The show’s neatest trick is its appeal to both children and adults.
Sixty years on from Nancy Mitford's Noblesse Oblige, how has the language of class evolved?
The Irish writer Edna O’Brien, soon to celebrate her 85th birthday, reflects on four years spent in the company of tyrants.
What does the recent cinematic phenomenon of characters who are unexpected killers tell us about ourselves?
The boys that make up One Direction may be stunningly mediocre, but the fans are extraordinary.
What Orwell can teach us about the refugee crisis, and why literature is more than a route to self-knowledge.
The film's distributor claimed that it was given an 18 certificate by an all-male panel. British Board of Film Classification director David Cooke has told the New Statesman that this was not the case.
Petroc Trelawny meets the composer Raymond Yiu, who has written a new work for the BBC Proms.
Newly-released files confirm the author's suspicions, published in the New Statesman, that she was under surveillance by MI5 during the 1940s and 50s.
Hatherley describes symptoms but not causes; there is plenty of “what” and “where”, some “when”, “how” and “who”, but hardly any “why”.
The Australian star baker who has built a reality TV empire out of delivering tough love.