage presence.
The host of BBC Radio 4’s News Quiz is stepping down after nine years to go into politics. Caroline Crampton was there at her last recording.
John Leigh's Touché: the Duel in Literature wears its learning lightly.
I’d love to go back and read that Ucca form now. Or witness the expression on the faces of those who had to consider my application.
It was not just a huge body of songs that emerged but a whole musical style that was markedly non-European.
The Gehry worshippers were like fashion editors at a Prada show, only minus the clothes, handbags and hair.
The Beta Band's John Maclean makes his directorial debut with a wry, rootsy love story.
In wine, the tendrils of power spread like well-nourished vines, wrapping around some surprising edifices.
The new Penguin Book of Russian Poetry has surprises to offer.
Where is the equivalent to Hilton on the left? We have not even touched on the questions of human fulfilment, power and radical democracy that are offered up by modern technological change.
As US influence wanes, a new world is emerging.
Regardless of its critics, drone warfare is here to stay.
A “cast of two-dimensional, middle-class bores” prevent this debut novel becoming the “Vanity Fair for our times” that it promises.
A new BBC Four documentary reminds us not to take this director for granted.