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Tom Birchenough

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The Winter's Tale, RSC, BBC Four review - post-war poise colours a solid production

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A Splinter of Ice, Original Theatre Company online review - Graham Greene and Kim Philby are friends reunited

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Blu-ray: I Was at Home, But...

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Blu-ray: Beginning

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A Midsummer Night's Dream, SHAKE Festival livestream review - a star turn from Luisa Omielan makes this 'Bottom's Dream'

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Memories of My Father review - the richness of childhood, the cruelty of history

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My Father and Me, BBC Two review - Nick Broomfield's moving voyage around his family

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Verdict review - social realism and court procedural combine in powerful Manila drama

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Deutschland 89, Channel 4 review - the Wall comes down, what next?

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Barnes' People, Original Theatre Company online review - intriguing quartet of monologues revived

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Blu-ray: The Ascent

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Hymn, Almeida Theatre online review - highs and lows of a soulful brother bonding

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Blu-ray: Liberté

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Dear Comrades! review - Andrei Konchalovsky exposes the Soviet past

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DVD/Blu-ray: Are We Lost Forever

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Blu-ray: Visual Acoustics

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