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Sophia Rahman
Thursday, 21 January 2021
“Fuck business,” Boris Johnson is alleged to have said while Foreign Secretary. (He didn’t deny it). We have seen enough over the past three weeks of the impact of Brexit on...
Owen Richards
Thursday, 21 January 2021
Romcoms. We all know the tried and tested formula: immature guy, uptight girl, they meet, they like each other, hate each other, and end up in love. It’s as reliable as it is...
Nick Hasted
Thursday, 21 January 2021
Becoming a has-been is Eminem’s main raw material now, the rocket-fuel for his rhetorical flights. He was a folk-devil 20 years ago, then a prescription drug-zombied recluse, then...
Tom Baily
Wednesday, 20 January 2021
It is probable that no other document gets closer to the direct experience of frontline workers and victims of Covid-19 than the documentary 76 Days. It is also true that the film...
Saskia Baron
Wednesday, 20 January 2021
What a television programme gets called is not always the choice of the people making it, but it certainly is the choice of its broadcaster. In the case of Silenced: The...
India Lewis
Wednesday, 20 January 2021
In Asylum Road, Olivia Sudjic's third book, everything is purposeful, each loaded gun introduced just waiting to go off. It has something of the lightness of Rachel Cusk, but...
Katie Colombus
Wednesday, 20 January 2021
In such a somnolent time We Come From The Sun is an awakening – the immediacy and presence of poetry urging you to listen,...
Adam Sweeting
Tuesday, 19 January 2021
The oeuvre of M Night Shyalaman has tended to veer between unsettling creepiness and sometimes hilarious misfires, but,...
Daniel Lewis
Tuesday, 19 January 2021
One of the finer episodes in Raven Leilani’s startling debut (which contains an embarrassment of fine episodes) comes about...
Tom Birchenough
Tuesday, 19 January 2021
Catalan director Albert Serra’s interest in late 18th century France is well established – his previous film was The Death...
Miranda Heggie
Monday, 18 January 2021
Another year, another lockdown. Though I have little doubt this was not the way most us of hoped to start 2021, we can at...
Adam Sweeting
Monday, 18 January 2021
Or, What The Durrells Did Next. Writer Simon Nye, writer/director Roger Goldby and star Keeley Hawes are all veterans of ITV...
Liz Thomson
Monday, 18 January 2021
The tears of a clown is a familiar enough metaphor – a cliché, perhaps – and as an image it adorns the sleeve of the latest...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 17 January 2021
The First Generation 1965–1974 is a 35-CD box set dedicated to the blues maven and propagator John Mayall. As well as the...
Mark Kidel
Sunday, 17 January 2021
Volker Schlöndorff’s brilliant adaptation of Günter Grass’s 1959 novel The Tin Drum hasn’t aged one bit: just as the book...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 16 January 2021
 Janáček: The Cunning Little Vixen, Sinfonietta Lucy Crowe, Gerald Finley, Sophia Burgos London Symphony Orchestra and...
Kathryn Reilly
Saturday, 16 January 2021
What’s all this? Female voices, guitars, a song lasting over four minutes… harmonies? Have Britain’s savviest social...
Sebastian Scotney
Friday, 15 January 2021
Cerys Matthews is a best-selling author, award winning DJ and multi-million selling musician, singer, reciter... and...
Matt Wolf
Friday, 15 January 2021
Noel Coward's 1941 comedy was one of the theatrical casualties of the first lockdown last March in a Richard Eyre-directed...

10 QUESTIONS FOR CERYS MATTHEWS Thoughts on an album which places poets centre-stage


★★★★ OLIVIA SUDJIC: ASYLUM ROAD Trauma, barely surpressed

★★★ 76 DAYS Disturbing record og the initial outbreak of Covid-19

★★★ CERYS MATTHEWS, HIDDEN ORCHESTRA & 10 POETS - WE COME FROM THE SUN An evocative soundscape of poetry and music

★★★★★ RAVEN LEILANI: LUSTER Portrait of the artist as a black millennial woman

disc of the day

Album: Eminem - Music To Be Murdered By Side B

Diminishing returns in Slim's Psycho II


Silenced: The Hidden Story of Disabled Britain, BBC Two review - documentary fails to deliver

Worthy programme flawed by the omission of the learning-disabled

Servant, Apple TV+ review - shocks, shivers and black humour in missing-baby saga

M Night Shyalaman's drama is fascinating and confounding

Finding Alice, ITV review - thriller, comedy or melodrama?

Keeley Hawes leads a strong cast in no particular direction


Baby Done review - romcom done right

Funny, sincere and completely charming Kiwi comedy about unexpected pregnancy

76 Days review - disturbing record of the initial outbreak of Covid-19

Raw frontline documentary portrays the toll on Wuhan's health workers and victims

Blu-ray: Liberté

On 'libertinage': Albert Serra’s improvisaton of 18th century debauchery is painful in every sense

new music

Album: Eminem - Music To Be Murdered By Side B

Diminishing returns in Slim's Psycho II

Album: Passenger – Songs for the Drunk and Broken Hearted

Former Brighton busker lacks hidden depths


'The total confusion about post-Brexit rules adds to the distress': classical musicians speak out

Ten players and administrators on the fallout in government restrictions to EU touring

Apartment House, Wigmore Hall online review - introspective music for isolated times

Serene lockdown listening in three concerts dedicated to Morton Feldman

Classical CDs: Janáček, Myaskovsky, Prokofiev, John Wilson

An arboreal opera, two Soviet symphonies and some rarely heard English string music


Best of 2020: Opera

With no touching from mid-March onwards, this art-form was hard hit - but ingenuity ruled

Royal Opera Christmas Concert online review – pajama party around the Nutcracker tree

Vivacious opera and cheesy carols under the lively baton of Mark Wigglesworth


Peter Pan: The Audio Adventure review - the perfect bedtime story
Sharon D Clarke and Olivia Colman sparkle in delightful radio play in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital
Best of 2020: Theatre
Out of pandemic-driven chaos and confusion came moments of clarity - and "Blindness"


Best of 2020: Dance

In a perilous year, bright ideas and perseverance sometimes prevailed

The Nutcracker: an end-of-year obituary

It's been a rough ride for the seasonal cash cow. Here's how ballet companies coped

The Seven Deadly Sins, Opera North online review - viscerally thrilling

Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's indictment of capitalism in a vibrant new production


Comedy podcasts round-up 2: from home and abroad

Lively chat, masterful spoofing and behind-the-scenes fun

Best of 2020: Comedy

Outdoor venues and podcasts to the rescue

Comedy podcasts round-up 1: from home and abroad

Conversation, fun facts and jokes


Olivia Sudjic: Asylum Road review - trauma, barely suppressed

A timely and absorbing reminder of the proximity of violence

Raven Leilani: Luster - portrait of the artist as a black millennial woman

Diamond-cut debut catches every glint of our modern malaise

Mark Fisher: Postcapitalist Desire - The Final Lectures review - imagining the alternative

An eye-opening exploration of the relationship between capitalism and desire

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