mon 24/06/2024

tv

A Merry Little Christmas Eve: theartsdesk recommends

theartsdesk

As we all have only one shopping day left, theartsdesk hopes to make Christmas Eve a little easier by offering a few enlightened recommendations. From our writers on new and classical music, opera and ballet, film and comedy, here is a list of CDs and DVDs that we hope will enhance your 11th-hour shopping experience. Happy Christmas from all at theartsdesk.

 

DVDs


Read more...

The Cultural Highlights of the Decade, BBC Online

Jasper Rees

This week the BBC News online magazine is running a Portrait of the Decade. Each day has brought a consideration of the words, the events, the people, the objects and, today, the cultural highlights of the decade. I was invited to consider those highlights.

Read more...

theartsdesk in Cheltenham: Screenwriters gather

Ellin Stein He's a real nowhere boy: Aaron Johnson as the pre-Beatle John Lennon

The Victorian Gothic (with 1970s additions) maze of Cheltenham Ladies’ College is a far cry from the sun-blasted soundstages of Los Angeles, particularly at this time of year when it’s surrounded by deep piles of swirling autumn leaves. Nevertheless, this past week saw the high-ceilinged, wood-panelled College corridors filled with over 400 scriptwriters, both aspiring and established, rushing to the seminars, panels and pitching sessions offered as part of the Cheltenham Screenwriters'...

Read more...

Ludovic Kennedy, 1919-2009

Jasper Rees

Ludovic Kennedy, whose death at the age of 89 was announced today, will be remembered for many achievements beyond his contribution to broadcasting. But for those who grew up when there were only three channels to choose from, he informed a generation’s idea of what a broadcaster ought to be.

Read more...

theartsdesk in Milan: Death of a Quiz Show Host

william Ward Italy's quiz-show host Mike Bongiorno: 'a Warholian genius for fascinating, entrancing dullness'

Guarda, è come se fosse morta la regina Elisabetta, sai?” I didn’t really need the comparison with the hypothetical demise of our own beloved monarch to be spelled out for me by my partner, a somewhat reserved professor of Paediatric Neurology at one of Rome’s leading hospitals, in order to drive home the deep shock engendered by the sudden death of Italy’s best-loved veteran TV compère on the collective psyche of a nation.

Read more...

Pages

 

latest in today

Taylor Swift, Wembley Stadium review - the Eras Tour lights...

Unless you were around when The Beatles toured America in the mid-1960s, it’s doubtful you've heard anything like this. In 40 years of extensive...

My Father's Fable, Bush Theatre review - hilarious and...

Following the huge success of Benedict Lombe’s Shifters, which transfers soon to the West End, the...

Giulio Cesare, Glyndebourne review - every number a winner f...

How much better can a classic get? Sebastian Scotney more or less asked the same question on theartsdesk the last time Giulio...

Kelly Clancy: Playing with Reality - How Games Shape Our Wor...

For a couple of decades, the free video game America’s Army was a powerful recruitment aid for the US military. More than a shoot-em-up,...

Album: Madeleine Peyroux - Let's Walk

Madeleine Peyroux made her name with her second album, 2004’s Careless Love. It consists almost completely of cover versions, delivered...

Music Reissues Weekly: The Cryin’ Shames - Please Stay, Do T...

Liverpool’s The Cryin’ Shames were responsible for two of mid-Sixties Britain’s most striking single’s tracks. The February 1966 top side “Please...

theartsdesk at Smetanova Litomyšl - three fascinating operas...

What did they put in the water of Czechia’s central Bohemia/Moravia borderlands? From south to north there's Mahler’s birthplace in Kali...

The Exorcism review - salvaged horror movie is a diabolical...

Helpfully, this is a film that reviews itself. Like it says on the posters, “They were making a cursed movie. They were warned not to. They should...

Album: Zara McFarlane - Sweet Whispers: Celebrating Sarah Va...

When Zara McFarlane sang the National Anthem at this year’s FA Cup Final, it served as a reminder of quite how adaptable she is, how suited so...