Whether your hero wears spandex or cat ears, inspirational pop culture figures can help deal with real life difficulties.
Yes, Melvyn Bragg is charming, handsome, luxuriantly haired, articulate, a quick study. But there is something questing about him, too – and it is this that made him such a fine interviewee.
As in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernières’s subject in this new novel is love and war.
Eventually, we will have to recognise that it is not “nature” that we need to protect, but ourselves.
Does culture exist in a vacuum? This “love letter to creative thievery” would suggest not.
There is an important and necessary book waiting to be written on this subject – but this isn't it.
This book paints a wonderfully accurate picture – sometimes painfully so – of the inner workings of the BBC: its high hopes and petty jealousies, its triumphs and disasters.
Politics, marriage, and identity.
Though they are rarely operational these days, lighthouses remain culturally powerful and maintain a strong hold on the imagination.
This week’s episode comes from Latitude festival in Suffolk. Plus, we talk about the controversial To Kill a Mockingbird sequel, Go Set a Watchman, and the Showtime series Masters of Sex.
Jukebox shows are beginning to dominate the West End.
The Zombie PM
The doomed premiership of Theresa May