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Smart set: Kate Reardon and staff at Tatler
Rah to the people: the mad world of Tatler brought to life
By Rachel Cooke - 27 November 16:11

A magazine peopled almost entirely by those who think Debrett’s New Guide to Etiquette and Modern Manners is full of genuinely useful advice.

Sleazing on a sunny afternoon: Bill Murray shows Jaeden Lieberher how to do it in St Vincent. PHOTO: REX/WEINSTEIN COMPANY/COURTESY EVE
Return of the slacker: the scuzzy appeal of Bill Murray in St Vincent
By Ryan Gilbey - 27 November 16:02

Murray plays Vincent, a crabby, pasty-faced soak whose days are spent mooching around his neighbourhood, frequenting dive bars and canoodling with a pregnant prostitute. 

Marilynne Robinson on goodness, fallibility and faith: “I’ve had atheists ask me to pray for them”
By Philip Maughan - 27 November 15:00

The American novelist Marilynne Robinson tells Philip Maughan why good characters are more interesting than bad ones and why a sense of our own fallibility keeps us sane.

Loose canon: a 1779 engraving of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Image: Getty
Rude awakening: how Mozart's filthy mind shocked Maggie
By Antonia Quirke - 27 November 10:00

Mozart was fond of “scatological smut” and found “the sound of rude words especially hilarious”.

Marching on his stomach: a volunteer in Thomas Rowlandson's Private Drilling (1798)
Faces in the crowd: as Napoleon roamed, the home front was feverish
By Frances Wilson - 27 November 10:00

Uglow’s subject is the everyday life of those who stayed behind, for whom the 22 years of conflict were experienced in terms of boredom, bad weather, missing fathers, sons or brothers, the price of bread, failed harvests, mourning, making money and, overwhelmingly, reading the newspapers.

Flatcap handbags, folding wellies, and Derek: The Apprentice blog series 10, episode 8
By Anoosh Chakelian - 27 November 8:34

The teams are let loose in Somerset to explore the "rural market".

Jeffrey Tambor (left) as Maura in Transparent
TV enters its Amazon Age – with the best show since Breaking Bad
By Mark Lawson - 25 November 16:12

Critic’s Notes by Mark Lawson. 

Heirs, spares and chairs: the Fulford family, stars of BBC3's Life is Toff. Photo: BBC Pictures
Inside Tatler, Life is Toff and British TV’s troubling obsession with all things posh
By Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett - 24 November 13:01

Call me a lefty conspiracy theorist if you must, but it has not escaped my notice that the trend for posh porn has coincided with the term of the poshest government in living memory.

In the Frame: A Brief Guide to the Non-Apology
By Tom Humberstone - 21 November 11:50

Tom Humberstone's weekly comic.

Jonathan Brugh.
From Orson Welles to What We Do in the Shadows: A brief history of the mockumentary
By Ryan Gilbey - 20 November 17:40

The greatest offerings from the only new film genre to have emerged in the last 50 years.

City remembers: New York mayor Bill de Blasio at the 9/11 memorial. Photo: Getty
It’s New York, it’s almost Christmas and we’re ladies: but we’re not here to shop
By Tracey Thorn - 20 November 16:42

Tracey Thorn’s Off the Record column. 

Hostess cap: Sergeant Dorothy Ellis wearing her WPC uniform outside the Royal Parks Constabulary, 26th June 1978. Photo: Getty
Confessions of a Copper paints a not-so fuzzy picture of the fuzz
By Rachel Cooke - 20 November 16:07

I found it easy to keep my nostalgia in check. Tampering with evidence? Fitting up? Weird comments about “menopausal” shoplifters? No, thanks.

Big chill: Bilginer walks in the bleak landscape of Ceylan's Palme d'Or-winning drama
Cold, cold heart: Winter Sleep is far from a Turkish delight
By Ryan Gilbey - 20 November 16:00

While it is no hardship to gaze upon ravishing images of the landscape as its autumnal glow vanishes under an icy crust, there’s not much to keep the intellect thrumming over the course of 196 minutes.

Rubbernecking: Spitting Image artist Roger Law, subject of a recent Private Passions, pictured in 2000. Photo: Getty
Private Passions favours the gently gently approach
By Antonia Quirke - 20 November 15:49

Antonia Quirke on Radio. 

Image from Venice by Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi (Hardie Grant, £25). Photography: Helen Cathcart
The eastern ghosts that haunt Venetian cuisine
By Felicity Cloake - 20 November 15:48

Once upon a time, the food of Venice was considered the finest in Europe, “specialising in wild boar, peacock, venison, elaborate salads and architectural pastries”.