It is 20 years since the original radio series of Goodness Gracious Me aired. Over two decades, the UK media portrayal of Asians hasn’t used its success to evolve.
Does there exist one individual, radio-friendly, incontrovertible moment of Marlon Brando’s that perfectly transmits his genius?
It’s the 11th instalment of The Apprentice. And aside from a small reshuffle, the format remains reliably, appallingly the same.
On the pop culture podcast this week, we discuss the Robert De Niro-Anne Hathaway film The Intern, the very last series of Downton Abbey, and Sylvia Townsend Warner’s novel Lolly Willowes.
Where Bob Dylan fits 45 words into a six-word line, Lennon could be sorcerously expansive, as John Lennon: Verbatim reminds us.
A “structured reality” show about pensioners in Bournemouth, plus Unforgotten.
Those who are complaining that the show has “caved in to political correctness” have missed the point.
On the pop culture podcast this week, we discuss Michael Fassbender’s Macbeth, the recent BBC adaptations of Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Cider with Rosie, and reminisce about teen movie Shakespeare retelling She’s the Man.
Over her time in the tent Nadiya’s confidence levels have soared; and she has slowly started to believe in her talent as much as the rest of the British nation.
Without even looking at Sutherland’s portrait, Churchill decreed it “a remarkable example of modern art”, cue much sycophantic laughter from his parliamentary colleagues.
Chris Moyles has settled thoroughly into middlebrow white indie, positively tender compared to his days on Radio 1.
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