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Nothing new in the Carillion debacle

Published: January 28, 2018
Written by John Holden

“I returned and saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches …

Film: That shrinking feeling

Published: January 27, 2018
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

Downsizing Director: Alexander Payne   Downsizing is so many films packed into its 135-minute running time that I almost don’t know where to begin. It is an ecological fable in …

Television: Here comes the sun

Published: January 27, 2018
Written by Les Hull

Hard Sun BBC 1 The premise behind Hard Sun is that the authorities are keeping a colossal secret from everyone else: the world is going to end in five years’ …

Theatre: Puckish sprite and savage god

Published: January 27, 2018
Written by Aleks Sierz

Rita, Sue and Bob Too Royal Court, London   East King’s Head Theatre, London   Modern classics are one of the joys of British theatre. And, to judge also from …

Books: Nightmares in the dreamworld

Published: January 26, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

Fantasyland – How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History by Kurt Andersen Ebury Press £20 It is alleged that a quarter of Americans believe Barack Obama may have been the …

Books: Corruption in La Serenissima

Published: January 26, 2018
Written by Mike Parker

Earthly Remains by Donna Leon Arrow Books £8.99 We are now some 26 books into the career of Commissario Guido Brunetti, the Venetian police detective created by American-born, Venice-based Donna …

Books: Rise and fall of punk’s forebears

Published: January 26, 2018
Written by Cary Gee

Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World by Billy Bragg Faber & Faber £20 As Britain emerged from post-war rationing and Elvis Presley emerged from the swamps of …

Music: Revisiting Britten’s parable

Published: January 17, 2018
Written by Cary Gee

Curlew River London, St Bartholomew the Great Composed in 1964, Curlew River is the first of Benjamin Britten’s three Church Parables to a libretto by William Plomer, and based on …

Landlord licensing scheme must be saved

Published: January 16, 2018
Written by Stephen Timms

Some weeks ago, GMB general secretary Tim Roache accompanied the Mayor of Newham and Metropolitan Police officers on a series of raids on suspected exploitative landlords. He describes what he …

Theatre: Manners, ideas and fun

Published: January 15, 2018
Written by Aleks Sierz

Misalliance Orange Tree Theatre, London George Bernard Shaw was a theatrical superman. A critical attack dog, as well as a creator of problem plays both pleasant and unpleasant, he invented …

Film: What cash can’t buy

Published: January 15, 2018
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

All the Money in the World Director: Ridley Scott Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, ­Missouri Director: Martin McDonagh The kidnap of 16-year-old Paul Getty, the grandson of oil billionaire Jean Paul …

TV: Comedy times two

Published: January 15, 2018
Written by Les Hull

300 Years of French and Saunders BBC 1 Eric, Ernie and Me BBC 4 A high number of programmes over the festive period were retrospective compilations and tributes – notably …

Books: Fallout from a ghastly day

Published: January 14, 2018
Written by Scarlett MccGwire

Basket Of Deplorables by Tom Rachman Riverrun £8.99 Donald Trump’s victory is providing fresh meat for comedians and Tom Rachman shows that the consequences for American life can also be …

Theatre: Journey to where fault lies

Published: January 14, 2018
Written by William Russell

Dear Brutus Southwark Playhouse, London Goats Royal Court Theatre, London The Melting Pot Finborough Theatre, London Mention JM Barrie these days and the automatic reaction by most people is to …

Inflation magic

Published: January 13, 2018
Written by Jos Galacher

With cracks appearing in the government’s policy of capping public sector pay, the question being asked is how will pay rises be paid for. Journalists at the TUC conference try …