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Features | Reportage | Arts | Reviews | Plus Stewart Lee and 7-day TV listings
Pages 12-15
Meet the UK’s most exciting
debut novelists of 2018
L-r: Libby
Page, Mary
Lynn Bracht,
Donkor, Lisa
by Sophia
Evans for the
The finest writing every Sunday for arts, science, politics and culture
A G E N D A 3-5
F E AT U R E S 6-15
On my radar Playwright
James Graham’s
cultural highlights
The meme-makers
Simon Parkin visits Social Chain,
a Manchester company creating
viral hits online
Q&A US comic
Jen Kirkman
John Naughton on the Spectre
and Meltdown security flaws
Stewart Lee
B O O K S 29-33
C R I T I C S 21-28
Mark Kermode’s verdict on Three
Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
and Wendy Ide on Darkest Hour
Kitty Empire on
Camila Cabello’s album
and Pale Waves live
Susannah Clapp on
My Mum’s a Twat and
Rita Sue and Bob Too
Euan Ferguson on TV
Pop: Tune-Yards Q&A
S C I E N C E & T E C H 17-19
Sigrid: the Scandi-pop star
being hailed as the new Lorde
Three NHS workers – a junior
doctor, a cardiac nurse and an
anaesthetist – tells us about the
winter crisis currently unfolding
Cover story
The debut authors who’ll be
making waves in 2018
Peter Conrad on Michael Wolff’s
Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump
White House
Louise Doughty on Alison White’s
memoir of raising a son with
cerebral palsy
Bob Stanley enjoys Nick Coleman’s
take on pop’s most thrilling singers
Alex Preston reviews
Peter Carey’s new novel
Photography book of the month
From next Sunday, the books pages
of the New Review will include
a new service for readers. Book
Clinic will be a weekly slot where
we will turn to experts in their
field to answer book/publishing/
reading-related questions from
readers. For example: What would
be a good book for my commute
that I can dip in and out of? What
are the best feminist nonfiction
books? I want a good Brexit book.
THE NEW REVIEW | 14.01.18 | The Observer
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Very nice interview (Anoushka
Warden talks to Kate Kellaway about
her first play, My Mum’s a Twat, cover
story, last week). Warden is basically
living the dream – going from the
Royal Court’s PR to playwright on its
stage. Very excited to see My Mum’s
a Twat.
@alicevjones on Twitter
Johann Hari (“Is everything you think
you know about depression wrong?”,
extract last week) is interesting,
stimulating and thought-provoking on
the importance of human connections,
the search for meaning and the
alienation that is often part of our
modern economy and culture.
Very important piece about depression
from a new book that will jolt a lot of
people. The drugs are overprescribed,
the efficacy overstated and our culture
is making us ill.
Three years ago I hosted a
psychologist’s conference on the
medicalisation of childhood. I found this
article moving and brave.
A book explaining this stuff to
laypeople would be fine, but the
breaking-the-conspiracy tone is
tedious when all this stuff has been
known for decades.
This looks worth seeing (former US
ambassador Samantha Power on The
Final Year, about Obama’s last year
in power). It’s important to hear the
perspective of the lone woman on the
security council, someone who worked
her way up from war reportage.
barbkay, comment posted online
Great documentary, truly saddening
when you look at what has happened
since. The calibre of people like Power
really puts the current incumbent and
his family in context.
Good piece on Churchill and how our
contemporary shower of politicos
merely dabble in division and banality
(Andrew Rawnsley on Churchill ahead
of the release of Darkest Hour, a film
about the wartime leader).
Churchill was not perfect, nobody
is, but he was the man who guided
millions towards a better Europe [and
enabled us to] live in a democratic,
steadily more prosperous world.
We are in a sea of mediocrity. This is
politics’ most lamentable hour, but we
the people shall fight on; we shall fight
in the supermarkets, we shall fight in
the traffic jams, we shall fight standing
in the trains. We shall never surrender
to the donkeys that lead us.
US comic
page 4
C U LT U R E | P E O P L E | P O L I T I C S | I D E A S
On my radar
James Graham
James Graham grew up in Mansfield,
Nottinghamshire. After taking a drama
degree at the University of Hull, he
gained recognition as a writer in
residence at London’s Finborough
theatre. In 2006 he won the Pearson
playwriting bursary and in 2007 won
the Catherine Johnson award for best
play for Eden’s Empire. After a sellout
run at the National, his play This House
was nominated for a 2013 Olivier
award, and last year his plays Ink and
Labour of Love premiered in London
and Quiz in Chichester. Graham wrote
the screenplay for the 2014 film x+y,
and the 2015 Channel 4 film Coalition.
His play The Culture – A Farce in
Two Acts opens at Hull Truck on 26
January, and Quiz transfers to the West
End in spring. Kathryn Bromwich
1 | Place
Humber Street, Hull
Hull’s year as City of Culture has been
transformative for people’s confidence
and pride in their city, and also in terms
of economic benefits. Three years ago
Humber Street was deserted; now it’s a
thriving location day and night. You can
have breakfast by the marina at a great
cafe called Thieving Harry’s, go to an art
gallery in an empty vegetable warehouse
and visit Yorkshire’s first gin distillery bar.
At the Fruit Market you can see live music
or comedy, or dance to a club night. It’s
a street full of variety, and it feels very
welcoming and open to everyone.
2 | Theatre
2018 at the Bush theatre, London
The Bush is close to my heart – I had
one of my early shows there – and it’s
recently been refurbished. It now feels
like a huge focal point for the community,
precisely what a theatre should be. This
year they’re featuring work from loads of
writers I admire, including the incredible
actress Monica Dolan, performing one
of her own plays, The B*easts. Another
play I’m excited about is An Adventure by
Vinay Patel, whose contribution to The
Good Immigrant book a couple of years
ago really resonated with me. The season
represents the great diversity of that
community and the Bush feels like a go-to
place for new writing.
3 | Documentary
Best of Enemies (2015)
Best of Enemies, directed by Morgan
Neville and Robert Gordon, is about the
rivalry between Gore Vidal and William F
Buckley Jr, two of the greatest political
minds of the 20th century, and focuses
on their TV debates during the 1968
Republican and Democrat conventions.
That year was a watershed in US politics:
TV news began to turn debate into theatre
and that level of populist reporting of
politics is something we’re living with to
this day. There’s just something about
the way these two people speak – their
intelligence and means of expression are
so seductive to listen to, whether you’re
on the left or the right. It’s on Netflix and
sometimes I stick it on when I’m ironing or
cleaning or doing my tax returns.
4 | Podcast
People Fixing the World (2015)
I can’t listen to music when I’m jogging
because I hate it so much it began to
kill my enjoyment of all my favourite
songs – so I listen to podcasts. These
are great: bite-sized broadcasts that
look at the inventive ways people are
trying to tackle serious problems. One
is about a charity in London called Steel
Warriors, where they melted down
confiscated knives to build a community
gym made out of steel. In a climate of
totally depressing political discourse,
occasionally I need to listen to something
unapologetically uplifting while I’m running
around south London wheezing.
5 | Book
Fall Out by Tim Shipman
I love writing that can dramatise recent
events – it’s a great way to access the
chaos and confusion that surrounds us.
Fall Out follows Tim Shipman’s great book
All Out War about the Brexit referendum.
Here he chronicles the year from the
referendum result to the surprise election
result in June 2017. It reads like a gripping
thriller, except it’s more frightening
because it’s all true and it’s happening
right now. The way he writes is very
dramatic and he also humanises politicians
in a way I aspire to do myself. You’re able to
really understand the motivations of the
people driving the narrative.
6 | Film
Call Me By Your Name (2017)
I saw this recently and adored it. I loved
its delicacy in dramatising a relationship
between a visiting student and the
family’s teenage son, set against the
backdrop of Italy in the 1980s. It was
adapted by James Ivory from a book
by André Aciman, and there’s very little
dialogue – it’s all done through looks or
expressions. I’m trying to learn the best
way to adapt novels for the screen and I
thought they handled this brilliantly. I’m
hoping it gets the recognition it deserves
in the many awards this year.
7 | Travel
Caledonian sleeper train
This is the overnight sleeper that travels
from London to Fort William, Inverness,
Aberdeen and other places. It’s been
completely redesigned with refurbished
beds and rooms: it has that classic woodpanelled European style but it’s also very
clean, crisp and modern. I’m obsessed
by trains – maybe it’s the part of me
that loved reading Murder on the Orient
Express as a kid. I find the idea of sleeping
and eating on a train so romantic. I’m
determined to travel in style by sleeper
next time I go up to the Edinburgh festival.
The Observer | 14.01.18 | THE NEW REVIEW
Q & A
Jen Kirkman:
‘I like that
Prince Harry
guy. He seems
cool as hell.’
The US comic on her British roots, not dating
for a year, being caught up in the Louis CK
scandal, and why Monday audiences rock
Massachusetts-born, Los Angelesbased Jen Kirkman, 43, is a comedian,
podcaster and bestselling author. On
TV, she’s known for being a panellist
on Chelsea Lately and narrator of
Drunk History, while her podcast
I Seem Fun gets 50,000 downloads
per month. Her standup special
Just Keep Livin’? recently arrived on
Netflix and she brings her current
tour to the UK in late January.
You’re coming over here to play a week
of gigs…
I’m so excited. I’ve got some British
heritage, actually. My uncle looked
us up and the Kirkmans originated
from Bury, outside of Manchester,
before coming to America in the 19th
century. I haven’t visited Bury yet but
I’ve been to Manchester and loved
it. They were a great audience. No
offence but they seemed a little more
loosened-up than in London. These
are my people.
Are London audiences tougher?
I get cool crowds. My fanbase tend
to be, for want of a better phrase, on
the punk-rock side of life: feminists,
lesbians, guys who wear nail polish,
mums who are really fun and like
to drink a lot. But in London, you
sometimes think: “Are they enjoying
this?” Then after the show, they come
up and go: “I loved it, I so related.”
I’m like: “OK, you need to tell me that
during the show with loud laughter.”
But I can’t generalise as much about
cities as I can nights of the week.
How so? Are audiences different,
depending on the day?
Totally. All over the world, it’s the
same. Monday crowds are really
responsive because if anyone comes
out on a Monday, they must be a
diehard fan. The next two nights are
“meh” in comparison. By Thursday,
people are excited about the weekend
and in a good mood. Fridays are the
toughest crowd. They’ve worked all
week, they’re tired and angry, and
now they’re drinking, so it’s a weird
energy. Saturday is just rowdy. If
you could combine the loyalty of a
Monday crowd with the rowdiness of
a Saturday one, it would be ideal.
You once named Morrissey as your
biggest influence. Are your Manchester
connections a factor there?
Oh my God, we’re probably related!
It was huge for me when I found the
music of the Smiths. Morrissey had
that Dorothy Parker deadpan wit, that
mischievous sense of morbid doom.
He really influenced my humour, not
so much as a comedian but as a human
being. He’s said some stupid things
recently but I’ll always love his music.
You’ve just written a pilot for the ABC
network called The Mighty Quinn. What’s
it about?
A woman who gets dumped by her
long-term boyfriend at a Christmas
Eve party. She rushes into a crazy
rebound affair, then realises she’s not
getting any younger and needs to do
things differently, so she sets herself
a challenge to not date or do anything
romantically for a whole year. People
spend so much time trying to fix
relationships that aren’t working or
pursuing new ones.
Is it based on your own real-life festive
Sure is. It happened at Christmas
2016 and threw my whole world into
a spin. There was nothing amusing
about it at the time, and I never
thought I’d use it in my work. But
last summer, I realised it could be a
funny thing to happen to a character.
Neither me nor Quinn are in our
20s. We’re at a stage where you’re
settled and hoping to sail into old age
together. But what happens when
you’re 40 and suddenly have to start
your life over? I did the one-year
thing too and I’m loving it.
How has your relationship-free year been?
It whipped by really fast. It was good
to feel all the sadness and waves of
grief without rebounding or trying
to fall in love again. Now I’m open to
whatever happens next. But I know
what you’re thinking – you haven’t
had sex in a year?
THE NEW REVIEW | 14.01.18 | The Observer
The thought never crossed my mind…
Well, nope, I haven’t. It’s been
surprisingly easy to not think about
that stuff. It could be because the
world seems like it’s ending and we’ve
all been preoccupied. Impending
armageddon tends to take the edge off
the old sex drive.
What will it take to get rid of Trump?
A nuclear war. Seriously. Onethird of Americans are completely
brainwashed, like they’re in a cult.
I’m related to some of them and it’s
difficult. They don’t care that he’s
dangerous and probably has dementia
and that we’re terrifying the world. I
think he’ll have to resign eventually.
‘Seriously, onethird of Americans
are completely
brainwashed, like
they’re in a cult’
What will ultimately put Trump away
are his long-standing links to the
Russian mob. Something financial
will come to light and he’ll implode.
But even if he leaves office tomorrow,
he’s done years of damage.
Maybe now Prince Harry is marrying an
American, he can run for office…
Yeah! There seem to be no rules
any more so if a reality TV star can
become president, why not a prince?
He can depose Trump and be our
saviour. I like that Harry guy. He
seems cool as hell. Tell him to come
down to my London shows and we
can hatch a plan.
Twelve years ago, he said something
creepy to me which definitely tallies
with things he’s since admitted to.
But comics talk inappropriately to
each other all the time so I didn’t
think much of it. All I said was that
I didn’t want to go on the road with
him, yet it turned into this whole
circus. Finally, the scandal breaks, he
admits it and now nobody is calling
to ask what I think – well, except
you. This is about so much more than
“Kevin Spacey’s bad, we fired him,
who’s next?” Women have to drive
the narrative. We need to change
the culture.
Did you make any New Year resolutions?
Will the #metoo movement be a turning
point for the entertainment industry?
Hmm, maybe, but I’m sceptical. I was
wrapped up in the Louis CK scandal
because I’d mentioned the rumours
years ago on my podcast. All of a
sudden, stupid websites were running
fake headlines like “Jen Kirkman says
Louis CK assaulted her” when it was
so much more nuanced than that.
I don’t believe in them. January’s cold
and dark, so why make it harder? Just
sleep, eat and get through it, then
make resolutions in spring when
you’re more motivated.
Interview by Michael Hogan
Jen Kirkman: The All New Material,
Girl Tour is at Soho theatre from 29
January to 3 February
Stewart Lee
How Toby Young got
where he isn’t today
he grindingly algorithmic
controversialist Toby Young was
always painfully and obviously in
the oedipal shadow of his socialist
intellectual father, Michael Young.
Each of his desperately politically
incorrect tweets was an attempt to
cuckold and castrate his progenitor.
Toby Young has wasted his life
spitting cold mucus at a ghost and
throwing clumps of his own hot
excrement at a shade, a raging zoo
monkey. Toby Young was at war with
a phantom cloud of semen, long since
turned to dust motes, bobbing on the
west London thermals. But, because I
am kind and good, I take no pleasure in
the slow-motion farce of his downfall.
On Wednesday night, the
probable reason for the sudden twin
resignations of the self-styled “rightof-centre maverick” from both the
spurious universities regulator and
the Fulbright Commission became
clear. Despite having survived last
week’s cataloguing of his hastily
concealed career of context-free noncharacter-driven monetisable offence,
on Monday evening Toby Young
finally ran out of options and fell on
his own cucumber spiraliser.
Even though he was defended by
his chum, Boris “Picaninny” Johnson,
as being a “caustic wit”, the maverick
self-styled “Toadmeister” had to go.
Because, while national media slept, or
commissioned supportive thinkpieces
from his wealthy and powerful
celebrity friends, the London Student
newspaper was about to reveal that the
Maverick Toadmeister had attended
a secret conference on “intelligence”,
featuring notorious speakers including
in previous years white supremacists
and a weird far-right paedophilia
apologist called Emil.
Of course, attending a secret
conference alongside white
supremacists does not amount to
endorsing their ideals. I once attended
a performance of We Will Rock You,
the Queen musical by Ben Elton and
Queen, and, if anything, it made me
despise the dreadful group even more
than I did before, from a position of
greater understanding. The Maverick
Toadmeister, by his own admission,
only attended the secret event for a
few hours, only sat at the back, didn’t
inhale any of the nazism that was
being handed round, and nor did he
supply any to anyone else.
But on Monday night, the Maverick
Toadmeister realised that even
declarations of love from his greatest
champions, the environmental
opportunist Michael Gove, the Daily
Mail hate-funnel Sarah Vine, and the
napkin’n’knick-knack guru Kirstie
Allsopp, would not overwhelm the
taint of his incidental association with
genuine white supremacists.
For God’s sake, that’s what
paranoid community activists in
70s blaxploitation movies thought
white folk were doing – having secret
meetings about how to stop them
breeding – and it turns out we are!
In fact, that’s the plot of the martial
arts and black power musical Three
the Hard Way (Gordon Parks Jr,
1974), but now with Toby Young as a
curious bystander watching the evil
Dr Fortrero plot to wipe out the black
population, and claiming it’s research
for a forthcoming speech.
If Boris Watermelon Smile
Johnson’s brother, Boris Johnson
Junior, intended the appointment
of the Maverick Toadmeister to the
universities regulator to counteract
the influence of the Political
Correctness Gone Mad Brigade, it’s
fair to say he may have overplayed his
hand somewhat.
The Maverick Toadmeister’s fellow
secret conference attendee Richard
Lynn, for example, advocates that
predominantly white American states
secede from the Union, making them
dangerously likely to sink into the
sea under the excess weight of the
massive arses, and brains, of their
remaining inhabitants.
The question presupposed by the
title of the Maverick Toadmeister’s
bestselling book How to Lose Friends
and Alienate People had been fairly
comprehensively answered.
Asked last week to comment on his
attendance at a second intelligence
jamboree, this time in Canada, a
clearly discombobulated Maverick
Toadmeister said he had been giving
the “Amanda Holden Memorial
Lecture”. Amanda Holden? Les
Dennis’s ex-wife? Was the Battersea
Dogs & Cats Home’s celebrity
ambassador now a eugenicist? And
also dead? Thank God Dustin Gee
didn’t live to see the memory of The
Laughter Show tarnished so.
I knew that there had been
a famous science writer called
Constance Holden. Had the Maverick
Toadmeister, as no one is calling him
ever, suffered a slip of his toad tongue?
There wasn’t time to check the facts,
sadly, as the witch hunt countdown
clock was ticking. Needless to
say, I immediately mobilised my
massive bullying Twitter following
of furious politically correct
snowflake hypocrites to have Amanda
Holden, eugenics apologist, erased
from history.
By Wednesday public pressure
had seen Holden lose her role as the
face of Alpen, the colonic cleansing
breakfast dust. And on Thursday
Holden was digitally erased from
every episode of Britain’s Got Talent
and replaced by a surgically enhanced
Christopher Plummer, verdicts on
ventriloquists dripping like honey
from glossed lips down a low-cut
satin dress shimmering seductively in
the light.
Then I realised the Maverick
Toadmeister had made a mis-speak.
He had meant Constance Holden.
Amanda Holden was not a Nazi
(nor, it turned out, was Constance
Holden), and she was not dead. A
newly confident and self-assured
Christopher Plummer reluctantly
submitted herself to the painful
reverse-Holden procedure as long
as she was allowed to keep the dress.
(Luckily, Plummer’s most crucial
organ had not yet been incinerated
and was found still salvageable in an
ashtray at a Soho cigar bar frequented
by his surgeon.)
I don’t know the Maverick
Toadmeister and I have never met
him, though he did once make a
winsome face at me across a corridor
at Heston services, Britain’s worst
services, on the M4. I recognised
him from somewhere, but something
about his curious smirk and his
strange gait made me assume he was a
lesbian, dressed as a homosexual, who
had assumed I was a lesbian dressed
as a heterosexual man and was trying
to pick me up. What a tangled web
we weave.
But where now for the Maverick
Toadmeister? Can even vile jamrags like the Telegraph and the
Daily Mail employ him now?
Who calls themselves, as an adult,
the “Toadmeister” anyway? And
“maverick” is what the commissioner
shouts at Dirty Harry. It’s not what
Dirty Harry tells the commissioner
he is himself. That would be very
uncool. Who does these strange and
desperate things? Someone in search
of an identity that has eluded them.
Sometime around 20 years ago
Toby Young started being nasty about
people less fortunate and privileged
than him, and, like a shit Clarkson, he
found it was easy to do and paid good
money; and then the wind changed,
and Toby Young was stuck with the
horrible face he had made. And now
people all over the internet will be
drawing foreskins on his bald head.
For ever. And Captain Von Trapp will
never urinate standing up again.
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SNAPSHOTS A stitch through time
In her portraits, installations and
street art, Mexican textile artist
Victoria Villasana applies colourful
embroidery to pictures of artists,
musicians and politicians. “I started
using portraits of people who I
consider visionaries,” she says, “as
well as vintage photographs and
cross-cultural portraits.” Inspired by
expressionism, surrealism and pop
art, she often chooses feminist icons
such as Frida Kahlo, Nina Simone
and Beyoncé. The use of embroidery
is her nod to female empowerment.
“Working with fabric makes me
feel connected with an inner
rebellious femininity. Embroidery is
undervalued as just a ‘woman’s craft’
– but it’s something that reminds us
of all those amazing women in our
lives that nurture us.” Helen Elston
The Observer | 14.01.18 | THE NEW REVIEW
The fashion writer inspired by her local lido, the 80s pop
hopeful turned English teacher, the museum assistant
who told herself tales about the exhibits to while
away quiet afternoons… there are some great stories
behind our choice of the UK’s debut novelists in 2018
ew voices are the life-blood of the world of
books, especially when it comes to fiction.
As the old, established novelists slow down
and – whisper it – show signs of becoming
stale, how refreshing, how rejuvenating, it is to
welcome fresh faces to the table.
Not surprisingly, spring, the time for new
beginnings, is the season when publishers large
and small choose to unveil their new talent and
the class of 2018 looks particularly promising.
For the fifth year running, the Observer
New Review has chosen six debut novelists we
believe will make a splash, among them two
teachers, a former fashion journalist, a onetime literary agent and a gallery attendant at
the British Museum. The subjects they take on
range from mermaids, child abuse and outdoor
swimming to old age and the “comfort” women
of Japanese colonial rule in South Korea.
What makes us so sure these new writers
THE NEW REVIEW | 14.01.18 | The Observer
‘Girls in Ghanaian
society are often
overlooked. But
not in our house’
HOLD (4th Estate, 12 July)
Michael Donkor was born in 1985 and grew
up in a Ghanaian household in west
London. He works as an English teacher
will stand out from the crowd? It can never
be more than a hunch but our track record
in picking the cream of the crop speaks for
itself. Previous New Review debutantes have
included prize-winners and bestsellers such as
Jessie Burton (The Miniaturist), Emma Healey
(Elizabeth Is Missing), Laura Barnett (The
Versions of Us), Sally Rooney (Conversations
With Friends) and Gail Honeyman, whose
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine has just
won the Costa debut novel award for 2017.
It is heartening to see more black and
ethnic minority authors among 2018’s firsttime novelists, a sign that publishers may be
starting to address the imbalance that means
writers named David are famously more likely
to get into the bestseller charts than BAME
authors. Could they do more? Evidently. Let’s
see what 2019 brings.
Lisa O’Kelly, associate editor (books)
Michael Donkor’s fiction debut
followed three bears going on an
adventure across Europe and ending
up at the Eurovision song contest. He
was eight years old. “I was a bit of a
Eurovision freak back then,” he admits.
“Still am in some ways.” No one in his
family was especially literary, and he
didn’t know any writers, but he liked
the fact that he received praise for the
story and he had control over a world.
Donkor’s Ghana-born parents, in the
way of many west African immigrants
to Britain, would have preferred him to
become a doctor, lawyer or accountant,
he says. But he was the youngest of
three, his sisters did well, and he was
allowed a little latitude. He studied
English at Oxford and then slipped,
almost unnoticed, into a creative
writing MA.
Around this time, a character called
Belinda popped into Donkor’s head.
She was a housegirl, the type of maid he
remembered from family trips to Ghana.
Housegirls would be a similar age to
him, maybe slightly older.
“I read some Chimamanda Ngozi
Adichie when I was about 20, and I
thought: ‘There’s a missing story here,’”
says Donkor, when we meet in a coffee
shop in Brixton, London. “In all the
big African novels I’d encountered to
that point, the voice of this section of
society didn’t seem to be present. So I
thought: ‘Let’s see if I can turn these
weird memories of these quite silent
girls into something more substantial.’”
The result is Hold, an arresting and
textured novel that tracks Belinda from
employment in a well-to-do house
in Kumasi, Ghana, to south London,
where she moves in with Nana and
Doctor Otuo, expatriate Ghanaians.
Nana brings diligent, strait-laced
Belinda to Britain not to work, but in
essence “to fix” her daughter, Amma,
who is a similar age but has grown up
in much more privileged surroundings.
It’s a world Donkor knows well: he
was raised in west London and in 2002,
the year in which Hold is set, he was
a teenager who liked to hang around
Brixton. He has a gift for succinct,
piercing description: through Belinda’s
eyes, the exotic (Ghana) becomes
New faces, from far
left: Michael Donkor,
Imogen Hermes
Gowar and Libby Page.
familiar, and the familiar (London)
becomes exotic. Throwing Belinda
and Amma together allows both young
women to reflect on their lives hitherto
and what the future might hold.
While there are autobiographical
elements in the novel, using female
protagonists helped to give Donkor a
different spin. “I didn’t feel nervous
about it – perhaps I should have,” he
laughs. “Girls in Ghanaian society are
often overlooked and there’s a real bias
towards to the achievements of the son.
But in our house it was my mum and my
sisters and all of my friends at secondary
school were female. The novels I loved
most were written by women, so the
complexities of the female experience
have always been around me.”
Donkor’s day job as an English
teacher also helped him access the
female teenage mindset. His current
post is at St Paul’s girls’ school in west
London. “It’s funny,” he says, “because
the girls at school ask me whether they
have inspired some of my observations
about teenage girls… and yeah, I’m
watchful of the ways young people
interact. And how direct they are.”
Finding a publisher for Hold has,
he says, been “a wiggly route” and the
whole process has taken 10 years. He
sent out an early version of the novel
to “100, maybe 200” agents and didn’t
hear anything. Then, in 2014, he was
selected on the Escalator mentoring
scheme by the Writers’ Centre
Norwich and that smoothed the path.
The decade has also seen Donkor go
through some major life changes. In his
mid-20s he came out to his mother, and
latterly his father died: both of these
events influenced the plot development
in Hold. Being openly gay, Donkor says
wryly, is “kind of un-Ghanaian” and
he’s intrigued to see how Hold will
be received when it’s published. “It’s
clearly autobiographical and it will
force me to talk about that stuff, which
is long overdue,” he says. “I’m ready… I
think!” Tim Lewis
‘I think about
people’s stories in
a very tactile,
physical way’
(Vintage, 25 January)
Londoner Imogen Hermes Gowar, 30, was
a gallery assistant at the British Museum
when she began to write stories
The “mermaid” that sparked Imogen
Hermes Gowar’s tale of the merchants,
seafarers and courtesans of Georgian
London is a deeply unsettling sight to
behold: a grotesque, shrivelled corpse
as far from the enchanting, longtressed woman with shimmering tail
of popular legend as one can imagine.
But Gowar’s mermaid is that most
fascinating thing: a real fake, made up
of a monkey stitched to a fish that she
encountered while working as a gallery
assistant at the British Museum.
“It’s kind of mesmerising,” she says,
adding, with some understatement,
“it’s not nice.” Such artefacts, she
continues, were often made by the
Japanese and then bought up for
fortunes by Dutch seamen, eventually
finding their way into gentlemen’s
cabinets of curiosities. But how was
anyone ever fooled?
“What’s easy to forget is that loads
of things that you saw and were told
were real were also dead and stitched
together,” she explains, citing the
kangaroo that Captain Cook brought
back from Australia in the 1770s, a
flayed skin subsequently stuffed in
Europe. “The presence of stitches and
frame and straw inside it wouldn’t put
people off thinking that’s real. You take
it on faith; you’re never going to go to
Australia and see if this thing really
exists. This is the best you can do. So
why would you not think the same
about a mermaid that might also be a
monkey stitched to a fish?”
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock,
acquired after a 10-way auction and so
hotly anticipated that collectors and
dealers have already been pursuing
proof copies, brings to life a preDarwin society, in which people
might believe in the existence of a
lion simply because they had seen
one on a heraldic coat of arms, but
would reject the idea of a duck-billed
platypus as too far-fetched. It also
portrays a capital city roiling with men
organising, financing and undertaking
perilous sea journeys, and women
frequently faced with a stark choice:
secure the protection afforded by
marriage, or achieve a different form
of independence through prostitution.
The more that she wrote, says Gowar,
“the more that I felt it was kind of a
survey of 18th-century options for
Now 30, Gowar has had a circuitous
route to publication. Having studied
archaeology, anthropology and art
history at the University of East Anglia,
she gravitated towards museum work,
eventually finding herself working at
the British Museum, an institution
she describes as highly departmental
and hierarchical, with a marked divide
between its back-of-house and frontof-house functions. “They think you’re
total oiks,” she says of her time working
in the galleries, which coincided
with the new coalition government’s
swingeing cuts to museum budgets.
Her personal life was tough, too: her
mother had been diagnosed with cancer,
and Gowar had moved back home to
Kingston upon Thames to look after her.
“I just started needing to do something
that wasn’t any of those things,” she
remembers, and so she began to create
narratives based on the objects and
artefacts she saw around her.
A short story that formed the basis
of The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock
ensued but, unable to make anything
more of it, she put it to one side. She
wrote a novel, set in the 1960s, which
was “dismal – like a bad relationship,
just thrashing it out, you’ve got to
stay because you’re here now...” But
a few years later, having attended
creative writing evening classes and
been encouraged by her tutor to apply
for an MA, she found herself back at
UEA. Set an assignment that involved
historical writing, the mermaid story
Her first degree came into its own,
making her “think about people’s
stories and lives in a very tactile,
physical way”. As well as research
into 18th-century sex work, maritime
history, mercantilism and insurance,
she walked many of the streets that
provide her setting, recreating journeys
from London Bridge to Deptford
undertaken by Samuel Pepys. It might
have helped that a branch of her own
family has been based in the city for
400 years, in similar south of the river
But at the heart of the book is the
fantastical and the spectacular and the
emotions they provoke. Gowar was
captivated by the idea that mermaids
“could be powerful and female but
also unfeminine, and tied up with
melancholy – sailors having this
kind of nostalgia thing where they’re
longing for home and then when
they’re home they’re longing for the
sea. That sadness was something I
wanted as well.”
Now writing full time – aside from
volunteering at Dr Johnson’s House
– Gowar is at work on a second novel,
not set in the Georgian era but, she
says, with definite thematic links to her
debut. Of this first novel, she maintains
that “I wanted to write the book I
wanted to read”. If early indications are
anything to go by, she’s not the only one
who wanted to read it, either.
Alex Clark
‘In Paris I’d write
in the day then
I’d explore
swimming pools’
THE LIDO (Orion, 19 April)
Former fashion journalist and marketer
Libby Page, 25, is a keen outdoor swimmer
whose passion inspired her first novel
“I’ll be wearing red,” says Libby
Page, when we email to arrange our
meeting. She turns up in pillar-box
red lipstick and sparkly gold desert
boots. The cool, quirky look is clearly
a legacy of her fashion student years
(“I’ve always liked fashion”). That was
just four years ago and she has since
worked her way through journalism
(at the Guardian for a year) and retail
marketing before becoming a full-time
writer, all by the age of 25.
She was 23 when she quit her job in
marketing and told her family she was
heading to Paris to make it as a writer.
She had been working on her first
novel ever since graduating (in fashion
journalism) but found that nine-tofive office life in London did not allow
enough time to write.
The bold move paid off. She rented
an Airbnb in Paris for six months
and wrote The Lido, a heart-warming
story of community, loneliness,
youth and ageing, with an odd but
endearing female friendship at its
centre – between 26-year-old local
journalist Kate and 86-year-old widow
Rosemary, who come together through
their love of outdoor swimming. “It
felt like a cliche but I’d write in the day
and then explore swimming pools in
Paris,” says Page.
She came back to London and
finished off the novel but a year later,
she still hadn’t found a book deal and
was on the verge of giving up when
the agent Robert Caskie found her
manuscript on his slush pile and loved
it. Twenty-four hours after submitting
her book to publishers, he phoned her
to tell her that she had landed a twobook deal for a six-figure sum. The
book has since sold in 24 territories
and film rights have also been
bought. “I was having dinner with my
boyfriend’s parents when Robert rang
and I burst out crying.”
The Lido was inspired by many
things: Brixton, the area in south
London she got to know so well in
her student years that was then in
the process of being gentrified; the
loneliness of her early 20s and her
love of outdoor swimming – she and
her older sister are known as the
Swimming Sisters on Instagram.
“There’s something about taking off
your clothes and getting in the water
that breaks barriers. It makes everyone
equal, especially outdoors,” she says.
But perhaps the biggest factor was
the sense of community she found
as a teenager when she moved to
the city from the countryside. It was
this urban neighbourly spirit that
inspired the central symbol of the
lido. “I grew up in Gillingham, Dorset,
which was a place where you’d say
hello to everyone on the street even if
you didn’t know them. Until I moved
to London, I thought that’s what
everyone did everywhere.”
There was a different kind of
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community in Brixton. “You have
to look for it in London but it’s
absolutely there, in the lidos, in the
libraries. You have to nudge open the
doors to it.” The Brockwell Lido, in
her book, is just such a door nudged
open. The pool here has been sold to
developers who are turning it into
luxury flats; Rosemary and Kate plan
a local campaign to wrest it back for
the community who have shared
memories of it that stretch back to the
second world war. There are protests,
petitions, and a 1970s style “sit-in”.
The book’s themes of community,
protest and activism are urgent ones
in Brexit Britain. Was the book also
inspired by the European referendum,
I ask. “Well, I wrote it in 2015, before
Brexit, but Brexit didn’t just happen
overnight,” she says. “A series of things
led up to it. In difficult times, people
want to hold on to the things that
are important. For the community of
swimmers in my book, it’s the lido. For
the women, the lido means so much
more than a pool.”
Page also deals with age and
generational change in refreshing
ways. Rosemary defies the stereotype
of the elderly woman: although she is
deep in grief from the recent loss of
her husband (beautiful reminiscent
passages describing their youthful
skinny-dips), she has an indefatigable
lust for life. Page says she often saw
this kind of formidable woman while
swimming. “Often, the strongest, most
dedicated outdoor swimmers are older
women. The rest of society is telling
them that they’re invisible but they are
there, swimming every day. You don’t
hear their stories so much but they’re
still an active part of the community.
Like them, Rosemary is a young soul.”
Just as refreshingly, Page shows
us the loneliness of youth through
Kate’s anxiety, which she labels “The
Panic”. She hopes that an honest
portrayal of youthful loneliness and
anxiety will resonate with other
twentysomethings. “It’s something I
experienced myself and my friends
experienced it too in their 20s. You
have this perception of what your 20s
should be like, but in reality a lot of us
feel lost and struggle to find a place in
the world. Loneliness affects all ages;
it’s what brings Kate and Rosemary
together. In The Lido, I was trying to
say that we have a lot in common – the
young with the old.” Arifa Akbar
‘Meeting authors,
I realised that all
it required was
ASYMMETRY (Granta, 8 February)
Lisa Halliday, 41, grew up in Massachusetts
and now lives in Milan. Her work has
appeared in the Paris Review and she
received a 2017 Whiting award for fiction
Lisa Halliday tracks her debut novel
back to her early 20s, when she landed
a job with the Wylie literary agency
in New York and found herself in
the perfect position to listen in to
the wisdom of writers. “They say
many charming, clever, provocative
things,” she explains. “I like the idea of
combining someone like I was, living
in New York, with someone who can
teach her quite a bit and also talk to
the idea of storytelling in general.”
In less flattering terms, she knows
what it’s like to be [her protagonist]
Alice, struggling to concentrate on
an “impassable” book with “almost
exclusively long paragraphs and no
quotation marks whatsoever”. In
the opening scene of Asymmetry,
the twentysomething publishing
assistant is doing just that when she
is approached by an elderly man
eating an ice-cream. He is Ezra, a
Pulitzer prize-winning writer with a
zipper-like scar from his stomach to
his sternum – and so begins a MayDecember love affair that is also a
masterclass on the craft of the novel.
It’s a bold scenario for a debut
novelist with everything to prove, and
Halliday is knowingly reckless in her
invocation of the literary greats. In
one early scene, Ezra advises Alice
to remember what Chekhov said: “If
there’s a gun hanging on the wall in
the first chapter, in a later chapter it
must go off.” To which Alice replies:
“If there’s a defibrillator hanging on
the wall in the first chapter, in a later
chapter must it go off ?”
The answers to this and many other
questions are artfully concealed in a
work that defies some key conventions
of its chosen form yet remains
triumphantly a novel. It is structured
in three sections, with the story of
Ezra and Alice’s affair followed by an
apparently unconnected narrative
involving a young Iraqi detained at
Heathrow airport.
Born in Medway, a small town 45
minutes outside Boston, to a mechanic
father and a mother who started out
as a seamstress and went on to found
a pest control business, Halliday
was a bookish child, who would
sit on the steps of the local library
waiting for it to open. She graduated
from a local school to Harvard, an
achievement she attributes to the
good fortune of growing up in a town
with an outstanding record in public
But, though she had always been
praised for her writing, she lacked
confidence, and says “it was meeting
real writers and observing their work
ethic and their concerns about their
work that made me think I could do
this – that all it requires is persistence
and perhaps I should give it a go.”
She stayed with the Wylie agency
for eight years, working in both their
US and UK offices, and punctiliously
recording in her journal the wit
and wisdom of the authors she
encountered along the way, before
leaving to embark on own writing
career. But only now that she is 41, and
living in Milan with the distraction of a
small baby, is she is publishing her first
novel. What took her so long?
Partly, she admits, it was due to
the demands of finding the money
to pay the rent once the day job had
gone. But subsequent freelance work
– editing, proofreading, ghostwriting
and translating – gave her a second
apprenticeship and taught her
about structure and unselfconscious
Her early attempts at writing her
own fiction attracted “encouraging
rejections”, one of which described
her work as “Babar written by EM
Forster” – which she took to mean she
had talent but had yet to find a story. It
was such useful feedback that she has
dropped it into the novel.
Gradually, her work began to find
its mark, and she started to publish
short stories and author interviews in
the Paris Review. When her English
husband landed a job as rights director
with an Italian publisher, and the
couple moved to Milan, the pieces of
Asymmetry began to fall into place.
The “lightbulb moment” came
when she had the idea of pairing
the stories of two young people who
happened to be living at the same
historical moment, during the Iraq
war. At first she tried to force their
stories to intersect, but gradually she
understood that to do so was a mark of
immaturity as a writer. “Sometimes,”
as Ezra says, “you just have to let your
characters get on with it, which is to
say coexist.”
She knows that some early readers
have felt challenged by the novel’s
structure, but also that there is a
consensus that it is a challenge
worth taking, which is reflected in its
translation into half a dozen languages.
Big history dances on tiptoe in the
background, as do tricky questions
about cultural appropriation and the
freedom of writers to go anywhere
their imagination leads them.
The aim, she says, is to achieve what
Italo Calvino described as leggerezza,
and during the interview, we ponder
what this “lightness” means. An
hour later she emails a quote: “My
working method has more often
than not involved the subtraction of
weight,” wrote the Italian master in
his 1985 lecture collection Six Memos
for the New Millennium. “Above all
I have tried to remove weight from
the structure of stories and from
language…” Yet again Halliday invites
comparison – not arrogantly but with
a confidence that seems both innocent
and entirely justified. Claire Armitstead
THE NEW REVIEW | 14.01.18 | The Observer
‘In Korea bad
things happen
to women. It’s
not a big story’
(Chatto & Windus, 18 January)
Mary Lynn Bracht, 39, is an American
author of Korean descent who now lives in
London. Her first novel is inspired by
Japan’s occupation of Korea 1910-45
Mary Lynn Bracht walks into the coffee
bar at Waterstone’s Piccadilly, London.
She is, at 39, a poised presence, all in
black, with an alert smile. I tell her
I read her harrowing debut novel,
White Chrysanthemum, set in South
Korea and Mongolia, in one sitting –
horrified and rapt. Bracht’s mother
is Korean but Mary Lynn grew up in
the US and lives in London. The novel
was partly inspired by a trip to her
grandmother’s village, Gungchon-ri,
east of Okcheon in South Korea, in
2002. She had always wanted to write
about her “amazing” mother, she says,
to “introduce the world to her”. But
she then stumbled upon a piece of
history she could not ignore that would
take her novel beyond her mother’s
During Japan’s colonisation of Korea
(1910-1945), more than 200,000 women
were captured by the Japanese military
as sex slaves. Known as “comfort”
women, their plight was not known
about in the west. “I read about them in
an article online and was shocked.” She
asked her mother: “Have you heard of
these women?” Her mother’s response
shocked her too. She said: “Everybody
knows about them.” Bracht protested:
“But you’ve never told me.” “Everybody
knows,” her mother repeated.
“In Korea,” Bracht concludes, “bad
things happen to women. It’s not a big
story – it’s just known. It’s not in our
history books, not on the radar and over
70 years later, these women are still
fighting for recognition.”
Bracht writes about two sisters:
Hana, abducted by a Japanese soldier,
becomes a comfort woman; Emi
remains behind. “The comfort women
were referred to as ‘toilets’ and seen
as disposable – that’s how bad it was…
The hardest part was knowing that no
matter what I wrote, the experience for
real people was worse.”
Bracht studied anthropology
and psychology at Texas university.
Psychology taught her when to “shut
up and gaze”. She adds: “I knew I had
to stay in Hana’s head.” She wondered
what Hana thought as she was raped:
“Where does your mind go?” The novel
is about survival and she admits she
has had, in her life, “scary experiences
– though nothing I’d want in print. I’ve
had that startled deer feeling: am I going
to get out of this OK?”
But above all it was “the strength
of my mother” that inspired her ideas
about survival. Bracht’s mother lost
her own mother and two sisters before
she was 16. She moved to Seoul in
the late 60s and worked in a factory
New faces, clockwise from left:
Lisa Halliday, Mick Kitson, AJ
Pearce and Mary Lynn Bracht.
by everyone over the centuries – they
all carry something ”. Does she carry
a burden? “No, I’ve had a loving,
wonderful life.” She says she is already
working on a second novel set in Korea
and Texas. First, she “dreams” a story,
she explains, then it is her job to make it
come true. Kate Kellaway
‘I wanted my
characters to
be as unlike me
as possible’
SAL (Canongate, 1 March)
Mick Kitson was born in Wales and lives in
Fife, Scotland. He has been one half of 80s
pop duo the Senators, a journalist and an
English teacher
“making bouffant wigs for the west”.
Her father was an American soldier
stationed there. “They met, fell in love
and are still together – going strong.”
Bracht’s family feeling is evident – one
of the novel’s charms – it’s a family of
divers/fisherwomen who seem to exist,
physically and psychologically, in a
different element. “These Korean divers
are an endangered species now. Most
of the women are now in their 60s, 70s,
80s. They’ve Unesco historical status.
They’re a tourist attraction.”
Bracht used to think novels were
what other people wrote. Yet while at
high school, she told her mother about
her ambition to write. Her mother
panicked – “No! You’ll be poor for the
rest of your life” – but the urge did not
desert her. She did an MA in creative
writing at Birkbeck, read prodigiously
and established narrative direction:
“I’ve a million stories – which to tell?” It
was her tutor who – when she wrote a
story about comfort women – suggested
it could make a novel. Did she ever toy
with a happy ending? “Only in my head.
Korean stories are sad. The mood of the
nation is loss and sorrow.”
“It is hugely upsetting,” she adds,
“that what happened is not talked about
in South Korea.” She talks about han –
Korean for burden – and suggests that
because Koreans have been “invaded
A year and a half ago, Mick Kitson
was an English teacher in his mid-50s
working at an independent school in
Fife, Scotland. He often felt frustrated
by the novels he taught: “There were all
these things that I didn’t like and which
made me cross. So I had this idea that I
was going to write a novel that I would
want to read.” Getting started, however,
proved difficult: “I used to compare it to
going to Norway – a place I’d quite like
to visit, but wouldn’t be too fussed if I
never do.”
What changed things was the death
of Kitson’s father, a former publishing
bigwig who lived in Australia. Kitson was
with him during his final weeks. “I look
incredibly like my dad, and it felt a bit like
watching myself die. I remember sitting
there with him and thinking, I need to
do some of the things I said I was always
going to do. It struck me very strongly.”
What Kitson did next was return
to Scotland and embark on his longdeferred novel. He spent three or four
months carefully planning it, and the
next two in a frenzy of writing. “I have
this characteristic where I can become
very focused, to the point of obsession.”
Long ago, in another lifetime, he was
like that with booze. But these days, it
can be anything: “I have built two boats,
and it was the same with them. I did it
24 hours a day.”
The novel Kitson produced is so
daring and original that it would
be deeply impressive had it taken a
decade to write. Sal is the story of two
half-sisters from a deprived town near
Glasgow – 13-year-old Sal and 10-yearold Peppa – who flee their abusive
home life by taking off, on their own, to
the Scottish Highlands. They make an
unlikely pair of survivalists – neither
has ever even visited the countryside
– but Sal, who masterminds the
expedition, is a highly intelligent
autodidact who has prepped for life in
the wild by poring over instructional
videos on YouTube. She constructs a
shelter from birch saplings, builds fires,
sets traps for rabbits, and keeps her
sister entertained with fireside history
lessons, also gleaned from her online
self-tutoring. The novel manages to feel
both contemporary and timeless, both
heart-rending and uplifting.
What prompted Kitson to cast
two socially deprived girls as his
protagonists? “I’ve read loads of novels
where really the book is a kind of thinly
veiled whinge by the author about their
life,” he says. “I wanted my characters
to be as unlike me as possible.” But he
also says he encountered girls a bit like
Sal and Peppa while working at various
“mean” comprehensives earlier in
his career. Sal, the narrator, is hypervigilant, stupendously resourceful
– traits that Kitson observed in his
pupils. “Lots of kids who come from
that type of background develop this
desire to control events. It’s to do with
being able to predict when something
bad is going to happen.”
Kitson has taken an unusually
roundabout route to being a novelist.
He only started teaching in his early
40s, after moving to Scotland (from
south-east England) with his wife
and two children. Before that he was
a journalist, working for local papers
and news agencies, and before that, in
his 20s, he was one half – along with
his brother Jim – of an almost famous
80s pop duo the Senators. (Some of
their videos are available on YouTube:
they’re pretty good.) The problem with
both music and journalism, he says,
is that they encouraged his drinking.
Hence the relocation to Scotland, a new
career, and a life closer to nature.
It somehow seems fitting that Sal’s
route to publication has also been
unconventional. At a wake for his dad
held back home in England, Kitson met
Jenny Fry, head of communications
at the Edinburgh-based publisher
Canongate. They bonded over their
shared love of the American novelist
Marilynne Robinson. A few months
later, Kitson had finished Sal and was
unsure what to do next. So he emailed
it to Fry: “I just wanted her to tell me it
was shit.”
But she loved it, as did everyone at
Canongate – and the firm snapped it
up in a pre-empt. It was one of the hits
of last year’s London Book Fair, and is
being translated into seven languages.
While the market for literary fiction
is notoriously hard to predict, Sal
ALSO LOOK OUT FOR… More promising first-time British novelists this year
Peach by Emma Glass
(Bloomsbury, published last week)
Disturbing tale of a sexual assault,
reminiscent of Eimear McBride’s A Girl Is
A Half-Formed Thing.
Entanglement by Katy Mahood
(The Borough Press, 22 March)
A tale of two families across four decades,
cleverly structured around quantum
entanglement theory.
Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
(pictured, right; Oneworld, 25 January)
Vivid fictional reimagining of Uganda’s
troubled history. See review, page 33.
Things Bright and Beautiful by
Anbara Salam
(Fig Tree, 5 April)
Lyrical, suspenseful, darkly comic tale of
life on a South Pacific Island in the 1950s.
She’s Not There by Tamsin Grey
(The Borough Press, 25 January)
The affecting tale of a mother who goes
missing, told from her nine-year-old son’s
point of view.
In Our Mad and Furious City by Guy
(Tinder, 3 May)
Swaggering yet tender polyphonic debut,
which captures the nuance of black
experience on the streets of London.
The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder by
Sarah J Harris
(The Borough Press, 3 May)
The story of a boy with synaesthesia:
y Fine
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely
meets The Curious Incident of the
Dog in the Night-Time.
Darling by Rachel Edwards
(4th Estate, 17 May)
Inspired by the author being
racially abused after the EU
The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh
(Hamish Hamilton, 24 May)
Set in a dystopian future where women
are the dominant sex
se yet are unsafe in
their own bodies and kept
apart from the world for
their own good.
Meet Me At the
Museum by Anne
(Doubleday, 14 June)
A nove
novel about selfdiscover
discovery and second
chances from a 70-year-old
firstrst-time author.
deserves to one of this year’s hits. And
so the pop star who never quite made
it now has a shot at a different – and
perhaps more meaningful – type of
fame. William Skidelsky
‘I loved the idea
of ordinary
girls having
DEAR MRS BIRD (Picador, 5 April)
AJ Pearce grew up in Hampshire and
worked in magazine publishing and
marketing before getting into writing
When AJ Pearce was growing up in
late-60s Hampshire, the highlight of
her week was the arrival of her copy
of Twinkle magazine: “I remember the
excitement of my weekly comic. I loved
that there were things in it, even at that
early age, that related to me.”
Almost 50 years later, the world of
magazine publishing is the backdrop
for Pearce’s debut novel, Dear Mrs Bird,
set in London in 1940. The protagonist,
22-year-old Emmeline Lake, is an
aspiring war reporter who successfully
applies for a junior role on a national
newspaper only to discover that the job
is actually on Woman’s Friend magazine,
assisting the formidable Mrs Bird, the
magazine’s resident agony aunt.
Inspiration struck when Pearce
stumbled across a 1940 edition of
Woman’s Own magazine on eBay: “I
thought it would just be a bit of a fun
– and then a whole world opened up.”
She was soon sourcing hundreds more
magazines from the period: “They’re a
wonderful way to immerse yourself in
this world. You’re reading exactly what
the women were reading at that time,
and that’s a real bridge for a writer.”
Most intriguing were the problem
pages, says Pearce. “I was really
surprised that it wasn’t just the
cliched ‘Keep calm and carry on’. By
and large the advice was thoughtful
and supportive and sympathetic. It’s
empowering stuff.”
Dear Mrs Bird is a joyfully uplifting
and optimistic novel, at the centre of
which is Emmeline’s relationship with
lifelong best friend Bunty: “I loved
the idea of ordinary friends having
adventures. I always wanted the girls to
be their own heroes. There’s no white
knight on a charger.” The novel follows
the pair as they negotiate matters of
the heart, friendships and professional
lives against a backdrop of the blitz. “I
was always interested in the wartime
era because it’s true that they were our
finest generation: it’s ordinary people
having to be extraordinary every day.”
Pearce’s route to publication has been
long and dedicated. After a degree in
American studies at the University of
Sussex, she embarked on a two-decade
career in magazine marketing, working
on everything from What’s New in
Engineering to Smash Hits. In 2005,
with a week’s spare holiday, she did a
creative writing course at Arvon, purely
for fun – “but then to have two proper
authors saying to all of us, ‘You can
do this’, was life-changing.” Over the
following 11 years she attended more
courses, acquired the novelist Julie
Cohen as her mentor and befriended
authors Katie Fforde and Judy Astley,
absorbing as much advice and guidance
as she could: “It’s all about patience and
persistence – there’s so much to learn.”
After she’d signed with agent Jo
Unwin, Dear Mrs Bird became the
subject of a seven-way publisher
auction and has so far won publishing
deals in 12 foreign territories: “When
my agent told me I was going to be
published there was an awful lot of
shouting down the phone and some
very colourful language.”
Dear Mrs Bird’s timely story of
courage and good humour in adversity
is being pitched as the literary tonic
of the year. Of course Pearce wrote it
before Trump, Brexit and the increase
in terror threats, and she says: “I just
hope people enjoy it and take away a
feeling that it’s positive… that it’s a book
where people are fighting against the
odds and doing their best.”
Hannah Beckerman
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Last year was a big one for the
Norwegian pop sensation Sigrid, and
2018 looks even busier. On Friday she
won the BBC’s Sound Of… poll and
this summer she plans to release her
debut album. The only snag? She’s got
nothing left to get worked up about
igrid, the 21-year-old pop
sensation from Norway,
looks almost pained when
asked to pick her biggest
“pinch myself” moment of
2017. In contention, you’d
imagine, is her barbed,
infectious debut single, Don’t Kill My
Vibe, dropping from nowhere and
racking up more than 30m plays on
Spotify and YouTube combined. She
performed at Glastonbury, and a BBC
blog speculated that she would return
to Worthy Farm one day as a headliner.
And talk about range: she also sang
at the Nobel peace prize concert, in
front of representatives from the 2017
laureate, the International Campaign
to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, and an
85-year-old survivor of Hiroshima.
“So, so much bigger than a career
thing,” she says.
But the single moment Sigrid picks
is her set at the Roskilde festival in
Denmark back in June. “We were
playing at 1pm, which is not the
greatest slot,” she recalls. “And it was
the end of the week so I was like,
‘People are going to be shitfaced,
hungover. No one’s going to come.’ I
told the band: ‘We’re just going to do
our job, it’s cool to be here, guys, we
actually made it to Roskilde.’
“Then we walk on stage,” she goes
on, her jaw theatrically dropping, “and
there’s, I don’t know, 7,000 people. It’s
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‘Dramatic choruses
– they’re the best
thing in the world’:
Sigrid photographed
for the Observer
New Review.
like: ‘What. Is. This?’ You read stuff
like that online and in interviews, but
it’s something different when you see
the numbers in person. When you see
those people actually gone out of their
tents, they are probably puking or
whatever and they’re like: ‘No, we’re
going to go to the show.’ That means
the world.”
If 2017 was the breakthrough year
for Sigrid, 2018 isn’t shaping up too
badly either. On Friday, on the back of
just a four-track EP, she was announced
by Clara Amfo on Radio 1 as the
winner of this year’s BBC Sound Of…
poll. The award doesn’t come with a
glittery trophy or a generous financial
patronage, but it does impart a warm
buzz that 170 music experts – from
critics to former nominees such as
Stormzy and Ellie Goulding – believe
you are on a fast track to future world
domination. And the Sound Of… list has
a decent hit rate: from 50 Cent winning
the inaugural competition in 2003 to
Adele in 2008 and Sam Smith in 2014.
“Even in high school, music was
just a really fun thing on the side,”
says Sigrid (full name: Sigrid Solbakk
Raabe). “I don’t think I grasped the fact
that it could be a profession. And that’s
why it means so much to win the BBC
prize, because it’s quite unbelievable
as a Norwegian. I don’t think there has
been a lot of non-American or nonBritish artists before.”
She giggles, winningly. “To be
honest, it’s just a great way to start
the year!”
We meet a couple of days before
the official announcement. Someone
– perhaps from the BBC – has asked
for unusual levels of security and
anonymity, perhaps mindful of
Channel 4’s Prue Leith-Bake Off
scenario, when news of the winner
slipped out ahead of time. As a result,
we sit in a windowless room at the
Observer with all the charm of an
interrogation cell. Sigrid arrives with
a bottle of water and an orange. “Is
it OK if I eat here?” she asks, with
impeccable manners. And then, as she
peels it: “Do you want some?”
As it happens, Sigrid does not draw
a lot of attention to herself. Today she
wears a very millennial outfit of slouchy
grey hoodie with silver trousers and
white Nikes. Somewhere between
athleisure and sports luxe. There’s
no trace of any makeup on her almost
translucent, flawless skin; her hair is
pine-forest straight and centre-parted.
When I ask how she would
describe her look, she says: “Practical,
I suppose. When I wake up in the
morning, the one thing I think about
is being comfortable and wearing
enough clothes. Like, today I’m
wearing wool, I always have wool on
me, because I don’t want to get sick.
Because if I catch a cold or get a throat
infection, I can’t sing then! And I’ve
got to do my job. My style is quite
Norwegian, I guess.”
As well as being the politest person
I’ve ever interviewed (“Are you sure
you don’t want some orange?”) there
is an unmistakable steeliness to Sigrid.
She says there’s a Norwegian word for
it, veslevoksen, which means a child
acting older than they are. Don’t Kill My
Vibe was inspired by a writing session
early in her career with two much
more experienced songwriters who
she felt were patronising her. And this
has led to her having uncompromising
views on how she is represented and
portrayed in her career.
“Sometimes it’s really weird being
an artist, and I deal with that best by
being myself,” she says. “And if I can
see myself in everything we do: if I
can recognise my face, I recognise the
outfits, I recognise the artwork, the
songs… I don’t like to do a lot with my
voice in recordings and stuff, keep it
as pure as possible. Keep it raw, keep
it honest. I don’t see a reason for why
not. Why should I give control away to
someone else?”
Sigrid is sometimes asked if success
is going to change her. “Why should
that happen?” she says, genuinely
baffled. “Like they’ll ask: ‘How do
you not turn into a diva?’ Well, you’re
yourself and I’m so lucky. So lucky
to be doing this. That’s the thing:
pop music has sometimes had a bad
reputation for being about a lot of
other stuff than the music. And I am
just a lover of pop music. I love pop. I
love big choruses. Dramatic choruses:
they’re the best thing in the world.
And I do this because I love making
music and performing the songs.”
he emergence of Sigrid, like
Lorde before her, is proof that
the music industry still has a
knack for tracking down talent
wherever it’s hiding. Sigrid
was born and raised in Ålesund, the
17th most populated city or town in
Norway; a place arguably best known
in the UK, until now, for the football
club where John Arne Riise started
out. Her father is an engineer, her
mother an architect, and neither was
especially musical. Moreover, Sigrid
didn’t even stand out within her own
family: her older brother Tellef was a
more skilled musician, she insists, and
happening with
#MeToo and the
feminist movement
is going fast and it’s
high time it should’
her sister Johanne a better singer.
Sigrid sketches a picture of an
idyllic childhood: skiing and hiking in
the mountains that surround Ålesund,
dancing after school. Piano lessons
and singing were just some other
things she did for fun. Her vocals had
a distinctive natural rasp, but a voice
coach encouraged her to embrace it
rather than soften it. “I always loved
school,” she says at one point. And
later: “I have wonderful parents. It
sounds cheesy, but honestly, I had
a really nice upbringing.” Sigrid
imagined she would be a teacher or
journalist or work for the government.
From her older siblings, though, she
was introduced to the music they were
listening to. Sigrid clearly remembers
standing on a train platform in France
and her brother playing her Coldplay’s
Clocks. Another revelatory moment
was hearing Rolling in the Deep by
Adele when she was about 16. “That
was the first time I heard a pop chorus
that blew my mind,” she says. “Often
you find songs where it’s like: ‘Oh,
that’s a nice hook at 3.21,’ but that’s so
good from start to end.”
Typically, Sigrid didn’t know what
the songs were about. “I had no idea
what Coldplay were singing about
until two years ago,” she laughs. “I
never listened to the lyrics, I only paid
attention to the melody.”
This inattention showed when
Sigrid began to make music of her
own. The first song she wrote and
sang, Sun, which was picked up by
Norwegian radio, featured the chorus:
“Is the weather nice, babe, in your
soul?/I think I need some of that sun
to shine on me.” “It’s horrible,” she
says. “Very cringeworthy, awkward.
But I thought all good pop songs
needed to be grand and have a lot
of powerful imagery. I figured out
later on that it was just better to say
whatever comes out of my mouth. Just
the way I talk.”
Don’t Kill My Vibe was a perfect
example of this. Although the lyrics
– “You shut me down, you like the
control/You speak to me like I’m a
child” – could apply to a boyfriend,
girlfriend, parent or work colleague,
they drip with the disdain and fury
of a young person who feels they are
being underestimated. Sigrid says that
she gets all sorts at her gigs, but the
majority are “mostly my age”. A couple
of her most devoted fans have had
“DKMV” tattooed on the inside their
bottom lips.
“I’m scared of getting a tattoo
myself,” she winces, “so I was like
‘Whoa!’ That must hurt.”
Sigrid insists that her concerns are
the same as those of many 21-year-old
women in an age of Trump, Brexit,
sexual harassment and climate change.
“When it comes to my age, why
shouldn’t I have opinions?” she asks.
“I think young people have opinions.
They always have, but because of
social media, you see it much more
now I guess. Because it’s so easy just
to go out and tweet something or
Instagram it, and I think it’s good.
“For instance, everything happening
with #MeToo and the feminist
movement is going fast and it’s high
time it should. The things we are
talking or they are talking about, it’s
all obvious, it should have happened
a long time ago: equal pay, it’s a
no-brainer. Still that fight has to be
taken but it’s happening and it’s great.”
Sigrid will keep being inspired by
these subjects: “I think I’ve written
one song that isn’t about me. I just find
it easier that way.”
Already, 2018 is filling up. She is
playing some UK dates in March, then
Coachella in the States in April, and
that’s followed by a debut album in the
summer. But she doesn’t want to talk
too much about that yet. “I’d like to be
a bit mysterious,” sighs Sigrid. “I’m not
a very mysterious person.”
Work continues on that, but there’s
a hitch: Sigrid likes to write “angry pop
songs”, but these days she doesn’t have
much to be worked up about. “Hmmm,
it’s easier to get into the emotional
stuff when you’re a bit sad yeah,” she
says. “But you can always channel your
inner emo. Light some candles, turn
down the lights, shed a tear. But yeah,
I’m very happy now, so I’m wondering
what I should write about. Because
when stuff happens like the BBC
thing: ‘Oh shit, nothing very sad to
write about.’”
There’s a little twinkle, “But yeah,
I’ll find something.”
Sigrid tours the UK in the spring,
starting in Brighton on 12 March,
ending in Manchester 24 March
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‘The government
either needs to
get these resources
in place or admit
that it wants the
health service to fail’
Ambulances queuing up outside A&E, corridors
overflowing with sick people on trolleys,
operations cancelled for lack of beds… As years
of chronic underfunding kick in, could this
winter prove the last straw for our struggling
National Health Service? We asked health
workers on the frontline for their views
n 81-year-old woman with
chest pains dies while
waiting three hours and 45
minutes for an ambulance.
Patients are photographed
lying on the floor of an
A&E unit that has run out
of beds, trolleys and chairs.
Memos from inside another hospital
reveal that its doctors “have been on
their knees with workload pressure”.
Over six weeks more than 90,000
emergency patients get stuck in the
back of an ambulance outside a hospital,
waiting to be transferred into the A&E.
These events, which have all
happened in England since late
November, graphically illustrate the
winter crisis tightening its grip on
the National Health Service in recent
weeks. Worrying, but at the same time
predictable. Similar things happen
every winter. Flu, bad weather and
people struggling to breathe is a
recurringly risky combination.
But what is different this year
is the intensity of the strain on the
NHS. Official NHS figures show that
record numbers of patients have been
directly affected – by delays in their
care, by being diverted to a different
A&E than that originally planned,
or having their operation cancelled,
for example. The proportion of A&E
arrivals treated within the supposed
four-hour maximum has hit a record
low. Doctors have voiced their most
acute concern ever about the risk of
such conditions leading to poor care.
A letter to Theresa May signed by 68
A&E doctors complained that patients
have died prematurely after prolonged
spells spent in hospital corridors.
As pressures have intensified
the prime minister has stuck with
impressive doggedness, though
increasing implausibility, to her script,
on television and when answering
questions in parliament. The NHS
is the best prepared it has ever been
for winter. Health services always
come under extra strain at this time of
year. We are putting record sums into
the NHS.
She did feel obliged to apologise
to patients affected by the NHS’s
unprecedented cancellation of tens of
thousands of operations in December
and January for the pain, worry and
inconvenience that would mean for
them. But then she told the BBC’s
Andrew Marr Show last Sunday that
that unexpected move was all “part of
the plan” to help the NHS withstand a
demanding winter.
But a crisis? Definitely not, she
If anything, she suggested, the NHS
itself was part of the problem, for not
doing enough to keep people well so
that they don’t need hospital care in
the first place.
Jeremy Hunt, her health secretary,
loyally conveyed the same message
– at least until 3 January. Then, in
one of the growing number of tweets
he may quickly regret posting, he
subconsciously gave the game away
by asking, with reference to Tony
Blair: “Does he not remember his own
regular NHS winter crises?”
The interviews that follow capture
some of all this chaos and also
NHS staff ’s feelings – frustration,
powerlessness, despair, sadness,
rage – about the inability of the teams
they are part of, and of the visibly
underfunded, chronically understaffed service they proudly work for,
to respond adequately to all those
needing their help.
Denis Campbell, health policy editor
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Dr Adrian Harrop
Junior doctor, A&E, Scarborough hospital
I’m a relatively junior doctor, but I’ve
sampled emergency care in many
different parts of the UK, and I’ve seen
five winters in A&E departments. The
staff in Scarborough are among the
most hardworking, kind-hearted people
I’ve ever had the pleasure of working
with, from the executive board and
the consultants to all my fellow junior
doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants.
This crisis has nothing to do with the
shortcomings of frontline staff.
However, when the hospital is placed
under the degree of pressure it’s been
experiencing in the past few days, it
becomes unsafe. And the services we’re
able to provide are simply inadequate
for the needs of the population.
Typically, a bay within a hospital
ward would have three beds down each
side. This week, we’ve activated the
maximum-capacity protocol, which
means we’ve put a bed in the middle
of each bay. But even after that, when
we’ve got as many staff working as
possible, yet again the department is
completely full. Every single cubicle is
filled with a patient on a trolley, every
single part of the corridor has patients
down it. We have to have what’s called a
“corridor nurse”. Then the assessment
area of A&E is full of patients on
trolleys, and the resuscitation area –
which has three bays for the sickest of
the sick patients, people with major
traumatic injuries – that room is
filled with patients too. I’ve then got a
queue of paramedics with patients on
stretchers going all the way down the
corridor to the main entrance of the
hospital. The department is entirely
full: I’ve not got a single space to take
another acutely unwell patient.
The number of ambulances covering
this area of Yorkshire is frighteningly
low, particularly at night, and they have
to spend half their time in a queue in
our A&E. I’ve heard their radios going
off, and the person on the other end of
the line is pleading with all the crews
saying: “Please, is there anybody who
can respond to this call?”
Last week, we had a patient who
dialled 999 twice over a period of four
hours stating in clear terms: “I can’t
breathe.” An ambulance didn’t arrive,
so their family had to come and drive
them up to the hospital, and they
‘When May and Hunt
tell the public the
NHS is not in crisis,
that is a lie. It’s an
ongoing crisis’
collapsed on to the front desk of our
A&E reception area, unable to breathe.
They had to be rushed immediately to
an operating theatre to be intubated to
keep their airway open. The patient’s
windpipe had narrowed to the size of a
pinprick, and if that patient had arrived
at hospital 10 minutes later, he would
have been dead. That is a reflection of
how critically low the capacity within
the system is.
This crisis is not a bolt out of the
blue – all year we’ve been expecting
it. Acute respiratory disorders such as
pneumonia, COPD [chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease] and asthma flare up
in winter. Influenza is also an enormous
problem – genuine, diagnosed
influenza is a very, very serious illness.
On top of that, each year we’re seeing
an ever-increasing number of what I’d
call the frail elderly: people of advanced
age, who have multiple co-morbidities
and are dependent on carers. Their
problems are complicated by increasing
rates of dementia.
Last year was slightly worse than
2016, which was slightly worse
than the year before, and so on. The
difference in 2017, I think, is that things
reached a tipping point. The demands
on our service outstrip our ability to
provide care.
The government seems to love
publishing figures saying we’re
spending more on the NHS than
ever before, but that’s a meaningless
statement. Every year, the total number
of patients requiring admission to
hospital has gone up, the total number
of beds has gone down, and, year on
year on year, the total amount of money
that we’ve had available to spend – in
real terms – has gone down.
This conversation can become
personal and party-political, and
it’s important to remember that the
current problems within the health
service are not solely the responsibility
of the Conservative party. We’ve been
mismanaging the health service for an
awfully long time. But the facts speak
for themselves: the amount of money
Junior doctor
rrop in
Adrian Harrop
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available per person is significantly
lower than it was last year, or the year
before, or the year before that. And I
would place the blame for that squarely
at the feet of the Tory government. They
have opted to spend, effectively, less
and less as a proportion of our GDP, and
less per capita, than in previous years.
Among healthcare professionals, this is
almost a universally held view.
I don’t want to make this a personal
attack on Jeremy Hunt. In fact, during
the cabinet reshuffle, I was really
hoping that Jeremy Hunt wouldn’t get
taken off health, because then everyone
might think “Hallelujah! Problem
solved!” I’m glad he hasn’t gone,
actually, because it allows us to continue
this conversation. When May and Hunt
tell the public the NHS is not in a crisis,
that is a lie. It’s an ongoing crisis, and it
can’t be allowed to continue any longer.
The thing that got to me today was
a patient who came in with an acute,
sudden-onset heart problem. They’d
thought about calling an ambulance,
but because of everything they’d seen
in the media, they didn’t want to come
to the hospital and bother anybody.
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Cardiac nurse Molly
Case: ‘My job is a
pleasure and a joy.
It’s only difficult
because of starved
Portrait by Sonja
Horsman for the
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Eventually, they drove themselves in
and sat in the waiting room for over
two hours. This person was in tears
saying, “Doctor, I’m so sorry, I didn’t
want to cause a nuisance.” I said to
them – and I was nearly crying myself
– “You are what I’m here for. Please
don’t ever be made to feel like you’re
inconveniencing me.” The fact that
people with severe, emergency medical
problems are feeling that they have to
apologise to me – that’s sickening. We
should be welcoming these people into
our hospital with open arms, saying:
“This is what you paid your taxes for: so
that when you’re 80, and you need us,
you can come to hospital.” We want to
give people the treatment they need and
deserve, and we can’t. We can’t because
we haven’t got the resources to do that
now. And if that is not a crisis, then I
dread to think what a crisis looks like.
Up until now, we’ve just about
managed, we’ve been able to claw
our resources together. But we’re not
managing now. The government either
needs to get these resources in place, or
admit that it wants this health service
to fail. If we’ve got enough money to
pay off the DUP, to pay for Brexit, to
pay for Trident, we’ve got enough
money to make sure that an 80-yearold woman with pneumonia has got a
warm hospital bed to spend the night in.
Interview by Kit Buchan
Molly Case
Cardiac nurse, King’s College hospital,
I work on a high dependency unit: our
patients might require organ support,
invasive monitoring, or immediate
care after surgery. These are big, major
operations, life-changing and lifesaving. We have a lot of people rushed
in by air ambulance, people who have
suffered a heart attack, and also people
from the area who have been stabbed.
On a normal day I wake up at 5.30am
and it’s a 12-hour shift; night shifts start
at 7.30pm. It’s an absolutely fantastic
job. I’m hugely passionate about
cardiac nursing – it’s amazing what the
heart can do, but when it goes wrong
it’s frightening, and everything can
deteriorate quite quickly.
Being on a specialist unit in some way
we’re shielded from the winter crisis,
but something that has had a knock-on
effect is beds. We’re running at 98%
capacity and you can’t necessarily hold
a bed free in case a person comes in
with a heart attack. But if somebody
does come in, they will need a level two
bed, with all the equipment. What that
means for our unit is that sometimes
patients are too quickly identified as
stable enough to be stepped down to the
ward or discharged too early, and that
puts them at risk.
Something that nurses live by is
Florence Nightingale’s words: “The
very first requirement in a hospital is
that it should do the sick no harm.” And
when you’re stepping down people
inappropriately, through no malice
or ill intent, it feels like you’re putting
somebody at risk. If there were more
beds it just wouldn’t be a problem. This
isn’t me being self-deprecating, but our
jobs are not hard – they are a pleasure
and a joy. They are only difficult because
of the starved resources.
The most difficult moment for me
this winter was when my dad, who’s
80, broke his hip, and I saw first-hand
what A&E was looking like in the midst
of everything. So many elements of the
winter crisis affected him. He lay on
the floor for hours at home after calling
an ambulance, which breaks my heart.
When he got to A&E he stayed there all
night: there simply was no bed to go to
and his pain was absolutely immense.
When he did get his hip fixed there
wasn’t a level two bed for him to go to
after the operation, where he could have
been monitored more closely.
Every winter NHS staff ready
themselves for all the classic things –
trips and falls, fractures, flu. But this
year it’s reached its peak. The NHS is
under enormous strain, and feeling
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‘It’s a vicious
cycle. If we can’t
get patients home
because there’s no
social care, nothing
will get better’
the effect of chronic underfunding.
Morale is low. Nurses don’t necessarily
want to be paid more, they want to be
appreciated. I’ve seen so many of my
colleagues joining private agencies
on top of their NHS job to boost their
salaries, because they have to.
I’m confused as to why the
government let it get so bad before
they’d even talk about doing something.
We need less talking, more doing. We
are at breaking point. The behind-thescenes dismantling of the NHS is no
longer a secret: people are well aware
of it. It’s frightening – it’s affecting
people’s lives, their careers, their health,
and the government are 100% entirely
responsible. I think that once the NHS
has gone, which is the way it’s going, we
will be in a very sorry state.
I think it all begins with social care,
which is often overlooked. If there was
more support in the community – more
district nurses, mental health services,
GPs, specialist nurses looking after the
elderly at home – people wouldn’t be
coming into hospital in the first place.
Social care is absolutely pivotal to saving
the NHS, but there’s no money in it. It’s
a vicious cycle: if we can’t get patients
home because there’s no social care
then nothing will get better.
But what I’d like to say is that NHS
staff just get their heads down and get
on with it. I will forever be thankful
to them for looking after my dad and
all of us. They make sure that patients
are laughing and comfortable and
pain-free, and if operations are delayed
they keep people updated. They’re so
good at making people feel better even
when they’re at their most vulnerable
– I think it’s the best job in the
world and a real privilege. The small
things we do as nurses make such a
difference, and people remember what
you do for them in hospital for the rest
of their lives.
When I first started my career three
years ago I was so frightened at the
way [NHS staff ] were perceived in
the media. We were so demonised off
the back of the atrocious things that
happened in Mid Staffs. But the tide
has turned: public trust in us is at an
all-time high. The public is starting to
see that this is a systemic failing to do
with underfunding, under-staffing and
devaluing of staff.
It’s the government we’re battling
now. Even though it’s a monolithic
institution to have as an opponent,
I prefer it to be this way than for
the public to perceive us negatively.
It is hugely important to me and
my colleagues that the public see
us for what we are – caring and
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Molly Case is also a spoken word artist
and received a standing ovation at the
2013 RCN congress for her poem Nursing
the Nation:
Dr Helgi Johannsson
Anaesthetist, St Mary’s hospital,
Paddington, London
Essentially, my team and I look after
patients having operations and keep
them alive during those operations.
We also keep patients on the intensive
care unit (ITU) alive. We are involved
in the resuscitation and treatment of
critically ill patients throughout the
hospital, from the operating theatre to
ITU. So we’re there manning the life
support machines and looking after
those patients at the worst time in
their lives.
St Mary’s is a major trauma centre. It
covers all of northwest London right out
towards Watford, the M25 and beyond.
In the past two years, we have seen a
40% increase in Blue Calls – the most
seriously unwell, ambulance-delivered
cases. Why? The closure of two small
emergency units in north London has
definitely contributed to the increase,
but I wonder if it’s also just down to an
older, sicker population. Plus, tourism in
London is booming since the pound fell
and we’re the catchment hospital for
Oxford Street and the West End, so you
can imagine how many tourists we get.
The combination of having to do
the emergency work and trying to get
through some of the more routine
work – cancer surgery, vascular
aneurism surgery and so on – as well
is a major headache at the moment.
Patients on the routine operating lists
are our biggest problem. They have
been waiting for their surgery, they
have worked their lives around the
date of their operation, made childcare
arrangements, psyched themselves
up and then on the day they have
their operation cancelled because we
don’t have a bed. That really affects
us. Those patients are human beings
just like you and me. It’s been a major
decision for them to undergo this
operation and then at the last minute
it’s put off. The uncertainty is a real
killer. It’s really upsetting, actually.
Recently, there was a woman in
her 50s who was due to undergo a
weight-loss operation, which is quite
high-risk surgery. She had made a lot of
arrangements, it had taken two years to
get to this stage and she had come from
a long way away, at least 100 miles. She
got up at four in the morning, drove all
the way into London and we thought
we were going to be able to do it but at
the very last minute her bed got taken
by an emergency and we had to send
her home. It was just so galling.
She was very understanding. Our
patients always are and it makes me
even more angry that they are so
reasonable and they understand the
pressure we are under. Obviously, she
was very upset: she was in tears and
I was close to tears myself because I
really felt for her. It was heartbreaking.
Those situations are a daily occurrence.
On New Year’s Day I was doing a
junior doctor’s shift because we had
gaps on our junior rota. It was a really
busy night. The conditions in A&E
were just awful. There were patients
everywhere. Patients on trolleys in
corridors. There weren’t any seats for
the walking wounded. There were
people standing around, sitting on the
Anaesthetist Helgi
‘Despite the
there’s a lot of
anger.’ Portrait by
Karen Robinson for
the Observer
floor. The whole system was absolutely
paralysed. It wasn’t lack of staff in
the emergency department that was
the problem: our Trust has been very
good at providing adequate staffing.
It’s the bed blockade: we cannot get
our patients to where we need them to
be – on the wards – because of the lack
of beds. And that’s immobilising the
emergency department. You can’t find
anywhere to see your patients and you
can’t just do your normal job.
We are pretty good at processing
our patients but the TV news does not
lie and it’s a very familiar sight these
days to see the whole of the ambulance
‘These past few years
have been a sustained
period of famine –
there’s no other word
for it – and it shows’
park completely full with ambulances
and us having to clear the way for
the most urgent cases. On top of this
there is a real problem getting our
critically ill patients into ITU because
we are unable to get the patients who
are already in there out on to the
wards. Lately, we were getting to the
stage where we couldn’t actually do
emergency operations because we had
too many patients waiting for intensive
care beds.
None of this is helped by George
Osborne’s disastrous cut to social care
funding, which means we cannot get the
patients who are ready to leave us but
still need some help back to their homes.
The atmosphere at the hospital
remains good. There is a definite
camaraderie among the staff that’s a
direct result of feeling embattled. We
were involved in some of the major
incidents last year, including the
Westminster Bridge terrorist attack and
the Grenfell Tower fire and, although
these events placed a lot of strain,
both practical and emotional, on the
hospital, they also brought us closer
together. They made us realise how
important it is that we support each
other during periods of difficulty.
Despite the comradeship, there’s a
lot of anger about the way the NHS has
been treated in the past five to eight
years. We’ve always gone through
peaks and troughs in funding but these
last few years have been a sustained
period of famine – there’s no other
word for it – and it’s really beginning
to show now. But I’m optimistic for the
future. I am very much a glass-half-full
person. I don’t think the British public
will allow things to get worse than this.
This is a wake-up call. The fifth richest
nation in the world can do well by its
old people and can do well by its sick
people. It cannot get any worse now.
I knew when I went into medicine
that it was not going to be a clock-in
at 9am, clock-out at 5pm kind of job.
I wouldn’t want that. Nor is being a
doctor in any way glamorous. On my
night shift on New Year’s Day one of
our patents vomited all over me and the
nurse working with me: it went literally
everywhere, head to toe, even in our
hair. Luckily we were able to shower
and change into fresh scrubs and to
have a laugh about it. But I wouldn’t
change my life. I love the variety, the
excitement, the unpredictability and
the fact that you are training the next
generation of doctors. That’s why I stay
in the NHS – you just don’t get that
kind of job satisfaction in the private
sector. It’s a real giving thing for me. I’m
so proud to be in the NHS.
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Man at work: Steve
Bartlett, CEO and
co-founder of Social
Chain. Gary Calton
for the Observer
If you’re underr the
at things
impression that
go viral on the internet
by luck, think again:
there’s an industry
gaming the system
and Manchester’s
Social Chain is
leading the way.
Simon Parkin meets
its fresh-faced
n a high wall in the corner of
Social Chain’s Manchester
office, with a look of serene
exasperation, Jesus Christ
looks down on the sea of
millennials and Generation
Zedders (or whatever the
dominant term is for the under-20s
this month) tapping out tweets and
social media stories. The mural, which
stretches across the width of the office,
is a riff on Leonardo’s The Last Supper.
The faces of the disciples at the table,
however, are not dipped towards
plates of food, but into glowing
screens. There’s Luke, gawping at an
Instagram story on his phone. There’s
Judas, tittering into an iPad. Christ,
meanwhile, stands at the centre of
the table, flanked by his inattentive
followers, shoulders shrugged, palms
upturned in part vexation, part
It’s a fitting mural for this threeyear-old startup, not because of the
implication that social media turns our
gaze from higher thoughts, but because
it is, to use a term often heard in Social
Chain’s office, relatable. Who hasn’t,
at one time or another, played the role
of either Jesus and Judas at the dinner
table, distracted by the buzzing of
Twitter or Facebook, or silently fuming
at a sibling’s unending fascination with
the world inside their phone?
For Social Chain, which has, with
nosebleed velocity, grown from five
staff to almost 200 in the space of two
years and now has an annual turnover
of £9m, it is a joke on which an empire
has been founded. The company’s
youthful employees (the head of video
production joined at the age of 17)
run several hundred of the UK’s most
popular social media accounts covering
sport, video games, fitness and food.
Videos produced here, on a gleaming
kitchen set that bakes in the glare of TV
studio lights, are now watched more
than 4.5bn times a month.
Steve Bartlett, the company’s
25-year-old co-founder, regularly
boasts to potential clients that he
can make any hashtag – that is, a
word or phrase that categorises the
accompanying text in shorthand –
trend on Twitter before he’s finished
his presentation. For those who work
in marketing, it’s not so much a party
trick as true magic: arcane, powerful,
irresistible. “Traditional agencies have
not been able to adapt – or even if they
have, the staff there are not native
social media users; they’ve had to learn
this stuff as adults,” says Bartlett. It’s a
compelling pitch. Social Chain’s clients
now include Coca-Cola, Fifa and
Spotify; one of its most recent recruits
came from a senior position at Saatchi
and Saatchi.
Hannah Anderson quit her teacher
training course in 2014 to become the
company’s first employee. On a chilly
winter day, she stands in the open-plan
staff kitchen to address a few dozen
employees in a daily “lunch and learn”
session. These impromptu lectures are
open to anyone – including, it seems,
the five dogs that wander the office
sniffing at new recruits (four a week
at the current rate). The lectures aim
to impart something of Social Chain’s
culture and rationale (as well as some
startling claims, such as: more people
own a mobile phone than a toothbrush;
90% of all content online was created
in the past 12 months).
Emotion is the fuel that fires virality,
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explains Anderson. The stronger the
emotion that a Facebook post, tweet
or Instagram story elicits, the further
it will be carried by the churning
waves of algorithm, she explains.
Content – that icky, catch-all term
of the moment for entertainment –
only “goes viral” when people share
it. And people share feelings, not
information. “Low-arousal emotions
such as contentment and relaxation
are useless in the viral economy,” says
Anderson. “They induce humans to
close down rather than open up.” If
you want to get anywhere in the socialmedia game, you’re going to need
something stronger: frustration, anger,
excitement, awe. “There is a lot of
science behind all this, you know, and
how it connects to human nature and
how humans connect with each other,”
she says.
To get us thinking about how to
make viral content, Anderson
splits her audience into fourperson teams, each of which
is given two sheets of paper.
One is labelled with a
demographic (our team
gets “girls”); on the other,
an emotion (“frustration
and anger”). Our task is to
come up with an idea for a
piece of content that will attract
angry young women.
“Hmm, what makes girls angry?”
asks a teammate.
“Workplace harassment?” I venture.
“It’s good but maybe a little heavy,”
says the third man in our group. “How
about: a boyfriend who spends all day
playing video games?”
The thinking about the psychology
of viral content is relatively new at
Social Chain. In the heady, early
days, it just came naturally. One
night, a few years ago, Bartlett’s
co-founder, Dom McGregor, a
second-year sports science student
at Edinburgh University at the time,
returned to his student house after
a long night’s drinking to find that
he was out of toilet roll. Mournful
and tipsy, McGregor set up a Twitter
account entitled “student problems”,
to share his plight with the world.
He began tweeting about the
indignities of student life, anything
“universally relatable”, he says, and
soon had gathered an audience of
Meanwhile, in Manchester, Bartlett
had just dropped out of a course in
business management after a single
lecture (“My mum didn’t speak to me
for 18 months”). Incredulous that, in
2013, universities still used physical
noticeboards rather than online
ones, Bartlett developed an idea he
called Wallpark, a network of web
noticeboards, each one specific to a
different British university. With a
modest sum of investors’ money, he
began buying online ads and posting
flyers around Manchester, trying to
encourage students to use the nascent
service. The results disappointed.
Then Bartlett came upon McGregor’s
student problems Twitter account and
had an idea: what if he could advertise
his website directly to its followers?
Bartlett and McGregor met up at
a bar in York (McGregor wore suit
and tie) and Bartlett made his
pitch. McGregor quit his
course and the pair began
posing as students, holing
up in library rooms at
Manchester University,
where, if they arrived early
enough, no one would
check their IDs. Bartlett’s
hunch proved correct. One
post about Wallpark on the
student problems account drove more
traffic to his website than everything
else he had tried put together. A
magical strategy revealed itself: if
Bartlett could persuade other people
in the UK who owned popular social
media accounts to join him, they could
build an untapped audience to which
he could market, not just Wallpark,
but, potentially, anything.
“A follower was worth nothing,” says
Bartlett. “Nobody recognised the value,
including the people who owned these
accounts.” Hannah Anderson was an
exception to the rule. She ran a Harry
Potter-themed account titled Hogwarts
Logic. It was essentially a fan page, but
one infused with wit (example: “On a
scale of 1 to Horace Slughorn turning
into an armchair to fake his own death,
how good are you at avoiding your
responsibilities?’). Anderson also had
half a million followers.
One day she received a direct
message from McGregor: ‘‘Hey man.
There’s one
in tail of
exotic bird
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Love the page.” He then offered to buy
the account for £1,500. “At the time
I was like, God, £1,500? I’m a poor
student and that’s a lot of money,” she
says. But she believed it was worth
more, and not just in financial terms.
“When a Harry Potter pun I’ve written
gets 5,000 retweets it has the same
effect on your brain as, I imagine, when
a standup comic plays an arena show,”
she says.” Giving up the venue she
had built was unthinkable. Anderson
replied to McGregor, suggesting
that there might be another way to
work together.
“When we met, it was clear that
she fit the bill,” says McGregor. “She
was young, and not tied down in a way
that, say, a 45-year-old might be.” In
early 2014, Anderson left Northumbria
University to join the team.
That year the trio set up hundreds
of new social media accounts designed
to quickly attract a following. “We’d
try an idea like, say, student life hacks.
We would write 10 funny posts about,
say, how to save money, or how to eat
cheaply, then share those posts on
all of our other pages and see what
the response was like.” Indifference
was not tolerated. Within 60 seconds,
Bartlett says, you can tell whether a
post is going to go viral or not. Without
a sufficient engagement, the post gets
deleted. “Nine times out of 10 the
accounts wouldn’t work out. So we’d
try again. Maybe four or five accounts
each, every day.”
An early victory came when
McGregor received a message
from a game developer via
Facebook. He had designed
a new mobile phone game,
Tippy Tap, and needed some
help getting word out, but
had no budget. The team
turned down the offer to
work for nothing. But
when Bartlett began
playing the game in a
local bar, he found he
couldn’t stop. A 50-50
revenue-split deal was
agreed and McGregor
and Bartlett put their
new knowledge to
work. “Everyone was
advertising their mobile
game with words like
‘fun’ and ‘wonderful,’”
says Bartlett. “We had
Social Chain’s
Hannah Anderson.
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‘I do believe we have
a responsibility. The
impact we can have
is quite scary when
you think about it’
already figured out that messages only
travel when they make you feel strong
emotions. ‘Fun’ doesn’t make anyone
feel anything. So we created a story
about the game being horrendously
frustrating, using photographs of
smashed phones.” In just 13 days Tippy
Tap passed 2m downloads.
Bartlett and McGregor chose to
reinvest the funds by approaching the
owners of social media accounts that
had a large following, just as they had
with Anderson. “We wanted every
person in the UK that owned a large
social media page to work here,” says
Bartlett. Behind the accounts they
invariably found young, funny people
who loved what they were doing, but
didn’t know how to earn money from
it. “They all wanted to professionalise,
because of parental pressure, or what
have you. We provided a place where a
hobby could become a career.”
The deal was simple: come to Social
Chain, work at the office, and just do
what you were already doing. “I could
never tell Nick Speakman, who runs
Sporf [a football channel with more
than 15 million followers] what to
tweet,” says Bartlett. “These assets
are just an extension of a person.
It’s an extension of a personality:
it’s her humour, her touch, the
way that she writes. You don’t
mess with that.”
The only proviso was that,
every now and again, the
owner of the account
would be asked to
take part in what
became known at
the company as a
This is the
moment at which
marketing tweet
or post is posted
across every one of
the company’s social
media accounts at
once. Each account is
free to frame the advert
in language relevant to
its subject and style, but a
consistent hashtag unifies
the effort, driving the term up the allimportant trending list.
Medieval Reactions, one of Social
Chain’s most enduring Twitter
accounts, which posts renaissance
paintings alongside captions themed
around the modern world, shows
how the technique works. One recent
post reads: “I’m not going to fall for
Black Friday this year and buy some
unnecessary shit.” Below is a painting
of a priest clutching a sceptre in one
hand and in the other a crimson rope
tied to a tiny pet dragon. Below this
post, which has thousands of retweets,
sits a marketing nugget – a suggestion
that readers enter a competition to
win £500 of Superdry clothing. The
fact these tweets are marketing is
signalled by the hashtag #ad (a legal
requirement). When this message is
sent to three or four hundred massive
accounts, it triggers the “thunderclap”
moment. Twitter’s algorithms notice
the hashtag, and promote it, thereby
generating yet more engagement.
It’s a way of gaming the system that
has proved astonishingly effective.
“That’s the beauty of it really,” says
Katy Leeson, Social Chain’s managing
director. “The message is always
tailored to the audience, but the
hashtag is the same.”
urrently, Social Chain’s services
cost anywhere between
£10,000 and £50,000 per
month, depending on the type
of service required. But the ground
shifts constantly in the social media
world, and today’s winners can easily
disappear into the cracks. Platforms
may, without any notice, change the
way that their algorithms work to
promote one kind of content over
another (Social Chain has an internal
channel to which anyone can post
news snippets about such changes,
with rewards for those who find the
information first). While the business
was built on Twitter, most of the
company’s work now takes place on
Facebook and Instagram. “People
don’t go to Twitter to follow a parody
account any more, you go on there
when something’s happened in the
world and you want to know more.”
Facebook, which until recently
was considered the social media
network for parents, is, week by week,
becoming the dominant platform on
the web. “Facebook’s just winning
all the time when it comes to getting
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a ‘learning’ lunch
at Social Chain.
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John Naughton
The future of computer
processing? Slow but safe
people to spend all of their time in their
ecosystem,” says Anderson. “They’re
very switched on and they listen to
their users carefully. Generation Z have
been born into this world. Leaving
Facebook is too much for many of
them. If we’d stuck on Twitter, we
wouldn’t be here any more.”
Today Social Chain, which
in January splintered into two
companies, one of which works as an
agency, the other as a media publisher,
continues to grow at fearful speed.
“There’s a huge insecurity among
Gen X marketing directors and even
millennial social media managers
that they don’t understand what their
Gen Z social audience thinks or cares
about, so Social Chain looks culturally
on the pulse in comparison,” says
Michael Barnett, special projects
editor at Marketing Week, of the
company’s quick growth. Throughout
the building in Manchester,
where the firm started out as
a single desk in a co-sharing
space, workmen toil as if
laying track for a speedily
oncoming train, renovating
various wings and offshoots
to house all new design,
video and content production
departments. It has the brightly
coloured, kindergarten-like
ambience of a California startup: in
one corner a slide descends from a
sponge-floored playroom.
The genial atmosphere obscures the
fact that Social Chain is turning human
emotion into a saleable commodity.
There is much to be angry about in the
world today, but when we understand
so little about the psychological effects
of what happens when our emotions
are amplified en masse, is it right to
exploit that for money? “I never really
thought about it,” says Anderson.
“I don’t think we’d ever do it in an
immoral way, if that makes sense? I am
concerned with the audience and I do
believe we have a responsibility. The
impact that we can have is quite scary
when you think about it.”
Where is this going? I joined
Twitter in 2009, and have seen a shift
in tone from lightheartedness to a
kind of weaponised outrage that runs
across almost all social circles. No one
company or individual is responsible
for this change, but long term, if the
most effective way to engage humans
online is to rile them up, doesn’t anger
become the dominant mode of our
online existence – even if it’s just a
Facebook poll over whether you have
gherkins in your burger or not?
“I don’t think Facebook would
allow that to happen,” says Anderson.
“They want people to feel happy while
on their platform. Twitter’s more of
a free-for-all. I think they need a bit
more control on there, because it gets
ridiculous. Some things that you get
retweeted on to your timeline, it’s like,
I don’t want to see that.”
There’s also the question of whether
the company’s clients are in for the
long haul. According to Marketing
Week’s Barnett: “Many marketers
don’t really know how to quantify
what they’re getting in terms of hard
success measures from social media
influencers – in other words, increased
sales – so there’s a danger one day that
brands will move away from doing this
if they can’t substantiate the return
on investment.”
Then there are the tectonic
risks. As the identity of social
media platforms changes,
there is the old risk for any
startup that rapid growth
eradicates the character
and ambience on which
its success is founded.
It’s a phenomenon with
which Bartlett is obsessed. “I
recently met Steve Wozniak [the
co-founder of Apple],” he says. “I got
one question but I just couldn’t decide
what to ask. When the time came, I
asked him what question I should
be asking him. His reply has stayed
with me. He said: ‘How do I keep our
company’s specialness as it grows?’”
Now, whenever someone new joins,
the entire company gathers around and
listens to the new recruit’s story. The
company’s culture officer buys flowers
and cakes to mark every employee’s
birthday and anniversary. “Wherever
I am in the world I call in to mark an
anniversary,” Bartlett says. “Those
small things are the most important
things because, over time, they
culminate to define you.”
He rejects the idea that such gestures
are cloyingly sentimental. “I would
never work for anyone else, so there’s
a part of me that can’t understand why
anyone would work for me,” he says. “I
overcompensate. Young people have
so many options right now. They could
start an Instagram business in their
bedroom, so how do we convince them
to stay?” The same way Social Chain
persuades people to stay on social
media, perhaps. Wonder and awe.
ran into my favourite technophobe
the other day. “I see,” he chortled,
“that your tech industry (he holds
me responsible for everything that
is wrong with the modern world) is
in meltdown!” The annoying thing
is that he was partly right. What has
happened is that two major security
vulnerabilities – one of them has been
christened “Meltdown”, the other
“Spectre” – have been discovered in the
Central Processing Unit (CPU) chips
that power most of the computers in
the world.
A CPU is a device for performing
billions of apparently trivial operations
in sequences determined by whatever
program is running: it fetches some
data from memory, performs some
operations on that data and then sends
it back to memory; then fetches the
next bit of data; and so on. Two decades
ago some wizard had an idea for
speeding up CPUs. Instead of waiting
until the program told them which data
to fetch next, why not try to anticipate
what’s needed and pre-fetch it? That
way, the processor would become
faster and more efficient. This meant
that – in a nice analogy dreamed up
by Zeynep Tufekci, an academic who
writes beautifully about this stuff – the
CPU became like a super-attentive
butler, “pouring that second glass of
wine before you knew you were going
to ask for it”.
But what if you don’t want others
to know about the details of your wine
cellar? “It turns out,” writes Tufekci,
“that by watching your butler’s
movements, other people can infer a
lot about the cellar.” Information (the
bottle on the butler’s silver salver)
is visible that would not have been
available if he had patiently waited for
each of your commands, rather than
trying to anticipate them. Almost all
modern microprocessors behave like
attentive butlers – and the revealing
traces left by their helpful actions
mean that information that is supposed
to be secret isn’t.
This is a big deal, given that it affects
almost all the computing devices on
the planet. “In essence,” says the UK’s
Information Commissioner’s office,
“the vulnerabilities provide ways that
an attacker could extract information
from privileged memory locations that
should be inaccessible and secure. The
potential attacks are limited only by
what is being stored in the privileged
The Meltdown and Spectre security
flaws exposed the vulnerability of our
networked world. Getty Images
memory locations – depending on the
specific circumstances, an attacker
could gain access to encryption keys,
passwords for any service being run
on the machine, or session cookies for
active sessions within a browser. One
variant of the attacks could allow for an
administrative user in a guest virtual
machine to read the host server’s
kernel memory. This could include the
memory assigned to other guest virtual
One of the most intriguing aspects
of the story is that Meltdown
and Spectre were independently
discovered at more or less the same
time by four separate groups of security
researchers. If you’re of a suspicious
turn of mind (and this columnist is),
the obvious question is: who knew
about these vulnerabilities but did not
reveal them? It seems unlikely that
something as big as this would have
remained hidden for 20 years. Being
able to exploit one of these so-called
“zero-day” vulnerabilities would
give hackers (or their employers) an
amazing advantage in terms of covert
mass surveillance. And we know that
the NSA, GCHQ and their peers tend
to hoard (and sometimes purchase
on the black market) these kinds of
vulnerabilities in case they turn out
to be useful one day: a Harvard study,
for example, estimated that as many as
one-third of all zero-day vulnerabilities
detected by independent researchers
in any given year are in fact just
“rediscoveries” of flaws already known
to the NSA.
The biggest takeaway from
the discovery (or rediscovery?)
of Meltdown and Spectre is the
realisation of the shakiness of the
foundations on which we have
constructed our networked world.
We have always known (though many
still wilfully deny) that there is no
such thing as a completely secure
networked device. Now we know that
at the heart of every networked device
there sits a vulnerable processor.
Initially, it was thought that the
only answer would be to replace all
those processors – an unconscionable
option. But then it turned out that
solutions exist in terms of patches
to operating system software. The
industry is working on those and every
conscientious user ought to install
them when they become available. But
there’s no free lunch here: fixing the
problem will slow down processors by
an amount that will differ from chip
generation to generation. Microsoft,
for example, says that patches will
“significantly slow down certain
servers and dent the performance of
some personal computers”. Sacking
that attentive butler means that you
have to fetch your own drinks. And
that takes longer. Patience is a virtue,
sometimes, even in computing.
What is it?
A smart oven that features
a built-in HD camera to
recognise food and cook to
Nigella standards.
Good points
Carbon fibre heating elements
enable the device to make
speedy adjustments to
Bad points
You need an Apple iOS device
for all of the features of the
oven to be available.
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‘Stoically unsentimental’: Frances
McDormand as Mildred with
Lucas Hedges as Robbie in Three
Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
Allstar/Fox Searchlight
A search for justice writ large
Frances McDormand excels as a mother taunting the police to uncover the truth about her daughter’s death
Three Billboards Outside
Ebbing, Missouri
(115 mins, 15) Directed by Martin McDonagh;
starring Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell,
Woody Harrelson
Life and death, heaven and hell,
damnation and redemption collide
in this blisteringly foul-mouthed, yet
surprisingly tender, tragicomedy from
British-Irish writer-director Martin
McDonagh. Lacing a western-tinged
tale of outlaw justice with Jacobean
themes of rape, murder and revenge,
McDonagh’s second American-set
feature finds a grieving mother naming
and shaming the lawmen who have
failed to catch her daughter’s killer.
The subject is no laughing matter,
but as with his 2008 debut feature,
In Bruges, McDonagh’s Chaucerian
ear for obscenity provokes giggles,
guffaws and gasps in the most
inappropriate circumstances. More
importantly, he underpins the anarchic
nihilism of his narrative with a
heartbreaking meditation upon the
toxic power of rage. When characters,
struggling to make sense of all this
chaos, utter platitudes such as “anger
just begets greater anger” and “through
love comes calm”, it seems less like
a killing joke than a weirdly sincere
mission statement.
Seven months after her daughter,
Angela, was abducted and killed,
Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand)
emblazons the roadside billboards
of the title with signs taunting police
chief Willoughby (Woody Harrelson)
about the lack of arrests. For Mildred,
the Ebbing police force is “too busy
going round torturing black folks”
to solve crime. “I got issues with
white folks too,” declares bozo cop
Jason Dixon (Sam Rockwell) after
throwing someone out of a window – a
bravura one-shot sequence pointedly
orchestrated to the lilting strains of His
Master’s Voice by Monsters of Folk.
Beneath the cracker caricatures,
however, even Ebbing’s most
apparently unsympathetic residents
have complex lives. While ad man
Red Welby (Caleb Landry Jones)
pointedly reads Flannery O’Connor’s
A Good Man Is Hard to Find, family
man Willoughby looks beyond his own
mortality, attempting to find the best
in everyone, including the aggressively
infantile Dixon. And the righteously
angry Mildred has her own demons,
torturing her bullied son, Robbie
(Lucas Hedges), with her guilt-driven
vendetta, wrestling with the awful
possibility that “there ain’t no God, and
the whole world’s empty, and it doesn’t
matter what we do to each other”.
With its tolling-bell nods to High
Noon (amplified by composer Carter
Burwell’s spaghetti-tinged guitar
themes), and cheeky references to
the American gothic of Psycho (Sandy
Martin’s domineering Momma Dixon
seems to have walked straight out of
the Bates Motel), this magical-realist
parable finds McDonagh far more in
tune with the US landscape than in
his disappointing Seven Psychopaths
McDonagh underpins
the anarchic nihilism
with a heartbreaking
meditation upon the
toxic power of rage
(2012). From the opening morningmist shots of those lonely billboards
to the flames that evoke the burning
crosses of the KKK, cinematographer
Ben Davis perfectly captures the film’s
knife-edge balance between humour
and horror, mayhem and melancholia.
While McDonagh’s script contains
a familiar carnivalesque litany of
“fuckheads”, “funny-eyed old ladies”
and “fat dentists”, the excellent
ensemble cast ensures that even
peripheral characters have depth and
heft. Amanda Warren and Darrell BrittGibson work wonders with small but
significant roles as Mildred’s accidental
support network, both experiencing
the sharp end of Ebbing’s retrograde
law enforcement, while Clarke
Peters exudes understated gravitas as
incoming police chief Abercrombie,
viewing the unfolding idiocy with the
same quiet astonishment that Cleavon
Little brought to Blazing Saddles. Peter
Dinklage wrings pathos from the role
of love-struck car salesman James,
while Abbie Cornish and John Hawkes
are much more than mere foils for their
respective screen partners.
As for McDormand, the stoically
unsentimental Mildred, who sports
a blue-collar jumpsuit and ready-for-
action bandana, offers the best vehicle
for her deadpan talents since Fargo’s
Marge Gunderson. While McDonagh’s
dialogue is ripe and chewy, McDormand
has the power to speak volumes in
silence. An early scene in which she
gazes at the derelict billboards, fiercely
chews a fingernail, then lets her hand
gently graze her chin as her head falls
back in thought tells us all we need to
know about her dawning plan and her
determination to follow it through.
Whether each of these characters
is on a road to redemption or ruin is
left open-ended. McDonagh’s rejection
of clear-cut moral certainties has
already provoked a backlash from some
commentators; a recent Huffington Post
article, for example, argued that Dixon is
essentially “the racist uncle whom white
liberals fear and love”. Awards attention
(four Golden Globe wins, umpteen Bafta
nominations) has turned up the heat on
such highly charged debates. Yet I was
not left contemplating the film’s thorny
racial politics, but instead remembering
the closing moments of Straw Dogs; of
the chaos left in the wake of violence
and the wistful possibility (however
remote) of transcending its awful legacy.
More film reviews overleaf
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The woman behind a very great man
A Woman’s Life
Kristin Scott Thomas
as Clemmie Churchill
brings welcome
light to Joe Wright’s
biopic of our feted
wartime leader
(116 mins, PG) Directed by Stéphane Brizé;
starring Judith Chemla, Jean-Pierre Darroussin,
Yolande Moreau
Based on a novel by Guy de
Maupassant, and sharing themes
(male treachery, suffering) as well
as a title with Mikio Naruse’s 1963
drama, Stéphane Brizé’s gorgeous
period piece explores the bleak lot of
an aristocratic heiress in 19th-century
France. Shot in boxy 1.33:1 ratio, and
kissed by flickering candlelight, this is
a world so persuasively realised that
you can almost smell the damp
that rises, along with the debt. We
follow Jeanne (Judith Chemla)
from the clear-eyed hopefulness
of youth to late middle age; it’s a
performance that is so compelling that
we forgive the film its fairly dispiriting
trajectory and portrayal of a woman
who often seems little more than a
helpless chattel.
Darkest Hour
(125 mins, PG) Directed by Joe Wright;
starring Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas,
Lily James
In this handsomely mounted but
somewhat disingenuous war film
from Joe Wright, words, rather
than guns, are the main weapons.
And wielded by Winston Churchill
(Gary Oldman, peering beadily
from behind a fortification of
quivering prosthetics and a battery
of smouldering cigars), words can be
every bit as persuasive as bullets.
The film, which covers Churchill’s
uncertain first few weeks in the role
of prime minister of a country poised
on the brink of war, works best as
a celebration of the art of stirring
oratory. Playing out in airless, oakpanelled Westminster boardrooms and
the crepuscular tunnels of the Cabinet
War Rooms, it is unapologetically
wordy. And at its best, this showcase
for Churchill’s ornate verbal flourishes
is rousing and satisfying.
But make no mistake, this is also
a movie that is packed to the dusty
rafters with blustering old blokes,
harrumphing and politely stabbing
each other in the back. Wright is clearly
well aware of the potential for the kind
of stuffiness that hampered last year’s
Brian Cox-starring Churchill, and he
deploys every tool at his disposal to
sidestep dramatic inertia. The frame
is sliced and carved with bayonets of
piercing light; the ever-restless camera
is hurled skywards to give a Spitfire’s
eye view of the action below, before
plummeting to earth again.
Like Wright’s direction, Oldman’s
Golden Globe-winning performance
is forceful, showy and somewhat
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Kristin Scott Thomas as Clemmie Churchill with Golden Globe winner Gary Oldman, a ‘showy’ Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. Allstar
belligerent. Kristin Scott Thomas,
playing Clemmie Churchill, is a
crisp and crucial antidote to all the
pugnacious growling.
Less successful is the seeding of
the film with cosy British signifiers.
A scene that combines a shot of a full
English breakfast and a reference to
spotted dick in just a few seconds starts
to feel like parody. But the most jarring
misjudgment is an excruciating folly in
which Churchill lumbers out of his car
and on to the London underground,
holding a mini-referendum among
the commuters on whether to
plead for peace or go to battle. It’s
patronising, contrived and emits such a
stench of artificiality that it makes your
sinuses sting.
(104 mins, 15) Directed by Tatiana
ana Huezo;
m Carbajal
starring Adela Alvarado, Miriam
This extraordinary, engulfi
documentary explores the
human cost of crime and
corruption in Mexico
through the personal
stories of two women.
Adela, a clown in a circus,
and Miriam, an airport
worker falsely accused
of corruption, both fell
victim to a social ecosystem
that ruthlessly preys on the weak. We
hear their stories through narrations
that are bruised by the traumas they
have survived.
Miriam, along with her colleagues
at Cancún airport, found herself
separated from her child and
imprisoned far from home. Her stateappointed lawyer explained that she
was what was commonly referred to
as “a payer” – someone who pays for
the crimes of others. The prison, she
discovered, was a “self-governing”
facility, run by a cartel as a moneymaking racket. Adela, meanwhile,
is haunted by the abduction of her
teenage daughter 10 years before.
The words of the women run
through the film like still-fresh scars;
they are superimpose
superimposed over footage
that gives a poetic re
resonance to
the pathos of the stories. The
lashing storms tthat give the film
its evocative tit
title are a potent
visual metaphor throughout the
picture. Ordinary
Ordinar people such as
Miriam and A
Adela are helpless
in the fac
face of corruption
that is as relentless
and uncaring as a
force of nature.
Vineet Kumar Singh
in the ‘gritty’
Mukkabaaz (The Brawler)
(154 mins, 15) Directed by Anurag Kashyap;
starring Vineet Kumar Singh, Zoya Hussain
The title of the latest film from
Indian independent cinema’s prolific
maverick Anurag Kashyap refers
to the central character, aspiring
boxer Shravan (Vineet Kumar Singh).
But it could just as easily refer to
Kashyap himself. His film-making is
boisterous, unruly and frequently a
little slapdash. But for all the rowdy
anarchy and the inconsistency of the
storytelling, Kashyap’s films have
an unpredictable energy that can be
genuinely thrilling to watch. This is
certainly true of this politics-infused
sports melodrama.
This film, which is loosely based on
a true story, focuses on the cross-caste
romance between Shravan and Sunaina
(Zoya Hussain), the feisty, mute niece
of gangster boxing promoter Bhagwan
Das (Jimmy Shergill, struggling with
decidedly uncomfortable-looking
contact lenses). Like Kashyap’s
impressive gangster epic The Gangs of
Wasseypur, this is gritty, grubby filmmaking. The dialogue is robustly filthy,
the violence unflinching and the music
loaded with innuendo. And while the
fight sequences lack polish, the plot
points are pounded home with fists,
feet and iron bars.
(131 mins, 15) Directed by Lili Fini Zanuck;
featuring Eric Clapton
Your heart goes out to Eric Clapton
during this documentary, which
examines the bone-deep sadness
that has been as much a part of
much of his life as the guitar.
Unfortunately, unless you are a
diehard Clapton fan, your patience
may give out around the same time.
Lacking the crackling nastiness of
Beware of Mr Baker, about Clapton’s
Cream bandmate Ginger Baker, or
the window into prickly brilliance
offered by What Happened, Miss
Simone?, this Clapton-approved
portrait feels a little plodding and
weirdly grudging with its insights.
My Life Story
(96 mins, 15) Directed by Julien Temple, Owen
Lewis; featuring Suggs
Graham “Suggs” McPherson, gawd
bless him, has gone from being the
naughty boy from a nasty school to pop
legend as the frontman to Madness to
a bona fide national treasure. This film
by Julien Temple, essentially a lightly
padded and playfully embellished
concert movie about Suggs’s
autobiographical standup show, trades
heavily on the geezerish goodwill that
still surrounds him. And if Suggs’s
anecdotes are not quite as entertaining
as he thinks they are, it hardly matters,
such is the disarmingly raffish charm
of the delivery.
Cosmic ode
to a man in a
white sheet
When any film names itself plainly
after a particular genre, chances are
it’s not going to do exactly what it says
on the tin. So it proves with A Ghost
Story (Lionsgate, 12), David Lowery’s
beautiful, confounding, time and spacebending tale of romantic devotion and
longing – a casually inventive American
indie that gradually belies its humble
mumblecore beginnings. On the one
hand, it delivers on the promise of its
title to almost goofily literal effect: not
only does leading man Casey Affleck
play an actual ghost for the bulk of
its running time, but one clad in the
old-school white sheet of a million lastminute Halloween getups.
It’s a nod to tradition that only
underlines how far the film spirals from
expectations in all other senses. After
outlining a brittle living-world romance
between Affleck and Rooney Mara’s
midwestern hipsters, the film first jolts
us with the former’s sudden death,
before springing into an aching study of
mutual mourning and loneliness in the
dead and living parties alike. (Aptly, it all
looks like a forgotten, sun-faded family
album: the corners of the frame bevelled
throughout, the colours restfully
muted.) Lest you start expecting
Whoopi Goldberg and Unchained
Melody from this setup, all that is
a mere prelude to something more
elastic and cosmic in scope: a visual
and sonic ode to the relentless passage
of time. If that sounds affectedly fey,
trust in the clear, clean, transporting
nature of Lowery’s film-making.
When Bafta announced its film
award nominations this week, they
were hailed as representing a banner
year for British cinema, thanks to hefty
coups for the big, brash likes of Dunkirk
and Darkest Hour. Largely sidelined,
however, were fresher voices from
the independent fringes, among them
Welsh-Zambian newcomer Rungano
Nyoni, whose strange, sly, startling
debut, I Am Not a Witch (Curzon
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‘Raw’: Margaret
Mulubwa in I Am
Not a Witch.
Artificial Eye, 12), flashes as brazenly
singular an aesthetic and storytelling
style as Britfilm has seen in several
years. Following the fortunes of an
eight-year-old Zambian girl persecuted
and exiled by her community for
alleged witchcraft, it’s a heightened,
surrealist fable, styled with sleek
afropunk flair and streaked with blooddark comedy, beneath which throbs a
raw, very real anger over institutional
corruption and socially embedded
misogyny in modern-day Africa.
After these richly idiosyncratic
visions, there’s a certain curl-onthe-couch comfort to be had from
the classical genre construction of
It (Warner, 15), a surprisingly crisp,
efficient adaptation of the first half
of Stephen King’s dense horror opus.
Delivering the expected killer-clown
chills at a rattling rate, with a more
sinuous psychological-creep factor than
you’d expect from Hollywood’s current
horror factory, Andy Muschietti’s
film effectively milks much the same
resource of 80s nightmare nostalgia as
Stranger Things. You know what you’re
getting, even as you shudder with
uncertainty over what immediate scare
lurks around the corner.
Dina (Dogwoof, 15) was the
documentary toast of last year’s
Sundance film festival, but was never
quite so warmly embraced elsewhere.
That may be because Dan Sickles and
Antonio Santini’s patient, affectionate
suburban character study shifts tone
with disquieting fluidity. Positioning
itself as a heart-coddling triumphover-adversity crowdpleaser, the
film intimately follows a sprightly
fortysomething woman with Asperger’s
as she plans her wedding to her doting,
likewise autistic boyfriend, before
taking a sharp left into deeper, more
anxious realms of abuse and trauma.
Finally, to Netflix, where the first
film 18 years from Alison Maclean –
director of the hangdog slacker gem
Jesus’ Son – is now streaming after
bypassing UK cinemas. The Rehearsal
is a low-key but snakily intriguing
comeback, returning Maclean to her
native New Zealand: freely adapted
from an early novel by Booker prize
winner Eleanor Catton, it’s a lifeversus-art psychodrama centred on
a naive drama student (a fine James
Rolleston) whose personal affairs
become entangled in the stage exploits
of his peers and opportunistic teacher
(Kerry Fox). The payoff is deliberately,
disconcertingly abrupt in a way that
leaves the film more an amuse-bouche
than a full meal, but it’s a thrill to have
Maclean back, and on still playful form.
‘Hardship as virtual entertainment’: Larry Achiampong and David Blandy’s 2017 video FF Gaiden: Legacy. Below: Arpillera, New Chilean Song, 1980-3 by an unknown political prisoner. Courtesy YSP/Castleford Heritage Trust
Relics of the lost art of protest
A survey of late 20th-century artistic
activism feels unfocused alongside Alfredo
Jaar’s dark forest of prison cells
Revolt and Revolutions/
Alfredo Jaar: The Garden of
Good and Evil
Yorkshire Sculpture Park; until 15 April/8 April
The rousing chorus of The
Internationale can rarely have sounded
as fragile or halting as it does on a
frosty morning in the walled garden
of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park near
Wakefield. The Scottish artist Susan
Philipsz recorded the revolutionaries’
anthem as a sotto voce solo in 1999
almost as a funerary farewell to the
idea of full-throated protest. In the
open air, in 2018, hearing Philipsz’s
breathy voice eddying on a biting
wind is like being stopped in your
tracks by Wordsworth’s otherworldly
Solitary Reaper. If it is a call to arms, it
is a distinctly tentative one. The song
instead acts as a plaintive summons to
the park’s Bothy Gallery, where other
lost traces of the direct action of the
last century are preserved, as if of a
different time and place altogether.
Revolt and Revolutions takes as its
reference point 1977, the year of punk
and the year in which the Yorkshire
Sculpture Park was founded, as
an outsiders’ outside space, by the
visionary Peter Murray, who is still
its director. Forty years on, the gallery
presents a small and thoughtful
expression of things that then seemed
loud and urgent – experience looking
back at innocence. In one room, 2011
Turner prize winner Martin Boyce’s
Souvenir Placards are piled on the
floor or propped against a wall, a mix
and match of marchers’ slogans: “Ban
the Bomb”, “Coal Not Dole”, “Can’t
Pay, Won’t Pay”. The signs are either
discarded for good, or feasibly ready
for action, depending on your point
of view.
In another room, Ruth Ewan’s
A Jukebox of People Trying to Change
the World is an ongoing collection of
a thousand or more protest songs that
visitors can call up to order. Younger
users, brought up on skip and shuffle,
will no doubt be twitchily frustrated
by the fact that each track must be
played in its entirety before the next
CD drops into place. Although the
selection comes up to date, again the
effect is diffuse, unfocused – Simon
and Garfunkel’s Last Night I Had the
Strangest Dream gives way to Dead
Kennedys’ version of I Fought the Law
and the Legendary KO’s George Bush
Doesn’t Care About Black People – a
greatest hits of half-forgotten idealism
and sudden righteous anger, preserved
on defunct tech.
The other pieces chosen – mostly
from the Arts Council Collection –
also ask questions about then and
now, about the ways in which the
causes of the recent past have become
mothballed or stylised. A single
portrait by Marcus Lyon of a Greenham
Common protestor – one woman from
70,000 in black and white – stands
alone on a wall requiring a detailed
explanatory caption. Peter Kennard’s
photomontage of cruise missiles on
the back of Constable’s The Haywain,
one antique reference now freighted
with another, occupies another corner.
Andrew Logan’s totemic, mirrored,
punky safety pin sculpture, adrift on
its plinth, looks like an artefact of a lost
tribe that is no more “relatable” (dread
term) than Henry Moore’s Helmet
Head No 3, a gesture of the artist’s
pacifism that, out of context, could be
another warlike bronze.
The disjunction between the
singular causes of the past and their
incongruity in the present is expressed
most uncomfortably in Larry
Achiampong and David Blandy’s video
In our mediated
present, is protest a
heritage industry,
another look to be tried
on, or a rooted reality?
FF Gaiden: Legacy, part of their series
that applies an oral history soundtrack
to open-source graphics from the
Grand Theft Auto 5 video game. In this
instance, a generic gamers’ avatar treks
up mountains and through tunnels to
loosely illustrate the heartfelt story of
Alison Catherall, born and still living in
nearby Castleford.
In her recorded voiceover Catherall
dwells on her growing up, of missing
school because her family could not
afford shoes, of the communality of
mining families and the brutality of
the pit closures. She talks with moving
honesty of the subsequent hollowing
out of families and of purpose – of
how her own brother “died of a broken
heart” when he lost his job in the
pit – and how she now works as a
community leader and part of a heritage
trust to preserve that history. The story
is familiar but no less touching for that.
The scrolling, lifelike progress of the
wall-sized, youthful avatar, however,
striding over obstacles in her shorts,
looks a parody of that real-life struggle,
hardship as virtual entertainment. The
local is made universal, global, and
something is lost in the process.
In this contained way the exhibition
poses interesting questions of the
nature of politics in our fractured and
mediated present: is protest a heritage
industry, another look to be tried on,
Alfredo Jaar’s The Garden of Good and Evil at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Jonty Wilde
or a rooted reality? Where might our
contemporary concern be focused?
Two of the pieces in the Bothy
Gallery seem to reach out beyond its
walls and provide one answer to those
questions. Amid the flotsam of 70s
protest here are two wall hangings
from a related narrative. They were
both made by refugees from General
Pinochet’s Chile, a thousand of whom
were given a home in nearby Sheffield
in the late 1970s. One, created by
an unknown political prisoner, is a
colourful, guitar-shaped homage
to the Chilean protest singer Victor
Jara (whose songs are, by happy
coincidence, available as a selection
on Ruth Ewan’s jukebox). The other
is a large-scale wall hanging – which
might easily be mistaken for an NUM
union banner – made to celebrate
the Sheffield refugees’ “Jornada de
Nuestras Vidas”, their new life in
Yorkshire, back in 1976.
The narrative threads of these
tapestries lead you back out into the
open air to the other, more urgent,
expression of artistic activism still
on view at the park. Last autumn,
the celebrated Chilean artist (and
“frustrated journalist”) Alfredo Jaar
installed 101 conifers at the park. In
between the trees, like cages from
a Grimm fairytale, are a series of
prison cells, made of stainless steel.
They are mostly hidden from view,
until you delve. The cells are each
one metre square. The dimensions
are important, a reference to the late
Palestinian Mahmoud Darwish’s
poems from an Israeli prison, and a
metaphor for the “black sites”, the
secret detention centres operated
by the CIA in Thailand, Poland,
Afghanistan, Romania, Guantánamo
Bay and Diego Garcia.
Jaar suggests these spaces as the
globalised equivalent of the Greenham
base of 40 years ago; how to protest
against them is a silent question. As
the small retrospective of Jaar’s work
– since his own exile from Chile – also
attests, the courage to bear witness
does not go away; it just changes shape,
gets older. The Garden of Good and Evil
will be a permanent addition to the
park as it enters its fifth decade.
Laura Cumming returns next week
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TV + Radio
Blame game,
Bristol fashion
Sarah Lancashire’s social worker is the perfect
scapegoat in Channel 4’s gritty adoption
drama, while Spiral hits a scuzzy new high
Kiri C4
Next of Kin ITV
Spiral BBC Four
We learned from 2016’s National
Treasure a couple of things about
writer Jack Thorne: that he doesn’t do
cheap sententious moralising – that
particular take on Operation Yewtree
could have been woefully tawdry in
lesser hands – and that he likes to keep
us guessing to the end. The signs are all
there that his new TV thriller, Kiri, will
be even more nuanced and similarly
gnarly right down to the wire.
And, I think, even better. Where
NT had the arguable “mereness” of
the icky fat old man/babysitter factor,
this first episode ended with the gutpunch that was the discovery of young
Kiri’s body in a woodland ditch near
Bristol. There are big themes here,
of trans-race adoption, of race itself
and class itself, of much pulling up
of drawbridges inside a social work
department: where NT was all about
shame, Kiri is all about blame.
It began, however, impossibly
breezily, Bristol’s very flyovers made
to look somehow leafy and dappled,
and gutsy social worker Miriam,
within about eight minutes, and with
minimal props – a hip flask, a gouty,
flatulent rescue dog – establishing this
is a caring lass who knows how to cut
meaningless corners, knows not to take
pointless offence when none is meant,
despairs of tinpot bureaucrats, will
soldier on uphill past many strangers
with a clap on the shoulder and a
weary backward wave: crucially, this
was a part that only really deserved to
be owned by Sarah Lancashire.
Happy Valley’s Sgt Catherine
Cawood has migrated with ludicrous
ease to the Bristolian accent, and for a
while the sun still shines: even when
Kiri, for whom Miriam’s organised a
last-minute house visit to her black
birth grandparents before nodding
through her official adoption, from the
care of a jailbird father to (apparently)
nice, white, middle classers – even
when Kiri suddenly disappears
Miriam’s reaction is concern, yes, but
mainly exasperation.
Which is why it is such a shock, for
us but mainly for her, when the body
is found. The tabloid shitstorm begins,
literally laps right up to her front door.
(I’ll have to be careful what I say about
tabloids from now on. From next week,
we is one.) Had the department’s
tick-box protocols prioritised Kiri’s
“cultural” needs over her safety? Had
Miriam cut one breezy corner too
many? Expect echoes of the Sun’s
hounding of former children’s services
boss Sharon Shoesmith (backed, you’ll
remember, by that sturdy gossamer
of a man David Cameron), and much
arse-covering, and perhaps some
class issues as the foster family parade
their undoubted pain. Expect, too, the
retelling of that afternoon from various
angles: we’ve yet even to see it from the
point of view of Kiri’s grandad, Tobi,
the phenomenal Lucian Msamati. And
expect rightful dissection of Miriam’s
possible errors: was she right to airily
prioritise the care of farty dog Jessie
above the inspection of Tobi’s flat;
is the cheeky wee hipflask there as a
fillip or a crutch? Utterly enthralling,
and I’ll be waiting with chewed fingers
to see how this pans out over four tooshort episodes.
Remarkably, last week saw not
one but two sensitive portrayals of
cross-cultural new Britain, without
stereotyping nor a galumphing
message-heavy rabbit punch to the
back of the neck. Perhaps we are, after
all, finally growing up a little. Next of
Kin – a six-part thriller co-written by
the delightful Natasha Narayan, once of
this parish – is brutal, yes, as anything
veering from Lahore to London,
featuring beheadings and bombs and
radicalisation was always going to
Sarah Lancashire as social worker Miriam in the ‘utterly enthralling’ Kiri. Below: ‘the always standout’ Archie Panjabi in Next of Kin.
Next of Kin is brutal,
yes, as anything
featuring beheadings
and bombs was going
to be, but tender too
be – but tender, too, in its vibrance of
London life as lived by the Shirani clan.
Correction: as once lived. Now they are
down two, a beloved brother, taken by
an Isis franchise on his way home from
good medical works, and a son, possibly
radicalised, fled from London to Spain
or rather, of course, Lahore. The
suspicions descend like a pall, on all the
family, all the friends, and you yearn
for the first minutes when the Shiranis
were just getting on with their lives
– joking, and wearing miniskirts, and
tutting, and arguing over tidiness and
food and phones – in Britain. My own
suspicions too: I was wrong, as it turned
out, but I inwardly winced at the simple
sight of a tourist bus slowly ambling
down a London kerb, convinced there
was about to come a crack, and screams,
and a bloom of blue smoke, and the
sirens. The terrorists shall not cow us,
they say, but increasingly politicians’
easy slogans just begin to look exactly
that: if I am conditioned to react this
way, never mind the appalling effect
on the likes of the Shiranis, even or,
especially, the good doctor Mona
(the always standout Archie Panjabi),
whose very neighbours now shun
them… hasn’t someone won, or at least
something large been lost? Hugely
intelligent television, and I hope it will
not stoop early to cliche.
It is not too late (it turns out) to
come to Spiral, which is now, if a little
suddenly, my favourite TV viewing
of the year, if not all time. Many have
tried to put their fingers on why
they should find it so absorbing, this
subtitled buddy-buddy-buddy flic
flick set, by and large, on the scuzzy
side of the peripherique, a Paris
far from champagne and waiters
and tourist tat, a Paris perfumed in
the main by burning tyres, cheap,
stinking smuggled cigarettes and ribald
bleak humour.
The French title is Engrenages,
which more literally translates as
something approaching “wheels
within cogs”, which is slightly more
apposite: in each series, the stories
whirl, collide, mesh or spatter, and
you’re left with an admiring, headshaking, revolted sense of “wha’ppen?”
There is nothing but seamlessly good
acting here, whether it’s the main
triangle of cops – Laure, Gilou, Tintin –
or legal stalwarts examining magistrate
FranÇois Roban (Philippe Duclos)
and flame-haired lawyer Joséphine
Karlsson (Audrey Fleurot).
Filmed last year during Paris’s many
troubles, it can’t have been an easy
series to get into the can (not least last
night’s street riot) and the very unease
of the police, if not the actual open
terrorism, is perfectly evinced, with
a plot that reeks of paranoia. Not that
the main trio might notice: Gilou and
Tintin continue to buffer and batter
their way through each other and
through the plot, big old buffoon teddy
bears with guns: above all, Caroline
Proust as Captain Laure Berthaud
holds them all together. Determinedly
unsmiling, spartanly as unsexy as ever
a Frenchwoman can be, yet when she
does smile tout le monde smiles with
her. If you only watch one series of
Spiral, watch this one.
border in Turkey to try to see his
children. This is a touching story,
and I’m very glad to have heard it.
I salute McDowall’s dedication to
championing the best – experimental,
out-there – audio.
The Cameron Years isn’t any of these
things. Instead, it’s an example of
what Radio 4 does well: letting an
informed journalist do their
job. In this case, Steve
Richards examines
recent political history
to unpick Cameron’s
prime ministership.
The first episode, as
you might expect,
focuses on Europe
and the Brexit vote.
The interviewees have
differing opinions. Some
saw Cameron as a solid
European (Ken Clarke); others saw
him as pragmatic – in the EU, but
only if it advantaged the UK (George
Eustice). It’s interesting that both
these supposed Cameron viewpoints
were the same as those of the person
speaking. He seems to have reflected
everyone’s views back at them, so they
all thought he was on their side.
You don’t hear from him, or George
Osborne. The closest you get to
Cameron is Ed Vaizey, who tried to
persuade Michael Gove to campaign
for Remain; and Oliver Letwin,
who tried to do the same with Boris
Johnson. The Cameron Years vividly
explains the febrile Tory atmosphere
that led to the Brexit vote. And it
shows just how pie-in-the-sky the idea
of going back on that vote is, sadly.
Politics moves on. Everything in this
programme is already ancient history.
We are where we are.
Just time to mention Radio 2’s
planned shake-up of its schedules.
And what a shake-up it is! Jo
Whiley, who’s certainly put in the
hours, is allowed on during daylight
(summertime) hours (5-8pm), as
long as she’s accompanied by a man:
Simon Mayo. Mayo, one of the few
Radio 2 men able and willing to share
airtime equally with a female, is the
right person to partner Whiley: the
show will be good. Blues expert Paul
Jones has been elbowed in favour of
Cerys Matthews, and Sara Cox gets a
new weeknight 10pm slot. It’s progress,
but incremental. I think we’re meant
to be grateful.
Found in translation
Papa, We’re in Syria Radio Atlas
The Cameron Years R4
Radio Atlas turns up
more foreign language
audio gems, while
Steve Richards unpicks
David Cameron’s reign
as PM
Radio Atlas is the intriguing
podcast strand curated by producer
extraordinaire Eleanor McDowall.
I’ve written about it before, but just to
recap: McDowall (right) finds excellent
audio (documentaries, soundscapes,
interviews) from places where English
is not the spoken language. She adds
a simple translation, which pops up
onscreen as you listen. And that’s
it. The wonder of the podcast is its
unexpectedness. You don’t know what
you’re going to get until you press play.
The other wonder is, of course, that
you’re not simply listening. Unlike
most audio, Radio Atlas requires you
to stop doing whatever else you have
planned (cooking, driving, walking the
dog), because you need to look at the
screen as well as listen to the sound.
You have to concentrate. This leads
to an experience much more akin to
reading a book than watching a film.
You imagine how people look, where
they are. It’s remarkably evocative.
Anyway, I recommend the strand
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to you as a general good thing, and
I also particularly recommend a
recent episode: Papa, We’re in Syria.
Winner of the 2017 Prix Europa for
best European radio documentary,
this is a story that seems familiar. An
ordinary German family is pulled apart
when the two grownup sons convert
to Islam, and run away to join IS in
Syria. Although we read about
such things happening, it’s
rare that we hear from
all the characters, that
we’re allowed inside
the conversations. But
in this case, the father,
Joachim Gerhard, a
successful businessman,
kept phoning his two
boys, Klaus (25) and
Mike (18), and leaving them
messages. He recorded these, as
well as the phone conversations he had
with them. In these, the boys sound
determined and world-weary. They
believe that their course is the only
true path; that their father’s way of life,
geared, as they see it, towards work
and money, is wrong and unholy.
I don’t want to spoil the tale
for you, but Gerhard goes to the
Oh Mother, where art thou?
Anoushka Warden’s mischievous monologue
is a gift for Patsy Ferran, but a revival of
Andrea Dunbar’s tale of a Thatcher-era
threesome fails to tell us anything new
My Mum’s a Twat
Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, Royal Court,
London SW1; until Sat
Rita, Sue and Bob Too
Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Royal Court,
London SW1; until 27 Jan
Anoushka Warden’s spicy first play
comes with a touch of alchemy. After
all, as in a fairytale, she is the youngest
of seven children. She has magicked
what could have been a tear-soaked
memoir into a rap. Having learned
about gangsta rap from one of her sibs,
Warden was never drawn to Celine
Dion’s wanness but to Tupac Shakur’s
Hit ’Em Up. Inured to some misogyny
and violence, she found it empowering.
My Mum’s a Twat throws a punch:
at her mother, at the movement that
seduced her, at the journalists who
didn’t listen to her when she tried to
tell her story. When Warden was 12 –
she is now 34 – her attentive mother
was swept up by a cult. She became
set on “healing” (failing to cure her
daughter’s scars) and meditation, a
path she was persuaded had to be
pursued in Canada, persisting even
when her daughter said she wouldn’t
go with her. So Warden went to live
with her father in Devon, visiting the
Canadian cult in the hols. Where she
had a mostly good, that’s to say, bad
teenage time. Delivering coke with
pizza, drying out skunk in her bedside
cabinet, having her first Reese’s Peanut
Butter Cup.
Written in two weeks, and written
with flair, this “true story filtered
through a hazy memory” has the
power of compulsive confession and
its unevenness: the extraordinary is
jumbled with routine teenage angst;
it ricochets rather than builds. Added
dash comes from Vicky Featherstone
and Jude Christian’s production –
swoony music encloses woo-woo
moments – and in Chloe Lamford’s
lovely teenage-bedroom design: some
spectators sit on beanbags; trolls (oldstyle) line up on a shelf.
Marvellous Patsy Ferran is Warden.
Always able to appeal directly to
the audience she is sprite-like, often
appearing less as a character than a
mood. Her feet slide as if she were
skating; her features swivel all over
her face. She is a natural comic with
a seam of sadness. Physically unlike
the dramatist – known to much of
the audience on press night as the
Court’s press officer – she catches
her restless mischief: tapping on a
keyboard, her feet move as if longing
to dance away. She has only one fault:
she allows for no rest between vivid
moments. She can’t, you see, bear to be
boring. And she is not.
Rita, Sue and Bob Too comes to
the Court after a nationwide tour,
supercharged with stories. First that
of the dramatist Andrea Dunbar, who
Bob, a cruising penis in
jeans, is himself under
threat. He has to wag
his willy because he
has little else to offer
put on stage the life she lived and
saw around her on the Buttershaw
estate in Bradford in the 80s (not
many dramatists like that nowadays),
and who was dead at 29 from a brain
tumour. Then the storyy of the Court’s
windmilling reactions.
At the height of the Weinstein
revelations, Max Stafford-Clark,
co-director with Kate Wasserberg,
om the production
stepped down from
ducer Out of Joint,
and from co-producer
ions of sexual
following allegations
harassment. The theatre found
ng on a play in
the idea of putting
ar-old girls
which two 15-year-old
have sex with a 25-year-old
ostly in the
married man, mostly
back of a car, “confl
and cancelled thee show.
But following an
The ‘sprite-like’ Patsy Ferran in My Mum’s
a Twat at the Royal Court.
Below: Gemma Dobson, James Atherton
and Taj Atwal as Rita in Rita, Sue and
Bob Too: ‘a precarious evening’.
Photographs by Tristram Kenton
outcry – surely this was a singularly
apt time for a revival? Since when did
showing a play mean endorsement?
– artistic director Vicky Featherstone
overturned the cancellation, and said
she hoped the staging would be an
occasion for new conversations.
The conversation is happening.
But this is a p
precarious evening: a
retrieval rather than a re
What is terrific
terrific about Du
Dunbar is her
clear-eyed frankness. Sh
She records
without preconceptions
preconceptions. The girls are
not victims – or not simp
simply victims.
They are quick-witted, aavid, and up
for “a jump”. They conduct
almostadult lives as a schoolgirl
schoolg game:
giggling together in
the back seat of the
car; speaking
chor watching
in chorus;
each other
as Bob
goes at it, pumping
a ay, tr
trousers around
his knees and squabbling about who
has the first turn; flinging around soggy
rubber johnnies. Bob, a cruising penis
in jeans, is himself under threat. He has
to wag his willy because he has little
else to offer. No one has enough to do.
Thatcherism has them all on the skids.
The once urgency of the play gleams
intermittently in its sharp dialogue. It
is a striking chronicle of misogyny – of
the casual “run an iron over my jeans”
kind, and the vicious slut-calling and
battering kind. It is also a witness to the
succour of female friendship. Gemma
Dobson, sassy and wistful, makes a
memorable stage debut.
Yet, rather like the Court’s recent
revival of Road, Wasserberg’s
production often feels not immediate
but monumental, set up to honour a
piece of theatrical history. There is even
a battleaxe mother in curlers. It nods to
current events but does not give us new
ways of thinking about them.
by the Australian percussive guitarist
Geordie Little). On this stage, bare of
everything but a trapeze and a small copse
of canes (sticks topped with blocks of
wood the area of the palm of a hand), five
young circus performers create a world
inspired by the movements of spiders,
lemurs, tree frogs, birds of paradise, etc.
Rather than directly imitating these animal
models, the performers amalgamate
their shapes and distil their qualities –
inquisitiveness, combativeness,
tactility – into a series of
vignettes and encounters.
Rhiannon and Daniel
Cave-Walker attract and
repel one another through
springs, throws, jumps
and intertwinings; Imogen
Huzel hand-balances,
bird-like, on the canes; Matt
Pasquet’s frog- and reptilesuggesting sequences at times
extend towards self-indulgence.
Engaging overall (and, generally,
technically accomplished) the work does
not quite feel fully formed. The distancing
from the animal models leads into
abstraction that needs to be more sharply
shaped and dynamically developed. For
me, Enni-Maria Lymi on the trapeze most
successfully creates a playful, intriguing
presence, while still avoiding anecdotal
anthropomorphism. Clare Brennan
Tragic puzzle
of this sweet
child of mine
‘Compelling’: Sophie Khan Levy, left,
in Hanna. Below: Shirley Henderson and
Arinzé Kene in Girl from the North Country.
Robert Workman; Tristram Kenton
Arcola, London E8; until 20 Jan
Girl from the North Country
Noël Coward, London WC2; until 24 March
Hanna, a new play by Sam Potter, is like
overhearing talk outside the school
gates, except that there is only one
mother doing the talking. As Hanna,
Sophie Khan Levy makes eye contact
with her audience with such sympathetic
naturalness that one feels almost tempted
to interrupt her monologue and turn
it into a conversation. Her compelling
performance brings out her character’s
insecurity through a smile that intensifies
and fades, as though on a dimmer switch.
Yet for all her hesitancy, Khan Levy shows
that Hanna knows herself.
In George Turvey’s elegantly focused
production, she sits in what could be
a television studio were it not that we
are her only company. Her story is hard
to process: a DNA test reveals that her
daughter is not hers (an alcoholic hospital
worker swapped babies). Hanna describes
meeting her real daughter and the real
daughter’s “mother”. It is a great subject
for a play – an emotional tug-of-war
in which it is, at first, morally unclear in
which direction to pull. Potter is sharp and
entertaining about nature and nurture and
the divisiveness of British society. Visiting
the house where her daughter lives is,
Hanna feels, “like being shown round the
Cluedo board”. Her daughter has been
“upgraded”. Potter confidently overturns
cliche – especially the commonplace
about children’s adaptability: “Children
hate change,” she asserts. And, in case you
wondered, this story is not far-fetched. In
a blog about her play, Potter quotes the
statistic that, worldwide, an estimated
19,000 babies a year are accidentally
swapped at birth.
It is wonderful to see Girl from the
North Country, Conor McPherson’s
sell-out Old Vic production, make the
transition to the West End. There is none
of the complacency that often blights
such transfers. This brilliant quilt of a play,
stitched out of Bob Dylan’s songs, retains
its immediacy as if (to quote a Dylan lyric)
the cast had succeeded in “shedding off
one more layer of skin”. Shirley Henderson
remains a knock-out as lewd, shrewd yet
demented Elizabeth Laine. Sheila Atim’s
Marianne Laine is as moving as she is
melodious. Arinzé Kene is charisma itself
as Joe Scott and Jack Shalloo’s Elias Burke
is electric as the damaged boy who surges
into posthumous life. All that remains now
is for Dylan to get down to the Noël Coward
theatre to see it. Kate Kellaway
Jacksons Lane, London N6; until 14 Jan
Surprising, amusing, frequently physically
impressive, occasionally frustrating –
Fauna is a not quite circus, almost dance
and nearly theatre. Such a cross-genre
mix has been a feature of the London
international mime festival since it
launched in 1977. One of the few forms
seldom seen there is the sort of whitefaced, body-stockinged, silent
gestural movement – often
associated with Marcel
Marceau – that, for a time,
seemed to epitomise the
work “mime”. This year’s
festival, which has just
launched (and runs until
3 February), includes
16 productions (some
plan to tour). They feature,
variously, juggling, dance, masks,
mechanical objects, recalcitrant
objects, aerialists, film, magic and, even,
words. Themes range from “challenging”
explorations of post-traumatic stress
(A Brave Face, touring until 30 May) to
feelgood fantasies fit for children as well as
adults (Bêtes de foire).
Fauna is family-friendly. Across the
initially empty space, whistles like bird
calls evoke a tropical forest (the action is
accompanied throughout by music created
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‘Unexpectedly nuanced’:
Camila Cabello, Fifth
Harmony member
turned solo star.
David Ramirez
The Go! Team
We’re Not Going Anywhere
On the face of it, Texas singer-songwriter
David Ramirez’s third album title suggests
the anomie of small town Americana,
all shut factories and thwarted Bruce
Springsteen escapes. These are grownup
songs about drinking on a Tuesday (Time),
Okie ancestors forced to move (Eliza Jane)
and the frustrations of transatlantic love
(Telephone Lovers). Refocus, though, and
this artist of Mexican/US heritage is saying
something quite specific on songs like the
moving elegy for America, Twins, abetted by
an eloquent rock band and a post-War on
Drugs spaciousness: that the many cultures
making up the US will not be intimidated,
and guys like him aren’t going anywhere. KE
All tuned up and ready to go
Camila Cabello
Her heart, famously, is in Havana, “ooh,
na, na”. Camila Cabello’s head, however,
is firmly on her shoulders, if her debut
solo album is anything to go by. Tuneful,
to-the-point and unexpectedly
nuanced for a commercial pop record
in which the writing credits are
so lengthy as to require their own
postcode, Camila proves that the
20-year-old Cuban-Mexican-American
creative was wise to go it alone.
Cabello left the mothership of her
successful girl group, the US X Factororchestrated Fifth Harmony, just over
a year ago. Despite the bad blood spilt
on social media, the story was as old
as manufactured pop itself: talented
and ambitious artist chafes at enforced
group-sing, aims higher. Having
co-fronted – and, critically, co-authored
– two big solo hits while still in Fifth
Harmony, I Know What You Did Last
Summer, with Shawn Mendes, and
Bad Things, with Machine Gun Kelly,
Cabello’s solo success became an
inevitability – one rewarded tenfold
last summer with Havana (feat Young
Thug), a massive international No 1
hit whose Latino sing-song melody
required a forklift to shift from your
head and, indeed, from the top of
the UK charts for five weeks. Those
“na na na’s” could easily double as a
playground taunt tossed over Cabello’s
shoulder to Fifth Harmony.
Originally announced last May,
and given the working title The
Hurting. The Healing. The Loving, you
get the feeling this album has been
refashioned in the wake of Havana,
probably for the good. Old singles
have been jettisoned, some reasonably
(OMG feat Quavo underperformed)
and some unexpectedly (the excellent
I Have Questions).
The rejigged Camila still riffs hard on
love gone wrong (the overriding theme
when The Hurting… was mooted),
with a processed sound that achieves
cohesion, despite the many production
hands on deck. Usually, the piano
ballads are the nail-drumming nadir
of the contemporary pop album, but
here, Consequences exhibits greaterthan-average originality. “Lost a little
weight because I wasn’t eating,” croons
Cabello; “loving you had consequences”.
It’s hard to carve out any unique
space in the crowded female vocal
market, but as the album goes on
Cabello sounds less like Ariana Grande,
more like Kehlani and, ultimately,
herself: All These Years features a
particularly parched Cabello warble,
the smoothing impetus of technology
allowing for cracks and fissures.
The raunchy come-hithers you
assume have been dropped in late in the
day can be as boring and samey as piano
ballads. But here, Cabello acquits herself
well as an R&B vixen. The frisky Into It
feels like her next hit (“I see a king-size
bed in the corner/We should get into
it”), while Inside Out takes up familiar
Havana themes. Amid mentions of
south Miami and a reggaeton meets
tropical pop vibe, an innocent-sounding
Cabello aims to “love you inside out”.
In the Dark, meanwhile, works both
as booty call and as a plea for intimacy:
“show me the scary parts”, entreats
Cabello. Best of all is the gently Latinate
She Loves Control. It appears to be a
profile of a heartbreaker “who lives for
the thrill”, but works just as well as a
declaration of independence from, say,
an oppressive employment situation a
certain singer has outgrown. “Control,
hey!” shouts Cabello at the end.
Kitty Empire
Everybody Wants
to Be Famous
The hot new sound
of 2018 sounds
suspiciously like a
burbling indie pop
song, but we like it.
Kendrick Lamar
All the Stars
SZA’s celestial
chorus dazzles
on Kendrick’s
Black Panther
soundtrack song.
Cardi B ft. 21 Savage
Bartier Cardi
Cardi asserts her
place as hip-hop’s
new queen, with
delicious bars and
loaded, echoey
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Brighton’s Go! Team, a shape-shifting beast
ever since 2004 debut Thunder, Lightning,
Strike, listed in the direction of wistful indie
on 2015’s The Scene Between. But 2018,
sonic architect Ian Parton decided, needed
a Berocca-style boost, a psychedelic
marching band to blast away global gloom.
The fightback kicks off with Mayday’s
insistent morse beeps, swaggering soul
and sweetly strident vocals, gathering
force through Hey!’s fusillade of cries and fat
brass riffs and She’s Got Guns’s galvanising
old-school rap from original frontwoman
Ninja. The Go! Team’s Semicircle may not
be unbroken, but they’re definitely coming
back around hard. Emily Mackay
Blue Madonna
Black Rebel Motorcyle
Club Wrong Creatures
American singer Garrett Borns’s second
album confidently returns to the sugary
glam-influenced pop of his debut,
without reheating its MGMT/Empire of
the Sun stompers. Borns’s productions
orchestrate a fabulous collision of nostalgia
and futurism, but his songwriting rarely
impresses and the lyrics lack depth. Lana
Del Rey’s mannered passivity may be a
boon when yoked to oversized personalities
like A$AP Rocky, but on their dull duet God
Save Our Young Blood, Del Rey and Borns’s
blankness multiplies. There are moments
of brilliance, particularly during Iceberg,
Tension and Blue Madonna, but Borns’s best
work is surely still to come. Damien Morris
Sex-positive rapper cupcakKe is back
with an exuberant third album of her
trademark bold, cartoonish raunch.
Ephorize is teeming with brash bars like
“I only call you Captain, ’cause your dick
is off the hook” (Duck Duck Goose), but
for all the comic – if vulgar – bravado,
there’s a directness to her words, a new
inwardness (“Most people already skipped
this song, ’cause it ain’t about sex and
killing,” Self Interview tellingly observes).
With charged production that flits
between old-school hip-hop, futuristic
pop and even Latin, at 15 tracks it can feel
diluted, but there’s no doubt cupcakKe is
a potent MC on the rise. Tara Joshi
Richard Galliano
and Thierry Escaich
BRMC mapped out their territory on their
2001 debut – essentially, dark and scuzzy
black-clad rock – and have barely moved
from it since. Their eighth album is another
solid affair, from the Mary Chain menace
of Spook to the slow-building guitar wigout of standout Ninth Configuration, not
to mention the unexpected Shaun Ryder
vocal stylings on the queasily lurching,
fairground-evoking Circus Bazooko. At
times, however, they come across as a
little too ponderous, the likes of Haunt and
stadium-indie plod Echo noteworthy mainly
for their complete lack of spark. It makes for
an album that, weighing in at an hour long,
can feel rather bloated. Phil Mongredien
Toto Bona Lokua
Twelve years between albums is a stretch,
but the members of this innovative AfroFrench trio have busy individual careers.
Cameroon’s Richard Bona, Congo’s Lokua
Kanza and the Antilles’ Gerald Toto are all
celebrated for their lithe vocals, which are
here at the forefront of gentle, samba-style
rhythms. Picked and strummed guitars, flute
and discreet electro atmospherics provide
a dreamy backdrop, with the triumvirate
of voices alternating between solo and
immaculate sweet harmonies – an African
Crosby, Stills & Nash, if you like. Ma Mama is
a gentle opener, M’aa Kiana hits a plaintive
note and Awo has a more forceful, jazzy
groove, but it’s seamless stuff. Neil Spencer
Jacob Obrecht
Missa Grecorum & motets
The Brabant Ensemble/Rice
What kind of jazz, you might ask, could
be produced by a duo of accordion and
church organ? By any conventional
definition, the answer would be, none at
all. Except, that is, for the fact that this
music is largely improvised, with the
instruments taking the lead by turns.
Listened to with that in mind, these
13 pieces are full of interest. Galliano, of
course, is a master of this genre, and a
virtuoso of the accordion. Escaich is new
to me. Together they create a fascinating
patchwork of colours and textures. The
best parts are those with the accordion
to the fore and the organ shimmering in
the background. Dave Gelly
The Netherlands composer Jacob
Obrecht (1457/8-1505), who worked
variously in Bruges, Antwerp and Italy,
was long overshadowed by his illustrious
contemporary Josquin des Prez. Thanks
in part to a new scholarly edition,
Obrecht’s originality, and his innovative
solutions to large mass settings such as
the Missa Grecorum featured here, are
being given their due. The mixed voice
Brabant Ensemble tackles Obrecht’s rich,
sensuous textures and tangy dissonances
with both purity and robustness. The long
“amen” in the motet O beate Basili, on disc
for the first time, is especially splendid.
Fiona Maddocks
Bach, Handel
Magnificat, Dixit Dominus
Vox Luminis/Meunier
Fire on All Sides
James Rhodes (piano)
As the celebrity University Challenge teams
were much slower to identify this Magnificat
as Bach’s than was my six-year-old
a new recording may be a good
pla to start the year. Vox Luminis take
th deft consort approach forward into
two brilliant 18th-century works. It’s
to hear both without pile-driving
and over-assertive singing. The
inflections and piercing precision
of the Handel makes it more successful,
the Italianate background of
th piece; the even more demanding Bach
the soloists’ skills, though the clarity
of the ensemble shines through this most
of masterpieces. Nicholas Kenyon
Jarvis Cocker has called James Rhodes’s
forthcoming book Fire on All Sides – his
account of a concert tour accompanied
by his ever-present personal demons –
“hysterical, harrowing, honest”. Now we
can hear the Bach, Chopin, Beethoven
and Rachmaninov that kept Rhodes from
going under. There is real pain in the pivotal
chords that shift the mood in the last
movement of Beethoven’s piano sonata
No 31 in A flat major; aching tenderness and
stately grandeur in two Chopin nocturnes
(B major, Op 62 No 1 and C minor, Op 48
No 1) and glorious triumph against the
odds in Rachmaninov’s prelude in D flat
minor, Op 32 No 13. Stephen Pritchard
‘Sharing music
is a sacred act’
‘I tried to push myself to be
uncomfortable’: Merrill Garbus,
front, with Nate Brenner
of Tune-Yards. Photograph
by Eliot Lee Hazel
Merrill Garbus, frontwoman of art-pop act
Tune-Yards, talks to Holly Williams about white
privilege, female producers and dance music
music, but people getting together
and – whether or not it’s drug-related
– there’s just that idealism and love.
These days it’s hard to centre around
love and not have it feel suspicious
to people. Those movements of rave
music explore that.
Merrill Garbus was raised in
Connecticut, and after working for
a puppet theatre in Vermont, selfreleased her first album as Tune-Yards.
Bird-Brains was picked up by the
label 4AD in 2009. After moving to
California, Garbus recorded 2011’s
acclaimed Whokill and 2014’s Nikki
Nack with bassist Nate Brenner.
Garbus presents Claw, a radio show
for Red Bull, playing work by “femaleidentifying producers”. Tune-Yards’s
latest record, I Can Feel You Creep Into
My Private Life, is out on Friday.
How did the radio show come about?
I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life is
a great title. Where did that come from?
People assume it’s some kind of
privacy, Google thing, but it actually
came through a meditation course
that I did related to race and white
privilege, trying to sit with the deep
feelings of what it means to grow up in
racism. These aren’t things I can just
sign petitions about or go to marches
about – actually, there’s a place that it
lives inside of me. There’s a concept
of white fragility that’s very hard for
white people to hear when they are
being racist. It’s about trying to take
that in without defensiveness.
It’s so easy to think “I’m not like that” or
“it doesn’t apply to me”.
Exactly. And I recognise that most
of the time [racism is] not personal,
it’s pretty institutional. But the
personal part is: how can I push back,
when the tides are flowing in the
direction of white supremacy?
When we did Nikki Nack I asked the
label and a few other people “are
there any women out there producing
records?” And there were a lot of blank
stares. That really disturbed me, so I
went on my own hunt and of course –
of course – there are thousands upon
thousands of women producing. My
dream was to pair rappers with women
producers, and as I was dreaming it up,
Red Bull approached me to see if I had
an idea for a show.
The lyrics to Colonizer on the new album
talk about cultural appropriation, about
who gets to tell the stories. Was that
something you were wrestling with?
Yeah, totally. We’re becoming very
aware of the voices of history that
we grow up with. I love my job, but I
also have doubts about whose voices
need to be heard right now. It’s not
like I’m Madonna or Katy Perry, but I
have some kind of reach. I go through
both needing to sing, to open up my
lungs and create sound, but also at
times being disgusted by my own
voice. But I tried to push myself to be
uncomfortable, because that’s what
this work of being a human is, and
particularly what being an artist with
a public voice is.
Your live shows always look like a lot of
fun. How important is the performance
side of Tune-Yards for you?
I come from a theatre background, and
also I had parents who brought me up
in various folk traditions, and many of
those are about ritual and what we do
together as humans to process life on
this planet. So, for me, getting on stage
is creating this ritual. I think the shared
experience of music – experiencing
rhythm together, experiencing
movement together – is sacred.
Your uncomfortable lyrics are often within
fun, upbeat-sounding songs. Is that a
deliberate contrast?
That’s always been what I love in the
music I surround myself with: music
that has you dancing before you realise
what you’re listening to. Hip-hop does
that, Fela Kuti did that, Congolese
dance music does that…
You’ve been DJing more recently - has
that influenced the desire to make
something people can dance to?
Absolutely, it was leaning towards
dance music, and understanding
Do you ever miss the days of recording
alone with a Dictaphone and a laptop?
‘I go through life
needing to sing, to
create sound, but also
being disgusted by my
own voice at times’
the value and the history of people
getting together in clubs. Here in San
Francisco, disco was really important
in the gay rights movement, and that’s
true also for the beginning of house
and techno, for people who were
marginalised. And especially in the
UK: I didn’t really know about rave
No, not really. I was really sad back
then. Now I’m in a pretty wonderful
partnership, and I get to travel the world
and play in front of thousands of people.
I am dumbstruck by what we have.
Tune-Yards tour the UK from 13 March;
emerge from
the shadows
‘Ready to be obsessed over’:
Heather Baron-Gracie
of Pale Waves at the
Lexington. Photograph
by Antonio Olmos for
the Observer
Pale Waves
The Lexington, London N1
You suspect Pale Waves are the sort of
new band who delight in subverting
expectations. One glance at singing
guitarist Heather Baron-Gracie and
drummer Ciara Doran – Gothic china
dolls with yin-and-yang raven and
bleached blond hair – and it’s safe
to assume their music would be all
po-faced, emo sturm-und-drang, that
their dream gig would be the cover of
Kerrang! magazine.
Instead, as the Manchester
four-piece launch into Television
Romance, their biggest tune to date
(2.9m YouTube views), Pale Waves
reveal themselves to be less pale and
interesting and more sly and funky.
Baron-Gracie is letting some guy down
gently – “You and I haven’t got it /
Television romance” – but the tune is
pure pop, the guitar lines bejewelled,
and the uptight bass harks back to the
era of Whitney Houston’s I Wanna
Dance With Somebody.
The women – Baron-Gracie and
Doran – are the prime movers. Bassist
Charlie Wood, poached from another
Manchester band, and guitarist Hugo
Silvani, a veteran of less ambitious
outfits, are the capable, ungothic hands
hired to fulfil the pair’s creative vision.
That vision is playing out nicely:
Pale Waves placed fifth on the BBC’s
bellwether Sound of 2018 poll, one of
only two guitar bands of 16 hopefuls.
Doran is producing the band’s debut
album, currently being recorded.
They’re touring all spring and into the
festival season. Pale Waves are primed
and ready to be obsessed over by an
audience for whom visual genre cues
are a vestigial concern.
For now, though, there is a
throat-clearing four-song EP, All the
Things I Never Said, and songs like
My Obsession. Tonight, it exhibits
some black-clad leanings. “When
death comes you should be heaven’s
obsession,” sings Baron-Gracie.
But it also sounds like someone
has left a vintage Walkman to play
Don Henley’s The Boys of Summer
underneath the stage.
Songs like Kiss and The Tide,
meanwhile, join the dots between
white funk, the Cure and Taylor Swift
– dots that were not hugely obvious
until Baron-Gracie and Doran traced
them with eyeliner.
Someone did get there first, though:
Pale Waves’ labelmates and mentors,
the 1975 – another Manchester guitar
band who decided 80s funk-pop
was the new indie guitar rock, and
promptly scored a No 1 album not
just in the UK but the US with I Like
It When You Sleep, for You Are So
Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It (2016).
They are now readying their hotly
anticipated follow-up, Music for Cars.
The 1975 produced two of Pale
Waves’ early singles – There’s a Honey
and Television Romance – and 1975
singer Matt Healy directed the nicely
turned video for the latter. Pretty much
every Pale Waves song recalls the 1975,
and maybe even one specific 1975 song
– She’s American. While Baron-Gracie
and Doran might look like they love
the gloom, Pale Waves are going to
have to work hard to emerge from their
mentors’ shadow.
Their pop songs are strong, though.
Recent single New Year’s Eve captures
the angst of that overhyped party
night with an earworm of a melody.
Its eloquent uncertainty – Pale Waves’
most discernible theme – is repeated
on swirly set closer There’s a Honey.
“I would give you my body, but am I
sure that you want me?” sings BaronGracie – only to be cut short by a goodnatured stage invasion.
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The roundabout return of Ulysses
Singers and orchestra revolve valiantly in Royal Opera’s uneven but unmissable Monteverdi, a Swedish
Salome casts her spell, and Haydn’s Creation works its animal magic
gym-fit physique?), managed to sing
convincingly while circling round the
musicians on a tandem. Not to be tried
at home, and maybe not in the theatre
either. That momentary wobble wasn’t
good for those of a nervous disposition.
Production lapses of this kind, in a
three-hour evening, proved minor,
though I did wonder for a moment if
dry ice had just been invented. The
sensational musicianship is not to be
missed. Try to get to the Roundhouse
wherever you live.
In Royal Opera’s main house,
David McVicar’s 2008 production of
Salome was back for its third revival,
revitalised by director Bárbara Lluch
and conducted with steely tension by
Henrik Nánási. Each orchestral nuance
was laid bare, spectral, screeching,
fluorescent. The ROH orchestra
sounded fierce and lustrous, brief
problems with balance aside. However
grotesque the stage action, Richard
Strauss’s music achieves resonance of
a different magnitude, ripping into our
revolted emotions. That’s surely why
we return to the opera but shy away
from Wilde’s congealed 1891 play on
which it’s so closely based.
This revival is strongly cast.
Designed by Es Devlin in what
might be a human abattoir, ornate
dinner table glimpsed up above, a
sweeping staircase to one side, it’s also
spellbinding to watch.
As Narraboth, David Butt Philip
delivers the opera’s opening lines – “Wie
schön ist die Prinzessin Salome” – with
piercing intensity. His role is brief but
vital. Spurned by Salome, he retreats,
broken, slumped against the wall,
soon to kill himself. The young Page
(Christina Bock), who in turn adores
him, mirrors his actions, grief-stricken,
like a limping puppy: a moment of
authentic love, beautifully handled.
Michael Volle as the prophet
Jokanaan (John the Baptist),
singing with robust precision, and
Michaela Schuster, overdone but
forceful as a dipsomaniac Herodias,
return to their roles.
Making her Royal Opera role debut
as Salome and winning thunderous
applause, Malin Byström showed how
her more lyrical voice, modest in scale
at first, could find new strength as
required. She was molten in the opera’s
closing 10 minutes when she sings her
depraved heart out to the prophet’s
severed head before – why not? –
kissing it.
Byström kept overt sensuality to a
minimum, moving through the Dance
of the Seven Veils (choreographed as
a psychological dream of womanhood
by Andrew George, revived by Emily
Piercy) with agility and poise. If you’re
hoping for cheap thrills, look away:
this Salome actually puts a dress on
rather than strips off. John Daszak as
the slobbering Tetrarch, small-time
potentate, pawn to a greater power
(here, Rome), danced a mean waltz and
sang with the right toadying rapacity.
A relief to have the life-giving joys of
Haydn’s Creation, full of animal magic
but no sex, which launched Kings
Place’s latest Unwrapped series, Time.
Performed with brisk, punchy fervour
by the Orchestra and Choir of the
Age of Enlightenment and incisively
conducted by Adám Fischer, it was
blessed with three talented young
soloists: soprano Charlotte Beament,
tenor James Way and bass Dingle
Yandell. The reduced forces gave
irresistible verve to Haydn’s score.
Time Unwrapped, full of intriguing
concerts, continues all year. How
reassuring to know I’ve already found a
contender for the best of 2018 list.
‘You could feel the atmosphere
evaporating’: Cirque du Soleil’s Ovo at the
Royal Albert Hall.
out the wretchedly unfunny material
apportioned to them. Wednesday’s
opening night was a sell-out, and there
was a real sense of an audience up for
a good time. But as each act ended and
this charmless trio reappeared, you
could feel the atmosphere evaporating,
and the spectators sinking into their
seats. Ovo is Soleil’s 25th show since
its founding in 1984 by Guy Laliberté,
and the company has always made
much of its ties to traditional circus.
But this needn’t mean an adherence to
played-out ideas. More than a dozen
people are credited for the direction
and conceptualisation of Ovo, but none
of them seems to have been interested
in the dynamics of theatre as explored
and practised in the 21st century.
This is a tight, well-oiled production
and the individual acts are eyepopping. The final set piece involves
trampolinists dressed as crickets who
fly through the air before adhering to
a climbing wall as high as a two-storey
house. But the context is dispiriting
and the industrial scale of the whole
ultimately distancing. Ovo is a
throwback. New circus has moved on.
The Return of Ulysses
Roundhouse, London NW1;
until 21 Jan
Royal Opera House, London WC2;
in rep until 30 Jan
The Creation
Kings Place, London N1
After waiting so long for her husband
to get home, what hard luck that
Penelope had lost her voice for the first
night of the Royal Opera’s The Return of
Ulysses at the Roundhouse. Luckily the
mezzo-soprano Christine Rice, who
walked the role, is such a fine actor,
and her replacement, Caitlin Hulcup,
singing from the pit, such a responsive
and adept singer, that scarcely a
stitch was dropped, musically or
dramatically. The professionalism
needed for this kind of artistic
teamwork cannot be overstated –
especially with the audience up close,
in-the-round, with nowhere to hide.
Following the company’s success
there in 2015 with another Monteverdi
opera, Orfeo, this production by
John Fulljames, sung in English
(in Christopher Cowell’s clear
translation), had many strengths, not
least a terrific cast and 40 singers from
the Roundhouse community choir
and the Royal Opera House Thurrock
Community Chorus, as well as vocal
students from the Guildhall School of
Music and Drama.
One reason to step away from the
proscenium conventions of Covent
Garden was to be free and immersive.
Christian Curnyn, conducting from the
keyboard, and his expert Early Opera
Company musicians, sat in the middle
of a doughnut stage, outer and inner
parts slowly revolving. Dominated by
the ethereal, plucked sounds of the
continuo group – two harps, two lutes,
two guitars, as well as keyboards and
lirone – this music is ever restless,
ever beguiling. How the singers knew
where to look for their conductor at
any given point, as he rotated along
with the players, was an additional
challenge, valiantly overcome.
It took a while to grasp how the
story, in neutral modern dress with
a Japanese accent, designed by
‘Flawless’: Roderick Williams in The Return
of Ulysses at the Roundhouse. Below:
Malin Byström, ‘molten’ in the title role of
Salome at the Royal Opera House.
Photographs by Tristram Kenton;
Clive Barda
Each orchestral
nuance of
Salome was laid
bare, spectral,
Hyemi Shin (sets) and Kimie Nakano
(costumes), was being told and who
was who. Soon the rich, compelling
story, in which every character is
flawed, exerted its grip, and incipient
irritation fell away. Yes, describe this
extraordinary Venetian Renaissance
masterpiece as Shakespearean if it
helps, but Monteverdian
will do quite
well enough.
ass was Roderick
One great asset
Williams’s flaw
awless and moving Ulysses,
flickering merc
mercurially from hope to
pathos to murderous
hot temper. From
the mostly Brit
British ensemble cast,
watertight in quality, bass David
Shipley ((Antinous) and tenor
Stuart Jackson
(Irus) stood out,
with striking
contributions from
Susan Bi
Bickley and Francesca
Carby’s Minerva,
a gutsy V
Valkyrie type in goldpainted Dr Martens, and
Samu Boden’s Telemachus,
jejun and lithe (am I
oblig to mention his
All glory and no story
Cirque du Soleil’s insect show is technically
astonishing but fails to engage on a deeper level
Cirque du Soleil: Ovo
Royal Albert Hall, London SW7;
until 4 March
Cirque du Soleil is an odd beast.
At a time when circus is striving
with every sinew to reinvent itself,
and ensembles such as the NoFit
State circus and Circumference are
testing the conceptual boundaries,
Soleil is resolutely moving in the
opposite direction. Ovo, created
in Montreal in 2009, is an arena
spectacular that delivers huge set
pieces with impressive precision,
but little heart or soul. Skill levels are
astounding, but the performers are
so anonymised that it’s impossible to
relate to them. This has always been
Soleil’s way; the show’s the thing. But
the result is oddly fractured.
Conceived and created by a team
including the Brazilian choreographer
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Deborah Colker, Ovo is themed around
insect life. The performers slink and
shimmer in Liz Vandal’s ingenious
designs. There are nodding antennae,
segmented limbs, and glittering
beetle carapaces. A six-strong team
of red ants (the performers are all
female, and from China) give an
amazing and perfectly coordinated
display of foot juggling. A bendy
Canadian duo, costumed as emergent
butterflies, perform a pas de deux
on aerial straps. And in the evening’s
best section, a trapeze team of scarab
beetles flies and loops overhead
with breathtaking elan. Despite the
flawless teamwork of the various
ensembles, however, the piece never
quite coalesces. Colker is credited
as writer as well as choreographer,
but there’s no real narrative stitching
Ovo and its component acts together.
The music, by Berna Ceppas, is dated
and unmemorable.
In between numbers, the stage is left
to three clowns – Gerard Regitschnig,
Neiva Nascimento and Jan Dutler – to
blunder around the stage pulling faces,
shouting incoherently and spinning
Bob Stanley applauds Nick Coleman’s
analysis of pop’s greatest vocalists
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Alison White’s account of raising a disabled
son is heartbreaking, writes Louise Doughty
Page 30
Alex Preston reviews Peter Carey’s A Long
Way from Home, his best novel in decades
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‘Enablers’: Trump
with staff including
Kellyanne Conway
(second left), Jared
Kushner (second right)
and Steve Bannon (far
right), 24 January 2017.
UPI / Barcroft Images
The president who isn’t there
Michael Wolff’s exposé paints Trump as a childlike nonentity sustained by our grim fascination. By Peter Conrad
Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump
White House
Michael Wolff
Little, Brown £17, pp336
Everyone knew what was in this
book before anyone had read it, and
the scoops skimmed off in the prepublication headlines are now old
news. Yes, here we have Bannon’s claim
that the Trump campaign may have had
a “treasonous” meeting with Russian
agents, plus the dire warning that
Ivanka thinks her brand is potentially
presidential. Wolff inevitably likens the
Russian cover-up to the skulduggery
of Watergate, and briefly updates us on
Pissgate and Pussygate – respectively
the spurious tale of the golden shower
in Moscow, and Trump’s betterauthenticated braggadocio about his
success as a groper (although, evidently
believing that executive privilege
protects his mendacity, he now claims
that it “really wasn’t me” on that tape).
Fire and Fury also gives the lowdown
on the lacquered trompe-l’oeil that
is Trump’s hairdo, with those tinted
tendrils combed over a cranium that is
totally bald and resonantly empty. But
beyond such acts of exposure, what
makes the book significant is its sly,
hilarious portrait of a hollow man, into
the black hole of whose needy, greedy
ego the whole world has virtually
vanished. Wolff deplores Trump,
explains the conditions that made him
possible, and accuses us all of colluding
in this madness.
He begins by asserting Trump’s
nihilism, even his nonentity. The Fox
ideologue Roger Ailes concluded
that he lacked both principles and
backbone. An economic adviser in
the White House regards him as “less
a person than a collection of terrible
traits”. Or perhaps of terrifying tweets –
Trump doesn’t and maybe can’t read, so
he finds coherent speech problematic,
and soon degenerates into doddery
repetition or vile invective; Twitter is
his chosen mode of utterance because it
matches the spasmodic urges by which
he is impelled.
Trump’s aides treat him as “a
recalcitrant two-year-old”: the
septuagenarian toddler spits the
dummy on a daily basis. Rupert
Murdoch thinks he is “a fucking
idiot” and Rex Tillerson is alleged
to have called him “a fucking
moron”, the expletives in both cases
registering exasperated disbelief at
what Wolff describes as Trump’s
rhymed combination of “stupidity
and cupidity”. In response, he has
proclaimed himself to be “a very stable
genius”, which only confirms the
previous assessments. This is the man
who pronounced Xi Jinping ’s name as
Ex-ee, and had to be reprogrammed to
think of his Chinese counterpart as a
woman so that his permanently pouting
mouth could utter the monosyllable
“She” when they met.
To do him credit, Trump never
wanted to be president, and, Wolff
suggests, was as appalled as the rest of
us when he won. The sole aim of his
tawdry existence is to be “the most
famous man in the world” – I wonder
if infamy will do instead? – and his
startling, shocking victory seems to
Wolff a “trick of fate”, even an “abrupt
comeuppance”. Unqualified for the
job and incapable of doing it, unwilling
even to behave presidentially, Trump’s
revenge has been to trash the office
he holds, paralyse government, and
defame the country his baseball cap
says he wanted to make great again.
Yet Wolff won’t allow us to entirely
blame Trump on the red-state rednecks
who voted for him and the Russian
hackers who lent their illicit aid. It’s
now his enemies who fuel his antics.
Trump has no interest in devising
legislation or conducting foreign policy;
his time is spent watching himself on
television, and Wolff charges journalists
and news anchors with a reciprocal
obsession. Trump, he brilliantly says, is
“a symbol of the media’s self-loathing”.
That indictment applies to Wolff in
particular. He obtained permission
to hang out in the West Wing after
writing a fluffy piece about Trump for
a Hollywood magazine, and he here
betrays his confidential White House
sources in the hope of salving his own
bad conscience.
“I consider it to be fiction,” Trump
has said of Wolff ’s book. So do I, though
I don’t doubt its overall veracity: it is
what Mailer and Capote once called
a nonfiction novel, with Wolff as an
omniscient narrator who imagines
himself at meetings he only heard about
from others, and writes as if he were
privy to the mental calculations of his
subjects. Trump, being all id, offers
no resistance to this psychological
eavesdropping. “A lot of stuff goes on
in his head,” he once said, astonished,
about Bannon. Yes, Mr President, it’s
what’s known as thinking.
Characterising Trump, Wolff draws
on a range of American archetypes –
the ingratiating huckster in Miller’s
Death of a Salesman, the cornpone
populist played by Jimmy Stewart in
Capra’s Mr Smith Goes to Washington
– which represent the values he falsely
claims to revere. Trump’s enablers have
caricatural identities from pop culture.
Jared Kushner is Jeeves, an obsequious
but supercilious butler, while Ivanka
resembles a prissy Disney princess;
they merge as Jarvanka, which
makes them sound like a Star Wars
mutant, kennel-mates for Chewbacca.
Donald Trump Jr, haplessly lured into
schmoozing with Russians at Trump
Tower, is Fredo, the dumb brother who
has to be executed in the Godfather.
Kellyanne Conway is nicknamed Nails,
in tribute to her manicured Cruella
de Vil talons. The squeaky-voiced
homunculus Jeff Sessions appears as
Mr Magoo. Anthony Scaramucci, AKA
the Mooch, needs no two-dimensional
prototype, since he is himself a cartoon.
Bannon, Wolff ’s most indiscreet
informant, receives more complex
treatment, and Wolff speculates about
what Updike or Elmore Leonard
might have made of him. Liverblotched, jowly, bulbous, Sloppy
Steve is the very embodiment of a
grubby Tammany Hall politician.
Yet he fulminates biblically, using
a mike like Joshua braying at the
Jericho battlements through his
trumpet, or rails as prophetically as
Cassandra. And despite his religiosity,
some colleagues revile him as a
devilish Rasputin.
Bannon contributes mightily
to the book’s scatological chorus,
which begins when George W Bush
describes Trump’s deranged rant at
his inauguration as “some weird shit”.
Later Bannon calls Don Jr’s Russian
meeting “bad shit”; Wolff also gives him
the last word as, anticipating new strife,
he predicts that the future will be “wild
as shit”. He also clenches prudently as
special counsel Robert Mueller begins
to probe the tenderest recesses of the
Trumpsters. “My asshole,” Bannon
announces, “just got so tight.”
Trump, however, vents like Etna,
and his minders, Wolff notes, anxiously
watch for signs that he might be about
“to blow” – but at which end, top
or bottom? Luckily the fire and fury
here are mostly bluff and bluster, and
Wolff thinks we are likelier to drown
in Trump’s drivel than to burn up in
a nuclear blitz that he might order
as capriciously as one of the dozen
Diet Cokes he chugalugs each day.
Meanwhile our stunned fascination
sustains him: he has become our
guilty pleasure.
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‘No comforting
platitudes’: Alison
White with her son,
Louis, at home.
A cry from
the heart of a
lifelong carer
An account of raising a son with cerebral
palsy offers a moving insight into the world
of chronic disability, says Louise Doughty
Letter to Louis
Alison White
Faber £12.99, pp352
There are many heartbreaking
moments in this beautifully written
book, but the first comes before it
even begins. In a dedication to her son
Louis, author Alison White says how
she wanted to write it so that people
would understand disability and
caring, but also, “to be totally honest, I
wanted to write something that would
make people consider being Louis’s
friend”. Beneath that simple plea lies
the great fear of so many parents who
nurse a severely disabled child through
to adulthood: “What will happen
when I’m gone?” It’s a measure of this
unsentimental and clear-eyed account
that White never labours this point, or
any other of the myriad anxieties that
accompany long-term caring. Instead,
she just tells us what it’s like: and it is,
in equal measure, admirable, uplifting,
White’s story begins with Louis’s
premature birth and an account of
his time in an intensive care unit,
where he comes close to death. When
the story moves back to the later
stages of White’s pregnancy and the
catastrophic failure of a midwife to
check White’s blood pressure at a vital
moment, you are already primed to
shout at the page: “Check her blood
pressure, for God’s sake!” White goes
into pre-eclampsia, a condition that
can be fatal for mother and child, and
Louis is later diagnosed with cerebral
As a society, we are fond of
eulogising short-term heroism:
the soldier or firefighter, bravery
containable within a single story. The
uncomfortable truth that Letter to
Louis lays bare is that the heroism of
long-term stamina, the daily caring
over many years, is neither tidy nor
anecdotal. At times, with two other
children to care for and Louis waking
five times a night, still undiagnosed and
in constant pain and distress, White
feels simple despair. “I picture the cliff.
I picture jumping holding you tight in
my arms, falling and falling through
the air.”
Although there are moments of joy
– when Louis first speaks, manages
to walk a little – White offers no
comforting platitudes. “My destiny has
been decided. The realisation hits me
full force in the stomach. I don’t want
this destiny.” Very soon, you come to
admire White’s fortitude not only in
raising a child with a disability but
in resisting the temptation to punch
one or two of the many idiots she
encounters along the way: notably
a Clarks shoe shop assistant who
refuses to sell Louis, a wheelchair
user, a pair of shoes because he can’t
walk across the room for her to check
The heroism of longterm stamina, daily
caring over many
years, is neither tidy
nor anecdotal
the fit, and an unspeakably unhelpful
occupational therapist who won’t
authorise the toileting equipment that
he needs, insisting he has to learn to
wipe his own bottom, even though it is
a physical impossibility for him.
It is shocking to learn that at Louis’s
most disabled, after a disastrous foot
operation, the family are only entitled
to two hours’ help a month. Respite
care only comes, eventually, when
they are close to breakdown. At one
point, Louis has five different social
workers in eight months – and then,
unbelievably, faces the overnight
withdrawal of all respite care when he
reaches his 18th birthday.
Conversely, White explains the
difference that the support of family
and friends and small acts of kindness
from strangers can make. When she
takes Louis on a special day trip to
London because he wants to travel
on the tube, Transport for London
staff take it upon themselves to radio
ahead to each other to make sure
there is always someone to help
them at each station he wants to visit.
Once in a while, a therapist or doctor
actually listens to White’s knowledge
and expertise regarding her son’s
Eventually, though, the devastating
long-term consequences of constant
sleep deprivation and caring take their
toll. A slightly mysterious chapter
towards the end of the book sees the
author disappearing to Edinburgh to
walk and sit in cafes: it’s never stated
overtly whether this is for work or
because she has had a breakdown or a
combination of the two. The wonder is
only that it has taken so long.
This chapter is just one of the halftold stories in this book: the author
is mindful of the need to protect the
privacy of her husband, although it is
clear their marriage has come close
to breaking point many times, as
anybody’s would, and that of her other
two children. Beneath it all is a cold
fury that any decent-minded reader
will share towards a society that fails
to understand that unless carers are
properly cared for by the rest of us, it
all unravels.
Above all, this book is a plea for
understanding, for the rest of society
to pause a while when they encounter
someone like Louis or his parents.
The huge difference a kindly word
or helpful act can make – and the
devastation a thoughtless act can cause
– cannot be underestimated. This book
is an essential read for anyone who has
ever moaned about their taxes going to
pay for disability services: it should be
legally required reading for anyone in
the medical profession or anyone with
the power to decide about cuts to those
services. The rest of us should read it
for an acute insight into just how lucky
we are.
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You can take
the family out
of Russia...
What You Did Not Tell: A Russian
Past and the Journey Home
Mark Mazower
Allen Lane £20, pp400
Centenaries are odd affairs. Such
a passage of time lurches from the
approachable to the incomprehensible.
As is the case with the Russian
Revolution. In What You Did Not Tell,
however, Mark Mazower ably conjures
up this crepuscular period as he
considers his family’s involvement in
the events of 1917.
The Mazowers originated in the
Pale of Settlement, the western region
of imperial Russia where Jews were
allowed residency. And although
Mazower was raised in the émigré
haven of Hampstead and Highgate
in the 1960s, by then his extended
family had been ravaged by tsarist
deprivations, Soviet purges, a German
occupation and the Holocaust.
This book is a bracing record of
persecution and resistance. It begins at
the turn of the 20th century with Max,
the author’s grandfather. A respectable
bookkeeper in Vilna (today’s Vilnius),
he was also a covert agitator for a
Marxist organisation of Jewish workers
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popularly known as “the Bund”. Max
was a quiet insurgent – “a figure of the
shadows” – who distributed dissident
literature, organised strikes and ran
a dead-letter drop from a Warsaw
“The Russian Revolution had
something of the quality of a family
affair,” Mazower notes. And families
fall out. Following the downfall of the
Romanovs, the Bolsheviks eventually
turned on the Bundists. Max fled to
England, just as he had before, that
time from the Okhrana, the imperial
secret police.
In London, he married Frouma, a
kindhearted widow from Smolensk,
built a future for his family and buried
the intrigue. Their son, Bill, flourished
in “a world of sheds and bonfires and
compost”. One of the most touching
themes of the book is the family’s
fragile connection, wavering like a halftuned radio signal, to their homeland.
Mazower resurrects a curious cast of
characters, all displaced: a conspiracy
theorist in Chiswick; a dadaist muse;
an author of romantic potboilers. In
the wake of the revolution, identities
became fluid; reinvention was rife.
Perhaps the most complex figure is
André, Max’s illegitimate son (although
his parentage is uncertain; there is also
a Hapsburg officer in the frame). André
excelled at a Quaker school and went up
to Cambridge, fostered friendships with
TS Eliot and the Duke of Newcastle and
distinguished himself at Dunkirk. And
then he went rogue. He changed his
name, converted to Catholicism, wrote
antisemitic tracts and ended up a forger,
fantasist and fascist living in Madrid.
A professor of history at Columbia
University, Mazower has researched
among a wealth of family papers –
letters, he notes, were “the lifeblood
of the family’s continued existence” –
and delved into institutional archives,
including those of the Russian state and
MI5. Yet he is candid about the fallibility
of records and the inscrutable nature of
other people’s lives.
His relatives are re-evaluated. “How
powerfully one can be shaped by the
distribution of affections that one grows
up with,” observes Mazower, adding:
“One day something can come along
and suggest an entirely different angle
of vision and a new set of regrets.”
Mazower lets out the line of his
family narrative gradually, like a fly on
the water, before hooking the reader
with a revelation (a betrayal, execution
or disappearance). And his eye for
interpreting snapshots brilliantly
decodes old photo albums. Pictured in
later life, Max, the former radical, has
the manner of someone used to “trading
positions and capital”.
The Mazowers found their safe
harbour, but this inspired blend of
memoir and investigation left me with
a sense of the sad cycle of history. In
1917, the relationship between Russia
and western Europe was fraught; huge
numbers of people were seeking refuge
and propaganda was presented as news.
All painfully familiar.
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‘Anjelica Huston on James
Joyce: a rich, resonant film
TV, page 38
Let us sing the singer’s praises…
Nick Coleman’s analysis of pop’s most thrilling
vocalists brims with joy and well-turned phrases,
but doesn’t dig deep enough, writes Bob Stanley
Voices: How a Great Singer Can
Change Your Life
Nick Coleman
Penguin £18.99, pp320
What do we want or expect from a
voice, someone else’s voice, a stranger’s
voice? After nine months of deafness,
documented in his 2013 memoir Train
in the Night, Nick Coleman realised
he only wanted to hear voices that
would “nourish and sustain” him. He
found nourishment in the heightened
naturalism of 60s girl group records,
exemplified by the Shangri La’s’ Mary
Weiss and the Marvelettes’ Gladys
Horton, and in Aretha Franklin, who
became a more personal prop for him,
offering sisterly advice. Whenever
he put a record on, he was always
conscious that his hearing might go
again, at any moment, and maybe this
time it would never return.
This urgency gives Voices a slightly
claustrophobic feel. The book covers
the rock era, and Coleman has a varied
enough palate to appreciate “the
weird disturbance wrought by Suzi
Quatro” as well as more familiar and
predictable names like Dylan, Jagger
and Lennon. He’s not afraid to go out
on a limb and throw his arms wide for
effect, so Little Richard’s voice is “the
most exciting sound in the world”.
Neither is he afraid to venture into
synaesthetic descriptions, as with Elvis
Presley: “This sound is like burnished
gold; it shines”. The notion that Kate
Bush’s voice “fills the sky like weather”
is quite beautiful.
Coleman is very good in his
chapter on John Lennon, noticing the
“kindness” of his singing on Nowhere
Man; even though Lennon was singing
to and about himself, it’s nonetheless
affecting. Every Lennon song acted as
a different window on to his life, and
Coleman singles out 1963’s This Boy
and 1970’s My Mummy’s Dead, a cruel
contrast in intensity but a revelatory
one. He has a lot less to say about Mick
Jagger’s voice, though he still spends
a whole chapter wrestling with its
authenticity, and which voice is the
real Mick. Speaking of the Stones’
mid-60s singles – including Get Off
of My Cloud, Paint It Black and Ruby
Tuesday – Coleman says “not one of
them is a truly great record in itself”,
which beggars belief. Where Voices
often falls down is in its inability to
separate great bands and great singers
– Jagger’s tough voice may work
perfectly within the Stones setup,
bouncing off Keith Richards’s riffs and
Wyman and Watts’s rhythm section,
but is fairly ineffective when isolated.
Coleman believes that emotion is
more affecting when it doesn’t make
a spectacle of itself – unsurprisingly,
he shuns The X Factor as being “to
true singing what keepy-uppies are to
football; a measurement of the ability
to show off ”. Janis Joplin, with her
bawling voice leaving no room for
nuance, also gets short shrift. Instead,
he loses himself in Van Morrison’s
“Caledonia soul”, and the singer’s
ability to attack songs as “the edge of a
spade chops into a sticky clod” when he
needs to, or to growl low like a lion, or
even to do a pub singer impression of
Louis Armstrong if that’s what a song
like Bright Side of the Road requires.
With those singers who predate his
musical consciousness, Coleman is less
generous. He imagines alien ants in
the future listening to a 1962 Dansette
record player that somehow escaped
nuclear obliteration in a world where
the Cuban missile crisis had a different
outcome. It “only has good records
in it”, entirely made up of rock’n’roll,
so there’s no room for crooners like
Perry Como or Dean Martin. Even
putting my own partiality to Martin’s
Sinatra-produced Sleep Warm album
aside, it’s disappointing to see these
singers dismissed as “crapola” in a
book on the human voice. He describes
Frank Sinatra as “the totem of an alien
faith”, something to admire but which
he finds unrelatable: “Why can’t I
feel anything myself? What is wrong
with me?”, he asks. This is a very good
question, but unfortunately Coleman
doesn’t explore it at all. Is the impact
a singing voice has on an individual
all about personal taste? Or are there
physiological factors that mean we
hear voices differently?
Some of his language seems stuck in
a previous era, like his overuse of the
word “horny” – call me a prude, but I
really don’t think it’s appropriate when
you’re talking about Roy Orbison.
Especially when Coleman has the skill
to then compare Orbison’s unique mix
of gentility and dread to “a cup of tea
‘Offering sisterly advice’: Aretha
Franklin in the Atlantic Records studio,
New York, during recording sessions
for The Weight, 9 January 1969. Getty
Coleman believes
that emotion is more
affecting when it
doesn’t make a
spectacle of itself
trembling on a saucer”. He sees female
soul singers as more relatable than
“the Big O”; these were the voices that
helped him through an East Anglian
He is intensely fond of Gladys
Knight, the most unexpected voice to
be discussed in depth, but even then it
is her oldies-radio favourite Midnight
Train to Georgia that he focuses on. I
would have plumped for her masterly
performance on Help Me Make It
Through the Night, an essentially
masculine song, which she inverts
by sounding genuinely lonely; it is a
shiveringly intimate and involving
performance, but is quickly dismissed
here as easy listening. Coleman’s
subjects are essentially canonical, and
Knight is about as leftfield as he gets.
You find yourself urging him to dig
deeper into his personal preferences –
exploring the impact of the Associates’
extraordinary Billy Mackenzie, for
instance, who is passed over in a single
line, or his teenage muse Suzi Quatro
– especially given that his hearing
problems might mean he never gets
another chance.
it is Cannon’s meticulously crafted
characters who drive the story.
Cannon’s previous career as an NHS
psychiatrist infuses her writing. She
treats her characters with immense
care and compassion, inviting the
reader not merely to be interested in
them but to show them concern and
empathy: “She always looked like
someone who hadn’t had quite enough
sleep, but had put on another coat of
lipstick and enthusiasm, in an effort to
make sure the rest of the world didn’t
ever find her out.”
Throughout Cannon’s writing, there
is an intrinsic understanding of the
quiet pain that accompanies loneliness:
“There is a special kind of silence when
you live alone. It hangs around, waiting
for you to find it. You try to cover it up
with all sorts of other noises, but it’s
always there, at the end of everything
else, expecting you.”
In The Trouble With Goats and
Sheep, Cannon wrote evocatively
about the remarkable heatwave
of 1976 and the curtain-twitching
nosiness that comes with living
in a semi-anonymous community.
Here, she sympathetically captures
the claustrophobia and enforced
cheeriness of old people’s homes:
“Between us, we would work out how
many days it was until Christmas, and
we would say how quickly the time
passes, and saying how quickly the
time passes would help to pass the
time a little more.”
In Three Things About Elsie, Cannon
reaffirms her interest in the private
tragedies of quotidian lives: “Elsie’s
father left for the war and returned
as a telegram on the mantelpiece.”
Compassionate, thoughtful and tender,
it is a novel exploring the pain of
nostalgia and personal truths so painful
we hide them even from ourselves. As
Florence says at one point: “Everyone
has words they keep to themselves.
It’s what you do with your secret that
really matters. Do you drag it behind
you forever, like a difficult suitcase, or
do you find someone to tell?”
Hannah Beckerman
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Mystery and memory
at the old folks’ home
Three Things About Elsie
Joanna Cannon
Harper Collins £14.99, pp464
Joanna Cannon’s 2016 debut novel,
The Trouble With Goats and Sheep,
was that rare literary phenomenon:
a bestseller, swiftly optioned for TV
and spawning a devoted readership.
But beyond that, it was to lead a new
publishing trend, latterly described
as “uplit”: fiction in which empathy
and kindness drive the narrative
and where protagonists exist on the
periphery of society, at best overlooked
and at worst rejected entirely.
Cannon is now back with her second
novel, which similarly explores the
inner lives of society’s outsiders.
Eighty-four-year-old Florence
Claybourne is a resident at the Cherry
Tree home for the elderly and is beset
by both nostalgia and dementia: “My
mind started to wander. It can’t help
itself. It very often goes for a walk
without me, and before I’ve realised
what’s going on, it’s miles away.” She
has fallen over in her room and as she
lays on the floor waiting for someone
to find her, she remembers the events
of the past month: the arrival of a man
at the home whom she is convinced is
someone from her past, albeit someone
who supposedly died many years
before. But no one in the home believes
her – neither staff nor fellow residents
– bar Florence’s lifelong friend, Elsie,
so Florence sets out to unravel her past
and prove them wrong.
Joanna Cannon: her new novel explores
‘the pain of nostalgia and personal truth’.
Two of the “three things about
Elsie” are revealed in the book’s
synopsis and are teased out tenderly
through Florence’s recollection of their
friendship. The third is not disclosed
until almost the end of the novel,
although astute readers will probably
have guessed it much sooner. In most
novels, pre-empting a central plot twist
spoils the reading experience, but here
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Peter Carey ‘has found
a way to delve deeply
into a topic that was
previously morally
unavailable’. Sarah Lee
for the Guardian
Skin-deep in the
Lucky Country
Peter Carey’s 14th novel, a powerful story
of racial identity set in postwar Australia, is
his best in decades, writes Alex Preston
A Long Way from Home
Peter Carey
Faber & Faber £17.99, pp368
Writers are by nature chameleons, with
each new character a new disguise
to take on, a fresh skin to inhabit. It
shouldn’t surprise, then, that racial
passing has such a rich literary history.
Nella Larsen’s 1929 novel, Passing,
is a near-forgotten classic, telling of
two mixed-race women, Clare and
Irene, who identify as white and
black respectively. More recently,
we’ve had Philip Roth’s The Human
Stain, in which the African American
Coleman Silk attempts to pass for
a Jewish academic. Then there’s
Francis Spufford’s Golden Hill, whose
concluding revelation about one of the
characters’ racial identities does what
all good end-of-book twists ought to,
shedding new light on the entire novel.
A Long Way from Home, Peter
Carey’s 14th novel, uses the story of a
light-skinned Indigenous Australian
who has been brought up white to
address the country’s brutal history
of racism. It seems strange at first that
Carey – surely Australia’s greatest
living novelist, even if he hasn’t
dwelled there for decades – has taken
so long to get around to the subject. In
a recent interview in the Australian,
he said that he’d always felt that it was
not the place of a white writer to tell
this tale. Then something changed:
“You can’t be a white Australian writer
and spend your whole life ignoring the
greatest, most important aspect of our
history, and that is that we – I – have
been the beneficiaries of a genocide.”
The novel is told in alternating
first-person voices. Initially, we meet
the petite Irene Bobs, a spunkily
irrepressible young woman married
to the equally diminutive Titch. Titch
is genial, slightly useless and lives in
fear of his domineering father, Dan.
Titch dreams of running the local Ford
dealership; after (yet another) stab
in the back from his father, he has to
make do with being the Bacchus Marsh
representative of General Motors
Holden. Irene loves her husband,
loathes her father-in-law and longs for
success on a grander stage.
The second voice is that of the
nervy and lankily romantic Willie
Bachhuber, the fair-haired son of
a Protestant preacher. Fleeing a
seemingly faithless wife, Bachhuber
turns up in Bacchus Marsh with a
library of books and plasters his walls
with maps of his beloved Germany. He
becomes a regular and successful quiz
show guest on a local radio station and
a teacher at the town’s school (until
a run-in with a belligerent student
gets him fired). Bachhuber and Irene
strike up a friendship over the garden
fence, attracting the attention of the
small-town gossips, particularly given
Bachhuber’s name and teutonophilia
– the book is set immediately after
the second world war, and most
Bachhubers, as Irene notes, would have
changed their name to Hubert.
Alongside the racial passing storyline
(the tangled identities are unravelled
late enough on that any further
information would spoil an intricately
engineered plot), there’s another
engine to the narrative – Irene and
Titch’s attempts to win the Redex Trial,
a round-Australia motorsport rally. It
allows Carey to paint for his readers
a vivid portrait of the country as the
intrepid “Bobses,” with Bachhuber
roped in as navigator, battle their way
through terrain as inhospitable as its
taciturn inhabitants.
It is interesting that Carey’s
publishers promote this novel as his
“late style masterpiece”; what kept
striking me, at least at first, was how
similar it was in style and substance
to his earlier work. The conceit of the
Redex Trial imbues the novel with the
same sense of rollicking picaresque that
we got in Oscar and Lucinda. There’s
the same deeply felt engagement with
the Australian landscape that we found
Kerry Andrew
Kerry Andrew is a London-based composer, performer,,
writer and educator. She has a PhD in composition, has
won four British composer awards and is the current
BBC Ten Pieces commissioned composer. In 2014 she
released Hawk to the Hunting Gone, an avian-themed
alternative-folk album under the name You Are Wolf.
Swansong, her debut novel, is set in the Highlands, where
a London student flees after a disastrous night out.
Swansong is based on a ballad probably
originating in the 17th century. What
appealed to you about it?
It comes from the same root as the
Swan Maiden myth – or it might do
– and the version I came across was
more supernatural. It’s very dark
and romantic and tragic. Quite often
in ballads you get a woman who’s
been left very sad, so the fact that
this involves a male character who is
left bereft – in a very beautiful way –
made it stand out.
What made you want to rework it as
a novel?
As a folk musician, my interest is
in taking old stories and songs and
retelling them in a contemporary
way, so Swansong came out of that.
I’d always written – diaries, poetry,
blogging – but then I started writing
Game of Thrones fan fiction. At the
end of 2013 I did a Faber Academy
course: it was just three months
online, but it was enough to kickstart
me. Naturally the first 3,000 words of
the novel I submitted for the course
were totally scrapped…
Polly, the heroine, has a very distinctive,
sarky voice. How did that develop?
I think of her as sparky as well
as sarky: reckless, immature, but
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quite brave and up for adventure.
She came incredibly naturally. I’d
worked with a lot of teenagers as a
composition teacher and they’re so
adult in so many ways, and still kids
too. A lot of young protagonists in
books are coming of age at 14, 15, but
often it takes a little while longer to
grow up.
Going back to the novel’s supernatural
element, was that hard to make work?
No, not for me, actually. I had to spook
myself out sometimes – I would sit
in the dark and try to put myself
into Polly’s position. And then I read
things like Evie Wyld’s All the Birds,
Singing and I really studied how she
did it. Some of my favourite books
are those that feel contemporary
and real but have that otherworldly
element. I’m not interested in
full-on fantastical: I like glimmers
of it, interrupting the fabric of the
real world.
You write beautifully about the
Scottish landscape while staying
true to Polly’s urban perspective.
Did you want to develop the idea of
“nature writing”?
I’m not like Polly: I know the west
Highlands well and I love it there. But
I don’t come from a rural background.
in True History of the Kelly Gang: here
be willy-willies and billabongs. The
interweaving dual perspectives are
a well-established Carey trope. The
earlier scenes in Bacchus Marsh are
painted with the same nostalgic glow as
Illywhacker – Carey grew up in Bacchus
Marsh and his parents ran a Holden
dealership there.
However, it is the character of Willie
Bachhuber who brings something new
to this novel. He’s a man who seems
almost preternaturally sensitive to the
horrors of this “murderous continent”.
I couldn’t help thinking that Carey
must have been reading WG Sebald:
Bachhuber has the same ability to
see historical violence written into
the landscape. The second half of the
novel goes by in a flash, with Irene
and Bachhuber separated, their fates
spiralling towards very different ends.
It is striking that, Nella Larsen
aside, the principal narratives of racial
passing have been written by white
authors. By following in this tradition,
Carey has found a way to delve deeply
into a topic that was previously morally
unavailable, so that what starts out
feeling like a typical, jauntily whimsical
Peter-Carey-by-numbers soon
becomes something more complex
and powerful. At the end of the novel,
Bachhuber’s son recognises that his
father’s life had been spent wrestling
with the problem of the ethical
representation of a terrible historical
wrong: how to “record the truth and
keep the secret”. Carey himself has
achieved exactly this, in his best novel
in years, maybe decades.
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What I was really thinking about was
Romanticism – of the wild being wild
and quite forbidding, not gentle – and
Polly being very disdainful and it
slowly working its magic on her. It
was more fun to describe it through
that urban lens.
What were your other influences?
I don’t think the novel’s turned out
like any of these people’s writing
at all, but I love Sarah Hall – she’s
absolutely immense. I really like
Sarah Waters, Ali Smith and Zadie
Smith. And British art-house films
that are often about rural landscapes:
My Summer of Love, Shell and
God’s Own Country, which is my
favourite film.
What are the similarities – and
differences – between writing fiction
and music?
They’re completely different. Writing
a novel is a bit like writing an opera:
it’s a massive undertaking and you’re
doing everything – you’re the librettist
and you’re setting the scene and doing
everything else.
Can you tell us about collaborating with
Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris on
The Lost Words?
It was very fortuitous. I tweeted
Robert and he happened to listen to
my music and asked me to do a piece
for his “Wren” spell – he doesn’t call
them poems. He’s said he wants them
to “taste good in the mouth”, which
is such a lovely way of talking about
words. I think about that a lot because
of setting words to music: they feel
like they need to taste good when
you’re singing them as well.
Interview by Stephanie Cross
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antique folk-horror fan’
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What LGBTQ means in Poland…
Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
Oneworld £14.99
These portraits speak
volumes about deeply
rooted intolerance
This epic about Uganda’s history from a
debut author who grew up in the country
and now lives in Manchester starts with
a man beaten to death outside Kampala in
2004. Then we wind back to the mid-18th
century to watch his distant ancestor, a
tribal leader named Kintu, accidentally kill
his adoptive son while on an expedition
to pledge fealty to a new king. Kintu’s
failure to confess provokes a curse that
his latter-day descendants spend the
rest of the novel trying to escape. While
the scene of his original sin is immediately
engaging, the energy of what follows
dips and soars, as gruelling vignettes of
gender injustice jostle with hallucinatory
dream sequences and occasional bouts of
explainer-type description (“In the 60s and
70s, the Soviet Union was a major sponsor
of postgraduate study for Ugandans”).
Anthony Cummins
Maciek Nabrdalik
The New Press £18.99, pp160
In 2015, the newly elected president
of Poland, Andrzej Duda, immediately
announced that he was against marriage
equality and, when asked if he would
employ gay people in his office, replied:
“I can’t imagine half-naked people
parading around the chancellery.” His
father, Professor Jan Tadeusz Duda,
has said he views homosexuality as
an acquired affliction that the state
should do all it can to prevent.
In his illuminating introduction
to OUT: LGBTQ Poland, journalist
Robert Rient provides the cultural and
historical context for these kinds of
views. “The concentrated contempt for
non-heterosexual people in Poland,” he
writes, “is the product of a medieval,
patriarchal culture reinforced by the
state and the powerful Catholic church,
to which the vast majority of Poles
belong. It is a culture where chauvinism
and misogyny, and therefore
homophobia and transphobia, thrive.”
And yet when the photographer
Maciek Nabrdalik began to document
the LGBTQ community in Poland, he
was “very positive”, given the existence
of pride parades, workshops and clubs
in the major cities. On the surface
Poland seemed to have travelled far
in the 30-odd years since Operation
Hyacinth in the mid-1980s, when
state police raided homes, schools and
workplaces to arrest people suspected
of being gay. Each of the estimated
11,000 people detained were registered
and then given the option of renouncing
their sexuality or being forced to carry a
so-called Homosexual Card.
On his travels beyond the cities,
Nabrdalik’s positivity soon waned. He
encountered a country in which the old
White King
Leanda de Lisle
Chatto & Windus £20
Portraits from OUT: LGBTQ Poland, shaded according to how open subjects felt they could be about their sexuality. Maciek Nabrdalik/VII
prejudices had found a new voice amid
the rising rightwing populism of our
turbulent times. “The longer I stayed,”
he recalls, “and the farther I went from
the major cities, I could see the rainbow
begin to fade.” The resulting book is an
intriguing response to a new Poland
that, beneath the surface, is much like
the old Poland.
Nabrdalik’s creative response
is simple and effective: stark,
monochrome portraits of his subjects
are paired with their personal
testimonies. Inspired by passport
photographs, which serve as proof of
Nabrdalik found that
the old prejudices had
found new voice amid
the rising rightwing
populism of our times
an individual’s identity and citizenship,
the portraits are shaded to various
degrees to reflect “how comfortable
that person was when we met with
revealing their sexuality to the public”.
The amount of shading alone speaks
volumes, but it is the accompanying
testimonies that bear witness to
the depth of Poland’s enduring
conservatism. All of the personal
accounts here are matter-of-factly
expressed, which only adds to the
poignancy of each journey. Often
family members and friends emerge as
understanding and supportive, yet the
weight of living day to day as “other”
in a deeply orthodox society is always
apparent, sometimes painfully so. “I
wonder why I am so worried about the
opinions of people I don’t know – my
neighbours, for example, who I pass
when I walk my dog,” says one young
woman, revealingly.
For all that, in 2011, Anna Grodzka
became the first openly transgender
member of parliament in Poland and
Robert Biedroń the first openly gay
member of parliament – though he
has been the victim of homophobic
vilification and violence on several
occasions since. OUT, then, is a portrait
of a deeply conservative country in
which sexual difference is still viewed
with suspicion and, increasingly,
outright hostility. It is also an oddly
hopeful book and, reading it, I could
not help but think of Ireland, another
Catholic, conservative country, that
in 2015 became the first country to
legalise gay marriage by popular
vote. On this evidence, it may take
some time for Poland to follow suit,
but as Nabrdalik concludes: “How
these individuals feel and what they
are afraid of is not only about them;
it is about all of us.” Sean O’Hagan
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Joan Didion
Vintage £10.99
In 1970 Joan Didion – a good novelist
but one of America’s great essayists
– sentenced herself to a hardship
posting. She volunteered to spend
a month aimlessly on the road in
Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi,
thinking that her trip “might be a
piece”. She never wrote the article;
now, luckily, her notes have been
unearthed, along with some later
musings about California, where she
then lived. The result is a little book
with a chilling power of prediction. In
the intervening decades, the isolated,
somnolent rednecks Didion encounters
– people who even back then before
cable news fed on information that
was “fifth-hand, and mythicised
in the handing down” – acquired
an inordinate political power
because of demographic shifts;
last year they had their revenge
when, in collusion with
rust-begrimed losers from
the midwest, they elected a
Coming from California,
Didion sees the south as
a metaphorical landscape,
America’s heart of darkness.
‘Chilling power of prediction’:
Joan Didion, 1968.
Anatomy of a Scandal
Sarah Vaughan
Simon & Schuster £12.99
South and West:
From a Notebook
Leanda de Lisle’s engrossing biography of
Charles I is both revisionist and traditional.
Its revisionism comes in the refreshing form
of placing the women in Charles’s life centre
stage; his queen, Henrietta Maria, is thus
transformed from a simpering appendage
into a politically adept schemer. Likewise,
Henrietta’s lady of the bedchamber,
Lucy Carlisle, is given an engaged
psychological portrait that deals with
her agency on both sides of the divided
country. Yet many of the strengths of
White King also lie in its traditional virtues
of being an engaging, well-researched
and beautifully written biography.
Emphatically not another book about the
civil wars, this instead offers a nuanced
and detailed examination of one of our
most complex monarchs. It is probably the
definitive modern work about Charles I.
Alexander Larman
In the west, the frontier ethic erased
history and equalised people, but the
south remains colonial, obsessed with
disparities of “race, class, heritage”.
Wilderness on the western
plains and in the mountains is
redemptive; in the south it is
rank, malevolent, encroaching
Didion has two timely points
to make about the region. One
is that the civil war remains
unfinished business, because
southerners – who spend
holiday weekends re-enacting
its battles on the sites where
they occurred – still dispute the
outcome: hence the current
fuss over Confederate statues.
The second, in the aftermath of
Hurricane Harvey, is that the sodden,
swampy gulf and delta were never
meant for human habitation. They
belong to the winds and waters, which
are welcome to them. Noticing the
wreckage of recent tropical storms,
including a rusty oil tanker broken in
half offshore, Didion reflects that “the
coast was reverting to its natural state”.
Her fears are more pertinent now
than they were almost 50 years ago
when she jotted them down. Is there
no hope for the fractious, disunited US,
with its schismatic geology, its mad
weather, and its madder belief in its
manifest destiny? Peter Conrad
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This page-turning novel reveals the
precarious nature of existence as the
seemingly perfect lives of Sophie and her
husband James unravel. Part psychological
thriller, part courtroom drama, the book
centres on a scandal that hits at the heart of
Westminster when James, a junior minister,
is arrested and stands trial accused of rape.
The narrative moves deftly between the
present-day and a long-buried secret
from university days. Shifts in perspective
between Sophie, James and prosecuting
barrister Kate add considerable suspense.
. The author anatomises in gripping fashion
the inner workings of the corridors of
power, as well as the hidden recesses of the
mind and heart. Anita Sethi
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The Light Jar
Lisa Thompson
Scholastic £6.99, 11-14-year-olds
Lisa Thompson’s The Goldfish
Boy, about a troubled 12-yearold with OCD investigating the
disappearance of a toddler, was
one of 2017’s bestselling children’s
debuts. Her follow-up, The Light
Jar, is another mystery/thriller
wrapped around psychological
themes. Nate’s dad ran off with a
colleague when he was six. Now
11, Nate and his mum are bedding
down in an abandoned cottage, on
the run from Gary, her emotionally
abusive boyfriend. When his mother
fails to return from a shopping trip,
Nate must fend for himself – and
convince Kitty, a girl who lives in the
neighbouring stately home, that he has
not been abandoned.
Domestic abuse is tricky territory
for young readers, and there are
moments here when Nate – and
Kitty’s – predicaments feel almost
unbearably bleak. There is a terrifying
passage in which Nate has a panic
attack in an enclosed space, and we
come to understand his attachment
to a jar filled with fairy lights that he
keeps by his bed.
Plotting is Thompson’s forte –
she deftly handles a thread in which
Nate and Kitty solve clues from a
decades-old treasure hunt, and her
drip-feeding of details about Gary’s
nastiness and Kitty’s tragic backstory
had me rushing to turn the page.
Less successful are Thompson’s
dips into magical realism. Passages
in which imaginary friends turn up
to help Nate navigate his troubles
are presented as routine, with none
of the transporting imagery of the
best fantasy writing. But this is a
thoughtful and hugely empathetic
book: a consolation for readers who
might be feeling a little out of place in
the world.
Sarah Donaldson
‘Thoughtful and empathetic’: The Light Jar
tackles a number of difficult themes.
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Palestinian electronic
outfit 47Soul are
readying an album,
Balfron Promise,
and unleashing their
mosquito keyboards
and hypnotic guitars
around the UK in
Tour starts London
2 February, ends
Newcastle 10 March
Brigid Mae Power
Folk seeker Brigid
Mae Power (right) has
a voice that bridges
dimensions. Hear her
in March in support of
her second album, The
Two Worlds (released
on Tompkins Square).
Salford 23 March,
Bristol 28 March
Long Day’s Journey
Into Night
Jeremy Irons and
Lesley Manville star
in Richard Eyre’s fine
production, first seen
at Bristol Old Vic.
Wyndham’s theatre,
London WC2; 27
January-7 April
Un ballo in maschera
Tim Albery’s new
production for Opera
The Whale
Laurence Boswell
choreographed by
Roland Petit and Frank
Andersen respectively.
London Coliseum WC2;
16-20 January
directs the UK
premiere of Samuel
D Hunter’s comedy
about a morbidly
obese recluse trying
to reach out to his
Ustinov Studio, Bath;
26 April-26 May
A quiz about events that happened on
this day, 14 January, throughout history
1. What pen name was Charles Lutwidge
Dodgson, who died on this day in 1898,
better known by?
2. Which Norwegian explorer successfully
made landfall on Antarctica’s Ross Ice
Shelf in 1911?
3. Who in 1953 took office as president of
4. Who retired as manager of Manchester
United in 1969?
5. Aloha from Hawaii, broadcast live via
satellite in 1973, was a concert headlined
by which singer?
6. Who in 1994 become the first
member of the royal family to convert to
Catholicism for more than 300 years?
7. In 2011, the leader of which country
stepped down following the “Jasmine
North of Verdi’s
tale of a tragic love
triangle, A Masked
Ball, conducted by
Richard Farnes.
Opens Grand theatre,
Leeds, 3 February,
then on tour until
24 March
St Matthew Passion
John Butt directs
his Scotland-based
Dunedin Consort at
Wigmore Hall in a
period instrument
performance of
Bach’s Gospel-derived
Monet & Architecture
Featuring more
than 70 shimmering
paintings of villages,
towns and cities,
culminating with his
monumental Rouen
Cathedral series.
National Gallery,
London WC2; 9 April29 July
Wigmore Hall, London
W1; 25 March
Chosen by Kitty
Empire, Susannah
Clapp, Fiona
Maddocks, Luke
Jennings and Laura
Le Jeune Homme Et
La Mort/La Sylphide
English National
Ballet’s alluringly
fatalistic double bill,
Answers on page 35
1 Job with club for instance
providing communication (8)
5 Thrust cable into place (6)
9 Inspire some vigorous
exercise (5)
10 Inhabitants are found, right
away? Rubbish (9)
12 Sensitive novel varies in
power (13)
14 Oppressed in US city before
retreat (5)
16 Musician with universal
appeal, revolutionary artist in
essence (9)
17 Examiner, one with new part
accepting pressure (9)
19 Saint in denial? Not nice (5)
20 People in battle hiss
corrupted institution (13)
23 Anger, apprehending name
as false (9)
24 Paved area with odd parts for
plants I love (5)
25 Sense of taste? Mate
scoffed (6)
26 Extend popular line (8)
1 Grating remark added to
letter about criminal court
badly set up (10)
2 Incentive none initially
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reject (5)
3 V-shaped mark? There’s one
in tail of exotic bird (7)
4 Swede perhaps in love with
Greta to be confounded (4,9)
6 Agent left in charge with
author’s first copy (7)
7 Write a line on obligations and
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11 Creature with message in
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13 Unadventurous treatment of
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15 Distribution, rapid, less
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18 Alien clutching unknown
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ras in anag.; 40, ton + Nell (Gwyn); 41,
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1 An act of contrition involving mostly chaste time, conveying
legal right (12)
10 Irish rustic church I concealed in devious clue (7)
12 Regular refrain from nurse about runs (4)
13 Comfort e.g. for each in part of Divine Office (7)
14 I’m regularly smashed at Christmas – one should be into
some milk? (6)
15 Like former debt given back, it’s often disposable these
days (6)
17 We were devoted to manes – deduce odd ones from image (8)
18 Lure for angler in Dee, age about five (5)
19 Countryman’s shaft, one inserted in slab (6)
21 What even the best have occasionally, not on time (6)
24 Model of Austin, first scrapped, like former brands? (5)
26 Fish o’ the sea, inclusive set numerically (8)
29 Churchill’s trademark time? In retrospect disastrous (6)
31 Sweet-smelling wood adored for carving (6)
32 Old boy yearns for figures without curves! (7)
33 Old clothes rare ruler has not (briefly) trimmed (4)
34 Born a royal prince, heading for retirement? (7)
35 Moved to a new disposition? As teams’ diets will be (12)
Component of uric acid in pee-pee (6)
High-pitched sound from line dressed for hunting? (5)
Extinct sea creature, form of thin ray (7)
Herbal infusion from one of the cordylines, healthy (6)
Nasty water spirit that is going after a duck (5)
Dad’s up and down? That’s obvious (8)
Something to go with tattie? If I cooked with it, that’ll make
fine pie (4)
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10 Strong wind coated crop in tatters (10, 2 words)
11 Teds err wandering round etc – what urban youth aspires
to? (10, 2 words)
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17 (Extended Mix) MK
1 e4 c6 2 d4 d5 3 e5 Bf5 4 Nd2 e6 5 Nb3
Nd7 6 Nf3 a6 7 Be2 c5 8 c3 h6 9 dxc5 Bxc5
Giving up bishop for knight but ensuring
that his development is completed smoothly.
10 Nxc5 Nxc5 11 Be3 Rc8 12 0-0 Ne7 13
Nd4 0-0 14 a4 Bh7 15 a5 Nc6 16 Nxc6
Rxc6 17 Bd4 Qg5 18 Ra3 Qf5 19 b4 Nd3
After the prophylactic Ra3, 19… Ne4? would
simply be bad after 20 f3 Ng5 21 h4.
20 g4!? A very macho move, trying to
exploit the dangerous but slightly loose
20… Qg6 21 f4 Qe4 22 Bf3!? This will win
the queen but for serious compensation.
22… Qxf4 23 Bxd5 exd5 24 Rxf4 Nxf4 25
Be3 Nd3 26 Bd4 Re8
David Navara
The annual Tata Steel tournament got
under way yesterday in Wijk aan Zee on the
Dutch coast and continues for a fortnight.
As ever it boasts a stellar field, with Magnus
Carlsen heading the list as he hopes to
add to his successes of 2010, 2013, 2015
and 2016. He’s followed in rating order by
Fabiano Caruana, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov,
last year’s winner Wesley So and Vladimir
Kramnik, while at the other end of the
14-player starting list it will be interesting
to see how Hou Yifan performs and how
Gawain Jones, who qualified by winning
last year’s B group, fares in his first Wijk.
The quiz solutions appear next week but
I’ll try to say something about Wijk briefly
too. For the moment some miscellaneous
action, starting with a fairly simple finish
from a one-minute (!) game between
Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura (who isn’t
in Wijk but will instead be aiming for a
fourth straight win in Gibraltar, starting on
22 January).
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Magnus Carlsen
(White to play)
This was in the final of the
speed chess championship, a knockout
match tournament, which began way back
on 3 May 2017. The matches consisted of
three time controls: five minutes plus two
seconds per move; three minutes plus two
second per move; and bullet one minute
plus one second per move – with each
section ending with a single “chess960”
game (a chess variant in which the pieces
start scrambled on the back rank).
Carlsen beat Nakamura by a hefty 18-9
but this included 0.5-2.5 at chess960 and it
will be very interesting to see how the two
fare when they play a chess960 match in
February. The diagram is from the bullet
(one-minute) finale.
35 Rxe5! Forced immediate resignation
since 35… Rxe5 36 Nf6+ Kh8 37 Rd8+ wins
the house.
The young Chinese star Wei Yi is another
player to watch at Wijk. He warmed up
with a match against Czech No 1 David
Navara, finally winning an Armageddon
decider after four classical games ended
2-all and they exchanged wins at blitz. The
best game, though, was the first, which
Navara won.
Wei Yi v David Navara
Yancheng 2017 (game 1)
Caro-Kann Advance Variation
Wei Yi
(White to play)
In positions where a queen has been won
(or sacrificed) for pieces, perhaps the most
crucial factor of all is whether the pieces
are loose, in which case the queen can often
wreak havoc with forks, or have secure posts.
Here Navara’s position is very solid and Wei
Yi’s king is potentially exposed. Moreover,
with care Navara can avoid an exchange of
rooks, keeping a powerful attacking force.
In practice, this means that Black is at least
equal and has the easier position to play.
27 Qf3 Nxe5 28 Qxd5?! 28 Bxe5 Rxe5
would have restricted Black’s attacking
chances, though still been very pleasant
for him.
28… Nxg4 29 Ra1 Rg6! Opening fire
against the king.
30 Qxb7 Ne3+ 31 Kf2 Ng4+ 32 Kg1 Ne5+
33 Kf1 Rf6+ 34 Kg2 Rg6+ 35 Kf1 Rg5 36
Bxe5 36 Ke2 Walking into the discovered
check is preferred by engines but still very
36… Bd3+ 37 Kf2 If 37 Ke1 Rgxe5+ 38 Kd2
Rd8 39 Qb6 Re2+ 40 Kd1 Rde8 The king is
37.… Rexe5 38 Rd1 Re2+ 39 Kf3 Rf5+
40 Kg4 h5+ 41 Kh4 Re4+ And Wei Yi
resigned, since 42 Kg3 Re3+ 43 Kh4 (43 Kg2
Be4+) 43… g5+ 44 Kxh5 Be2+ 45 Kh6 Rh3 is
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Today’s television
of heroin being smuggled from Pakistan
into India; Rebecca discovers Alex’s secret
second phone; and compliance manager
Karin has some awkward questions for her
boss. Utterly compelling from start to finish.
could also be taken as political metaphor,
diagnosing the condition of post-apartheid
Afrikaner identity. Either way, a compelling
statement. Jonathan Romney
The Vital Spark: The Driver’s Seat
Dragons’ Den
BBC Two, 9pm
Radio 4, 3pm
An adjustable mortar board, a child’s watch/
phone/tracker and an aerated wheelchair
backrest are among the ideas punted
tonight and one cheeky hopeful is told: “You
have nothing.” Good value. Mike Bradley
Film4, 1.40am
The Coronation
BBC One, 8pm
(Oliver Hermanus, 2011)
In a film that features rarely seen private
footage, the Queen shares her memories
of 2 June 1953, when she was crowned
at Westminster Abbey. The programme
also explains the role and significance of
the Crown Jewels in the ceremony, telling
the story of St Edward’s Crown, which has
only been worn once by Her Majesty, at
the moment of her coronation.
In this troubling, psychologically complex
South African drama about repression and
desire Deon Lotz plays François, a middleaged white timber merchant who nurses a
secret passion for young lawyer Christian
(Charlie Keegan), the son of his friends –
who also happens to have taken the fancy
of François’s daughter. In public, closeted
François plays the homophobic Afrikaner
male to a tee, but in private, attends orgies
with other burly straight-acting blokes.
Hermanus shows a masterly touch for
slow-burn tension, while Lotz gives an
imposing performance as the sometimes
menacing, sometimes vulnerable antihero.
Dissections of troubled male psyches
don’t get much more acute, but Beauty
BBC One, 9pm
Semiyon Kleiman warns Alex that he is
keeping very dangerous company; Benny
receives information about a shipment
ITV, 8pm
Black Ice. Trundling along in her trusty
Land Rover to the scene of a car crash
in the countryside, DCI Vera Stanhope
(Brenda Blethyn, above) discovers that
what appears to be a straightforward
case of a Ford Mondeo careering off the
road in the dead of night isn’t really so
straightforward after all. To Vera it seems
clear that another motorist deliberately
tried to kill taxi-driver Faye Wakeland
(Caroline Head) by forcing her off the
road. Trouble is, Faye’s lying unconscious
in a hospital bed, and piecing together
her past turns out to be a fiendish jigsaw
puzzle with a number of the vital pieces
missing. Doggedly, Vera, her sidekick DS
Aiden Healy (Kenny Doughty, above)
and new recruit DC Jacqueline Williams
(Ibinabo Jack) assemble the history of
a secretive woman with a past littered
with feuds and rivalries. Then Vera plays
a hunch… Intriguing. Mike Bradley
The BBC’s stimulating Muriel Spark
season marking the centenary of her birth
continues with Beatrice Colin’s absorbing
adaptation of the author’s disquieting
novella in which a young woman travels
across Europe ostensibly in search of her
boyfriend but actually in pursuit of the one
person who will do her harm. Intellectually
it is fascinating to see how the controlling
Lise (Shauna Macdonald) uses garish
dress and outlandish behaviour to court
her own mortality while at the same time
leaving her indelible mark on the world.
However the gut-wrenching finale, with its
suggestion that violence towards women
may be “asked for”, makes Spark’s whole
endeavour feel repellent. Stephanie Billen
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Liverpool look to avenge a 5-0 defeat in the
reverse fixture. Jürgen Klopp’s men will be
hoping that record signing Virgil van Dijk can
boost their back line if he manages to make
his league debut this afternoon. MB
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Sounds of the 60s (R) 2.0 Radio 2 Playlists: Blues,
Pop Ballads & Monday Motivation 5.0 Vanessa Feltz
Radio 3
90.2-92.4 MHz
7.0 Breakfast. Presented by Martin Handley. 9.0
News 9.03 Sunday Morning. Sarah Walker presents
her Sunday Escape, Walk to the Paradise Garden
by Delius. Plus, performances by William Christie,
Les Arts Florissants and the Nash Ensemble. 12.0
Private Passions: Helen Czerski. The physicist talks
to Michael Berkeley about her favourite music.
1.0 News 1.02 Lunchtime Concert: Wigmore
Hall Mondays. Beethoven: Violin Sonata in G, No
3. Szymanowski: The Fountain of Arethusa (from
Myths, Op 30) Fauré: Violin Sonata No 1 in A.
Isabelle van Keulen (violin), Ronald Brautigam
(piano). (R) 2.0 The Early Music Show. Hannah
French with music and stories involving 17thcentury ensemble Les 24 Violons du Roi, featuring
pieces by Lully, Rebel, Delalande, Boësset, Aubert
and Dumanoir. (R) 3.0 Choral Evensong: Hereford
Cathedral (R) 4.0 Choir and Organ. With music by
Bach, Handel and Verdi. 5.0 The Listening Service:
Béla Bartók. With Tom Service. 5.30 Words and
Music: The Garden. Sally Phillips and Bertie Carvel
read poems and extracts. 6.45 Sunday Feature:
Select, Copy, Paste – Execution. Computers can help
Radio 4
92.4-94.6 MHz; 198kHz
LW: 6.0 TMS: Australia v England. Commentary
on the opening one-day international of the fivematch series. FM: 6.0 News 6.05 Something
Understood: Fire and Flame 6.35 On Your Farm:
Refugees and Bees. Caz Graham meets a Syrian
beekeeper living in Huddersfield. (1/7) 7.0 News
7.0 Sunday Papers 7.10 Sunday. Edward Stourton
presents a roundup of the week’s religious and
ethical headlines. 7.55 Radio 4 Appeal: Children
with Cancer UK. With Kaye Wragg. 8.0 News 8.0
Sunday Papers 8.10 Sunday Worship 8.48 A
Point of View (R) 8.58 Tweet of the Day: Andy
Radford on the Curlew (R) 9.0 Broadcasting
House. Presented by Paddy O’Connell. 10.0 The
Archers (R) 11.15 Desert Island Discs: Angela
Hartnett (LW joins at 11.30) 12.0 News 12.01
(LW) Shipping Forecast 12.04 The Museum of
Curiosity (R) 12.30 The Food Programme: The
BBC Food & Farming Awards 2018 – The Search
Begins 1.0 The World This Weekend. Presented
by Mark Mardell. 1.30 Hardeep’s Sunday Lunch:
Leeds (2/2) 2.0 Gardeners’ Question Time:
5 Live
693, 909 kHz
6.0 Sunday Breakfast 9.0 SportsWeek 10.0
Pienaar’s Politics 11.0 5 Live Investigates 12.0
5 Live Sport 12.15 MOTD2 Extra 1.0 5 Live Sport
4.0 Premier League Football: Liverpool v Man
City (kick-off 4pm) 6.0 6-0-6 7.30 Peter Allen &
Caroline Barker 10.0 Nihal Arthanayake 1.0 Up All
Night 5.0 Morning Reports 5.15 Wake Up to Money
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body. However on her arrival she receives
some disturbing news. Next, attempting a
rendezvous with nephew Danny, she places
herself in grave danger. Should she have
come at all? Addictively good.
the ultimate Mitchum line, which became
the title of Lee Server’s biography: “Baby, I
don’t care.” Jonathan Romney
How to Survive the Roman
Empire, by Pliny and Me
Silent Witness
BBC One, 9pm
Radio 4, 10.45am
Duty of Candour, Part One. The forensic
evidence arising from the murder of a
young woman leads the team to a decidedly
dodgy cosmetic clinic where oddly she was
being treated for free. Mike Bradley
Build My Gallows High
Movies4 Men, 6am
Surgeons: At the Edge of Life
BBC Two, 9pm
(Jacques Tourneur, 1947)
Last Chance Saloon. This week the masked
miracle workers carry out a risky sarcoma
removal procedure on brave 71-year-old
patient Jasmine Harkness and cut out a
rare, life-threatening kidney tumour from
Bob Maran, 67. These quietly spoken
professionals are not without a sense of
humour: they even run a sweepstake on
the weight of excised tumours.
Better known by its original US title Out of
the Past. Tourneur was a hugely versatile
director, adept at war stories, westerns
and even pirate adventure. But he’s most
celebrated for horror classics such as
Cat People and I Walked With a Zombie –
and this quintessential film noir, tellingly
excerpted in Errol Morris’s labyrinthine
current Netflix series Wormwood. It stars
Robert Mitchum as a smalltown gas station
owner whose past as a private eye catches
up with him when he’s summoned by an old
client (Kirk Douglas). Roger Ebert called it
“the greatest cigarette-smoking movie of
all time” – and when you see Jane Greer’s
femme fatale lighting up under a broadbrimmed hat, you’ll know why. It features
Next of Kin
ITV, 9pm
The tension ratchets up even further this
week as Mona is asked to go to Pakistan
to identify her murdered brother Kareem’s
Anjelica Huston on James
Joyce: A Shout in the Street
BBC Four, 9pm
The most interesting programme of
the week is this film biography written
by David Blake Knox and presented
by Anjelica Huston, who starred so
memorably in her father John’s film
(above) of Joyce’s The Dead (hailed here by
Frank McGuinness as “the greatest short
story ever written”). We follow Joyce’s life
from childhood to his self-imposed exile
and beyond to international acclaim in a
vivid portrait careful to include details of
his health, his love life, Dubliners, Ulysses,
Finnegans Wake and other works created
by the man whose vocation was to be
“a priest of the eternal imagination,
transmuting the daily bread of experience
into the radiant body of everliving life”.
Contributors include Colm Tóibín, Anne
Enright, Jeffrey Eugenides, John Banville,
Fintan O’Toole, David Simon and Edna
O’Brien. Rich and resonant. Mike Bradley
Hattie Naylor’s enjoyable drama based on
real events in first-century Rome returns
with Welsh slave Venta (Nigel Barrett)
leading a deceptively quiet life with his
generally benign master Pliny the Younger
(Kieran Hodgson) and his restless mistress,
Pliny’s mother Marcella (Joanna Scanlan).
Today’s instalment sees him accompanying
them on a trip to the fabric market in Rome
before taking the waters in a comically
awkward session with the macho Pliny.
So far so humdrum, but Venta has only
a few weeks previously killed a fellow
captive in a brutal Colosseum fight. With
the victim’s lover on the prowl, can life be
as peaceful as it seems? Stephanie Billen
Sky Sports Main Event, 7pm
Manchester United v Stoke City: Premier
League. Stoke held José Mourinho’s side
to a 2-2 draw in September’s reverse
fixture courtesy of a brace from Eric
Maxim Choupo-Moting, but overall theirs
has been a difficult season up to this stage
and United will be expecting to claim all
three points at Old Trafford tonight. MB
Breakfast 9.15 Rip Off Britain:
Holidays 10.0 Homes Under the
Hammer (R) 11.0 Wanted Down
Under 11.45 Close Calls: On
Camera 12.15 Bargain Hunt 1.0
News and Weather 1.30 Regional
News and Weather 1.45 Doctors
2.15 Father Brown (R) 3.0
Escape to the Country 3.45 The
Farmers’ Country Showdown
(T) 4.30 Antiques Road Trip (T)
5.15 Pointless (T) 6.0 News and
Weather (T) 6.30 Regional News
and Weather (T) 7.0 The One
Show (T) 7.30 Inside Out (T)
Channel 4
Channel 5
6.20 3rd Rock from the Sun (T) (R)
6.45 3rd Rock from the Sun
(T) (R) 7.10 Everybody Loves
Raymond (T) (R) 8.30 Frasier (T)
(R) 10.05 Kitchen Nightmares
USA (T) (R) 11.0 Sun, Sea and
Selling Houses (T) (R) 12.0 News
(T) 12.05 Couples CDWM (T)
(R) 1.05 Posh Pawn (T) (R) 2.10
Countdown (T) 3.0 Village of the
Year (T) 4.0 A Place in the Sun:
Winter Sun (T) 5.0 Four in a Bed
(T) 5.30 Extreme Cake Makers
(T) 6.0 The Simpsons (T) (R)
6.30 Hollyoaks (T) 7.0 News (T)
Flog It! Trade Secrets (T) (R)
6.30 The Farmers’ Country
Showdown (T) (R) 7.15 Antiques
Road Trip (T) (R) 8.0 Sign Zone:
Antiques Roadshow (T) (R) 9.0
Victoria Derbyshire (T) 11.0 BBC
Newsroom Live (T) 12.0 Daily
Politics (T) 1.0 Live Snooker:
The Masters (T) Ding Junhui v
Ryan Day. Day two at Alexandra
Palace.4.45 More Creatures Great
and Small (T) (R) 5.15 Flog It! (T)
(R) 6.0 Eggheads (T) 6.30 Great
British Railway Journeys (T) 7.0
Rick Stein’s Road to Mexico (T) (R)
Good Morning Britain (T) 8.30
Lorraine (T) 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle
Show (T) 10.30 This Morning (T)
12.30 Loose Women (T) 1.30
News (T) 1.55 Local News (T) 2.0
Judge Rinder (T) 3.0 Dickinson’s
Real Deal (T) 3.59 Local News and
Weather (T) 4.0 Tipping Point (T)
5.0 The Chase (T) 6.0 Local News
(T) 6.30 News (T) 7.0 Emmerdale
(T) Moira fears for the worst
when she discovers that the
police have found a body which
they believe could be Adam.
7.30 Coronation Street (T)
EastEnders (T) Max remains
desperate for a way to save Abi.
8.30 Panorama (T)
9.0 Silent Witness Duty of Candour
(T) (1/2) A woman is murdered
and the forensic evidence leads
the team to a cosmetic clinic
where the victim had been
receiving various treatments,
seemingly for free.
Only Connect (T) The Cricketers
take on the Escapologists.
8.30 University Challenge (T) Two
more teams battle it out for a
quarter-final spot.
9.0 Surgeons: At the Edge of Life (T)
Medical staff stop a 67-yearold man’s heart, chill his body
temperature and drain him of all
his blood to remove a tumour.
The Martin Lewis Money
Show (T) An edition focusing
on savings.
8.30 Coronation Street (T) Bethany’s
new career dismays Craig.
9.0 Next of Kin (T) Mona travels
to Lahore to identify Kareem’s
body and the trip leads her
into grave danger in a remote
corner of the city.
10.0 News (T)
10.30 Regional News and Weather (T)
10.45 Have I Got Old News for You (T)
(R) Alexander Armstrong hosts
an edition of the quiz from May
2017, with Sara Pascoe and Andy
Hamilton on the panel.
11.15 Miriam’s Big American
Adventure (T) (R) (2/3) Miriam
Margolyes travels to Indiana to
visit a summer camp, where the
young campers pledge allegiance
to God and the US flag.
12.15 The Graham Norton Show (T) (R)
1.05 Weather (T) 1.10 News (T)
10.0 Insert Name Here (T) With Adrian
Chiles, Suzannah Lipscomb, Sara
Pascoe and Anita Rani.
10.30 Newsnight (T) Weather
11.15 Snooker: The Masters (T) Judd
Trump v Liang Wenbo.
12.05 Snooker: The Masters Extra
(T) Ding Junhui v Ryan Day.
Hazel Irvine presents highlights
of the last-16 match. 2.05 Sign
Zone: Countryfile (T) (R) 3.0
Rick Stein’s Road to Mexico
(T) (R) 4.0 This Is BBC Two (T)
10.0 News (T)
10.30 Local News (T)
10.40 School for Stammerers (T) (R)
Documentary following a lorry
driver, a teacher, a pharmacist,
a photographer and two
schoolboys who have all agreed
to undergo a course that claims
it can transform a stammerer’s
speech in just four days.
12.10 Jackpot247 3.0 The Jeremy
Kyle Show (T) (R) 3.50 ITV
Nightscreen 5.05 The Jeremy
Kyle Show (T) (R)
10.0 First Dates Hotel (T) Fitness
fanatic Bernard, 87, sits down
for a meal with septuagenarian
ballroom dancer Ruth.
11.05 Derry Girls (T) (R) Sister Michael
announces a school trip to Paris.
11.35 Hunted (T) (R)
12.35 SAS: Who Dares Wins (T) (R) 1.30
The Supervet (T) (R) 2.25 Cabins
in the Wild with Dick Strawbridge
(T) (R) 3.20 Coast v Country (T)
(R) 4.15 Location, Location… (T)
(R) 5.10 How to Stay Well (T) (R)
5.35 Countdown (T) (R)
BT Sport 1
6.0am Leeds United v Southampton 1971/72
6.30 Liverpool v Birmingham 1972/73 7.0
Premier League Review 8.0 Premier League
9.30 Inter Milan v Tottenham 2010/11 10.0
Tottenham v Inter Milan 2010/11 10.30 AC Milan
v Tottenham Hotspur: 2010/11 11.0 BDO World
Championships 12.30 Premier League Review
1.30 Man United v Sunderland 1974/75 2.0
Tottenham v Bristol Rovers 1977/78 2.30 QPR v
Burnley 1979/80 3.0 NBA Reload 3.15 NBA 5.0
NBA Inside Stuff 5.30 Cricket: Big Bash League
6.30 NBA Reload 7.0 Live NBA: Washington
Wizards v Milwaukee Bucks (tip-off 7pm) Coverage
of the Eastern Conference clash at Verizon Centre.
9.30 BT Sport Goals Reload 10.0 Premier League
Tonight 10.30 Live NBA: Los Angeles Lakers v
Memphis Grizzlies (tip-off 10.30pm) Coverage
of the Western Conference match from Staples
Centre. 1.0 Live NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers v Golden
State Warriors (tip-off 1am). Coverage of the
inter-conference encounter at Quicken Loans
Arena. 3.30 Live NBA: Los Angeles Clippers v
Houston Rockets (tip-off 3.30am) Coverage of
the Western Conference clash at Staples Centre.
Sky Atlantic
6.0am Fish Town 7.0 The British 8.0 Richard
E Grant’s Hotel Secrets 9.0-11.0 The West Wing
11.0-1.0 House 1.0 Without a Trace 2.0 Blue
Bloods 3.0-5.0 The West Wing 5.0-7.0 House
7.0 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 8.0 Blue
Bloods 9.0 Active Shooter 10.10 Meth Storm
12.10 Heroin: Cape Cod USA 1.40 Dexter 2.40
Banshee 3.35 Girls 4.10-6.0 The West Wing
All programmes from 9am to 7pm are double bills
6.0am-7.0 Hollyoaks 7.0 Coach Trip: Road
to Tenerife 7.30 Streetmate 8.0 Charmed 9.0
Melissa & Joey 10.0 Baby Daddy 11.0 Brooklyn
Nine-Nine 12.0 The Goldbergs 1.0 The Big Bang
Theory 2.0 Melissa & Joey 3.0 Baby Daddy 4.0
Brooklyn Nine-Nine 5.0 The Goldbergs 6.0 The
Big Bang Theory 7.0 Hollyoaks 7.30 Coach Trip:
Road to Tenerife 8.0 The Karate Kid (2010)
10.40 Gogglebox 11.40-12.40 The Big Bang
Theory 12.40 Tattoo Fixers 1.45 First Dates
2.45 First Dates Abroad 3.10 Celebs Go Dating
4.05 Rude(ish) Tube 4.30 Charmed
11.0am Support Your Local Gunfighter
(1971) 12.50 Pimpernel Smith (1941)
3.15 Tulsa (1949) 5.0 It Came from
Beneath the Sea (1954) 6.40 Congo (1995)
9.0 The Grey (2011) 11.15 Wanderlust (2012) 1.10 Hope Springs (2012)
6.0am The Dog Whisperer 7.0-8.0 Monkey
Life 8.0-9.0 Meerkat Manor 9.0 Road Wars
10.0 Stargate Atlantis 11.0 MacGyver 12.0
NCIS: LA 1.0-3.0 Hawaii Five-0 3.0 NCIS: LA
4.0 Stargate SG-1 5.0 The Simpsons 5.306.30 Futurama 6.30-8.0 The Simpsons 8.0
David Attenborough’s Galápagos 9.0 Mission:
Impossible 2 (2000) 11.25 The Force: North East
12.25 Ross Kemp: Extreme World 1.25-3.25
Hawaii Five-0 3.25 The Blacklist 4.20 Stop,
Search, Seize 5.10 The Dog Whisperer
Sky Sports 1
6.0am Good Morning Sports Fans Bitesize 7.0
Good Morning Sports Fans 8.0 Live Test Cricket:
South Africa v India. Coverage of day three in
the second Test of the three-match series, from
SuperSport Park in Centurion. 3.15 Best of Sky
Cricket 3.30 Sky Sports News 5.0 Sky Sports
News at 5 6.0 Sky Sports News at 6 7.0 Live MNF:
Manchester United v Stoke City (kick-off 8pm)
Coverage of the Premier League encounter at Old
Trafford. 11.0 Sky Sports News 1.0 Live WWE Late
Night Raw 4.15 Live One-Day International Cricket:
New Zealand v Pakistan. Coverage of the fourth
match of the five-game series from Hamilton.
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STV NORTH As ITV except 10.30pm Scotland Tonight (T) 11.05 School for Stammerers
(T) (R) 12.25 Teleshopping 1.25 After Midnight
2.55 Alphabetical (T) (R)
ITV WALES As ITV except 10.45pm
Sharp End (T) 11.10 Britain’s Brightest Family
(T) (R) 11.40-12.10 Wales on TV (T) (R)
CHANNEL As ITV except 12.10am-3.0
ITV Nightscreen
SCOTTISH As ITV except 10.30pm Scotland
Tonight (T) 11.05 School for Stammerers (T) (R)
12.25 Teleshopping 1.25 After Midnight 2.55
Alphabetical (T) (R) 3.45-5.05 ITV Nightscreen
ULSTER As ITV except 10.45pm View from
Stormont (T) 11.45 Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest
Airport (T) (R) 12.35 Teleshopping 2.05-3.0
ITV Nightscreen
BBC ONE NORTH 7.30pm-8.0 Inside
Out Yorkshire and Lincolnshire (T)
BBC ONE NORTH EAST 7.30pm8.0 Inside Out North East and Cumbria (T)
BBC ONE NORTH WEST 7.30pm8.0 Inside Out North West (T)
The Forest (T) An engineering team are called
out to repair a 6-tonne logging machine, while
the owner of Balloch O’Dee campsite prepares to
stage a comedy night. Mark Bonnar narrates.
BBC ONE WALES 7.30pm-8.0 The River
Wye With Will Millard (T) The writer and angler
joins a group of young people from across Britain
as they take to the water at Glasbury, Powys, to
travel 100 miles downriver by canoe and kayak.
BBC ONE N IRELAND 7.30pm-8.0
Getaways (T) 10.40 Beauty Queen and Single
(T) 11.10 Have I Got Old News for You (T) (R)
11.40 Miriam’s Big American Adventure (T) (R)
12.40-1.30 The Graham Norton Show (T) (R)
BBC TWO WALES 4.45pm The Great
British Winter (T) (R) 5.45-6.0 Coast (T) (R)
How to Lose Weight Well (T)
Xand van Tulleken, Hala El-Shafie
and Stacie Stewart oversee
proceedings as three more pairs
roadtest some of the most
popular and talked about diets.
The Undateables (T) A trainee
accountant with a stammer faces
his fear of talking to women.
Milkshake! 9.15 The Wright Stuff
(T) 11.15 GPs: Behind Closed
Doors (T) (R) 12.10 News (T)
12.15 The Hotel Inspector (T)
(R) 1.05 Access (T) 1.15 Home
and Away (T) 1.45 Neighbours
(T) 2.15 NCIS (T) (R) Power
Down 3.15 The Wrong
Mother (2017) (T) Thriller
starring Vanessa Marcil. 5.0
News (T) 5.30 Neighbours (T)
(R) 6.0 Home and Away (T) (R)
6.30 News (T) 7.0 Car Crash TV
(T) Events caught on film by
dashboard-mounted cameras.
Police Interceptors (T) Dog
handler Darren has to call on
all his powers of persuasion
to try to end a rooftop standoff, while Tasers are drawn in
a tense situation with a man
who is armed with a knife.
Includes news update.
Celebrity Big Brother (T)
Marcus Bentley narrates.
BBC Four
Beyond 100 Days (T) 7.30
Great Continental Railway
Journeys: Copenhagen to Oslo
(T) (R) (2/2) Michael Portillo
concludes his journey around
Scandinavia, test-driving a
vintage Volvo in the Swedish city
of Gothenburg before ending in
the Norwegian capital, Oslo.
Highlands: Scotland’s Wild Heart
(T) (R) Summer in the Highlands,
when the birds and the beasts
raise their offspring.
Anjelica Huston on James
Joyce: A Shout in the Street (T)
Anjelica Huston explores the
life and work of the Irish literary
giant, regarded as one of the
most influential and important
authors of the 20th century.
10.0 Not So Sweet Sixteen (T)
(2/2) Freya holds a soiree at
her mansion, and Nelia’s party
boat sails off without her.
11.05 CBB’s Bit on the Side (T)
12.05 Celebrity Botched Up Bodies
(T) (R) 1.0 SuperCasino (T) 3.10
Secrets of the National Trust
With Alan Titchmarsh (T) (R)
4.0 Get Your Tatts Out: Kavos
Ink (T) (R) 4.45 House Doctor
(T) (R) 5.10 Wildlife SOS (T) (R)
5.35 Divine Designs (T) (R)
10.0 Ireland’s Treasures Uncovered (T)
(R) (T) (R) A look at the artefacts
that have shape modern Ireland,
among them the Tara Brooch,
the Broighter Hoard and the
Waterford Charter Roll.
11.0 The Victorians (T) (R) Jeremy
Paxman explores how the era’s
artists portrayed domestic life.
12.0 The Everly Brothers: Harmonies
from Heaven (T) (R) 1.0 Top of
the Pops: 1981 (T) (R) 1.40 Top
of the Pops: 1981 (T) (R) 2.20
Anjelica Huston on James Joyce:
A Shout in the Street (T) (R)
Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly. 3.25pm Lisa Streich:
Segel. Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra,
Gregor A Mayrhofer. 3.40pm Debussy, orch
Koechlin: Khamma. 4pm Koechlin: Les bandarlog. Conductor Heinz Holliger. 4.30pm Ligeti:
Violin Concerto. Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin),
Lucerne Festival Academy Ensemble, Matthias
Pintscher. 5.0 In Tune. With live music by A4 Brass
Quartet. 7.0 In Tune Mixtape 7.30 In Concert. A
performance by the Sixteen at King’s Place in north
London, in which Monteverdi’s music is linked
to the polyphonic tradition that influenced him,
interwoven with poetry by Seamus Heaney. 10.0
Music Matters (R) 10.45 Transformations: Five
Stories from Ovid’s Metamorphoses – Ceyx and
Alcyone. (1/5) 11.0 Jazz Now. A concert from last
year’s London jazz festival, where the composer
and bandleader Darcy James Argue’s 18-piece
ensemble Secret Society performed a version of
their work Real Enemies. 12.30 Through the Night
(R) 2.15 Drama: Stone, by Cath Staincliffe. The
detective starts to question the reliability of the
original murder enquiry. Crime drama with Hugo
Speer. (6/10) 3.0 Round Britain Quiz (9/12)
3.30 The Food Programme: The BBC Food &
Farming Awards 2018 – The Search Begins (R) 4.0
It’s Just a Joke, Comrade: 100 Years of Russian
Satire. With Viv Groskop. (R) 4.30 The Infinite
Monkey Cage: The Secret Life of Birds (2/6) 5.0
PM. With Eddie Mair. 5.54 (LW) Shipping Forecast
5.57 Weather 6.0 News 6.30 The Museum of
Curiosity (2/6) 7.0 The Archers. Lexi reaches an
emotional decision and Rex is surprised by recent
developments. 7.15 Front Row. Arts roundup.
7.45 How to Survive the Roman Empire, by Pliny
and Me (R) (1/5) 8.0 The Cameron Years. Steve
Richards looks at David Cameron’s mission to
modernise and transform the Conservative party
and its thinking, exploring ideas such as the Big
Society, the major shake-up of education and
health policy and social reforms. (2/3) 8.30
Crossing Continents: Ukraine’s Frontline Bakery
(R) 9.0 PowerPointless (R) 9.30 Start the Week
(R) 9.59 Weather 10.0 The World Tonight. With
Ritula Shah. 10.45 Book at Bedtime: The Vital
Spark – A Far Cry from Kensington, by Muriel Spark.
Read by Maggie Service. (6/10) 11.0 Taken to the
Cleaners (R) 11.30 Today in Parliament. Presented
by Sean Curran. 12.0 News and Weather 12.30
Book of the Week (R) 12.48 Shipping Forecast 1.0
As World Service 5.20 Shipping Forecast 5.30
News 5.43 Prayer for the Day 5.45 Farming
Today 5.58 Tweet of the Day: Kathy Hinde on the
Pink-Footed Goose
Radio 1
97.6-99.8 MHz
6.0 The Breakfast Show With Nick Grimshaw 10.0
Clara Amfo 12.45 Newsbeat 1.0 Matt Edmondson
4.0 Greg James 5.45 Newsbeat 6.0 Greg James
7.0 Annie Mac 9.0 The 8th With Charlie Sloth
11.0 Ollie Winiberg 1.0 Drum & Bass Show With
René LaVice 3.0 Specialist Chart With Phil Taggart
4.0 Early Breakfast Show With Adele Roberts
Radio 2
88-91 MHz
6.30 Chris Evans 9.30 Ken Bruce 12.0 Amol
Rajan 2.0 Steve Wright 5.0 Simon Mayo 7.0 The
Blues Show With Paul Jones 8.0 Jo Whiley 10.0
Will Young: Essential R&B (4/4) 11.0 The Russell
Davies Archive 12.0 Johnnie Walker’s Sounds of
the 70s 2.0 Radio 2 Playlists: Jazz, Great British
Songbook & Hidden Treasures 5.0 Vanessa Feltz
Radio 3
90.2-92.4 MHz
6.30 Breakfast. With Clemency Burton-Hill.
9.0 Essential Classics. Suzy Klein asks for ideas
for potential companion pieces to a well-known
piece of music, and a guest reveals their cultural
inspirations. 12.0 Composer of the Week:
Beethoven (1/5) 1.0 News 1.02 Lunchtime
Concert: Wigmore Hall Mondays. A live recital
by the soprano Fatma Said and the pianist James
Vaughan. Schumann: Sechs Gesänge, Op 89;
Singet nicht in Trauertönen; Liebeslied; Requiem.
Mendelssohn: Die Liebende schreibt; Suleika II
(Ach, um deine feuchten Schwingen); Hexenlied.
Poulenc: Les chemins de l’amour; Deux poèmes de
Louis Aragon. Sherif Mohie El Din: Three Egyptian
Cycle Songs – The Rain; Will the river flow forever?;
Against whom? 2.0 Afternoon Concert: Lucerne
Festival 2017. Tom McKinney presents the first
of a week of programmes featuring highlights
from the 2017 Lucerne Festival. Richard Strauss:
Also sprach Zarathustra; Tod und Verklärung; Till
Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche. Lucerne Festival
Radio 4
92.4-94.6 MHz; 198kHz
6.0 Today. 7.48 Thought for the Day, with the Rev
Dr Jane Leach. 9.0 Start the Week 9.45 (LW)
Daily Service 9.45 (FM) Book of the Week: In
Search of Mary Shelley, by Fiona Sampson. Read by
Stella Gonet. (1/5) 10.0 Woman’s Hour. Presented
by Jane Garvey. Includes at 10.45 Drama. Part one
of the third series of Hattie Naylor’s How to Survive
the Roman Empire, by Pliny and Me. (1/5) 11.0
The Untold. Grace Dent’s documentary strand abou
life in 21st-century Britain. (10/16) 11.30 Tom
Wrigglesworth’s Hang-Ups: The Madman in the
Attic (R) 12.0 News 12.01 (LW) Shipping Forecast
12.04 Niche Work If You Can Get It. People with
highly specialised jobs. (1/5) 12.15 You and Yours
12.57 Weather 1.0 The World at One. Presented
by Mark Mardell. 1.45 Roger Law: Art and Seoul.
Roger Law examines the culture of South Korea,
beginning by discovering how the country’s potters
became so skilled at ceramics that the Japanese
decided to kidnap them. (R) (1/5) 2.0 The Archers
5 Live
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6.0 Breakfast 10.0 The Emma Barnett Show 1.0
Afternoon Edition 4.0 5 Live Drive 7.0 5 Live Sport
8.0 Premier League Football: Man United v Stoke
City (kick-off 8pm). 10.0 Flintoff, Savage and the
Ping Pong Guy 10.30 Phil Williams 1.0 Up All Night
5.0 Morning Reports 5.15 Wake Up to Money
Tuesday 16
Once Removed, a cleverly constructed tale
involving the Handle Me Gently removals
company, an oleaginous estate agent, a
man possessed by Andrew Lloyd Webber
and a nervous resident. A gem.
but it’s sleek, zippy fun with the two leads
taking turns to play nasty, nice and even
nastier. Jonathan Romney
Simon Evans Goes to Market
Radio 4, 6.30pm
Before We Die
Channel 4, 11pm
They make you stay up late for your Scandinoir, but this Swedish thriller is worth
the effort. Tonight a starchy Stockholm
detective steps in to handle an informant
when a colleague goes missing. Mike Bradley
Sky Cinema Villains, 10.20pm
Britain’s Favourite Dogs: Top 100
ITV, 7.30pm
(John Woo, 1997)
Dog-lovers are in for a treat in the form
of this two-and-a-half-hour countdown
of the nation’s favourite breeds. Join Sara
Cox and a newly bearded Ben Fogle (and
their dogs, of course) as they kick off
with the sadly antique Dandie Dinmont
at No 100 and work their way to a Top 10
that bears few surprises, meeting a number
of celebrities and their dogs as they go.
Hong Kong maestro Woo rose to fame in
the 1980s as an innovator and poet of action
thrillers – A Better Tomorrow, The Killer
– in which flying doves mattered as much
as flying glass. His US career, including
Hard Target (ITV4, 12.25am) and Mission:
Impossible 2, has been a mixed blessing,
but this is its highlight. It stars John Travolta
as FBI agent Sean Archer and Nicolas
Cage as a terrorist named Castor (and
yes, he does have a brother named Pollux).
To locate a bomb, Archer undergoes a
risky (and magnificently implausible)
operation that involves Castor’s face
being transplanted on to him – only for
Castor to steal Archer’s and wreak havoc
accordingly. The term is “high concept”,
Inside No 9
BBC Two, 10pm
Apart from being gifted actors and fine
writers, the Inside No 9 troupe prove what
ingenious dramatists they are tonight in
Art, Passion & Power: The
Story of the Royal Collection
BBC Four, 9pm
Dangerous Magic. More than a million
works of art owned by the Queen are
housed in the the nation’s royal palaces,
museums and institutions and to introduce this four-part trawl of some of the
finest among them, increasingly eccentric
art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon
examines works acquired by the founders
of the Royal Collection, Henry VIII and
Charles I (above, portrayed by van Dyck).
Some may take issue with the presenter’s
assertion that “the best way to get inside
the heads of past monarchs is to look at
the objects they collected”, but there’s
no doubting the allure of the artworks
and curios on display here, especially
in the light of their intriguing histories.
Mantegna’s The Triumphs of Caesar and
the Crown Jewels are just two examples
which merit programmes in themselves.
Intelligent storytelling. Mike Bradley
In the first of a new series exploring the
hidden costs of the “free lunch”, comedian
Simon Evans hosts a humorous but
insightful discussion on the economics of
social media with the help of Tim Harford
of the Financial Times and Timandra
Harkness, author of Big Data: Does Size
Matter? In an age when receiving an
actual phone call on a smartphone can
seem like an irritation, data-harvesting
companies such as Google, Amazon and
Facebook are exploiting our browsing
histories to make money through
precision advertising. In the future, the
programme suggests, the cost of a flight
may depend on the amount an airline
calculates you can pay. Stephanie Billen
BBC Two/Eurosport 2, 1pm
The Masters, Round One: Ronnie O’Sullivan
v Marco Fu. Coverage of the fifth last-16
match, played over the best of 11 frames
at Alexandra Palace in London. Recordbreaking defending champion of the past
seven years O’Sulllivan will be odds-on to
win this contest in the wake of his recent UK
Championship win. Nika Shakhnazarova
Channel 4
Channel 5
Breakfast 9.15 Rip Off Britain:
Holidays 10.0 Homes Under the
Hammer 11.0 Wanted Down
Under 11.45 Close Calls: On
Camera (R) 12.15 Bargain Hunt
(T) (R) 1.0 News (T) 1.30 Regional
News (T) 1.45 Doctors (T) 2.15
Father Brown (T) (R) 3.0 Escape
to the Country (T) 3.45 The
Farmers’ Country Showdown
(T) 4.30 Antiques Road Trip (T)
5.15 Pointless (T) 6.0 News and
Weather (T) 6.30 Regional News
and Weather (T) 7.0 The One
Show (T) 7.30 EastEnders (T)
Flog It! Trade Secrets (T) (R) 6.30
The Farmers’ Country Showdown
(T) (R) 7.15 Antiques Road Trip
(T) (R) 8.0 Sign Zone Celebrity
Antiques Road Trip (T) (R) 9.0
Victoria Derbyshire (T) 11.0 BBC
Newsroom Live (T) 12.0 Daily
Politics (T) 1.0 Live Snooker: The
Masters (T) Ronnie O’Sullivan v
Marco Fu. The fifth last-16 match.
4.45 More Creatures Great and
Small (T) (R) 5.15 Flog It! (T) (R)
6.0 Eggheads (T) 6.30 Great
British Railway Journeys (T) 7.0
Rick Stein’s Road to Mexico (T) (R)
6.20 3rd Rock from the Sun (T) (R)
Double bill. 7.10-8.30 Everybody
Loves Raymond (T) (R) 8.3010.05 Frasier (T) (R) 10.05 Kitchen
Nightmares USA (T) (R) 11.0 Sun,
Sea and Selling Houses (T) (R)
12.0 News Summary (T) 12.05
Couples Come Dine With Me (T)
(R) 1.05 Posh Pawn (T) (R) 2.10
Countdown (T) 3.0 Village of the
Year (T) 4.0 A Place in the Sun:
Winter Sun (T) 5.0 Four in a Bed
(T) 5.30 Extreme Cake Makers
(T) 6.0 The Simpsons (T) (R)
6.30 Hollyoaks (T) 7.0 News (T)
Holby City (T) Essie struggles to
use her head over her heart as
she gets involved with Gaskell’s
trial, and Oliver is transferred
to AAU for a change of scene.
Silent Witness Duty of Candour
(T) (2/2) Nikki comes faceto-face with Simon Laing once
again as the motive for the
murders appears to be blackmail.
Inside the Factory (T) Gregg
Wallace visits Ribena’s factory
in Gloucestershire, and Cherry
Healey lends a hand harvesting
berries on a farm in Kent.
House of Saud: A Family at
War (T) How some of the most
prominent and richest Saudi
royals were caught up in a
crackdown on corruption.
7.30 Britain’s Favourite Dogs: Top 100
(T) Sara Cox and Ben Fogle reveal
the UK’s top dog breeds, having
surveyed 10,000 people on the
matter. The likes of Gabby Logan,
Michael Ball, Phillip Schofield
and Holly Willoughby introduce
viewers to their dogs, and Prince
Harry also makes an appearance.
10.0 News (T) Weather
10.30 Local News (T) Weather
10.40 The Late Debate (T) Paul Brand
is joined by MPs for a discussion
of the latest events.
11.10 Girlfriends (T) (R) Sue’s son
Andrew confesses a big secret
at her birthday celebrations.
12.10 Holiday Horrors: Caught on
Camera (T) (R) 12.55 Jackpot247
3.0 Loose Women (R) 3.50 ITV
Nightscreen 5.05 The Jeremy
Kyle Show (T) (R)
10.0 Working Class White Men (T)
(2/2) The identity crisis facing
men and their families.
11.0 Before We Die (T) New series.
A police detective must step in
to handle an informant when her
colleague goes AWOL. Swedish
thriller starring Marie Richardson.
12.15 Naked Attraction (T) (R) 1.10
Kitchen Nightmares USA (T)
(R) 2.0 Secrets of Our Favourite
Snacks (T) (R) 2.55 Warship
(T) (R) 3.50 Rivers (T) (R)
4.45 Coast v Country (T) (R)
10.0 News (T)
10.30 Regional News (T) Weather
10.45 Love and Hate Crime (T) New
series looking at hate crimes in
the US.
11.45 Ecstasy Wars: Stacey Dooley
Investigates (T) The journalist
looks at the production of
ecstasy around the world,
travelling to Cambodia, Canada
and the United States as she
follows the trail of the party drug.
12.45 Weather for the Week Ahead
(T) 12.50 BBC News (T)
10.0 Inside No 9 Once Removed (T)
A tale involving the Handle Me
Gently removals company.
10.30 Newsnight (T) Weather
11.15 NFL This Week (T) Mark
Chapman presents the
best of the action from
the divisional play-offs.
12.05 Snooker: Masters (T) 12.55
Snooker: Masters Extra (T) 2.55
Sign Zone: The Real Marigold
on Tour (T) (R) 3.55 Miriam’s
Big American Adventure (T) (R)
(2/3) 4.55 This Is BBC Two (T)
BT Sport 1
6.0am BT Sport Goals Reload 6.30 Hyundai
A-League Highlights 7.30 Premier League Review
8.30 Fishing: On The Bank 9.30 The Day the
Series Stopped 10.30 Hyundai A-League 12.0
Hyundai A-League 1.30 Tim Richmond: To the
Limit 2.30 Ligue 1 Highlights 3.30 Ligue 1 Show
4.0 BT Sport Goals Reload 4.30 Premier League
Tonight 5.0 Cricket: Big Bash League 6.0 Live
Ligue 1: Marseille v Strasbourg (kick-off 6pm)
Coverage of the French top-flight clash at the
Orange Velodrome. 8.0 Live Ligue 1: Monaco v
Nice (kick-off 8pm) Coverage of the French topflight clash at the Stade Louis II. 10.0 The Two
Escobars 12.0 Live College Basketball 2.0 Live
College Basketball: South Carolina Gamecocks v
Kentucky Wildcats (tip-off 2am) Coverage of the
NCAA encounter at Colonial Life Arena. 4.0 NBA
Inside Stuff 4.30 UFC Top 10: Title Fights 5.0
UFC Fight Flashback 5.30 Game of the Week
Sky Atlantic
6.0am The Guest Wing 7.0 The British 8.0
Richard E Grant’s Hotel Secrets 9.0-11.0 The
West Wing 11.0-1.0 House 1.0 Without a Trace
2.0 Blue Bloods 3.0-5.0 The West Wing 5.07.0 House 7.0 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 8.0
Blue Bloods 9.0 American Gangster (2007)
12.0 Blue Bloods 1.0 Dexter 2.05 Banshee
3.05-4.10 Girls 4.10-6.0 The West Wing
All programmes from 9am to 7pm are double
bills 6.0am-7.0 Hollyoaks 7.0 Coach Trip:
Road to Tenerife 7.30 Streetmate 8.0 Charmed
9.0 Melissa & Joey 10.0 Baby Daddy 11.0
Brooklyn Nine-Nine 12.0 The Goldbergs 1.0 The
Big Bang Theory 2.0 Melissa & Joey 3.0 Baby
Daddy 4.0 Brooklyn Nine-Nine 5.0 The Goldbergs
6.0 The Big Bang Theory 7.0 Hollyoaks 7.30
Coach Trip: Road to Tenerife 8.0-9.0 The Big
Bang Theory 9.0 Tattoo Fixers 10.0 8 Out of
10 Cats 10.50-11.50 The Big Bang Theory
Good Morning Britain (T) 8.30
Lorraine (T) 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle
Show (T) 10.30 This Morning (T)
12.30 Loose Women (T) 1.30
News (T) 1.55 Local News (T) 2.0
Judge Rinder (T) 3.0 Dickinson’s
Real Deal (T) 3.59 Local News and
Weather (T) 4.0 Tipping Point (T)
5.0 The Chase (T) 6.0 Local News
(T) 6.30 News (T) 7.0 Emmerdale
(T) Pete and Ross are at odds
over what to do when they
discover who really killed Emma.
11.50 Gogglebox 12.55 Tattoo Fixers 2.0 8 Out
of 10 Cats 2.45 Rude Tube 3.10 Celebs Go Dating
4.05 Rude(ish) Tube 4.25 Charmed
11.0am Fixed Bayonets! (1951) 12.50
The War Wagon (1967) 3.0 How
to Murder Your Wife (1965) 5.20 Last
Train from Gun Hill (1959) 7.10 Source
Code (2011) 9.0 Taken 2 (2012) 10.50
Battle: Los Angeles (2011) 1.05 The Fighter (2010)
6.0am The Dog Whisperer 7.0-8.0 Monkey
Life 8.0-9.0 Meerkat Manor 9.0 Road Wars
10.0 Stargate Atlantis 11.0 MacGyver 12.0
NCIS: LA 1.0-3.0 Hawaii Five-0 3.0 NCIS:
LA 4.0 Stargate SG-1 5.0 The Simpsons 5.306.30 Futurama 6.30-8.30 The Simpsons
8.30 Harry Hill’s Tea-Time 9.0 The Blacklist
10.0 Trollied 10.30 A League of Their Own
11.0 The Force: North East 12.0 Ross Kemp:
Extreme World 1.0-3.0 Hawaii Five-0 3.0
The Blacklist 4.0 Stop, Search, Seize 5.0
The Dog Whisperer
Sky Sports 1
6.0am Live One-Day International Cricket: New
Zealand v Pakistan. Coverage of the fourth match
of the five-game series, which takes place at Seddon
Park in Hamilton. 9.0 Live Test Cricket: South Africa
v India. Coverage of day four in the second Test of
the three-match series, taking place at SuperSport
Park in Centurion. 3.15 Best of Sky Cricket 3.30
Sky Sports News 5.0 Sky Sports News at 5 6.0 Sky
Sports News at 6 7.0 Transfer Centre 7.30 Gillette
Soccer Special 10.0 The Debate 11.0 Sky Sports
News 12.0 Sky Sports News 1.0 Live WWE Late
Night Smackdown 3.0 Live ICC Under-19s World
Cup Cricket: West Indies v South Africa. Coverage
of the Group A match, which takes place at Bay
Oval in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand.
ANGLIA As ITV except 10.45pm-11.10
Late Edition
BORDER As ITV except 10.45pm-11.10
Around the House
CENTRAL As ITV except 10.45pm-11.10
Central Lobby
WESTCOUNTRY As ITV except 10.45pm11.10 Westcountry Debate
GRANADA As ITV except 10.45pm-11.10
Granada Debate
STV NORTH As ITV except 10.30pm
Scotland Tonight 11.05 Girlfriends (R) 12.05
Teleshopping 1.05 After Midnight 2.35-5.05
ITV Nightscreen
ITV WEST As Westcountry
ITV WALES As ITV except 10.45pm-11.10
River Monsters (R)
MERIDIAN As ITV except 10.45pm-11.10
The Last Word
CHANNEL As ITV except 10.45pm-11.10
The Last Word 12.55-3.0 Nightscreen
ULSTER As ITV except 10.45pm-11.10
River Monsters (R) 12.55 Teleshopping 2.253.0 ITV Nightscreen
YORKSHIRE As ITV except 10.45pm-11.10
Last Orders
TYNE TEES As ITV except 10.45pm-11.10
Around the House
BBC ONE SCOTLAND 8.0pm-9.0 River
City 10.45 Holby City 11.45 Love and Hate Crime
12.45-1.45 Stacey Dooley
BBC ONE N IRELAND 10.40pm Survivors
11.10 Love and Hate Crime 12.10-1.10 Stacey
BBC TWO WALES 4.45pm First Minister’s
Questions 5.35-6.0 Flog It! (R)
BBC TWO N IRELAND 10.0pm-10.30
Beauty Queen and Single (R) 11.15 Inside No 9
11.45 NFL This Week 12.35-2.55 Snooker
The Secret Life of the Zoo (T)
Eastern black rhino Zuri gives
birth to baby Ike, and Bactrian
camel Shan-Shan is under the
weather, so keepers at Chester
try to work out how to help her.
24 Hours in A&E (T) Medics
treat three women who have
been stabbed in a Surrey
supermarket car park.
BBC Four
Milkshake! 9.15 The Wright Stuff
(T) 11.15 GPs: Behind Closed
Doors (T) (R) 12.10 News (T)
12.15 The Hotel Inspector (T) (R)
1.05 Access (T) 1.15 Home and
Away (T) 1.45 Neighbours (T)
2.15 NCIS (T) (R) 3.15 False
Pretenses (2004) (T) 5.0 News
(T) 5.30 Neighbours (T) (R)
6.0 Home and Away (T) (R)
6.30 News (T) 7.0 Secrets of
the National Trust (T) (R) Alan
Titchmarsh visits Attingham Hall,
Shropshire to tell the story of the
profligate second Baron Berwick.
Diet Secrets & How to Lose
Weight (T) A team of scientists,
doctors and dieticians explore
the world of crash diets, and
former Towie star Frankie Essex
goes on the 5:2 diet. Includes
news update.
Celebrity Big Brother (T)
Coverage of the latest action.
Marcus Bentley narrates.
Beyond 100 Days (T) 7.30 Great
Continental Railway Journeys:
Prague to Munich (T) (R) (1/2)
Michael Portillo sets out on a
journey through Bohemia and
Bavaria, beginning by exploring
the art nouveau architecture of
Prague, capital city of the Czech
Andrew Marr’s The Making of
Modern Britain (T) (R) Andrew
Marr examines the social
changes brought about by
the first world war.
Art, Passion & Power: The Story
of the Royal Collection (T) New
series. Andrew Graham-Dixon
charts the history of the Royal
10.0 One Night with My Ex (T) A
19-year-old woman and her
29-year-old ex, who betrayed
her trust, try to build bridges.
11.05 CBB’s Bit on the Side (T) With
Rylan Clark-Neal and guests.
12.05 CBB: Live from the House (T) 1.0
SuperCasino (T) 3.10 GPs: Behind
Closed Doors (T) (R) 4.0 Get Your
Tatts Out… (T) (R) 4.45 House
Doctor (T) (R) 5.10 Wildlife SOS
(T) (R)
10.0 The Stuarts (T) (R) Clare Jackson
explores the history of the
17th-century royal dynasty.
11.0 Catching History’s Criminals:
The Forensics Story (T) (R) The
first murder solved in the UK
based on fingerprint evidence.
12.0 Timeshift: How to Be Sherlock
Holmes (T) (R) 1.0-2.25 Top of
the Pops: 1981 (T) (R) 2.25 The
Making of Modern Britain (T) (R)
Prince. Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra,
Matthias Pintscher. 4.35 Michel van der Aa:
Hysteresis for clarinet, ensemble and soundtrack.
Martin Adamek (clarinet), Lucerne Festival Academy
Ensemble, Matthias Pintscher. 5.0 In Tune 7.0 In
Tune Mixtape 7.30 In Concert. A concert in the
London Symphony Orchestra’s late works series
season, recorded on Sunday at the Barbican Hall,
London. Presented by Martin Handley. Isabelle
Faust (violin), LSO, Simon Rattle. Janáček: Overture
– From the House of the Dead. Carter: Instances.
Berg: Violin Concerto. Interval. Bartók: Concerto
for Orchestra. 10.0 Free Thinking. Novelist Peter
Carey talks to Rana Mitter about depicting race
and racing. 10.45 Transformations: Five Stories
from Ovid’s Metamorphoses – Pygmalion (2/5)
11.0 Late Junction. Nick Luscombe presents.
12.30 Through the Night
Niche Work If You Can Get It. People with highly
specialised jobs. (2/5) 12.15 Call You and Yours
1.0 The World at One. Presented by Mark Mardell.
1.45 Roger Law: Art and Seoul. A look at Seoul’s
reputation for plastic surgery. (R) (2/5) 2.0 The
Archers (R) 2.15 Drama: Stone, by Alex Ganley.
The team now have their prime suspect, but who is
he? There is only one person who can identify him.
(7/10) 3.0 The Kitchen Cabinet: Stamford (R)
3.30 Making History: Tasting the Pas 4.0 Word
of Mouth: Hello! Is It Me You’re Looking For? The
Art of Greetings. Michael Rosen and Laura Wright
start a new run of the programme with hellos and
greetings, featuring diplomat Andy Scott who has
greeted people in 60 countries. (1/6) 4.30 Great
Lives: Justin Marozzi on Herodotus (8/8) 5.0 PM.
With Eddie Mair. 5.54 (LW) Shipping Forecast 6.0
News 6.30 Simon Evans Goes to Market: Social
Media. The host returns to examine the concept of
the free lunch. (1/4) 7.0 The Archers. Susan has a
brainwave. 7.15 Front Row. Arts roundup. 7.45
How to Survive the Roman Empire, by Pliny and Me
(R) (2/5) 8.0 File on 4: Degrees of Deception. Is
it possible to verify whether people really have the
qualifications they claim? Simon Cox investigates.
(1/10) 8.40 In Touch 9.0 Inside Health 9.30 The
Life Scientific (R) (1/8) 10.0 The World Tonight.
With Ritula Shah. 10.45 Book at Bedtime: The Vital
Spark – A Far Cry from Kensington, by Muriel Spark.
(7/10) 11.0 The Infinite Monkey Cage: The Secret
Life of Birds (R) 11.30 Today in Parliament. With
Susan Hulme. 12.0 News 12.30 Book of the Week
(R) 12.48 Shipping Forecast 1.0 As World Service
5.20 Shipping Forecast 5.30 News 5.43 Prayer
for the Day 5.45 Farming Today 5.58 Tweet of
the Day: Kathy Hinde on the Barnacle Goose
Radio 1
97.6-99.8 MHz
6.30 The Breakfast Show With Nick Grimshaw
10.0 Clara Amfo 12.45 Newsbeat 1.0 Matt
Edmondson 4.0 Greg James 5.45 Newsbeat
6.0 Greg James 7.0 Annie Mac 9.0 The 8th
With Charlie Sloth 11.0 Ollie Winiberg 1.0 Annie
Nightingale 3.0 Stories: Music By Numbers/Katy
Perry 4.0 Early Breakfast Show With Adele Roberts
Radio 2
88-91 MHz
6.30 Chris Evans 9.30 Ken Bruce 12.0 Amol
Rajan 2.0 Steve Wright 5.0 Simon Mayo 7.0 Jamie
Cullum 8.0 Jo Whiley 10.0 Barry Humphries:
Barry’s Forgotten Musical Masterpieces (3) 11.0
Nigel Ogden 11.30 Listen to the Band 12.0
Sounds of the 80s (R) 2.0 Radio 2 Playlists: Folk,
90s Hits & Wednesday Workout 5.0 Vanessa Feltz
Radio 3
90.2-92.4 MHz
6.30 Breakfast. With Georgia Mann. 9.0 Essential
Classics. Suzy Klein presents the best in classical
music. 12.0 Composer of the Week: Beethoven
(2/5) 1.0 News 1.02 Lunchtime Concert. Tom
Redmond presents the first of four programmes
recorded at St George’s Hall as part of the
Liverpool Philharmonic’s Chamber Music Series.
Brahms: Four Lieder – Ständchen, Op 106 No 1;
Meine Liebe ist grün, Op 63 No 5; Unbewegte laue
Luft, Op 57 No 8; Von ewiger Liebe, Op 43 No 1.
Jamie Barton (mezzo), James Baillieu (piano).
Beethoven: String Quartet No 14 in C sharp minor,
Op 131. Brodsky Quartet. 2.0 Afternoon Concert:
Lucerne Festival 2017 Highlighs. Pēteris Vasks:
Cantabile. Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op 85.
Rachmaninov: Symphony No 3 in A minor, Op 44.
Gautier Capuçon (cello), City of Birmingham
Symphony Orchestra, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. 3.30
Zimmermann: Contrasts (Kontraste) – music to
an imaginary ballet. Lucerne Festival Academy
Ensemble, Heinz Holliger. 3.40 Bartók: The Wooden
Radio 4
92.4-94.6 MHz; 198kHz
6.0 Today. 7.48 Thought for the Day with Indarjit
Singh. 8.30 (LW) Yesterday in Parliament. Sean
Curran presents. 9.0 The Life Scientific. Jim AlKhalili talks to Eben Upton about Raspberry Pi,
a computer that costs little more than a toasted
sandwich, and discovers how it was created. (1/8)
9.30 One to One: Gail Emms talks to Helen Glover
(R) 9.45 (LW) Daily Service 9.45 (FM) Book
of the Week: In Search of Mary Shelley, by Fiona
Sampson. (2/5) 10.0 Woman’s Hour. Includes at
10.45 Drama: How to Survive the Roman Empire,
by Pliny and Me, by Hattie Naylor. (2/5) 11.0 In
Their Element: Lead. Scientists tell the stories of
different elements, explaining why these wellknown substances matter for chemistry and the
development of modern civilisation. (1/3) 11.30
Moving Pictures: Hanging by Ann West. Cathy
FitzGerald take a look at great artworks, offering
a detailed commentary of three masterpieces,
beginning with a one-of-a-kind patchwork
bedcover, held in the collection of the V&A. (1/3)
12.0 News 12.01 (LW) Shipping Forecast 12.04
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Show 1.0 Afternoon Edition 4.0 5 Live Drive 7.0
5 Live Sport 10.30 Phil Williams 1.0 Up All Night
5.0 Morning Reports 5.15 Wake Up to Money
The Observer | 14.01.18 | THE NEW REVIEW
Wednesday 17
surprising results. Social worker Miriam
comes under pressure to take the blame
for what happened to Kiri and is advised
to resign. And Kiri’s faltering foster parents
Jim and Alice are grilled on daytime TV.
Yuzna’s 1989 Society – but you’ll definitely
come out shaken by its less than optimistic
prognosis for race relations in the new
America. Right now, it’s about as mustsee as they get. Jonathan Romney
ITV, 9pm
Rhys James Is…
An overwrought Linda is questioned on
suspicion of murdering her husband Micky.
Gail and Sue try to provide support for their
friend but they’re shocked by the truth
behind Carole’s accusations. Mike Bradley
Comedian Rhys James laments his
privileged status as a young, white,
middle-class straight man. “I want life to
be harder and at times to be tougher/But
not so much I have to actually suffer,” he
explains in a burst of poetry. Meanwhile
his game-for-a-laugh parents are on hand
to discuss whether millennials are selfobsessed – answer: yes – and whether
it is OK for him to joke that his mother is a
slag – yes again, surprisingly. James is on
safer ground when he goes back to mocking
himself and his two iPads. Apparently one
is for the holidays: “I don’t want to get
sand in the main one.” Stephanie Billen
Radio 4, 11.15pm
Get Out
Sky Premiere, 11.55am & 8pm
Tom Kerridge’s Lose
Weight for Good
BBC Two, 8pm
(Jordan Peele, 2017)
One of the most acclaimed, and most
timely films of 2017, Get Out is incisively
satirical, politically confrontational – and at
the same time, cracking fun as a crossgenre entertainment. This briskly unsettling
horror comedy stars Daniel Kaluuya as a
young African-American man who visits
the family of his white girlfriend (Allison
Williams). Her parents (Catherine Keener,
Bradley Whitford) are charming, cultured
middle-class liberals, and most welcoming
– but something’s terribly wrong, not least
the presence of eerily courteous black
domestics. Inventive, hugely engaging
and, by the end, distinctively grisly, this is
an apt Trump-era update of the satirical
chiller mode once represented by Brian
The enthusiastic chef cooks up more
delicious dishes that you’d never expect
to be ideal for losing weight. He starts with
an Italian seafood pot accompanied by a
tricolore salad, with coffee and chocolate
custard pots to follow. Elsewhere, he
prepares celeriac soup with japanese ponzu
dressing and a creamy beef stroganoff.
And still the pounds come off.
Channel 4, 9pm
Nate’s father Tobi goes in search of his
son, the prime suspect in the case, with
Millionaires’ Ex-Wives Club
BBC Two, 9pm
Braving a world of chihuahuas, garish
furnishings and impossibly high heels,
director Lynn Alleway has assembled
an absorbing film on the subject of the
divorce battles of the super-rich. You
might not expect to sympathise with the
likes of multi-millionairess Lisa Tchenguiz
(above), 51, whose ex -husband offered
her a paltry £2m instead of the £120m she
demanded as a 50-50 split when it came
to the divorce, but there are principles
at stake here, regardless of the sums
involved. Tchenguiz is a tough cookie who
was up for the fight, but equally deserving
if more obviously distraught is Michelle
Young, whose ex-husband has obstructed
her at every point of the longest running
(18 years) divorce case in British history.
“‘Money’ and ‘love’ and ‘happiness’ are
three separate words: they do not come
together very often,” says top divorce
lawyer Diana Parker… Quite. Mike Bradley
A Question of Sport
BBC One, 10.45pm
Sue Barker tries to keep a straight face as
she asks the questions in the knockabout
sports quiz, with former World Superbike
champion Neil Hodgson, Olympic gold
medal-winning hockey star Sam Quek,
ex-javelin thrower Goldie Sayers and
squash player Nick Matthew joining team
captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell. MB
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7.30 Match of the Day Live: The FA
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(kick-off 7.45pm). Coverage of
the third-round replay, which
takes place at Stamford Bridge.
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10.45 A Question of Sport (T) Sue
Barker asks the questions in
the lighthearted quiz, with Neil
Hodgson, Sam Quek, Goldie
Sayers and Nick Matthew joining
Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell.
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Relief (T) (R) Ore Oduba hosts
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compete in a series of bizarre
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Double bill. 7.10-8.30 Everybody
Loves Raymond (T) (R) 8.3010.05 Frasier (T) (R) 10.05 Kitchen
Nightmares USA (T) (R) 11.0 Sun,
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Tom Kerridge’s Lose Weight For
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range of calorie-counted recipes.
8.30 Trust Me, I’m a Doctor (T) Michael
Mosley and the team investigate
the truth behind widely reported
health stories.
9.0 Millionaires’ Ex-Wives Club (T)
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Britain’s Brightest Family (T) The
Colliers from Cambridgeshire and
the Brollys from Co Antrim battle
for a place in the quarter-finals.
8.30 Coronation Street (T) Tyrone
confides in Sean.
9.0 Girlfriends (T) Linda is questioned
on suspicion of murdering her
husband Micky, and Gail and Sue
desperately try and help her
before it is too late.
10.0 Mock the Week (T) (R) With
Angela Barnes, Gary Delaney,
Ed Gamble, Kerry Godliman
and Nish Kumar.
10.30 Newsnight(T) Weather
11.15 Snooker: The Masters (T) John
Higgins v Anthony McGill
12.05 Snooker: The Masters Extra
(T) Shaun Murphy v Ali Carter.
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10.40 Transformation Street (T) (R)
Documentary following people
through the highs and lows of
gender reassignment.
11.40 Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest
Airport (T) (R) Last in the series.
12.35 Jackpot247 3.0 Tenable (T)
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The Jeremy Kyle Show (T) (R)
10.0 999: What’s Your Emergency?
(T) (R) Swindon officers tackle
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fist through a wall.
11.05 24 Hours in A&E (T) (R) Medics
treat three women who have
been stabbed in a Surrey car park.
12.0 Pokerstars Championship
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1981/82 11.30 Classic MOTD – Thrillers 12.0
Live NBA Countdown 1.0 Live NBA: Oklahoma City
Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers (tip-off 1am) All
the action from the Western Conference clash at
Chesapeake Energy Arena. 3.30 NBA Inside Stuff
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Utd v Arsenal 1984/85 5.0 Sunderland v Man Utd
1984/85 5.30 Oxford United v Leeds 1984/85
Sky Atlantic
6.0am The Guest Wing 7.0 The British 8.0
Urban Secrets 9.0-11.0 The West Wing 11.01.0 House 1.0 With-out a Trace 2.0 Blue Bloods
3.0-5.0 The West Wing 5.0-7.0 House 7.0
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 8.0 Blue Bloods
9.0 Hotspots 10.0 Unseen 11.35-1.30 The
Tunnel: Vengeance 1.30 Girls 2.0 Suited
(2016) 3.25 Banshee 4.20-6.0 The West Wing
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Bang Theory 2.0 Melissa & Joey 3.0 Baby Daddy
4.0 Brooklyn Nine-Nine 5.0 The Goldbergs 6.0
The Big Bang Theory 7.0 Hollyoaks 7.30 Coach
Trip: Road to Tenerife 8.0 The Goldbergs 8.30
The Goldbergs 9.0 Don’t Tell the Bride 10.0 Body
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(T) 7.0 Emmerdale (T) The Dingles
meet their new neighbour. 7.30
Coronation Street (T) Shona
accompanies Eva to the hospital.
Fixers 11.05-12.0 The Big Bang Theory 12.0
Gogglebox 1.05 The Goldbergs 1.35-2.35
The Inbetweeners 2.35 Don’t Tell the Bride
3.30 Celebs Go Dating 4.20 Rude(ish) Tube
4.45 Charmed
11.0am The Enemy Below (1957) 1.05
Dark Command (1940) 2.55 The
Frogmen (1951) 4.50 Run for Cover
(1955) 6.40 A Good Year (2006) 9.0
Taken 3 (2014) 11.15 Skyline
(2010) 1.05 Accidental Love (2015)
6.0am The Dog Whisperer 7.0-8.0 Monkey Life
8.0-9.0 Meerkat Manor 9.0 Road Wars 9.30
Road Wars 10.0 Stargate Atlantis 11.0 MacGyver
12.0 NCIS: LA 1.0-3.0 Hawaii Five-0 3.0 NCIS:
LA 4.0 Stargate SG-1 5.0 The Simpsons 5.306.30 Futurama 6.30-8.0 The Simpsons 8.0 A
League of Their Own 9.0 A League of Their Own: US
Road Trip 2.0 10.0 The Russell Howard Hour 11.0
The Force: North East 12.0 Ross Kemp: Extreme
World 1.0-3.0 Hawaii Five-0 3.0 The Blacklist
4.0 Stop, Search, Seize 5.0 The Dog Whisperer
Sky Sports 1
6.0am Live ICC Under-19s World Cup Cricket:
West Indies v South Africa. Coverage of the Group
A match from Mount Maunganui, New Zealand.
7.55 Live Test Cricket: South Africa v India.
Coverage of day five in the second Test, taking
place at SuperSport Park in Centurion. 3.15 Best
of Sky Cricket 3.30 Sky Sports News 5.0 Sky
Sports News at 5 6.0 Sky Sports News at 6 7.0
Transfer Centre 7.30 Gillette Soccer Special 10.0
Live ICC Under-19s World Cup Cricket: Bangladesh
v England. Coverage of the Group C match, which
takes place at John Davies Oval in Queenstown,
New Zealand. 5.15 Live European Tour Golf: The
Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Coverage of the
opening session on the first day’s play in the UAE.
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Survivors (T) (R) Majella Toland, Stephen Travers
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Celebrity Big Brother (T)
Highlights of the housemates’
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BBC Four
Beyond 100 Days (T) 7.30 Great
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Michael Portillo concludes his
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Handmade: By Royal
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at the work of the shoemakers
John Lobb.
8.30 A Stitch in Time (T)
9.0 Six Wives With Lucy Worsley
(T) (R) A dramatised account of
the key moments in the lives of
Henry VIII’s wives, combining
drama with the presenter’s own
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10.0 When Beyonce Met Jay-Z (T)
A documentary charting the
success of the power couple.
11.05 CBB’s Bit on the Side (T) With
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12.05 Body Freaks: Make Me a Perfect
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10.0 Henry VIII’s Enforcer: The Rise
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idealist whose radicalism laid the
foundations of modern Britain.
11.0 Timeshift: Booze, Beans &
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the Wigmore Hall in London. Stéphanie d’Oustrac
(mezzo), Ian Brown (piano), Lawrence Power
(viola), Nash Ensemble. Debussy arr Benno Sachs:
Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune. Vierne: Deux
pièces, Op 5. Debussy: Beau soir for viola and piano.
Léon Honnoré: Morceau de concert, Op 23. Henri
Duparc: L’invitation au voyage; Phidyle. Debussy
arr Colin Matthews: Trois Poèmes de Stéphane
Mallarmé. Interval. Ravel: Chansons madécasses;
String Quartet in F. 10.0 Free Thinking: French
Writing and Politics. Featuring an interview with
Leïla Slimani. 10.45 Transformations: Five
Stories from Ovid’s Metamorphoses – Orpheus
and Eurydice (3/5) 11.0 Late Junction. With
Nick Luscombe. 12.30 Through the Night
locate a possible witness and try to attain what she
might know. (8/10) 3.0 Money Box Live 3.30
Inside Health (R) 4.0 Thinking Allowed. Human
behaviour, institutions and conventions examined
by Laurie Taylor and guests. 4.30 The Media
Show 5.0 PM 5.54 (LW) Shipping Forecast 5.57
Weather 6.0 News 6.30 Angstrom: The Two Faces
of Benny from ABBA. Detective Ångström and Mina
attempt to find out who tried to frame him for the
death of Councillor Birgid Lundström. (2/4) 7.0
The Archers. Justin stands accused. 7.15 Front Row.
Arts roundup. 7.45 How to Survive the Roman
Empire, by Pliny and Me (R) (3/5) 8.0 Across the
Red Line: We Should All Be Feminists. Anne McElvoy
introduces a discussion exploring opposing views
of feminism, joined by human rights activist Joan
Smith and co-editor of the Conservative Woman
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Life and Death. Matthew Syed explores how people
learn from mistakes – or fail to do so. (R) 9.30
Soul Music: Boys Don’t Cry (R) 9.59 Weather 10.0
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Vital Spark – A Far Cry from Kensington, by Muriel
Spark. (8/10) 11.0 Life on Egg: Whale. Harry races
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who are attacking the Egg. (4/4) 11.15 Rhys James
Is… Privileged. The comedian explores different
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Concert: Liverpool Philharmonic’s Chamber Music
Series. Ives: Six Songs – The Things Our Fathers
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Quintet in A minor, Op 84. Martin Roscoe (piano),
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Festival 2017 Highlights. Mozart: Symphony No
36 in C, K425 (Linz). Mahler: Songs from Des
Knaben Wunderhorn. Anna Lucia Richter (soprano),
Christian Gerhaher (baritone), Chamber Orchestra
of Europe, Bernard Haitink. 3.30 Choral Evensong:
Exeter Cathedral 4.30 New Generation Artists.
Ashley Riches sings Britten’s Songs and Proverbs of
William Blake. 5.0 In Tune. Sean Rafferty is joined
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Drummer Lol Tolhurst describes how he and his
bandmates wrote the song. (4/5) 9.30 The Ideas
That Make Us: Harmony. With Bettany Hughes.
(R) 9.45 (LW) Daily Service 9.45 (FM) Book
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Sampson. Mary and Percy Bysshe Shelley travel to
Europe and strike up a bond with Lord Byron, and
in regular gatherings, they challenge each other
to write ghost stories. (3/5) 10.0 Woman’s Hour.
Includes at 10.45 Drama: How to Survive the Roman
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poet, sculptor and architect, asking: was
he really the greatest artist of all time? The
programme includes a fascinating analysis
of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and a
study of his famous statue of David.
you’ve never seen Pitt play it truly idiotic
before, which is good value in itself. You’ll
forget after watching, but in the short term
you won’t regret it. Jonathan Romney
Composer of the Week
Derry Girls
Channel 4, 10pm
Radio 3, 12noon
The girls stage an all-night revision session
for their big exam followed by a visit to a
church to pray for divine aid. They get more
than they bargained for and a pretty priest
to boot. Funnier by the week. Mike Bradley
Burn After Reading
Sony Movie Channel, 9pm
Big Cats
BBC One, 8pm
(Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, 2008)
As well as finally focusing on the tiger,
tonight’s instalment reveals the lifestyles
of some of the world’s lesser known
felines, such as the cartoonish Pallas’s cat
from the steppes of Outer Mongolia, the
extraordinary fishing cat of Asia’s monsoon
wetlands and the tiny black-footed cat of
South Africa’s Karoo region. All this plus
margay, ocelot, jaguar and caracal.
Sometimes the Coen brothers grace
us with a heavyweight masterpiece,
sometimes they just like to kick back and
be unapologetically goofy. This is one of
the goofier exhibits in that category, an
espionage farce with John Malkovich as a
petulant CIA analyst who reacts to being
sacked by writing a tell-all memoir. Tilda
Swinton plays his wife, entangled with
George Clooney, while Frances McDormand
and Brad Pitt are denizens of a local gym,
convinced they have a top-secret disc
on their hands. The usual incremental
Coens-style catastrophe ensues. It’s no Big
Lebowski, but thank goodness neither is it
Intolerable Cruelty. It’s affable, manic and
sometimes shamelessly cartoonish, but
Great Art
ITV, 10.45pm
Michelangelo: Life and Death. Tim Marlow
presents a respectful portrait of the
Renaissance genius who was a painter,
Sky Atlantic, 9pm
Playwright Jez Butterworth (Jerusalem)
is the man behind this enjoyably bonkers
nine-part drama set in AD45 when Roman
general Aulus Plautius (David Morrissey)
arrives with 20,000 men to conquer the
unruly kingdom of Britannia. The rumour
rife among the troops is that it is “a cursed
land ruled by the dead” and the reality
they encounter does not disappoint.
On the eve of the solstice, Cait (Eleanor
Worthington-Cox) begins a rite of passage
into womanhood which is interrupted by a
Roman attack and finds herself rescued by
a Druid haunted by visions of what is yet
to come. Elsewhere, a marriage is brokered
between the warring Cantii and Regni
tribes, who must unite in the face of the
imperial army. One for the antique folkhorror fan (owes a lot to The Wicker Man).
With Mackenzie Crook (above)as a crazed
shaman. All episodes will be available
following the broadcast. Mike Bradley
Throughout the week Donald Macleod
has been celebrating Beethoven’s role as
pianist and composer for the piano. Today’s
programme features his Fourth Piano
Concerto, performed by Alfred Brendel
with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
under Simon Rattle. Macleod explains
how it established a “new relationship”
between piano and orchestra, with the
piano “speaking first” before being “formally
introduced” by the orchestra. Beethoven’s
last public performance as soloist with
orchestra also premiered his Symphony
No 6, Choral Fantasy, performed here by
Maurizio Pollini with the Vienna State Opera
Chorus and Vienna Philharmonic under
Claudio Abbado. Stephanie Billen
Sky Sports Main Event, 6am, 11am
Abu Dhabi Championship: day one.
Coverage of the opening day’s play at the
Abu Dhabi Golf Club. Sweden’s Henrik
Stenson took the clubhouse lead on day
one last year following an eight-under-par
64, but it was England’s Tommy Fleetwood
who went on to claim the title. MB
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8.30 Good Morning Sports Fans 10.0 Premier
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Dhabi. Coverage continues. 1.0 Sky Sports News
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Live PGA Tour Golf: The CareerBuilder Challenge.
Coverage of the featured groups on day one at the
PGA West Stadium and West Palmer Courses and La
Quinta Country Club in California. 12.0 Live OneDay International Cricket: New Zealand v Pakistan.
Coverage of the fifth and final match of the fivegame series, held at Basin Reserve in Wellington.
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Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, Jeffrey Means.
5.0 In Tune 7.0 In Tune Mixtape 7.30 In Concert.
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Elder. Shostakovich: Four Romances on Poems by
Pushkin; Cello Concerto No 1. 8.15 Interval. 8.40
Shostakovich: Symphony No 5. 10.0 Free Thinking:
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3.27 Radio 4 Appeal: Children with Cancer UK (R)
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5.0 PM. With Eddie Mair. 5.54 (LW) Shipping
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comedy including the only worthwhile sound in all
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sketch. (3/6) 7.0 The Archers. Noluthando goes
too far. 7.15 Front Row. Arts roundup. 7.45 How
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(4/5) 8.0 The Briefing Room. David Aaronovitch
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6.30 Breakfast. Georgia Mann presents. 9.0
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of the Week: Beethoven (4/5) 1.0 News 1.02
Lunchtime Concert: Liverpool Philharmonic’s
Chamber Music Series. From St George’s Hall,
Liverpool. Bach: The Art of Fugue (excerpts). The
Brodsky Quartet. Dvořák: Gypsy Melodies, Op 55.
Jamie Barton (mezzo), James Baillieu (piano).
Schumann: Fantasie in C, Op 17. Marc-André
Hamelin (piano). 2.0 Thursday Opera Matinee:
Rossini – The Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di
Siviglia). Tom McKinney presents Rossini’s comic
favourite, conducted by Jonathan Nott in Geneva.
Bogdan Mihai (tenor: Count Almaviva), Bruno
Taddia (baritone: Figaro, the Barber of Seville), Lena
Belkina (mezzo: Rosina), Bruno de Simone (bass:
Doctor Bartolo, Rosina’s guardian), Marco Spotti
(bass: Don Basilio, a music teacher), Mary Feminear
(mezzo: Berta, Dr Bartolo’s servant), Rodrigo Garcia
(baritone: Fiorello, Count Almaviva’s servant), Peter
Baekeun Cho (bass: Ambrogio, Dr Bartolo’s servant),
Aleksandar Chaveev (bass: Officer), Chorus of the
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Daily Service 9.45 (FM) Book of the Week: In
Search of Mary Shelley, by Fiona Sampson. (4/5)
10.0 Woman’s Hour. Includes at 10.45 Drama:
How to Survive the Roman Empire, by Pliny and Me,
by Hattie Naylor. (4/5) 11.0 Crossing Continents:
Sweden’s Child Migrant Mystery (9/9) 11.30 From
the Steppes to the Stage. Kate Molleson explores
the political value of Mongolia’s musical prowess,
with the government viewing it as a way of punching
above its weight in global affairs. (2/2) 12.0 News
12.01 (LW) Shipping Forecast 12.04 Niche Work If
You Can Get It. People whose jobs offer a specialised
service. 12.15 You and Yours 12.57 Weather 1.0
The World at One. Presented by Mark Mardell. 1.45
Roger Law: Art and Seoul (R) 2.0 The Archers (R)
2.15 Drama: Stone, by Vivienne Harvey. DCI Stone
and team are close to discovering the truth, but
as the net closes in on the main suspects, Stone’s
personal and professional life collide. With Hugo
Speer and Deborah McAndrew. (9/10) 3.0 Open
Country: Wild Cats in the Highlands. David Lindo
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The Observer | 14.01.18 | THE NEW REVIEW
Friday 19
Upon her arrival, she discovers that her
friend Mildred, who was the local priest, has
been murdered. Instinctively, she feels she
must pursue the case. Darkly brilliant.
Jones, “was one of Hollywood’s only
truly obsessive artists of the sound era.”
Jonathan Romney
Podcast Radio Hour
Radio 2 in Concert: Paloma Faith
BBC4, 10pm
Radio 4 Extra, 9pm
Faith performs songs from her latest LP
The Architect, a release that has seen her
collaborate with fellow artists including
Sia, John Legend, Rag’n’Bone Man and
Samuel L Jackson. Mike Bradley
Film4, 12.40pm
Hits, Hype & Hustle: An Insider’s
Guide to the Music Business
BBC Four, 9pm
(Frank Borzage, 1948)
It’s pronounced bor-zah-guee, his work
includes the silent-period Seventh Heaven
and Street Angel, plus 1932 Hemingway
adaptation A Farewell to Arms, and he’s
one of Hollywood’s great underrated – but
Martin Scorsese and philosopher Gilles
Deleuze count among the admirers of this
fiercely romantic director. This noir drama,
often considered his last masterpiece, stars
Dane Clark – now forgotten, but a popular
1940s/50s lead – playing a man haunted
by the fact that his father was a murderer.
Gail Russell is the schoolteacher who loves
him, Lloyd Bridges (dad of Jeff and Beau)
is his bitter rival. Moody and moonlit, as
you’d imagine, and carrying traces of a
much earlier cinema, it’s intensely crafted
– the work of a man who, says critic Kent
Making a Star.The first in a three-part
series in which super-agent Emma Banks
(above), whose clients include Kanye West
and Red Hot Chili Peppers, asks: what does
it take to discover, develop and launch a
superstar? An intelligent deconstruction
of the modern starmaker machinery.
Arctic Murders
More4, 9pm
The Blood Spilt. When top lawyer Rebecka
Martinsson hears about the death of a
childhood friend, she leaves Stockholm and
heads to her remote hometown in Kiruna.
Monty Don’s Paradise Gardens
BBC Two, 9pm
In this superbly crafted two-part film
Monty Don embarks on a journey of
discovery as he travels across the Islamic
world in search of “paradise gardens”.
“We speak of our gardens being a little
piece of paradise,” he says, “but for
desert people a garden, green and filled
with water, is heaven on Earth – it is
paradise.” It’s a joy to accompany him
as in the first programme he guides us
around exotic, meticulously ordered
horticultural jewels in Spain, Morocco and
Iran. Beginning at the Alhambra Palace, in
Andalucía, he outlines the basic principles
of Islamic garden design, intended to
create a sensual, immersive experience
for the visitor involving sunken citrus
beds, artfully channelled water and
ingenious planting. Secret riyadh gardens,
huge walled meadows and hidden royal
courtyards: join him on a horticultural
magic carpet ride. Mike Bradley
In a refreshing new series, Amanda
Litherland explores the growing world of
podcasts. Today she is joined by Deborah
Frances-White, host of The Guilty Feminist,
which features confessions such as: “I’m
a feminist but my two-year-old son calls
Weetabix ‘pick a bitch’ and I’ve done nothing
to correct him…” We also hear a compelling
episode from the podcast Griefcast in
which British-Nigerian comedian Susan
Wokoma talks about losing her father
following a stroke. Full of interest, the Radio
Hour itself has a leisurely, podcasty feel as
Litherland and guests take time to discuss
a medium defined by Frances-White as
“radio that no one stops you making”.
Stephanie Billen
Rugby Union
Sky Sports Action, 7pm
Gloucester v Pau: European Challenge
Cup, Pool 3. Live coverage from Kingsholm,
where the cherry-and-whites take on a
Pau side currently sitting ninth in the Top
14. These sides are vying for first place
in the pool, with Agen and Zebre out of
the running now, so tonight will be an
attractively fierce contest for top spot. MB
Breakfast 9.15 Rip Off Britain:
Holidays 10.0 Homes Under the
Hammer (R) 11.0 Wanted Down
Under 11.45 Close Calls: On
Camera (R) 12.15 Bargain Hunt
(T) 1.0 News (T) 1.30 Regional
News (T) 1.45 Doctors (T) 2.15
Father Brown (T) (R) 3.0 Escape
to the Country (T) (R) 3.45 The
Farmers’ Country Showdown
(T) 4.30 Antiques Road Trip (T)
5.15 Pointless (T) 6.0 News (T)
6.30 Regional News (T) 7.0 The
One Show (T) 7.30 A Question
of Sport (T) (R)
Flog It! Trade Secrets (T) (R) 6.30
The Farmers’ Country Showdown
(T) (R) 7.15 Antiques Road Trip (T)
(R) 8.0 Sign Zone MasterChef:
The Professionals (T) (R) 9.0
Victoria Derbyshire (T) 11.0 BBC
Newsroom Live (T) 12.0 Daily
Politics (T) 1.0 Live Snooker: The
Masters (T) The third quarterfinal. 4.45 More Creatures Great
and Small (T) (R) 5.15 Flog It! (T)
(R) 6.0 Eggheads (T) 6.30 Great
British Railway Journeys (T)
7.0 Live Snooker: The Masters
(T) The fourth quarter-final.
EastEnders (T) Doctors prepare
to turn off Abi’s life support.
8.30 Room 101 (T) Alex Brooker,
Jeremy Paxman and Sally
Phillips share their pet hates.
9.0 Would I Lie to You? (T) With
Denise Lewis, Richard Osman,
Robert Rinder and Katherine
9.30 Mrs Brown’s Boys (T) (R)
Agnes goes on a diet.
Mastermind (T) Tonight’s
subjects are Blur, the short
stories of David Foster Wallace,
Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next
novels and the American civil war.
8.30 A Vicar’s Life (T) Following the
day-to-day lives of vicars.
9.0 Monty Don’s Paradise Gardens
(T) The presenter explores the
importance and significance of
gardens in Islam.
10.0 News (T)
10.25 Regional News (T) Weather
10.35 Graham Norton (T) Liam Neeson
and Jamie Dornan guest.
11.25 Witless (T) A chance meeting
leads to an emotional reunion.
11.55 Chinese Burn (T) One-off
comedy following the escapades
of three Chinese girls in London.
12.20 Weather for the Week Ahead
(T) 12.25 BBC News (T)
10.0 QI The Occult (T) Aisling Bea,
Russell Brand and Noel Fielding
10.30 Newsnight (T) Weather
11.05 Snooker: Masters (T) Jason
Mohammad presents highlights
of the third and fourth quarterfinal contests in this year’s
11.55 Snooker: Masters Extra (T)
1.55 Sign Zone Panorama (T) (R)
2.25 Rome Unpacked (T) (R)
3.25 Inside the Factory (T) (R)
4.25 This Is BBC Two (T)
BT Sport 1
11.15am ODI Cricket Highlights 12.45 Cricket
Classics 1.45 Cricket Classics 2.45 Formula
E: Street Racers 3.15 BT Sport Reload 3.30
Gillette World Sport 4.0 Total Italian Football
4.30 ODI Cricket Highlights 6.0 BT Sport
Reload 6.15 Bundesliga Special 6.45 Bundesliga Weekly 7.15 Live Bundesliga: Hertha Berlin
v Borussia Dortmund (kick-off 7.30pm) All
the action from the German top-flight clash
at the Olympiastadion. 9.30 Rugby Tonight
10.30 ODI Cricket Highlights 12.0 Live
College Basketball 2.0 17 June 1994
3.0-6.0 The Big Match Revisited
Sky Atlantic
6.0am-8.0 The Guest Wing 8.0 Urban Secrets
9.0-11.0 The West Wing 11.0-1.0 House 1.0
Without a Trace 2.0 Blue Bloods 3.0-5.0 The
West Wing 5.0-7.0 House 7.0 CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation 8.0 Blue Bloods 9.0 American
Gangster (2007) 12.0 Blue Bloods 12.55 Dexter
2.05 Banshee 3.05-4.15 Girls 4.15-6.0 The
West Wing
6.0am Hollyoaks 6.30 Hollyoaks 7.0 Coach
Trip: Road to Tenerife 7.30 Streetmate 8.0
Charmed 9.0 Melissa & Joey 9.30 Melissa &
Joey 10.0 Baby Daddy 10.30 Baby Daddy 11.0
Brooklyn Nine-Nine 11.30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
12.0 The Goldbergs 12.30 The Goldbergs 1.0
The Big Bang Theory 1.30 The Big Bang Theory
2.0 Melissa & Joey 2.30 Melissa & Joey 3.0
Baby Daddy 3.30 Baby Daddy 4.0 Brooklyn
Nine-Nine 4.30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine 5.0 The
Goldbergs 5.30 The Goldbergs 6.0 The Big
Bang Theory 6.30 The Big Bang Theory 7.0
Hollyoaks 7.30 Coach Trip: Road to Tenerife
8.0 The Crystal Maze: Celebrity Special 9.0
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)
11.10 The Big Bang Theory 11.40 The Big Bang
Theory 12.05 Gogglebox 1.15 Tattoo Fixers
Channel 4
Channel 5
6.20 3rd Rock from the Sun (T) (R)
Double bill. 7.10-8.30 Everybody
Loves Raymond (T) (R) 8.3010.05 Frasier (T) (R) 10.05 Kitchen
Nightmares USA (T) (R) 11.0 Sun,
Sea and Selling Houses (T) (R)
12.0 News Summary (T) 12.05
Couples Come Dine With Me (T)
(R) 1.05 Posh Pawn (T) (R) 2.10
Countdown (T) 3.0 Village of the
Year (T) 4.0 A Place in the Sun:
Winter Sun (T) 5.0 Four in a Bed
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(T) 6.0 The Simpsons (T) (R)
6.30 Hollyoaks (T) 7.0 News (T)
River Monsters (T) Jeremy
Wade pursues a mystery sea
monster in a lake in Malaysia.
8.30 Coronation Street (T) Liz
persuades Gemma to throw
a party for Henry.
9.0 Lethal Weapon Dancing in
September (T) Riggs and
Murtaugh investigate the
death of a plastic surgeon.
10.0 News (T) Weather
10.30 Local News (T) Weather
10.40 Through the Keyhole (T) (R)
Frankie Bridge, Jonathan Ross
and Ben Shephard guest.
11.45 Take Me Out (T) (R) A gymnast,
a birdwatcher, a pig farmer and
a vintage car enthusiast seek
the approval of single ladies.
12.45 Jackpot247 3.0 Alphabetical
(T) (R) 3.50 ITV Nightscreen
10.0 Gogglebox: Celebrity
Special for SU2C (T) (R)
11.20 First Dates Hotel (T) (R)
12.20 Spring Breakers (2012) (T)
2.0 The Simpsons (T) (R) 2.25
The Simpsons (T) (R) 2.50 Kiri (T)
(R) 3.45 Grand Designs Australia
(T) (R) 4.40 Location, Location,
Location (T) (R) 5.35 Food
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Good Morning Britain (T) 8.30
Lorraine (T) 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle
Show (T) 10.30 This Morning (T)
12.30 Loose Women (T) 1.30
News (T) 1.55 Local News (T) 2.0
Judge Rinder (T) 3.0 Dickinson’s
Real Deal (T) 3.59 Local News
and Weather (T) 4.0 Tipping
Point (T) 5.0 The Chase (T) 6.0
Local News (T) 6.30 News (T)
7.0 Emmerdale (T) Graham
puts pressure on Pollard. 7.30
Coronation Street (T) Phelan
takes centre stage at Anna’s trial,
and Gemma has a stroke of luck.
2.20 The Crystal Maze: Celebrity Special 3.10
Rude Tube 3.40 Celebs Go Dating 4.30 Charmed
11.0am It Came from Beneath the Sea
(1954) 12.40 Moonrise (1948) 2.30
Edge of Eternity (1959) 4.10 The
300 Spartans (1962) 6.25 The Book Thief
(2013) 9.0 Idiocracy (2006) 10.40 Man on Fire (2004) 1.30 Dragon (2011)
6.0am The Dog Whisperer 7.0 Monkey Life
7.30 Monkey Life 8.0 Meerkat Manor 8.30
Meerkat Manor 9.0 Road Wars 10.0 Stargate
Atlantis 11.0 MacGyver 12.0 NCIS: LA 1.0
Hawaii Five-0 2.0 Hawaii Five-0 3.0 NCIS: LA
4.0 Stargate SG-1 5.0 The Simpsons 5.30
Futurama 6.0 Futurama 6.30 The Simpsons
7.0 The Simpsons 7.30 The Simpsons 8.0 The
Simpsons 8.30 Modern Family 9.0 Delicious
10.0 A League of Their Own 11.0 The Russell
Howard Hour 12.0 Ross Kemp: Extreme World 1.0
Hawaii Five-0 2.0 Hawaii Five-0 3.0 The Blacklist
4.0 Stop, Search, Seize 5.0 The Dog Whisperer
Sky Sports 1
6.0am Good Morning Sports Fans Bitesize 7.0
Live European Tour Golf: The Abu Dhabi HSBC
Championship. Coverage of the second day’s play
at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club in the United Arab
Emirates. 1.0 Sky Sports News 3.0 Transfer
Centre 3.30 Sky Sports News 4.0 Live PGA Tour
GolfL The CareerBuilder Challenge. Coverage of
the featured groups on day two at the PGA West
Stadium and West Palmer Courses and La Quinta
Country Club in California. 7.0 Live EFL: Derby
County v Bristol City (kick-off 7.45pm) Coverage
of the Championship encounter at Pride Park.
10.0 The Debate 11.0 Sky Sports News 1.0 Live
ICC Under-19s World Cup Cricket: New Zealand
v South Africa. Coverage of the Group A match
from Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand.
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STV NORTH As ITV except 12.45am
Teleshopping 1.50 After Midnight 3.20
Tenable (T) (R) 4.10 ITV Nightscreen 5.056.0 The Jeremy Kyle Show (T) (R)
ITV WALES 8.0pm-8.30 The Strait (T)
Series following life during springtime at and
around the Menai Straits. The olive ridley turtle
washed up outside Frankie’s Sea Zoo makes good
progress, while landscape photographer Glyn
hosts an exhibition.
CHANNEL As ITV except 12.45am-3.0
ITV Nightscreen
SCOTTISH As ITV except 12.45am
Teleshopping 1.50 After Midnight 3.20
Tenable (T) (R) 4.10 ITV Nightscreen 5.056.0 The Jeremy Kyle Show (T) (R)
ULSTER As ITV except 8.0pm-8.30 UTV
Life (T) Pamela Ballantine introduces a mix of
entertaining stories and studio guests. 12.45
River Monsters (T) 1.15 Teleshopping 2.453.0 ITV Nightscreen
BBC ONE N IRELAND 10.35pm Give
My Head Peace (T) New series. With Gerry Adams
set to retire, Da is dumped out of Sinn Féin and
his replacement is something of a surprise.
Comedy with Tim McGarry, Olivia Nash and
Marty Reid. 11.05 The Graham Norton Show
(T) 11.55 Witless (T) A chance meeting leads to
an emotional reunion. 12.25-12.50 Chinese
Burn (T) One-off comedy following the escapades
of three Chinese girls in London.
Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday
Night Feast (T) Chris O’Dowd
and Dawn O’Porter guest.
8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown
(T) New series. Jimmy Carr
hosts as Jon Richardson and
Joe Wilkinson take on Kevin
Bridges and Jessica Knappett.
Dr John Cooper Clarke helps
out in Dictionary Corner.
Milkshake! 9.15 The Wright Stuff
11.15 GPs: Behind Closed Doors
(T) (R) 12.10 News (T) 12.15
The Hotel Inspector (T) (R) 1.10
Access (T) 1.15 Home and Away
(T) 1.45 Neighbours (T) 2.15 NCIS
(T) (R) 3.15 Deadly Pursuit
(John Murlowski, 2015) (T) 5.0
News (T) 5.30 Neighbours (T)
(R) 6.0 Home and Away (T) (R)
6.30 News (T) 7.0 The Wine Show
(T) Matthew Goode and James
Purefoy go in search of a wine
to match the starter in their epic
six-course lunch.
Costa Del Celebrity (T) Anne
Diamond, Nick Owen, Ainsley
Harriott, Vicki Michelle and
Christine Hamilton prepare
to dance flamenco. Includes
news update.
Celebrity Big Brother: Live
Eviction (T) Emma Willis
announces the latest person
to be thrown out of the house.
BBC Four
World News Today (T) 7.30
Top of the Pops: 1985 (T) (R)
Peter Powell and Gary Davies
introduce performances by
the Limit, Prince, Amii Stewart,
Smiley Culture, Russ Abbot,
Grandmaster Melle Mel and
Foreigner. First aired on 17
January 1985.
The Good Old Days (T) (R) An
evening of vintage fun at the
Leeds City Varieties, first aired on
New Year’s Eve 1980.
Hits, Hype & Hustle: An Insider’s
Guide to the Music Business (T)
New series. Agent Emma Banks
explores the fine line between
success and failure in the music
10.0 Will & Grace (T) A medical checkup reveals that Grace may have
breast cancer.
10.30 CBB: Live Eviction (T) The latest
loser talks to Emma Willis.
11.05 CBB’s Bit on the Side (T)
12.0 SuperCasino (T) 3.10 Celebrity
Big Brother: The Eviction (T) (R)
4.0 Celebrity Big Brother: The
Eviction (T) (R) 4.25 Lip Sync
Battle UK: Katie Price vs Ben
Fogle (T) (R) 4.45 House Doctor
(T) (R) 5.10 Wildlife SOS (T) (R)
10.0 Radio 2 in Concert: Paloma
Faith (T) The singer-songwriter
performs songs from her album
The Architect.
11.0 Wild Boys: The Story of Duran
Duran (T) (R)
11.50 Top of the Pops: 1985 (T) (R)
12.30 The Joy of the Single (T) (R)
1.30 Hits, Hype & Hustle: An
Insider’s Guide to the Music
Business (T) (R) 2.30 Radio 2
in Concert: Paloma Faith (T) (R)
Clayton (tenor), Matthew Rose (bass). BBC
National Orchestra of Wales, Xian Zhang. 10.0
The Verb. Writing and performance showcase.
10.45 Transformations: Five Stories from Ovid’s
Metamorphoses – Philemon and Baucis (5/5) 11.0
World on 3. Lopa Kothari presents from Glasgow’s
Celtic Connections 2018. 1.0 Through the Night
Short Works: Portrait – Eric Gill Dreaming. Alison
MacLeod captures and interprets visitors’ responses
to the Eric Gill:The Body exhibition at the Ditchling
Museum of Art + CraftRead by Indira Varma. 4.0
Last Word. Matthew Bannister celebrates the lives
of famous and less well-known people who have
recently died. 4.30 More or Less. Tim Harford
presents the programme that investigates the
numbers prevalent everywhere in modern life.
4.55 The Listening Project: John and Stella – An
All-Consuming Notion (R) 5.0 PM. Presented
by Sima Kotecha. 5.54 (LW) Shipping Forecast
5.57 Weather 6.0 News 6.30 The News Quiz.
Miles Jupp hosts, with panellists Jeremy Hardy,
Isabel Hardman and Kerry Godliman. (3/8) 7.0 The
Archers. There’s a shock in store for Jennifer. 7.15
Front Row. Arts roundup. 7.45 How to Survive the
Roman Empire, by Pliny and Me (R) (5/5) 8.0 Any
Questions? Jonathan Dimbleby presents political
debate from Ceredigion Museum in Aberystwyth,
where the panel includes the leader of Plaid
Cymru Leanne Wood AM, the leader of the Welsh
Conservatives Andrew RT Davies AM and the shadow
defence secretary Nia Griffith MP. 8.50 A Point of
View 9.0 Conflict and Co-operation: A History of
Trade – Omnibus Two (R) 10.0 The World Tonight
10.45 Book at Bedtime: The Vital Spark – A Far
Cry from Kensington, by Muriel Spark. (10/10) 11.0
Great Lives: Justin Marozzi on Herodotus (R) 11.30
Today in Parliament. With Mark D’Arcy. 11.55
The Listening Project: Dave and Amy – Feeling
Lucky (R) 12.0 (FM) News and Weather 12.30
Book of the Week (R) 12.48 Shipping Forecast
1.0 As World Service 5.20 Shipping Forecast
5.30 News 5.43 Prayer for the Day 5.45 iPM
Radio 1
97.6-99.8 MHz
6.30 The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick
Grimshaw 10.0 Clara Amfo 12.45 Newsbeat 1.0
The Matt Edmondson Show 4.0 The Official Chart
with Greg James 5.45 Newsbeat 6.0 Radio 1’s
Dance Anthems with Greg James 7.0 Annie Mac
9.0 Pete Tong 11.0 Danny Howard 1.0 Kolsch sits
in for B.Traits 4.0 Radio 1’s Essential Mix
Radio 2
88-91 MHz
6.30 Chris Evans 9.30 Ken Bruce 12.0 Amol
Rajan 2.0 Steve Wright in the Afternoon 5.0
Simon Mayo 7.0 Tony Blackburn’s Golden Hour
8.0 Friday Night Is Music Night (R) 10.0 Sounds
of the 80s 12.0 Anneka Rice: The Happening 2.0
Radio 2’s Funky Soul Playlist 3.0 Radio 2 Playlist:
New to 2 4.0 Radio 2 Playlist: 21st Century Songs
5.0 Huey on Saturday
Radio 3
90.2-92.4 MHz
6.30 Breakfast. With Clemency Burton-Hill. 9.0
Essential Classics. With Suzy Klein. 12.0 Composer
of the Week: Beethoven (5/5) 1.0 News 1.02
Lunchtime Concert: Liverpool Philharmonic’s
Chamber Music Series. Samuil Feinberg: Piano
Sonata No 1. Marc-André Hamelin (piano). Sibelius:
Six Songs. Svarta Rosor, Op 36 No 1. Säf, säf, susa
Op 36 No 4. Flickan kom, Op 37 No 5. Kyssens
Hopp, Op 13 No 2. Marssnön, Op 36 No 5. Var det
en dröm?, Op 37 No 4. Jamie Barton (mezzo),
James Baillieu (piano). Beethoven: Piano Sonata
No 23 in F minor, Op 57, Appassionata. Marc-André
Hamelin (piano). 2.0 Afternoon Concert: Lucerne
Festival 2017. The Lucerne Festival Strings and
flautist James Galway perform Mozart and Sibelius.
5.0 In Tune. 7.0 In Tune Mixtape 7.30 In Concert.
From St David’s Hall, Cardiff. Huw Watkins: Spring
(world premiere). 8pm Interval. 8.20 Beethoven:
Symphony No 9 in D minor, Choral. Elizabeth
Atherton (soprano), Clara Mouriz (mezzo), Allan
Radio 4
92.4-94.6 MHz; 198kHz
LW: 5.30 Test Match Special: Australia v England
– Second ODI. From Brisbane Cricket Ground.
8.31-9.0 Yesterday in Parliament. 9.45-10.0 Daily
Service. FM: 6.0 Today. 7.48 Thought for the Day,
with the Rt Rev Nick Baines. 9.0 Desert Island
Discs: Angela Hartnett (R) 9.45 Book of the Week:
In Search of Mary Shelley, by Fiona Sampson. With
Percy Bysshe Shelley dead Mary seems bereft,
but after the publication of Frankenstein her
literary renown keeps growing. Abridged by Polly
Coles and read by Stella Gonet. (5/5) 10.0 (FM)
Woman’s Hour. Includes at 10.45 Drama: How to
Survive the Roman Empire, by Pliny and Me, by
Hattie Naylor. (5/5) 11.0 Stories from the Royal
Collection. Amanda Foreman examines the stories
behind documents in the Royal Archives, including
attempts by the Prince Regent (the future George
IV) to silence satirists and Prince Albert’s plans
for the Great Exhibition of 1851. LW & FM: 11.30
The Pale Horse. By Agatha Christie, dramatised by
Joy Wilkinson. (R) (3/3) 12.0 News 12.01 (LW)
Shipping Forecast 12.04 Niche Work If You Can
Get It. People with highly specialised jobs. 12.15
You and Yours 1.0 The World at One 1.45 Roger
Law: Art and Seoul. Roger Law tries some Korean
food for Christmas Day. Not all of it is to his taste,
but the national dish of kimchi hits the spot. (R)
(5/5) 2.0 The Archers 2.15 Drama: Stone, by
Vivienne Harvey. With their prime suspects now
arrested, a devastated DCI Stone urges his team to
bring the truth to light and finally get justice for the
victims. With Hugo Speer and Deborah McAndrew.
(10/10) 3.0 Gardeners’ Question Time 3.45
5 Live
693, 909 kHz
6.0 Breakfast 10.0 Chiles on Friday 1.0 Friday
Sports Panel 2.0 Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review
4.0 5 Live Drive 7.0 Friday Football Social 10.0
Dotun Adebayo 1.0 Up All Night 5.0 5 Live Boxing
With Costello & Bunce 5.30 Friday Football Social
Saturday 20
Father Dennis, and sinister MI5 boss Grace
makes Hicks an offer. Quality.
a nerve-racking traffic jam are superbly
crafted in a way that makes this powerfully
watchable. Jonathan Romney
Performance Live: I Told My Mum
I Was Going on an RE Trip
The Sound of Music
Classic FM, 9pm
Julie Hesmondhalgh introduces a moving
drama by Julia Samuels about abortion, 50
years after it was first legalised in Britain.
It uses recorded delivery performances,
in which actors listen to real recorded
interviews via headphones and repeat the
words as they hear them. Mike Bradley
Channel 4, 9pm
Obama: the President who
Inspired the World
More4, 9pm
(Denis Villeneuve, 2015)
A tough, nervy thumper of a thriller from
screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (Wind River,
Hell or High Water) and director Villeneuve,
cracking the big time en route to Arrival and
Blade Runner 2049. It’s rather grittier than
those two, mind. An intense, super-focused
Emily Blunt plays Kate Macer, an FBI
officer recruited for a task force targeting a
high-up in a Mexican drugs cartel. She finds
herself working alongside an agent played
by Josh Brolin, and the mysterious Alejandro
(Benicio del Toro), the sicario – assassin
– of the title. Blunt’s character is our eyes,
eyes and head, trying to navigate the
byzantine complexities of the US-Mexico
border drug war. The great Roger Deakins
is behind the camera, and moments like
Reporter Matt Frei examines the life and
career of Barack Obama, the first AfricanAmerican President of the United States,
a year after his presidency came to an end.
Since he first stepped into the arena as a
junior State Senator, Frei has tracked his
career and his remarkable rise to the top.
Hard Sun
BBC1, 9.30pm
Renko follows up evidence uncovered by
DCS Bell suggesting that both DCI Hicks
and his mistress Mari Butler were corrupt.
Plus, the spree killer confesses his sins to
BBC One, 8.20pm
There’s a lot of clearing up to do in the
wake of last week’s bombshells. First
Jacob (Charles Venn, above) has to come
clean to Elle (Jaye Griffiths, above) about
the secret he told Blake (Kai Thorne).
But is there ever a right time to tell her,
especially when Blake is missing and not
answering his phone? Plus, the time has
come for Ethan (George Rainsford) to sit
his interview for the role of consultant,
but how do you maintain a veneer of
professionalism when you’ve just rejected
the advances of the person chairing
the interview panel? Elsewhere, Dylan
(William Beck) is having a bleak time of it,
involving fits of techno rage and threats
to resign; Noel (Tony Marshall) is missing
Max (Jamie Davis) badly; and Ethan fails to
impress Alicia (Chelsea Halfpenny) with
his dancing. Everyone’s in each other’s
pockets, but that’s how we like them at
Holby, don’t we? Mike Bradley
Howard Goodall is joined by Andrew
Lloyd Webber as his colourful six-part
series on the history of musical theatre
reaches its halfway point. The composer
and impresario explains how his classical
tastes were formed in childhood with his
cello-playing brother Julian introducing
him to works such as Shostakovich’s
Cello Concerto No 1, the first movement
of which he likens to rock’n’roll. Considering
the musical theatre of today, he describes
rap and hip-hop as “dance-driven” rather
than “melody-driven”, adding: “The
shows that really, really succeed are the
ones that do push out the boundaries,
which is why Hamilton has been such a
huge success”. Stephanie Billen
Rugby Union
BT Sport 2, 3pm
Saracens v Northampton: Champions
Cup, Pool 2. Reigning champions Sarries
are looking to secure a third title this year,
and a victory against an already eliminated
Northampton is crucial. However, a
resurgent Saints are displaying a new lease
of life under Alan Gaffney, so a win may be
hard to come by. Nika Shakhnazarova
Channel 4
Channel 5
6.10 The Wonder of Animals (R)
6.40 Nightmares of Nature
7.10 Pets Factor 7.30 Matilda
and the Ramsay Bunch 8.0 The
Dengineers 8.30 Deadly Top
10 (R) 9.0 Robot Wars (R) 10.0
Extreme Mountain Challenge (R)
11.0 Snow Wolf Family and Me (R)
12.0 Hairy Bikers’ Mediterranean
Adventure (R) 1.0 A Vicar’s Life
(R) 1.30 Back to the Land (R) 2.30
Trust Me, I’m a Doctor (R) 3.0
Tennis: Australian Open 2018 4.30
Live Snooker 5.30 Lose Weight
for Good (R) 6.0 Hugh’s Wild West
CITV 9.25 ITV News (T) 9.30
James Martin’s Saturday Morning
(T) 11.20 The Hungry Sailors (T)
(R) 12.20 Countrywise (T) (R)
12.50 News and Weather (T)
1.0 Dancing on Ice (T) (R) 3.0
Celebrity Catchphrase (T) (R)
4.0 Tipping Point (T) (R) 5.0 The
Chase (T) (R) 6.0 Local News (T)
6.05 News and Weather (T) 6.20
New You’ve Been Framed! (T)
6.45 Take Me Out (T) A model,
a caricaturist, a student and a
musician all hope to impress
Paddy McGuinness’s single ladies.
3rd Rock from the Sun (T) (R)
6.50 The King of Queens (T) (R)
7.40 Everybody Loves Raymond
(T) (R) 9.05 Frasier (T) (R) 10.35
The Big Bang Theory (T) (R)
11.30 The Big Bang Theory (T)
(R) 12.0 The Simpsons (T) (R)
12.30 The Simpsons (T) (R) 1.0
The Simpsons (T) (R) 1.25 Come
Dine with Me (T) (R) 2.25 Coast
v Country (T) (R) 3.25 A Place in
the Sun (T) (R) 4.30 A Place in the
Sun (T) (R) 5.30 The Secret Life
of the Zoo (T) (R) 6.30 News (T)
7.0 Great Canal Journeys (T) (R)
8.20 Casualty (T) Elle and Jacob
realise they must tackle
Blake’s problems head-on.
9.10 News and Weather (T)
9.30 Hard Sun (T) The spree killer
confesses his sins to a priest,
but the seal of the confessional
means he is unable to help the
police adequately. Sci-fi thriller
starring Agyness Deyn.
The Voice UK (T) Jennifer Hudson,, Tom Jones and Olly Murs
seek to identify more potential
pop icons.
9.30 Through the Keyhole (T)
Keith Lemon invites Paddy
McGuinness, Gregg Wallace and
Scarlett Moffatt to guess “who
habitates in a house like this”.
Village of the Year (T) Alex
Langlands, Juliet Sargeant
and Patrick Grant assess the
merits of five villages from
the Western Zone.
Sicario (Denis Villeneuve,
2015) (T) An FBI agent is
recruited to an elite narcotics
task force. Crime drama with
Emily Blunt and Josh Brolin.
Blind Date (T) A dental manager
must choose between a picture
framer, a health care worker and
a sausage maker, and in a Blind
Date first, a past contestant is
stood up by his date.
9.0 Football on 5: The Championship
(T) Including Wolverhampton
Wanderers v Nottingham Forest.
9.55 Football on 5: Goal Rush (T)
Goals from Leagues One and Two.
Alaska: Earth’s Frozen Kingdom
(T) (R) The challenges faced by
the state’s tough inhabitants
during the eight months of
winter. Last in the series.
9.0 Spiral Josephine faces the
repercussions of her vengeful
9.55 Spiral The detectives’ struggle
to monitor their large pool of
10.30 Match of the Day (T) Including
Brighton v Chelsea and Burnley v
Manchester United.
12.0 The NFL Show (T) Mark
Chapman looks ahead to the
Conference Championship
games, joined by former NFL
stars Osi Umenyiora and Jason
Bell. 12.30 Papadopoulos &
Sons (Marcus Markou, 2012) (T)
Comedy starring Stephen Dillane.
2.15 Weather for the Week
Ahead (T) 2.20 BBC News (T)
10.30 QI XL The Occult (T) With Aisling
Bea, Russell Brand and Noel
11.15 Performance Live: I Told My Mum
I Was Going on an RE Trip (T)
Drama exploring Britain’s many
attitudes to the topic of abortion
via raw, recorded delivery
performances in which actors
re-create authentic testimonies
on the subject in real time.
12.0 Snooker: The Masters Extra (T)
Action from the opening semifinal. 2.0 This Is BBC Two (T)
10.30 News and Weather (T)
10.45 Jaws 3 (Joe Alves, 1983)
(T) A ferocious mother shark
comes looking for her dead
baby, causing havoc in a Florida
marine centre. Thriller sequel,
originally released in 3D in
cinemas, with Dennis Quaid,
Simon MacCorkindale and
Louis Gossett Jr.
12.30 Jackpot247 3.0 Babushka
(T) (R) 3.50 ITV Nightscreen
11.25 Salt (Phillip Noyce, 2010)
(T) A CIA agent goes on the run
after she is accused of being a
sleeper assassin sent to murder
the Russian president. Action
thriller with Angelina Jolie and
Liev Schreiber.
1.10 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares
USA (T) (R) 2.05 The Lie
Detective (T) (R) 2.45 Hollyoaks
(T) (R) 4.50 The Autistic Gardener
(T) (R) 5.45 Draw It! (T) (R)
10.25 Celebrity Big Brother (T)
Highlights of the housemates’
past 24 hours.
11.30 The X-Files My Struggle (T) (R)
The sci-fi mystery drama returns
as former FBI agents Mulder and
Scully are reunited to investigate
a sinister organisation. With Gillian
Anderson and David Duchovny.
12.15 SuperCasino (T) 3.10 GPs: Behind
Closed Doors (T) (R) 4.0 Get Your
Tatts Out: Kavos Ink (T) (R) 4.45
House Doctor (T) (R) 5.10 Wildlife
SOS (T) (R) 5.35 Divine Designs
(T) (R)
10.55 The Vietnam War The Weight of
Memory (March 1973 Onward)
(T) (R) The Watergate scandal
forces president Nixon to resign.
Last in the series.
11.50 Top of the Pops: 1985 (T) (R)
12.30 Neil Sedaka: King of Song
(T) (R) 1.30 Neil Sedaka Says:
All You Need Is the Music (T)
(R) 2.15 Shipwrecks: Britain’s
Sunken History (T) (R)
Mason: Kintsukuroi (Golden Repair). Daniel Kidane:
Sirens. Laura Bowler: 3811 Nautical Miles. Larry
Goves: hollow yellow willow (world premiere).
Psappha, BBC Philharmonic, Mark Heron. 12.0
Geoffrey Smith’s Jazz (R) 1.0 Through the Night:
Beatrice Rana plays Clementi, Liszt and Debussy
Ends. The singer Jack Jones, and the actors Warwick
Davis and Sarah Hadland join Clive Anderson and
Emma Freud for lively conversation, comedy
and music. 7.0 Profile. Friends, adversaries,
colleagues and confidants provide an insight
into the personality and motivations of a person
currently in the news. 7.15 Saturday Review.
Tom Sutcliffe and guests examine highlights of
the week’s cultural events. 8.0 Archive on 4: The
Medium is the Message. Douglas Coupland explores
the ideas of media thinker Marshall McLuhan, whose
visions of how mass media would evolve have
developed a near-prescient hue in the 21st century,
as his thoughts on the power of form over content,
international networks, and the decline of what
he viewed as the “isolated consumption of print”
appear to have foretold the arrival of technological
innovations such as social media, multiplatform
content, virtual reality, and the “Global Village” now
more popularly known as the internet. 9.0 Drama:
The Vital Spark – The Driver’s Seat. Adapted by
Beatrice Colin. (R) 10.0 News and Weather 10.15
Across the Red Line: We Should All Be Feminists (R)
11.0 Round Britain Quiz (R) 11.30 Blast: The Kids
Are Alright (R) 12.0 News 12.30 Short Works:
Portrait – Eric Gill Dreaming (R) 12.48 Shipping
Forecast 1.0 As World Service. LW: 3.0 Test Match
Special: Australia v England – Third ODI. From Sydney Cricket Ground. 5.20 Shipping Forecast. FM:
5.20 Shipping Forecast 5.30 News 5.43 Bells
on Sunday: Durweston, Dorset 5.45 Profile (R)
Breakfast (T) 10.0 Saturday
Kitchen Live (T) 11.30 Mary Berry
Everyday (T) (R) 12.0 Football
Focus (T) 1.0 News and Weather
(T) 1.15 Live Snooker: The Masters
(T) Hazel Irvine presents coverage
of the opening semi-final, played
over the best of 11 frames on day
seven at Alexandra Palace. 4.30
Final Score (T) 5.30 News (T)
5.40 Regional News and Weather
(T) 5.50 And They’re Off for
Sport Relief (T) 6.30 Pointless
Celebrities (T) 7.20 Wedding
Day Winners (T)
Live Snooker: The Masters Hazel
Irvine presents coverage of the
second semi-final, played over
the best of 11 frames on day six
at Alexandra Palace in London.
Commentary and analysis come
from Steve Davis, Ken Doherty,
Stephen Hendry, John Parrott,
Dennis Taylor and John Virgo.
BT Sport 1
6.0am Premier League Preview 6.30 Live
Hyundai A-League: Newcastle Jets v Wellington
Phoenix (kick-off 6.35am) 8.45 Live Hyundai
A-League: Sydney FC v Central Coast Mariners
(kick-off 8.50am) 11.0 Premier League Match
Pack 11.30 Premier League Preview 12.0
Live Vanarama National League: Sutton United
v Dagenham & Redbridge (kick-off 12.30pm)
Coverage of the non-league encounter at Knights
Community Stadium. 2.45 BT Sport Score 5.0
Live Premier League: Man City v Newcastle Utd
(kick-off 5.30pm) Coverage from the Etihad
Stadium. 8.0 Premier League Tonight 9.0
Vanarama National League 10.0 UFC: Inside the
Octagon 10.30 Packer: The Man Who Changed
Cricket 12.0 Cricket: Women’s Big Bash 1.0
Cricket: Big Bash League 2.0 Cricket: Big Bash
League 3.0 Live ODI Cricket: Australia v England.
Coverage of the third match in the five-game
series, held at Sydney Cricket Ground.
Sky Atlantic
6.0am Details unavailable 8.0 CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation 9.0 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
10.0 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 11.0 CSI:
Crime Scene Investigation 12.0 CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation 1.0 Cold Case 2.0 Cold Case 3.0
Cold Case 4.0 Without a Trace 5.0 Without a
Trace 6.0 Without a Trace 7.0 Without a Trace
8.0 Without a Trace 9.0 Details unavailable
10.30 How To Change The World 12.30 Dexter
1.40 Banshee 2.55 Girls 3.30 Girls 4.05-6.0
Richard E Grant’s Hotel Secrets
6.0am Rude(ish) Tube 6.30 Rude(ish) Tube
7.0 Couples Come Dine With Me 8.0 Couples
Come Dine With Me 9.0 Don’t Tell the Bride
10.0-12.30 Melissa & Joey 12.30 Details
unavailable 2.30-5.0 The Goldbergs 5.0-9.0
The Big Bang Theory 9.0 Details unavailable
10.55-12.55 Gogglebox 12.55 Rude Tube
1.55 Gogglebox 2.55 First Dates 3.55-4.55
How I Met Your Mother 4.55 Rude(ish) Tube
11.0am The SpongeBob SquarePants
Movie (2004) 1.0 Vice Versa (1988) 4.45
Congo (1995) 6.55 The Way Way Back
(2013) 9.0 The Abyss (1989) 11.45 The Piper (2015) 1.55 Intruders (2011)
6.0am Ashley Banjo’s Secret Street Crew
7.0 Details unavailable 8.0 Details unavailable
9.0 Futurama 9.30 Futurama 10.0 Soccer
AM 11.30 NCIS: Los Angeles 12.30 NCIS: Los
Angeles 1.30 Futurama 2.0 Futurama 2.30
Futurama 3.0 Gillette Soccer Saturday 6.0 Harry
Hill’s Tea-Time 6.30 Modern Family 7.0 Modern
Family 7.30 Modern Family 8.0 NCIS: Los
Angeles 9.0 Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)
11.25 Hawaii Five-0 12.25 Ross Kemp: Extreme
World 1.25 Ross Kemp: Extreme World 2.25 Ross
Kemp: Extreme World 3.25 NCIS: Los Angeles
4.20 Stargate Atlantis 5.10 Stargate Atlantis
Sky Sports 1
6.0am Live ICC Under-19s World Cup Cricket:
New Zealand v South Africa. Coverage of the Group
A match, which takes place at Bay Oval in Mount
Maunganui, New Zealand. 8.45 Live European
Tour Golf: The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
Coverage of the third day’s play in the UAE. 11.30
Live Premier League: Brighton & Hove Albion v
Chelsea (kick-off 12.30pm) Coverage from the
Amex Stadium. 3.15 Gillette Soccer Saturday
5.15 Live EFL: Sheffield Wednesday v Cardiff City
(kick-off 5.30pm) From Hillsborough. 7.40 Live
La Liga Football: Las Palmas v Valencia (kick-off
7.45pm) From the Estadio Gran Canaria. 9.45
Live PGA Tour Golf: The CareerBuilder Challenge.
Coverage of day three at the PGA West Stadium
Course, PGA West Palmer Course and La Quinta
Country Club in California. 12.0 Sky Sports News
STV NORTH As ITV except 12.30am
Teleshopping 1.30-3.0 After Midnight
3.45-6.0 ITV Nightscreen
CHANNEL As ITV except 12.30am-3.0
ITV Nightscreen (T)
SCOTTISH As ITV except 12.30am
Teleshopping 1.30-3.0 After Midnight
3.45-6.0 ITV Nightscreen
ULSTER As ITV except 12.30am
Teleshopping 1.30-3.0 ITV Nightscreen
BBC1 SCOTLAND 12noon Sportscene
(T) 2.20 Live Snooker: The Masters (T) 4.305.30 Sportscene (T) 10.30 Sportscene (T)
11.50 Match of the Day (T) 1.10-1.40 The
NFL Show (T)
BBC1 N IRELAND 5.0pm-5.30 Final
Score from Northern Ireland (T)
BBC2 SCOTLAND 12noon Football Focus
(T) 1.0 BBC News; Weather (T) 1.15-1.30
Details unavailable
BBC2 N IRELAND 5.30pm Hugh’s Wild
West (T) Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall explores
the ancient woods and valleys of Dartmoor,
learning about the family life of the long-tailed
tit and tracking down a hibernating dormouse.
6.30-7.0 Getaways (T) (R) Mairead Ronan
and Joe Lindsay travel to New York City, visiting
the hipster neighbourhood of Williamsburg in
Brooklyn, discovering there’s more to Staten
Island than its ferry and seeing the sights of
Queens. Plus, Vogue Williams takes a short
break, heading along the north coast to the
island of Rathlin.
Milkshake! 10.0 Teenage Mutant
Ninja Turtles (T) 10.40 Pets Make
You Laugh Out Loud 2 (T) (R)
11.05 Police Interceptors (T) (R)
12.05 Police Interceptors: Fatal
Four (T) (R) 1.05 The A-Team
(T) (R) 2.05 The A-Team (T) (R)
3.10 Nightmare Tenants, Slum
Landlords (T) (R) 4.10 Nightmare
Tenants, Slum Landlords (T) (R)
5.10 Rich House, Poor House (T)
(R) 6.05 The Wonderful World
of Puppies (T) 7.0 Greatest Ever
Celebrity Wind Ups (T)
BBC Four
Shipwrecks: Britain’s Sunken
History (T) (R) Dr Sam Willis
examines how the Victorians
tried to tackle high mortality
rates at sea and looks at the
origins of the “women and
children first” protocol. Last
in the series.
Radio 1
97.6-99.8 MHz
6.0 Dev 10.0 Greatest Hits With Matt Edmondson
1.0 Alice Levine 4.0 Dance Anthems With MistaJam
7.0 1Xtra’s Takeover With DJ Target 9.0 The Rap
Show WCharlie Sloth 11.0 Diplo and Friends 1.0
Kan D Man and DJ Limelight 4.0 David Rodigan
Radio 2
88-91 MHz
6.0 Sounds of the 60s 8.0 Saturday Breakfast
with Dermot 10.0 Graham Norton 1.0 Pick of
the Pops 3.0 The Zoë Ball Show 6.0 Liza Tarbuck
8.0 Trevor Nelson’s Rhythm Nation 10.0 The
Craig Charles House Party 12.0 Ana Matronic’s
Disco Devotion 2.0 Radio 2 Playlists: Showtunes,
Love Songs & Easy 5.0 Huey on Sunday
Radio 3
90.2-92.4 MHz
7.0 Breakfast. With Martin Handley. 9.0 News
9.03 Record Review. With Andrew McGregor.
12.15 Music Matters. Tom Service chats to the
pianist Paul Lewis. 1.0 News 1.02 Saturday
Classics: Tine Thing Helseth 3.0 Sound of Cinema:
Power. Matthew Sweet presents a selection of film
scores inspired by the pursuit of power, prompted
by the release of Steven Spielberg’s new film The
Post. 4.0 Jazz Record Requests 5.0 Jazz Line-Up.
Kevin Le Gendre presents a performance by vocalist
Anthony Joseph and his band, recorded at the
Southbank Centre as part of last year’s London jazz
festival. 6.30 Opera on 3 from the Met: Massenet
– Thaïs. Presented by Mary Jo Heath and Ira Siff.
Ailyn Pérez (soprano: Thaïs), Jean-François Borras
(tenor: Nicias), Gerald Finley (baritone: Athanaël),
David Pittsinger (bass-baritone: Palémon), NYMO,
Emmanuel Villaume. 10.0 Hear and Now: New
Music North West. Tom McKinney presents a concert
by the BBC Philharmonic and Psappha ensemble,
part of New Music North West, a festival showcasing
talented British composers from the north-west of
England. Mario Duarte: Metztli. Grace-Evangeline
Radio 4
92.4-94.6 MHz; 198kHz
6.0 News and Papers 6.07 Open Country: Wild
Cats in the Highlands (R) 6.30 Farming Today
This Week 6.57 Weather 7.0 Today. 7.48 Thought
for the Day, with Martin Wroe. 9.0 Saturday Live.
Extraordinary stories and remarkable people.
10.30 The Kitchen Cabinet. Jay Rayner’s touring
culinary panel show sets up shop in Portsmouth,
where Andi Oliver, Tim Hayward, Sophie Wright
and Dr Annie Gray assemble to answer kitchenbased questions from local listeners. (5/7) 11.0
The Week in Westminster 11.30 From Our Own
Correspondent 12.0 News 12.01 (LW) Shipping
Forecast 12.04 Money Box. Paul Lewis examines
the latest financial developments and offers
impartial advice to those aiming to make the
most of their money. 12.30 The News Quiz (R)
12.57 Weather 1.0 News 1.10 Any Questions?
(R) 2.0 Any Answers? Listeners have their say.
2.30 Drama: Moll Flanders. By Daniel Defoe,
dramatised by Nick Perry. The first in a series
of dramas juxtaposing the life of Daniel Defoe
with the fictional exploits of his most famous
characters. A visit to Newgate Gaol offers Daniel
Defoe a chance to meet the notorious 18th-century
criminal Elizabeth Atkins, who regales him with
her stranger-than-fiction life story. In need of
ready money, Defoe reinterprets Atkins’s story,
reinventing her as Moll Flanders, the heroine
whose earthy resourcefulness sees her rise from
rags to riches – and back again. With Ben Miles and
Blake Ritson. (R) 3.30 Moving Pictures: Hanging
by Ann West (R) 4.0 Weekend Woman’s Hour
5.0 Saturday PM 5.30 iPM (R) 5.54 Shipping
Forecast 5.57 Weather 6.0 News 6.15 Loose
5 Live
693, 909 kHz
6.0 Saturday Breakfast 9.0 Danny Baker (R) 11.0
Fighting Talk 12.0 5 Live Sport 12.30 Premier
League Football: Brighton & Hove Albion v Chelsea
(kick-off 12.30pm) 2.30 5 Live Sport 3.0 Premier
League Football 5.0 Sports Report 5.30 Premier
League Football: Man City v Newcastle Utd (kick-off
5.30pm) 7.30 6-0-6 8.30 Kermode and Mayo’s
Film Review 9.30 Dotun Adebayo 12.0 In Short
(R) 1.0 Up All Night 5.0 5 Live Science
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