It started inauspiciously with the never remotely amusing Big Bird as the subject of Tweet of the Day.
Husband and wife duo Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani's have created a new giallo film with all the necessary beauty and depravity expected of the genre, but without the intelligence and terror of a classic.
The author, who has died at the age of 68, created in Adrian Mole a character who spoke to a generation of teenagers growing up in suburban Britain. Here, we recall a few of his finest moments.
I just woke up with my leg like this.
Ignore the cultural Jeremiahs: novelists are responding to the changes in language, form and subjectivity.
Fans cannot live on special effects alone. It is Andrew Garfield's super powers, as Peter Parker without the mask, that justify the explosions and non sequiturs that follow as soon as he puts it on.
From The Killing, The Bridge and CSI to True Detective - why do so many TV series open with the mutilated corpse of a woman? Sarah Marshall looks back to the trope's dark origins.
The founder of the online free encyclopedia on Turkey’s Twitter ban, the perils of clicktivism and what Star Trek can teach us about democracy.
We are so used to outsourcing our sense of direction to Google that it takes only a flat phone battery to lose ourselves completely.
The critic Mark Lawson discusses the Pritzger prize, architecture’s equivalent of the Nobel, and the everyday items that inspire buildings.
The hypothetical direct channel to the writers and actors in our favourite TV shows fosters a false sense of intimacy. But it's all an illusion – television isn't a democracy.
Melvyn Bragg on learning that his mother was illegitimate, autobiographical fiction and the power of misremembering.
New Worlds, like The Devil’s Whore before it, fancies itself as a political drama. Why must it be silted up with all this Jean Plaidy-ish stuff?
Can only native Italians bake real pizza and must they hail from Naples for it to be authentic?
Imaginative writing is tied intimately to privacy, to the struggle to tell this story, to convey the singular texture of this experience, and no other.
Jessie Childs's God’s Traitors: Terror and Faith in Elizabethan England is a detailed and absorbing account of the difficulties of being Catholic in England in the 17th century.
E4's popular "scripted reality" show offers up a very specific kind of escapism.
Are you tired of waiting for the rest of George R R Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire?
Twenty years on, we still struggle to comprehend the trauma.
Cardamom and fenugreek, garlic and chilli, black pepper and sea salt: just some of the grotesque additives with which these Shropshire smallholders coat their death discs.
In week of short monologues about being up close with well-known artists, Martin Gayford recalls a stressful ecounter with Henri Cartier-Bresson.
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.