Jay the lesbian gannet made our Christmas much less tense than normal. The home-made Baileys flowed.
Is there a darker Christmas lyric than Band Aid’s “Well, tonight thank God it’s them instead of you”?
Estonia’s Swedes survived revolution, invasion and exile. Their struggles tell the story of 20th-century Europe.
All was harmony, until Jon mentioned the legend of how people in the audience in 1896 had ducked when the train suddenly appeared on-screen.
The death of Rik Mayall in June 2014 quite rightly made the front page of every newspaper. There is no one better than the BBC to make a warm and loving tribute to a comedy hero.
The child of a grey coal town in Calvinist Scotland, I was hungry for imagery, wild about colour and, even though I accepted that I would never live there, desperate for proof of some other world.
From without in the chilly night, the Hovel – which is a maisonette above a shop – looked cosy; I could see lamplight and books ranged on shelves.
David Marquand on why Edmund Burke still strikes political sparks.
Far from being a benighted practice from popular fiction – the sort of thing that you might find in an H Rider Haggard novel – it turns out that beheadings went hand in hand with western empires.
This is “my story and the story of Liberty”, Chakrabarti writes, but she offers no more than the odd glimpse into her life.
Stuart Maconie wades through books by monsters of rock Carlos Santana, Neil Young, Joe Perry and Billy Idol.
Both books are based on the premise that if the general public knew more about finance and economics things might be better.
A novel about those writers who attract fans so ardent that the work is never enough.
Did Bourdin really cause a 20-year-old model to pass out when he covered her entire body with glue and pearls?