All my antiquarian rage boils at the thought that nobody thought to record Hardy.
The world is large and the opinions in it conflicting.
It came as no surprise to hear him confess, with a hint of suppressed but immense weariness, the extent to which Hollywood has used history as nothing but an enourmous prop room.
Three titans of British culture are stepping down this year. Mark Lawson looks at their legacy – and the space they’ll leave behind.
Tom Humberstone’s weekly comic.
Netflix thinks of its audience in much the same way as small children think of ducks: keep the bread coming and fast, or they'll soon waddle away.
Middle aged men are complete emotional wrecks verging on hysteria a lot of the time.
Everyone agrees about everything. Almost.
This film isn’t bad. Worse: it’s mediocre.
Nothing since has been able to measure up to David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. Nothing has had its power. Why not?
Preperation for the Next Life is remarkably well-researched, but doesn't forget the profound intimacy of life on the margins.
While the landscapes of Thoreau and Watkins have been preserved by their art, John Burnside finds the wilderness that once covered America neutralised.
Repeitition is the default mode in The Discreet Hero - an abberation in Llosa's career which confuses quantity with literary quality.
“It’s nothing to us”, you might shrug...
Lady Day, a century after her birth.
The representation of autism in games.
A subversive semi-staging of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd brings the infamous barber back to London.
Horace Warner's photographs of the Spitalfields Nippers shows what happened to some of society's most vulnerable - and reminds us of the value we must place on their protection.
Every year, the hedgerows are quieter. The author of H is for Hawk mourns the loss of the spring birds – and issues a warning for the future.
At the inaugural Garner Lecture, the writer and storyteller reflected on a lifetime in tales – and vowed to keep taking risks.
New studies by Edward Wakeling and Robert Douglas-Fairhurst uncover the story of one of literature's most debated men.
Was Australia born on the battlefield? 100 years after Gallipoli, the accepted narrative seems further than ever from reality.
History, politics and policing.
The vast majority of films about lesbians are underpinned by a uniquely cringemaking brand of earnestness; Appropriate Behaviour breaks the mould.
South African Trevor Noah, the newly-announced host of The Daily Show, joins Brits John Oliver and James Corden in the US’s coveted late-night slots.
The sex workers’ rights activist and artist calls on the government to protect the sex industry, as her new exhibition on objectification explores society's sexual failings.
John Gray on Ed Miliband.
Caroline Crampton spends the day with James Rebanks, Twitter’s best-known shepherd and author of The Shepherd’s Life, and learns how he’s updating the centuries-old sheep-farming traditions of the Lake District for the modern day.
We now live in the era of the “politics of wellbeing”. But what does that actually mean?
James Graham’s film about the formation of the coalition is an impressively human portrayal of constitutional torment.