TV takes a dark turn as true crime is turned into primetime drama | Television

Solving an appalling crime is one thing, understanding why it happened quite another. This year British television drama looks set to be dominated by the desire to…

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‘It’s just intoxicating’: why Gogglebox is up for a Bafta | Gogglebox

Hard to recall a time when the word “gogglebox” was just quaint slang for a television set, isn’t it? Today the Channel 4 show in which selected…

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How Disney found its pride – and riled the American right | Walt Disney Company

‘Christ. they’re going after Mickey Mouse,” said president Joe Biden in April, bemoaning the Republican party’s targeting of yet another American institution. A few days earlier, at…

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Age of Rage review – ancient Greek tragedy explodes into our times | Theatre

The fires are being stoked even before Age of Rage has started. Flames are fanned at the back of the stage while a gauzy screen with a…

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Shove over, stale males! Meet the working-class women storming TV | Television

Television is meant to be for everybody – but it isn’t. How can it be when, after nearly a century, it remains predominantly male, stale and middle-class?…

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Losing Face by George Haddad review – a rich, complex story of consent and coming of age | Fiction

Joey Harb possesses no fighting spirit, despite his surname meaning “war” in Arabic. He’s aimless and apathetic: meandering through his young life in western Sydney as a…

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Britten Sinfonia/Elder review – Holst’s Indian gem takes centre stage | Classical music

Gustav Holst composed around a dozen operas. Most of them are early works that have still never been performed, and only one of the others is heard…

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Nukes in the brooks: the artists who weaponised landscape art | Art and design

It used to be pretty clear what landscape art was. Within the British tradition, it was artists such as Gainsborough, Constable or Turner who provided the default…

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The romcom queens return! Can Meg Ryan, Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock revive the ailing genre? | Romance films

Name: Romcom queens. Arrival: Forthcoming. Appearance: Older, wiser, ready to reclaim the throne. Oh God, I thought we’d killed the romcom. We had – and for good…

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Young, Black and female: transformative moments – in pictures

A new exhibition centres itself around Black girlhood and features work by photographers and film artists ranging from eight to 94 years old who have explored the…

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