The belief that Westminster is “the mother of all parliaments” is one of the myths the Labour MP for Rhondda seeks to dispel.
Alex Clark talks to South African novelist Damon Galgut about his new novel Arctic Summer, followed by readings from Carol Ann Duffy and Gillian Clarke.
A cinematic paean to postwar London uses rare footage from the BFI. But has time edited out the boring bits?
Kate Winslet's part in dystopian drama Divergent might just represent the ideal new character type for the English actress: ice queen.
It’s one of the broadcaster’s flagship religious programmes, yet it makes religious people look unfairly crazy.
The spirit of Conrad hovers over this tale of an alcoholic Irishman serving in the British army out in Africa during WWII.
A poem by Blake Morrison.
Lawrence continues to grip our imagination but can be a problematic lens through which to examine the Middle East.
Two films into his directing career, the former star of the IT Crowd has yet to exhibit an original voice.
When a woman eats in public it violates all kinds of unwritten assumptions about how women "should" act, and gives licence to those who wish to shame them.
It was grand and archaic but it reminded me of nothing so much as a giant, souped-up parish council meeting.
Why have the confessions of a Norwegian Everyman become a literary phenomenon?
Piketty’s book Capital is being acclaimed as the most important work of political economy to be published in decades. It has certainly caught the attention of Ed Miliband’s inner circle.
After nine seasons and years of anticipation, the story of Ted Mosby comes to an end.
The director has done his Bible homework.
“This is too good. Will the pleasure never end?” asks Kate Mossman as she witnesses the endothermic showman Justin Timberlake in concert in Sheffield.
The patriotic superhero has been resurrected on screen in the past few years. John Gray argues that Cap's appeal lies in timeless ethics dating back to ancient Greece.
Rene Denfeld, a death penalty investigator and author, describes the power the written word has behind bars.
It may not have the best writing, but True Detective's production and acting quality mark it out as the standout show of 2014.
The subject still awaits its defining cinematic treatment.
The idea of building a new Crystal Palace in south London appeals to the Victorian Toryism in Boris Johnson, but it would be another pointless, aesthetically-bankrupt legacy the capital will have to deal with.
A report from today’s Howard League protest.
The 1982 film about racism and prejudice is back – and its grittiness and conscientiousness is still there.
It is always an enormous bonus when a doppelgänger – artistic, philosophical, sporting, political – walks into the practice.
Tom Humberstone's weekly comic.
The new multicultural South Africa should stop banging on about Pinotage and embrace Cinsault, a French grape so cosmopolitan that it’s even comfortable with curry.
The horror, the horror.
John Banville's Benjamin Black novels are irresistable. It's as if Henry James were writing under the pseudonym of Arthur Conan Doyle.