Whether your hero wears spandex or cat ears, inspirational pop culture figures can help deal with real life difficulties.
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.
Tom Humberstone’s weekly comic.
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.
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