Ryan Gilbey celebrates the best work by individual Pythons outside of their famous collaborations, from John Cleese’s slick Brit-flick A Fish Called Wanda to Eric Idle’s Beatles pastiche The Rutles.
The dominant story of this video game-making generation is the one about the struggling artist who made a breakout hit and never needed to work again, and that’s limiting the kind of games that are getting made.
Ireland is currently split between people who are mortally embarrassed by the cancellation farrago and those who declare it to be of the utmost importance. What is it with the Irish and country music?
As once estranged Libertines frontmen passionately reunite, they highlight the dearth of stormy musical partnerships in today’s music.
Tom Humberstone’s weekly comic.
If “best friendship” is on the rise, what does it mean?
Made over more than a decade, this is a film that reminds us life is seen by children from a different angle.
University Challenge, which first aired in 1962, is an institution. Raiding its archive and interviewing students past and present makes for vivid social history.
The authors of IPPR’s The Condition of Britain offer a coherent plan and one that will be influential if the Labour Party triumphs in May.
Matthew Sperling looks at new poetry collections by Paul Batchelor, Oli Hazzard, and Toby Martinez de las Rivas.
Jonathan Bate traces the Bard’s debt to the French essayist Michel de Montaigne.
Actor Neerja Naik on the making of the feature film about sex trafficking, Sold, in India.
Alexandra Coghlan finds Glyndebourne's glossy and irreverant reworking of Mozart's teenage opera ultimately lacking.
All ten cities share a self-confident belief: that it is quite unthinkable any of their number might ever dim or wither, no matter the tides of human history that sweep around them.
The shift towards English identity is a long-term phenomenon that is probably irreversible.
Comedian Tim FitzHigham looks into the dark history of the Hellfire Club, the only club in world history to be banned by an act of parliament.
Is it just me or is everyone enjoying saying the word “Kukushkin” rather a lot?
It's a case of knee jerk by proxy, says Nicholas Lezard.
There is no shortage of life drawing lessons but these seem to be the only classes in which live animals – owls – are doing the modelling.
I had gone to Dublin with the express intention of understanding a city that to me has always seemed incoherent – and even a little minatory.
What should you pack for the summer holiday?
This is a book is stuffed with such wonderful stories, recounted by the people who were there at every level of music-making: players, producers, writers, comedians, friends and fans.
I’d long planned to go up to the Heath on Midsummer Night to frolic under the stars.
Spain has emerged from ossification since Franco’s death, and nowhere more admirably than in its wine industry.
The critics’ verdicts on Linda Grant, Will Hodgkinson and Helen McCarthy.
The Manic Street Preachers talk to Dorian Lynskey about meeting Castro, losing faith in politics and why Europe is a “unified art movement”.
Critics and audiences may have long given up on British painter-turned-director Peter Greenaway, but his sensuous, smart, arty films are asking questions few others would dare to contemplate.
The comedian and disability campaigner Francesca Martinez discusses being “wobbly”, tackling the prejudices of the entertainment industry, and how she overcame her tough school days.
And of course give up all training or playing for five weeks before their first game, perhaps even have some major surgery, spend some time in a wheelchair, like Luis Suárez.