No regrets
By Stuart Nicholson - 02 May 13:00

With Billie

Julia Blackburn <em>Jonathan Cape, 354pp, £17.99</em>

ISBN 0224075896

Andrew Billen - Good ol' girls
By Andrew Billen - 02 May 13:00

Television - The men aren't so easy to stand by in a revealing documentary, writes Andrew Billen

Brass in pocket
By Alice O'Keeffe - 02 May 13:00

Encounters - The Buena Vista Social Club was just the start for Cuba's musical capitalist Juan de Ma

Michael Portillo - Empire lines
By Michael Portillo - 25 April 13:00

Theatre - A musical romance of the Raj sings loud and clear, writes Michael Portillo

The Far Pa

You cannot be serious
By Michael Coveney - 18 April 13:00

Theatre - The reinvention of The <em>Holy Grail</em> as a musical is another triumph for satirical t

Bach to school
By Jessica Duchen - 18 April 13:00

Dazzling when he sprang on to the world stage as a pianist, Daniel Barenboim has conquered the arena

The snore of the crowds
By Carole Woddis - 28 March 13:00

As <em>Billy Elliot: the musical</em> hits the West End stage, hot on the heels of <em>Mamma Mia!</e

Move over, Bob Geldof
By Chris Thompson & Dominic Elliott - 14 March 12:00

African special - Observations on the musician's view

Nous vous aimons
By Rachel Halliburton - 14 March 12:00

Encounter - Jane Birkin is awe-inspiring compared to today's Botox-riddled sex goddesses, finds Rach

Michael Portillo - Happy ending
By Michael Portillo - 28 February 12:00

Opera - A revived production of Mozart that came close to perfection. By Michael Portillo

Le No

Meet Dave 'n' Sue
By David Self - 28 February 12:00

A once-vital source of news and personality, BBC Local Radio has turned into a blandly uniform comed

The download
By Dan Hancox - 21 February 12:00

Conor Oberst is the man for February. The wintry wisdom of this Nebraskan singer-songwriter, under the musical moniker of Bright Eyes, is toasty enough to both warm cockles and roast chestnuts.

All you need is lovability
By Charlie Lee-Potter - 21 February 12:00

Observations on ny-lon

A play of two halves
By Michael Portillo - 21 February 12:00

Theatre - Wood and Walters prove one of the great comedy partnerships, writes Michael Portillo

The Download
By Dan Hancox - 07 February 12:00

The download revolution has begun. Last year, legal song downloads increased tenfold to more than 200 million worldwide. Illegal downloads fell by only 30 million, to 870 million, but the tide seems to be turning.

The wow factor
By Jason Cowley - 07 February 12:00

With her first single up for a Brit Award and a new album soon to be released, Kate Bush is back in

West End boys
By Michael Coveney - 31 January 12:00

The king of theatreland, Andrew Lloyd Webber, seems on the verge of abdicating. Is he feeling restle

Found in translation
By Raymond Knapp - 24 January 12:00

Musical theatre - Jerry Springer: the opera has caused both delight and disgust in Britain. So how w

Battle of the brands
By Ekow Eshun - 17 January 12:00

Hip-hop - As rappers name-drop more and more labels, Ekow Eshun finds the true meaning of bling

Land of freedom
By Jonathan Glancey - 10 January 12:00

Identity cards - Jonathan Glancey on why government policy is an insult to our national heritage

A man of our time
By Jessica Duchen - 01 January 12:00

Classical music - Jessica Duchen celebrates a composer whose ideals can be heard at the heart of his

O come, all ye faithless
By Quentin Letts - 13 December 12:00

NS Christmas - Hymns - and carols - could save the Church of England from demise

Forever young
By Christopher Bray - 13 December 12:00

Christopher Bray on the greatest ever rock memoir, and a few of its cliche-ridden rivals

The wandering minstrels
By Annette Morreau - 22 November 12:00

Classical music - As the Royal Festival Hall prepares to close for a year and a half, Annette Morrea

Mark Thomas asks what is the point of Band Aid
By Mark Thomas - 22 November 12:00

The trouble with Band Aid is that you can buy the single, think you have done your bit and walk away

Amanda Platell finds The X Factor tasteless
By Amanda Platell - 15 November 12:00

The duo from The X Factor moaned as loudly as if they'd been held at Guantanamo Bay

The Dreyfuss affair
By David Benedict - 01 November 12:00

Showbiz - A star exiting stage left is nothing new for the West End, writes David Benedict, but losi

Michael Portillo - Cool, daddy-o
By Michael Portillo - 25 October 13:00

Theatre - Dizzy Gillespie's bid for the US presidency gets jazzed up. By Michael Portillo


Southern comfort
By Alex Gibbons - 18 October 13:00

Pop music - Grease with a country twist? Alex Gibbons is charmed by the Beautiful South's latest alb

Ebony and ivory
By Michael Coveney - 18 October 13:00

Opera - Michael Coveney on an opera that takes the notion of the humble piano tuner into fresh terri