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Features | Reportage | Arts | Reviews | Plus Stewart Lee and 7-day TV listings
THE NEW
REVIEW
SUNDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2017
INSIDE
BOOKS OF
THE YEAR
Pages 34-37
PRINCE
CHARMING
From the Tardis to Buckingham
Palace… Matt Smith on playing the
Duke of Edinburgh in The Crown.
Interview by Tim Lewis
12A
Matt Smith
photographed
by Phil Fisk for
the Observer
New Review.
THE NEW REVIEW
Contents
The finest writing every Sunday for arts,
science, politics and culture
A G E N D A 3-5
BOOKS OF THE YEAR 34-37
On my radar Isabelle Huppert’s
cultural highlights
Jessie Burton, Hilary Mantel,
John Gray, Jackie Kay, Curtis
Sittenfeld, David Nicholls,
Rohan Silva, Maggie O’Farrell
and more on the best things
they’ve read in 2017
Q&A Artist Kehinde Wiley
y
Stewart Lee
F E AT U R E S 6-18
S C I E N C E & T E C H 19-21
Interview Ex-Tory minister
Anna Soubry talks to Rachel Cooke
about receiving death threats
after the Telegraph’s ‘Brexit
mutineers’ headline
Africa Photojournalist Gethin
Chamberlain on how climate
change is linked to a new
generation of child brides in
Mozambique and Malawi
Photography British
artist Mark Vessey’s
celebration of records,
books and magazines
C R I T I C S 23-33
Mark Kermode’s verdict on tennis
drama Battle of the Sexes
Kitty Empire on Björk’s new album,
Utopia, and King Krule live
Laura Cumming on Tate Modern’s
Modigliani show
Barbara Ellen on TV
Art Trevor Paglen,
the man documenting
the hidden landscapes
of the digital age.
Interview by Tim Adams
John Naughton
Plus
GAMES & PUZZLES
40-41
TV LISTINGS
42-48
One to watch:
techno-pop alchemist
Kelly Lee Owens
Fiona Maddocks on
Nico Muhly’s Marnie
for ENO
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| Arts | Reviews | Plus
SUNDAY 19 NOVEMBER
David Mitchell and
7-day TV listings
2017
A rare audience with
photographer Williampioneering
Eggleston.
By Sean O’Hagan
William Eggleston,
photographed for
the Observer at
home in Memphis
earlier this month
by Steve Pyke .
Hats off to you, Sean! It was a
pleasure to read your engaging and
very stimulating piece on Eggleston.
(Sean O’Hagan’s cover interview with
pioneering photographer William
Eggleston, last week).
seandavey, posted online
I had the privilege of working at a lab in
New York where we printed hundreds
of negatives from Eggleston’s archive.
It was up to me to spot [retouch] them
after. He showed up each morning and
had a glass of wine or three by noon. It
was so much fun and a great honour.
Goochola
I spent the last year working in Hull, and
it’s been extraordinary to see the local
pride and confidence swell. This article
captures the sentiment perfectly
(Rachel Cooke on how Hull’s year as
City of Culture has transformed it).
ejohnee
Some of the quotes in this brought a
tear to my eye. What a special city.
@LizzieRose_Hull on Twitter
I will never forget seeing this show
(Q&A with Denise Gough, star of
People, Places and Things). When the
curtain came down for the interval,
my mum turned to me and I burst into
tears. Denise Gough pierced my soul in
a way no other actress has.
KeepRunning
Strange to see things come full circle.
In the 60s-70s women fought hard to
insist on being called actor instead of
actress, singer instead of songstress,
because words carry meaning and
back then the “ess” ending was a
diminutive, meant to imply something
“cute” and almost as good as the real
thing, but not as serious.
MacSpeaker
Great portrait of an MP truly rooted in
the community and people she serves
(Tim Adams talks to Kensington MP
Emma Dent Coad, last week).
@andysearson
@emmadentcoad so moved by your
interview. We need more politicians
like you.
@DeborahSuggRyan
As a youth, the messages of
@MrChuckD forced me to think
differently about our world. As an adult
and a headteacher, I am grateful for the
perspectives he gave me (Interview:
Public Enemy founder Chuck D).
@milessteven001
When that first Public Enemy single
came out, the jaws of quite a few of
us alternative music fans dropped
to the floor. After years of hearing
mainly novelty hip-hop in the UK, here
was something furious, coruscating
and noisy.
PeteCW
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Agenda
Q&A
Artist
Kehinde
Wiley
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
Isabelle Huppert
ACTOR
Born in Paris, Isabelle Huppert made
her big-screen debut in 1972. Since
then she has starred in films including
Michael Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate
(1980), Claude Chabrol’s Madame
Bovary (1991), Michael Haneke’s
The Piano Teacher (2001) and Amour
(2012), and Mia Hansen-Løve’s
Things to Come (2016). Huppert has
been nominated for 16 César awards,
twice winning for best actress, and
has won a Bafta and two Cannes
best actress awards. Her role in Paul
Verhoeven’s controversial Elle (2016)
earned Huppert an Academy Award
nomination and a Golden Globe. She
stars in Haneke’s latest film, Happy
End, a black comedy about a bourgeois
family living in Calais, in cinemas
from 1 December. Kathryn Bromwich
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5
1 | Book
Tiens ferme ta couronne by
Yannick Haenel
I loved this book, which has just won the
Prix Médicis, one of the biggest literary
prizes in France. It’s about an imaginary
meeting with the late director Michael
Cimino: the narrator is obsessed with
well-known figures from contemporary
film-making, including Cimino and Francis
Ford Coppola. It’s funny, extremely well
written and very touching, and speaks
about literature and love and creation.
Another book I liked a lot recently is
Montpelier Parade by the Irish-American
writer Karl Geary. The funny thing is, I was
shooting a movie in Ireland in the same
neighbourhood where the book takes
place. It was a very strange feeling.
2 | Music
Leonard Cohen: You Want It Darker
I was thinking about Leonard Cohen’s last
songs recently, his last record. He was
a poet – he enchanted us for so many
years. He’s absolutely wonderful, and
I have always been a fan of his music.
What I liked about the album is the same
as what I always liked about him: it’s his
poetry, and there’s something so soft
about his voice. I never saw him perform,
but I saw him once, briefly, in a restaurant.
He was very solitary.
3 | Art
Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait,
MoMA, New York
Usually when I am in any town I’ll go to
museums. In New York I saw a wonderful
exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art,
of Louise Bourgeois’s drawings. I love
Bourgeois, as many people do, but these
were the drawings she did at the very
end of her life. It was remarkable to see
how creative she was to the end. She
speaks so much about what it means
to be a woman, what it means to be a
mother. There is something so feminine
in her works; she really speaks about
that. There was also an exhibition about
Frank Lloyd Wright.
4 | Musical
Hello, Dolly!, Shubert theatre, New York
I saw this musical recently in New York,
with Bette Midler. She is outstanding
– I was amazed by what she does. It’s
beyond performance. I was completely
speechless. She does something almost
Chaplinesque sometimes, like a mime,
with her face. The precision of her
gestures, of her looks, the way she moves
her little finger – everything is expressive.
Her body language technique is amazing,
and of course so is her voice. I’m not
necessarily a fan of musical theatre, but I
thought this was quite accomplished.
5 | TV
Big Little Lies (Sky Atlantic)
I’m not a viewer of television series
usually, but I was shooting a movie in
Toronto recently and I had time to watch
this wonderful series directed by the
Canadian film-maker Jean-Marc Vallée. It’s
about the everyday life of mothers
in a small town in America, and about
relationships, family life, living in a small
community, and how women deal with
their husbands, with their children. I
thought everything was brilliant – the
acting, the direction, the style. Nicole
Kidman is absolutely wonderful, as well
as Reese Witherspoon and Shailene
Woodley. Plus it’s not too long, so you can
watch it all in almost one go.
[Named Desire, in 2010] with FrenchPolish director Krzysztof Warlikowski. It’s
possible to make Williams contemporary,
and I think Sam Gold completely
succeeded. For example, everybody
was on stage all the time. So even when
a character was not in the scene being
performed, they would still be on stage,
silently witnessing the action. It gives
something very new and real to the play.
6 | Theatre
I just finished shooting The Widow
with Neil Jordan, and as I was filming I
watched The Crying Game again. I hadn’t
seen it for a long time and really enjoyed it.
It’s very political, and unusual because you
start with one story and all of a sudden
that story ends – it’s completely free in
its form. Of course there is a connection
between the first story and the rest of
the film, but the way the director jumps
from the beginning into the second part is
unexpected. I really like that.
The Glass Menagerie, Belasco,
New York
In my last stay in New York I saw this
play on Broadway directed by Sam
Gold, starring Sally Field. I loved it. The
performances were great, and there
was something very contemporary in
the staging, which gives Tennessee
Williams something so modern. I’ve done
Tennessee Williams myself – Streetcar
7 | Film
The Crying Game (Neil Jordan, 1992)
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AGENDA
Q & A
Kehinde Wiley in
his studio in New
York: ‘I like the fact
that painting is
portable.’
Photograph by
Chad Batka/New
York Times
Kehinde
Wiley
The US artist talks about painting Barack
Obama, Michael Jackson’s knowledge of
art history and being inspired by lovers
Born in Los Angeles in 1977, Kehinde
Wiley is best known for his largescale portraits in which black people
occupy scenes from notable old
European paintings. Most of his
models are cast on the street, though
Wiley has also portrayed celebrities
such as Michael Jackson and Ice-T.
Earlier this year, he was chosen to
paint Barack Obama’s official portrait,
to be unveiled next year. His new
show, In Search of the Miraculous,
is at the Stephen Friedman Gallery,
London W1, until 27 January.
Tell me about the show.
It’s definitely a departure. I’m looking
at the history of maritime painting,
so water is one of the key figures
in the work. Depicting the ocean
has always, in the west, been about
voyage, about conquest, but this show
is also about migration, madness and
displacement. In a sense, it’s about
America and where she is right now.
Has the past year – Trump’s election,
the travel ban, racial tensions in
America – affected your work?
I have a studio in west Africa, my
father is from west Africa, my body
is from west Africa. Bodies travelling
through water is very important in
this show, be it black bodies travelling
across the Atlantic to become the
founders of my country, building the
economy, building the conversations
that led to our revolutions and our
civil wars and our hip-hop and our
blues – sure, that’s in there. As is the
conversation surrounding Europe
and Brexit and how we choose to
define ourselves.
You were one of six siblings raised by
a single mother in South Central Los
Angeles. Was it a difficult childhood?
It was an amazing childhood, despite
what you might think about poor
neighbourhoods. My mother was
an educated budding linguist who
really inspired us. Some of the leading
indicators of success in the world
have to do with how many books are
in the house when you’re a kid.
Were there many books in your house?
Boy, were there many. There were
many languages too. And I had so
many interesting experiences. As a
kid, I used to sell junk in the street.
I had to engage with complete
strangers and sell them stuff.
Were you the arty one in the family?
I was. My mother sent me and my
twin brother to art classes when I was
11. She wanted us to stay away from
gang culture; the sense that most of
my peers would end up either dead or
in prison was a very real thing. So we
were on buses doing five-hour round
trips every weekend to go study art.
Was that a pleasure?
That was a huge pain in the ass.
My brother ended up in love with
medicine and literature and business.
But me, I really got the art bug. I went
on to art school in San Francisco and
to Yale for grad school. Then I moved
to New York, had my first show,
people liked it, and here we are.
Now Barack Obama has been in touch.
Tell me about that.
I can’t. I’d like to. I can tell you that
I’m the first African American artist
to create the portrait of the president.
It’s a huge responsibility.
You make it sound straightforward.
Have you done it already?
I see it as a series of lotteries. I can
line up for you a thousand ways that
this could have been something else.
That’s why my work is about chance.
That chance where someone’s
walking down the street and I tap
them on the shoulder.
I’ve shot all the images – we shot
thousands. It’s been a really fun
process in which he’s been involved –
but I’ve already said too much.
You’ve painted famous people, such as
Michael Jackson. How did that happen?
He called me. He saw one of my works
at the Brooklyn Museum. He said to
his crew: “I need to meet that artist.”
At first, I didn’t believe it. Eventually,
a mutual friend said: “Will you please
answer the fucking phone?” And so
we set something up.
What was that like?
It was extraordinary. His knowledge
of art and art history was much more
in-depth than I had imagined. He was
talking about the difference between
early and late Rubens brushwork. OK,
why not? One of the things we talked
about was how clothing functions
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as armour. And if you look at the
painting, he’s in full body armour.
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Where do you live?
I’m like a gypsy. I’ve got a place in
Beijing, a place in New York, a place
in west Africa, I’m working on a
place in Colombia. I like the fact that
painting is portable – and I’ve wanted
my entire life to be able to see the
world, to respond to it.
What took you to China?
A friend of mine is both an artist and
‘I would sleep in
the grounds of the
museum and make
paintings. It made me
the artist I am today’
an airline stewardess. She told me
years ago, there’s a really cool scene
going on in Beijing. I went, met this
little-known guy named Ai Weiwei,
rented a studio, went back and forth,
met someone romantically…
Where’s exciting right now, in terms of
art scenes?
West Africa. Places such as Lagos are
exciting – Yinka Shonibare, who’s
a good friend of mine, is opening
up a studio there. And I’m working
on my project space in Senegal,
which will have artists in residence.
When I first came to New York, I
was artist in residence at the Studio
Museum in Harlem and they gave me
$500 a month. I would sleep in the
grounds of the museum and make my
paintings. That made me the artist I
am today and I want to be able to pay
that forward.
Do you ever miss those days of $500 a
month and sleeping in a studio?
I don’t miss the lack of creature
comforts because it sucked. Artists
should be able to thrive and allow
their ideas to flourish as much as
those in biotechnology or finance.
It costs money for me to fly to the
Congo, to get people to record sound
and shoot video and do security.
It is ridiculous to assume that
contemporary artists should be in
some romantic space of deprivation.
Where do you find inspiration?
I think it comes with lovers. There’s
something really special about a
sexual relationship where you’re
bound with each other for years and
you start to see the world through
each other’s eyes. It’s something
that rarely gets talked about in
conversations about art. Most people
talk about artists as the sole individual
makers of ideas, the genius that
interfaces with the culture. And it’s
actually a lot more collaborative than
that. Much of this show is about the
collaborative spirit. This is my first
time being back in the UK since the
Brexit vote, which had a lot do with
wanting to be autonomous, to stand
alone and make Britain great again.
Can you understand that impulse?
I can, because it’s scary out there. But
there’s a reason why we [humans] all
have different colours, because we’re
works in progress. We started in one
part of the world and started moving
and kept on moving for thousands of
years. There’s no one fixed notion of
the UK, or America, to be made great
again. What we have to do is adapt. If
you want to posit new ideas about how
to proceed, you don’t start by saying:
“This was the way it was 25 years ago,
let’s go back there.” Come on! The
genie is out of the bottle and we have
to learn to deal with each other.
Interview by Killian Fox
AGENDA
Stewart Lee
My futile attempt to sell
satire to the Daily Mail
P
ILLUSTRATION BY
DAVID FOLDVARI
asting together doctored drawings of
the Daily Mail’s long-running cartoon
dog, Fred Basset, I’m creating the
mother of all monetisable Christmas
cash-in books.
In the first of a typical three-frame
strip, Fred defecates insolently on a
pavement. Then Fred’s owner scoops
up the excrement before – and this
is the twist – popping it through the
letterbox of an immigrant family, and
saying “Merry Winterval, my coloured
friends! You’re in England now!!” It’s
hilarious, no?
Was it possible to work the lucrative
adult Ladybird book market, using a
similar level of ironic self-awareness
of the Daily Mail brand, across a range
of self-parodying Daily Mail products,
without necessarily undermining
the integrity of the loathing-ridden
opinion sluice itself?
After all, Lego’s funny children’s
Batman, Adam West’s liberal
gay Batman, and Christian Bale’s
fascist asthma Batman all coexist
commercially. And Paperchase were
already interested in an exclusive
stockist deal.
But now the whole thing is ruined!
And all thanks to that politicalcorrectness-gone-mad brigade that
they have now!!
As a proud member of the
“metropolitan liberal elite”™, I would
normally have been delighted that a
tiny minority of “leftwing bullies”©
had forced the high-street card shop
Paperchase to dump an advertising
deal with the Daily Mail, fearing the
negative association of Paperchase’s
wholesome family card retail values
with the Mail’s conduit of poisonous
hate, sudoku and Sarah Vine.
Usually, I am the sort of person
who thinks that anyone who has
ever worked for the Daily Mail is
worse than Adolf Hitler, even the
temps and the tea lady. And I’m
not alone. So disgusted are youth
voters by the repellent newspaper,
it’s now clear that the Daily Mail’s
increasingly hysterical attacks on
Jeremy Corbyn, the coddled egg of
British politics, may even have helped
secure his triumphant loss in the last
general election.
I find that a damning Daily Mail
review can attract hundreds of
thousands of paying punters, precisely
because they assume that anything
hated by the hated Daily Mail must be
worth seeing, while anything it likes
must be awful.
My current tour poster proudly
boasts the following Daily Mail quote
from the 2001 Bad Sex award-winning
novelist and Daily Mail columnist
Christopher Hart; “Clever-clever,
oh-so-fashionable and deeply unfunny
‘anti-populist’ comedian Stewart Lee
is an exceptionally well-trained lapdog
of the Brexit-hating establishment.”
Ker-ching!!!! Thanks, Christopher!
The ticket-buying public’s hands
are, as you might once have written,
“moving away from my knee and
heading north. Heading unnervingly
and with a steely will towards the pole.
And, like Sir Ranulph Fiennes… will
not easily be discouraged.” (Rescue Me,
Christopher Hart, 2001)
I understand, from a purely business
point of view, Paperchase’s need to
disassociate itself from the elderly and
expiring racists that read the Daily
Mail, to court instead the affections
of the growing market of tomorrow’s
mixed-race polyamorous avocadocoveters. But on this occasion, I was
on the verge of sealing a three-way
creative partnership with both
Paperchase and the Daily Mail that
would have made me millions.
Sitting across the desk from the
editor, Paul Dacre, last week, I gave
him my pitch: “The Daily Mail is
already adept at working contradictory
markets simultaneously,” I flattered
the hate magnate, as he sucked hard
on his fourth Calippo of the morning.
“The print edition pretends to despise
the very ephebophiliac swimwear
sleaze that the Daily Mail website
thrives on, for example.
“But imagine if, Paul baby, as well
as profiteering from the hateful
scaremongering that is your vile
newspaper’s raison d’etre, you could
also empty the pockets of those
who claim to despise your organ, by
selling them irresistible satires of
your own sickening values.” I emptied
my sample sack. Dacre’s two eyes
exploded in hot greed. Greetings
cards. Christmas cash-in books. Sex
novelties. And all with an ironically
arch Daily Mail flavour.
“These greetings cards are sure to
be top-sellers.”, I told Dacre. A photo
of columnist Quentin Letts disgorges
the opinion, “Middle-class parents
are middle-class because they have
learned what it takes to succeed.
Happy Birthday.” Sarah Vine opines:
“Jacob Rees-Mogg is worth far more
than the flaccid consensus of the
commissars of political correctness.
Merry Christmas.”
And a sepia-toned card of the first
Viscount Rothermere, the paper’s
1930s proprietor, declares, in Daily
Mail font, “I urge all British young men
and women to study the Nazi regime
in Germany. There is a clamorous
campaign of denunciation against
‘Nazi atrocities’ which consist merely
of a few isolated acts of violence,
but which have been generalised,
multiplied and exaggerated to give
RAPTURES OF THE DEEP (1987) ‘After
Hawaii, we got more ambitious, painting the
background, making the mermaid’s tail.’
CELEBRITY CHEFS (1997) ‘We wanted
to be the most ridiculously egotistical
celebrity chefs that we could be.’
the impression that Nazi rule is a
bloodthirsty tyranny. Congratulations
on passing your driving test.”
In order to annoy politically correct
prudes and killjoys, I had arranged for
the darkest recesses of Paperchase to
showcase a range of naughty, but saucy
and harmless, adult Daily Mail-themed
items. The paper’s star columnist and
author of 50 People Who Buggered Up
Britain, Quentin Letts, had agreed to
lend his image to a fun range of used
female sanitary products, Quentin
Lil-Letts.
Meanwhile, the vibrating head
of the Daily Mail royal columnist
Robert Hardman crowns the novelty
“Hardman” Sphincter Stimulator; and
a special brass hammer, designed for
nailing your own penis to a table, was
to be called The Paul Dacre Nail Your
Own Penis to a Table Hammer.
Dacre actually laughed himself
silly at the final few strips in my
Fred Basset book. In the end, the
beagle just looks on bemused while
his squatting owner simply scrapes
his own human foulness directly
from his own bottom himself, to
deposit through the offending
immigrants’ door; until the climatic
strip where, perching atop a brass
bust of Jan Moir, Fred Basset’s owner
defecates directly into the immigrants’
letterbox, with a triumphant cry of
“Brexit Means Brexit! Now get back to
Bongo Bongo-land!”
“We’re looking at a massive hit,”
said Dacre, his Calippo melting in his
excited hand. And then the phone
rang. The Paperchase partnership
was off. “Sorry son. You get yourself
a coffee and I’ll tidy your samples
away,” said Dacre kindly. When I came
back, my novelties were bagged up,
but I could hear Dacre in his private
bathroom, squealing and using an
electric toothbrush, so I left.
When I got home I unpacked
my futile creations. All present and
correct, except the Robert Hardman
probe. Never mind. It’s not like this
deal is going anywhere fast.
Stewart Lee’s Content Provider is in
London until 3 February and continues
to tour in 2018; see stewartlee.co.uk
SNAPSHOTS Merry little Christmases
Brighton couple Lisa Wolfe and
Peter Chrisp have been creating
their own Christmas cards every
year since 1986, with photographs
taken in their home. “It just
started as a bit of fun,” says Wolfe.
“Everybody loved it, so the next year
we thought we’d do something a
little bit different and we got more
and more ambitious.” Although
this began as a project for family
and friends, the couple have now
decided to exhibit all 31 images
as part of Artists Open Houses in
Brighton, until 17 December. “We’ve
been doing this since we were in our
mid-20s,” adds Wolfe, “so I think
that perhaps much of the interest is
in the relationship that you can track
through the cards.” Sarah Harford
instagram.com/peter_chrisp
CHRISTMAS IN HAWAII (1986) ‘I loved all
things Polynesian, the beach and the 50s,
so we built a little set and dressed up.’
LA NOUVELLE VAGUE (2003) ‘This is
Ploup de Souffle, un film de François Truffle,
starring Loulabelle Wuf and Pierre Crud.’
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COVER STORY
‘WHAT AN EXAMPLE OF
A ROGUISH, BRILLIANT MAN.
I FOUND A LOT TO
CELEBRATE IN PHILIP’
As Netflix’s royal family drama The Crown returns for a second season,
Matt Smith talks about playing the Duke of Edinburgh, his time as the 11th
Doctor – and why he’s made some discomfiting choices for the future
BY TIM LEWIS
PORTRAIT BY
PHIL FISK
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N
ot long ago, an associate of Matt
Smith’s – “a man of prominence in the
film world,” the actor says gnomically
– was at a dinner hosted by the Queen
and Prince Philip. There was just a
handful of guests and he was sitting
next to the Duke of Edinburgh. “What
do you do?” asked Philip, as the first
course arrived. “Are you involved in this… Crown
thing?”
The Duke was referring to the Netflix drama
created by Peter Morgan that gives us supposed
fly-on-the-wall access to Buckingham Palace and
the longest-running soap opera in British public
life. The first season of 10 episodes, released
last November, covered from 1947 to 1956; it
introduced us to a young Elizabeth (played by
Claire Foy) and followed her as she married
Philip Mountbatten (Smith) and became our
monarch. Like Morgan’s other work – notably
the 2006 film The Queen and The Audience, a 2013
stage play – The Crown skilfully skips along a line
between salacious and sympathetic, revealing
but also respectful. Morgan always reiterates that
his work is free from external interference, but
has also said that the royal family is “very, very
aware” of the series.
At the dinner, the man replied to Philip
that no, he wasn’t involved in the show, and
conversation moved on. But the idea of Liz and
Phil sitting down for a Netflix night in with the
corgis warming their feet was too irresistible.
So, as the evening wound down, he said: “Philip,
I’m just wondering, because I have some friends
who made The Crown, have you watched any?”
The Duke stopped and glowered: “Don’t. Be.
Ridiculous.”
Smith explodes in laughter as he tells the story;
he pronounces Philip’s riposte with an impeccable
haughtiness, so posh that it sounds like he’s being
slowly throttled. “Whether it’s true or not, I don’t
know, but I just think he’s a bit of a cool cat,”
Smith goes on. “And that’s what I love about him:
he’s done what he wants, when he wants, how
he wants, with whom he wants. He hasn’t asked
permission. And his wife’s the Queen.”
“This Crown thing” has caused a bit of a
stir. Much of the attention, initially, was on its
lavish budgets: most estimates said $100m for
10 programmes, which would make it the most
expensive TV show in history. This being Netflix,
they didn’t need to confirm or deny, but Morgan
has suggested it was closer to $130m for the first
two series, so nearly $7m an episode. Initially, the
suspicion was that The Crown would be catnip
for anglophile American audiences; in the event,
its meticulous research and attention to detail
have given it considerable traction over here,
too. Jennie Bond, for many years the BBC’s royal
correspondent, confessed that she binge-watched
the 10 episodes in a day and had to remind herself
it was not a documentary.
The first season of The Crown concentrated
on Elizabeth, a performance that earned the
immaculate Foy a Golden Globe, with scenestealing turns from John Lithgow as Winston
Churchill and Vanessa Kirby as Princess
Margaret. With its return, which tracks the
House of Windsor from the Suez crisis in 1956
to the Profumo affair in 1963, Philip comes to
the fore. For the modern audience, the Duke of
Edinburgh tends to be viewed as a politically
incorrect liability: “HRH Victor Meldrew”
as the historian David Starkey put it. In The
Crown, he is a castrated alpha male; an irascible
silverback who has been stuck in a zoo and
prowls his cage, furious.
“Rightly, as a society, we’ve celebrated
Elizabeth as a wonderful example of a powerful,
stylish, brilliant woman,” says Smith, over a cup
of tea in a photographic studio in east London.
“But in many ways, what an example of a roguish,
brilliant man. Why aren’t we as men allowed to
celebrate that, fictionally or not? And I just found
a lot to celebrate in Philip.”
At a glance, the 35-year-old Smith would not
seem to have much in common with the Duke of
Edinburgh. Today he is dressed all in black and
navy save for a grey Whovian scarf made by Louis
Vuitton and pink hearts on his socks (“That’s our
one flourish a day, see. Women get underwear,
we get socks”). He was born in Northampton and
went to the local state school; his father ran a
plastics business. “Yeah, I’m not of that class, nor
is Claire,” he says. “We’re lowly middle-classers.”
There’s not much of a physical resemblance to
Philip, either. Smith is very obviously handsome,
but there’s nothing fine-featured about him. With
his craggy brow and jutting jaw, there’s a hint of
that Philip Larkin description of Ted Hughes: “a
Christmas present from Easter Island”. “I’m not
great casting for Philip really,” Smith accepts,
“but actually when I got into it, there’s an
interesting synergy here.”
One area of crossover was a love of sport, and
the male companionship that often comes with it.
For Philip, it was mainly polo, sailing and carriage
driving, in which he competed for Britain and
which was a great passion into his 80s; for Smith,
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‘I like to make
myself feel
uncomfortable.
That’s why I
did a musical’
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it was football. As a teenager, he played central
defence in the youth teams for Northampton
Town, Nottingham Forest and Leicester City.
Then, aged 16, he had a back injury and Leicester
released him. Smith has scarcely kicked a ball
since, and it’s clear that he misses not just that, but
the sense of belonging he felt in the dressing room.
“I grew up surrounded by lads and I like that
culture,” says Smith. “I like the camaraderie
and the way you can take each other down, and
that still exists between me and my mates. We
get together and we tear each other to bits and
we laugh. And in the tearing each other to bits,
there’s something about it that entertains me, I
suppose. But also, at the end of that, you have a
sporting endeavour or whatever it is together and
I like that sense of a team. I think Philip liked all
that, too.”
Smith realises that, in the age of Harvey
Weinstein and Donald Trump, these are
precarious waters to dip a toe in. “Maleness,”
he notes sadly, “has been perverted and
misconstrued.” It is also complex with regard
to The Crown. The first season touched on the
emasculation that Philip felt when Elizabeth
became Queen, many years earlier than they
both expected, and his discomfort at doing her
bidding; he once complained that he was nothing
but “a bloody amoeba” and that he was the only
man in Britain who wasn’t allowed to pass down
his name to his own children.
Season two of The Crown returns to this theme
with relish. The new series opens with Elizabeth
informing Philip that she would like him to – that
is, he has to – take a five-month solo tour of the
outer reaches of the Commonwealth aboard
the Royal Yacht Britannia. He would open the
1956 Olympics in Melbourne and drop in on
exotic locales such as Papua New Guinea and
the Antarctic. For company, he would have Mike
Parker, his private secretary, and 240 men and
officers from the Royal Navy. The trip has gone
down in legend: “It’s not a royal tour,” snipes
Princess Margaret in The Crown, “it’s a fivemonth stag night.” There are resilient rumours
that Philip had numerous affairs around this time.
Smith again has a measure of sympathy for the
Duke of Edinburgh. When he retired from royal
duties in August, he had been dispatched on 22,219
solo engagements since 1952. “If you strip away the
royal family-ness of it, it’s two human beings,” he
says. “I challenge anyone if their partner said, ‘By
the way, you’re going off for five months,’ to not go,
‘Whoa, hang on!’ And I defy anyone to be married
as long as they have and it be plain sailing the
whole way. As human beings, they’ve struggled.”
H
ere’s another parallel between Prince
Philip and Smith: both have lived their
early adulthood in the public glare, and
both seem to have been deeply conflicted
about the lack of privacy. The scrutiny of the
press is certainly not a modern invention. Peter
Morgan is insistent that Princess Margaret
received more attention from the paparazzi
when she was seeing Peter Townsend and others
in the 50s and 60s than Diana ever did. The main
difference was that the film photographs were
slower to process and the coverage was, in the
main, more respectful.
For Smith, the day his life changed
for ever came in early January 2009,
when he was unveiled as the 11th
Doctor, and aged 26, the youngest
actor to play the 1,000-year-old time
traveller. It wasn’t just that he was a
long shot to replace the very popular
David Tennant; he didn’t feature on
anyone’s list outside the BBC. More than
one publication announced the news
with the headline: “Doctor Who?”
The response was immediate,
and it was especially confounding
for Smith, who was far from a
rabid fan of the show. “No, I’d
never seen it,” he says. “Nothing
can prepare you. Nothing. And
literally overnight. As soon as it’s
announced, five reporters turn
up to your mum and dad’s house,
with cameras. Overnight. They
then go to your grandad’s house.
They then approach every one of your
best friends. It was that intrusive.
“Yeah, I was 26 and I didn’t claim to
Above: Matt Smith with Claire Foy as the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen in The Crown. Below: As the 11th Doctor. Alex Bailey/Netflix; BBC
be a saint,” Smith continues. “I was a 26-year-old
lad, and I thought about saying no. And my agent
quickly dispelled that idea. But I did, I genuinely
thought, ‘Is this where I want to take myself?’”
Smith’s casting was a success, both with
hardcore fans and in the ratings, and he is happy
with his decision, broadly speaking. Doctor
Who was demanding hours – “Undoubtedly
the greatest workload you will ever take on, bar
none” – but it provided an unbeatable education
in leading a show. Plus, the role is a gift for
any actor: there’s a reason why no recurring
part, even James Bond, attracts such frenzied
speculation when it is up for regeneration.
“The part’s sooo good,” says Smith. “He can do
anything. He can go from A to Z. Like any other
character you play, Prince Philip for instance, you
have go through at least D, F, G, P, before you get to
Z. But the Doctor goes A to Z to B to Y, flips it up,
and you don’t have to explain that because he’s an
alien who’s 1,000 years old: he’s seen more than
you have, he’s done more than you’d do. He’s seen
so much tragedy that it’s made him really funny.”
When Jodie Whittaker was announced earlier
this year as the 13th Doctor, Smith rang her up
and sang the theme tune to her voicemail. Does
he have any more useful advice in advance of
her Christmas debut? “Oh, I just think she’ll
have a wonderful time,” he says. “But the shift
in your life is extraordinary, because it crosses
generations. So when she goes to a wedding,
she’s not going to the wedding any more as Jodie
Whittaker, she’s going as the Doctor. When she
goes to a funeral, she’s not going to a funeral as
Jodie Whittaker, she’s going to a funeral as the
Doctor. At her local cafe, they’ll talk to you about
that. Because people can’t help but attach that
to you; something changes in the perception of
everyone else around you.”
Smith, who stepped down from Doctor Who
after the 2013 Christmas special, feared that
he would never outgrow the role. Or, worse,
that he would be defined by the celebrity it
imparted. In the event, he is making a decent
stab at writing an alternative script. Right
after he wrapped Doctor Who, he signed up
for a musical version of American Psycho,
directed by Rupert Goold at the Almeida
theatre. His Patrick Bateman was
required to appear onstage in just
“tighty-whities” and an eye mask
and, more terrifyingly, had to belt
out 80s pop. Next year, he will
appear in the lead role in a
biopic of the photographer
Robert Mapplethorpe,
whose work on the
underground BDSM
scene in New York in
the 60s and 70s caused
national outrage in
America.
“I did
Mapplethorpe,”
Smith explains, “as an
endeavour of, well a) he’s
a fascinating character,
and b) there’s something
about his photos that
is just… who knew, as a
straight man, that pictures
of penises were so utterly
‘Nothing can prepare
you. They turn up at
your mum and dad’s
house, they approach
all your friends. It’s
that intrusive’
compelling? But they are! And you don’t know
why.
“I like to make myself feel uncomfortable.
That’s why I did a musical. That’s why I did
Mapplethorpe, because there was an unknown
entity to those projects. David Bowie said to
the guy in LCD Soundsystem: ‘Go and make
yourself feel uncomfortable again.’ And it’s
really important.”
Off-screen, Smith still remains a Sidebar-ofShame standby. There’s not much to report,
really: for a couple of years, he went out with the
model Daisy Lowe; since 2014, he’s been dating
the Downton Abbey actor Lily James. Smith’s
policy is to give interested onlookers as little to
go on as possible. “I’m not on Facebook, not on
Twitter, not on Instagram,” he says. “I just don’t
really care. I don’t care where you are. I don’t
care what you’re doing. I don’t really expect you
to be interested in where I am or what I’m doing.
Also, I don’t really want you to know where I am
or what I’m doing. That is probably a reaction to
Doctor Who if I’m honest, in some way. But it’s
one that I’m quite pleased that I had.”
I
n the same way that many of us fail to
interrogate our parents about their lives
(before we came along), The Crown proves
how little we really know about the royal
family. This is Peter Morgan’s great skill. He takes
a subject that feels as familiar as your bedroom
curtains, and shows that you’ve really not been
paying attention for years.
Where Prince Philip is concerned, there are
positive and negative aspects to this reappraisal.
In many ways, he is the most likable of the older
generation of the royal family; he’s certainly the
least stuffy. He’s fond of slapstick and is said to
call the Queen “Cabbage”. “When you investigate
him, he’s very bright, he’s funny, he’s hugely
popular in the royal house,” says Smith. “All the
research I did with people who have worked
there, he was the guy they all really loved.”
On the other side, there is what looks like
damning evidence that he had a wandering eye.
Just as the Queen and the Duke are celebrating
their 70th wedding anniversary, both The Crown
and a new biography suggest that he was serially
unfaithful, especially in the early years of the
marriage: some of the women were well known,
others he met through the raucous Thursday
Club, a gentlemen’s lunch society that met weekly
in Soho (regulars included David Niven, the Kray
brothers and Stephen Ward, the osteopath at the
centre of the Profumo affair).
If the first series of The Crown felt broadly
compassionate to the royal family, even humanised
them in many eyes, the second definitely has a
sharper edge. If the Queen and the Duke do ever
tune in, there might be some awkward moments.
“It’s quite tough on them,” agrees Smith. “But we
can’t be reverential. I was always quite conscious
of that. With any biopic, you’ve got to show the
person at their ugliest, because otherwise, what’s
the point really?”
As for the affairs, Smith goes momentarily coy.
“Did he or didn’t he?” he muses. “As an actor, I
made a choice on did he or didn’t he, but I don’t
want to give that away. The facts are the facts,
but is it ever explicit? Do I ever wave a flag about
it? I will let you decide.”
This is Smith’s final outing as the Prince; for the
next series, he’ll be replaced by an older, as-yetunnamed actor (Claire Foy’s role is being taken
on by Olivia Colman). He will be sad to leave the
world, in part because of the exotic locales The
Crown films in: “We went to Africa and Scotland
and Surrey. Totteridge.” But, perhaps after
the experience of Doctor Who, he accepts that
career-wise it is a good time to move on. Besides,
Smith has been realising that he was finding it
hard to leave Prince Philip on set, which isn’t
easy when you don’t live in Buckingham Palace.
“You expect your toothpaste on your toothbrush
in the morning,” he sighs.
How’s that going down at home? “Yeah, there’s
none of that,” he replies. “Although the last couple
of days my girlfriend has brought me a cup of tea
in bed because I’ve been poorly, which has just
been triumphant! Small victories.”
Smith, though, is excited about what comes
next. He says, “I think my 40s will be quite
interesting as an actor.” Because? “Dunno. I’ve
got a weird face. Charactery. I think if I keep
getting better hopefully there could be some
interesting parts out there.”
This is true: in person, Smith is fun, funny and
a little bit eccentric; his best screen performances
– especially the Doctor and Prince Philip –
transmit these raffish qualities. He would also like
to direct again, having dabbled with a half-hour
drama called Cargese for the Playhouse Presents
strand on Sky Arts in 2013. And, at some point, he
wants children. “Yeah, definitely, one day, 100%,”
he says. “I’m really close to my family and if I can
have the relationship with my son that I’ve had
with my dad, that’s what life is about ultimately.”
Son? He sounds like he might have been
hanging around the royal family too long – an
heir and a spare and all that. “Son,” he confirms,
laughing, before adopting a Henry VIII-ian
bellow. “I’ll have a son and if not, I will chop
off her head. Give me a son, dammit!”
What does Smith specifically want to do with
a son? “Everything,” he replies. “I want to watch
football with him. I want him to be my son, I
want him to be my boy. That said, either way it’s
a blessing.”
Then, momentarily, he becomes serious.
“What’s happy? Am I content? Probably not.
There has to be more to life than there is at 35
for me. Everything: look, I’m lucky I have a great
family and great friends. Touch wood, that is
the most important thing but I’m definitely not
content with whatever position that I’m in. I
want to keep going.”
Season two of The Crown begins on Netflix on
8 December
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PHOTOGRAPHY
DISCO RECORDS
‘These are from DJ Seamus
Haji’s 10,000-piece vinyl
collection,’ says Mark
Vessey. ‘Originally I was
looking at doing
something that was
representative of him as a
DJ, and then when I was
there it was so
overwhelming, with so
much material, that I just
focused on what I liked,
which was disco music. I
wanted it to be colourful,
vibrant; I picked out people
I loved, like Grace Jones
and Chaka Khan.’
SPINAL COLUMNS
As resurgent sales of vinyl records, cassette tapes and
printed books continue to resist the digital tide, British
artist Mark Vessey celebrates the personalised joy of the
physical collection in a series of striking photographs
BY KATHRYN BROMWICH
PHOTOGRAPHS BY MARK VESSEY
‘A
bookshelf is as particular
to its owner as are
his or her clothes; a
personality is stamped
on a library just as a
shoe is shaped by the
foot,” Alan Bennett once
wrote. For a while, e-readers and music
streaming appeared set to replace
their physical counterparts, but the
resurgence in vinyl and printed book
sales suggests otherwise. For the past
decade, Brighton-based photographic
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artist Mark Vessey has been capturing
the beauty of these objects in a series
of photographs: his Collections series
documents magazines, books, vinyl
records and other assorted items,
stacked on top of one another or neatly
lined up.
For Vessey, 35, the passion for
collecting started with Attitude
magazine. Growing up in Chingford,
on the outskirts of north-east
London, Vessey would pick up the
gay lifestyle title every time he was in
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central London – it wasn’t stocked in
Chingford – and it showed him a life
outside the “bland, safe area” where he
was. The magazine, and its thoughtprovoking photographs by Nan Goldin
and Wolfgang Tillmans, helped him
discover a world different from the one
he was living in. “I bought it religiously
– I would read the magazines and go off
to the art exhibitions and learn about
different artists,” says Vessey, who went
on to study photography at Brighton
University. “It became a timeline of my
self-discovery and coming out.”
His photograph of his Attitude
magazine collection – significant both
for Vessey personally and for what
it represented about queer culture –
became the first in the series, and was
shown in the Royal Academy’s 2006
summer exhibition. Since then he has
scoured flea markets, vintage fairs and
eBay to find pop culture phenomena
he could turn into artwork: the Face,
i-D and LOVE magazines; William
Shakespeare, James Bond and
Ladybird books; classic vinyl records,
perfume bottles.
Inspired by pop art, Andy Warhol,
Keith Haring, and “that whole 80s era
of trying not to be too clever”, Vessey
wants his artwork to be accessible.
Using familiar found objects grounds
the work in the real world: “They’re
iconic, everyday objects that we maybe
take for granted, but we do treasure
them. We use them – we study them or
read them or listen to them – but they
have some sort of connection to us, like
the vinyls we listen to at certain times
in our life.”
By photographing them, Vessey
hopes to show the objects in a different
light, highlighting their physicality.
Shot on medium- and large-format
film in a tent in his living room, which
doubles up as a studio, the photographs
are blown up to large-scale prints, with
every single scuff, crease and frayed
edge visible. These are not brandnew objects: they have been owned,
perhaps by more than one person, and
used, dropped, loved, damaged.
Rather than comprehensive, strictly
ordered arrangements, much of the
composition is subjective: “I have to sit
with things and work out how it’s going
to be,” Vessey explains. “It’s not about
photographing everything that someone
has, it’s about making it into a readable,
aesthetically pleasing photograph.”
Sometimes the order is chronological,
but at other times it is about colour or
design or typography. Occasionally they
are dictated by Vessey’s own “dyslexic
order” (for example, a photo of David
Bowie vinyl includes his favourite song
Let’s Dance four times).
Despite his passion for memorabilia,
though, Vessey has learned to be
pragmatic. “I collected things, used
to line them up and stack them, but
eventually I had to shift some of them
on.” Apart from his photography
books and some carefully chosen
magazines, he says, “I try and live quite
minimalistically – I think there’s a
healthy amount of ephemera to have
around us. Otherwise you end up
turning into a hoarder.”
markvessey.com
LOVE MAGAZINES
LADYBIRD BOOKS
‘Love is my favourite
fashion magazine. And I
love how it connects with
different cultural icons, like
the Muppets. It doesn’t
seem to take itself too
seriously. I really like how
all the spines work
together. They have a
fantasy issue, costume
drama, an androgyny
issue, the club issue… And,
of course, “love” is a nice
message.’
‘I went to vintage fairs and
flea markets to get these;
I bought a lot of them in
Snooper’s Paradise in
Brighton. I wanted to have
a mixture of childhood
classics and bedtime
stories, and I put together
my favourite pieces that I
remember from when I
was younger. I love the
books on the kings and
queens of England.’
JAMES BOND BOOKS
‘This is the collection of a
friend of mine, David
Coxon. I was talking to him
about how I was looking at
Bond as a subject, and he
said, “Oh, I’ve got all of the
original pressings”, and
lent me them to
photograph. I tried
photographing them
outside of their boxes, but I
think they work really well
in their box.’
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‘A friend of mine, Jo, who
lives in Brighton, has been
asking me to photograph
her collection for a while.
She brought them round,
and I sat with them to
make that spectrum of
colour. I love the textures
and the print on the spines.
You can kind of get lost in
them: they’re so well put
together, and there’s so
much information in them.
I like that nostalgic feeling
they give.’
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Anna Soubry,
who has been MP
for Broxtowe in
Nottinghamshire
since 2010.
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POLITICS
Who’d be a
Brexit rebel?
Anna Soubry was one of 15 Tories opposed to the EU withdrawal bill who the
Daily Telegraph labelled ‘mutineers’ on its front page. She received death threats
as a result. Here the MP talks about how the episode has affected her emotionally
and politically, and spells out her grave fears for both her party and the nation
BY RACHEL COOKE
PORTRAIT BY ANTONIO OLMOS
W
hen I interviewed
the Conservative
MP Nicky
Morgan last
March, I
described her
teasingly as a Remain tugboat to Anna
Soubry’s galleon under full sail. But
perhaps things have moved on since
then. The atmosphere around Brexit
having grown ever more febrile and
nasty, Soubry herself has a different
analogy. “We’ve become good friends,”
she says of her fellow Tory rebel.
“We’re [like] Thelma and Louise’s
mothers.” There follows a brief but
uncharacteristic pause. And then:
“I’m Louise’s mother, obviously.”
Should you need a reminder, in Ridley
Scott’s film, Thelma Dickinson and
Louise Sawyer are best friends who
escape their dreary Arkansas lives by
embarking on a road trip, during which
the older of the two, Louise (played by
Susan Sarandon), shoots dead a man
who tries to rape her pal. After this,
they go on the run; a pair of doomed
outlaws for whom most, if not all,
of the audience roots right until the
movie’s very end.
When Soubry and I meet, it’s almost
a week since the Daily Telegraph used
its front page to dub Tory critics of
the EU withdrawal bill “mutineers”
(the 15 Conservatives in question, all
of whom were pictured beneath the
headline, had indicated they would be
voting against the government’s efforts
to fix the date of Brexit for 29 March
2019); the previous day, as she talked
on Radio 4 about the death threats
she had received as a consequence,
she sounded to me like her usual self,
which is to say only mildly cross. In
person, though, it’s clear that her
equilibrium is not yet quite restored. “I
was wobbled,” she says, hands wrapped
tightly around a paper cup. “I’m not
going to pretend that I wasn’t. When
Sean [her parliamentary assistant]
first collated them, I thought, blimey,
that’s bad. But it was only on Friday,
back in my constituency, that I began
to feel uneasy. In the constituency, you
often tell people where you are, what
church bazaar you’re looking forward
to opening. As a Conservative, I’ve
had abuse for a very long time. The
difference with this is that there is a
direct causal link between the way
the Telegraph described us and the
threats, abuse and Facebook postings
that followed.”
What concerns her now is the
deafening silence emanating from her
own side on this matter. “The party
has got to call this out. But yet again,
I feel it will be weak. They will not
take the sort of robust action they
need to. My whip said, ‘Sorry to hear
about this’, but there’ll be no further
interest because at least one of them
[those attacking her] is a Conservative
himself: Tom Borwick [leading light
of Vote Leave, the son of the former
Conservative MP for Kensington
Victoria Borwick, and one of those
encouraging people on social media
to tell their MPs face to face what
they make of their so-called attempts
to thwart Brexit]. He hasn’t issued
death threats, but by calling us antidemocratic, he is stoking and fuelling
the fire. There’s something about
these hard Brexiters: it’s fascinating,
actually. Look at the language some
of them use. It’s not enough that you
accept the result [of the referendum];
it’s not enough that you voted to trigger
article 50. Now it’s, ‘Yeah, yeah, but
do you believe?’ It’s like the counterrevolutionary forces of Chairman
Mao or Joe Stalin. It’s not enough
that you went against everything you
ever believed in; you have to sign up in
blood. It’s like Orwell’s thought police
and the reign of terror combined.”
Who, she asks, are the mutineers
of which the Daily Telegraph speaks?
“Sir Oliver Heald QC, former solicitor
general and bastion of the Conservative
establishment? Dominic Grieve, the
former attorney general? I mean, come
on! Ken [Clarke] made an important
point, which is that having supported
Conservative policy on European
policy for 15 years, he now finds
himself a rebel. I am the epitome of
someone who is not a professional
politician, who came into this after
two previous careers [before her
election to represent Broxtowe in
Nottinghamshire in 2010, Soubry, 60,
was a journalist and a barrister] with
no ambition other than to represent
my constituency. I was very happy
to support David Cameron loyally. I
was behind his attempts to make us
electable and, indeed, I was elected as a
result of the changes he brought about.
I agreed with everything that was
being done and then this… disaster took
place.” She runs her hands through
her hair. “It is one unholy mess, this
country’s politics.”
Theresa May’s government is,
she believes, in thrall to just 35 hard
Brexiters, a situation she regards as
preposterous given that the majority in
the chamber now agree the only thing
that matters is getting the best deal for
Britain. “The government was,” she
says, “foolish to make this some sort
of test of people’s Brexit credentials
by going back on what they had said
and suddenly deciding to put the date
of our withdrawal on the front of the
withdrawal bill, a decision that, as any
lawyer will tell you, is just plain stupid
[because it allows for no flexibility
in negotiations]. Our concerns about
this are technical, not political, which
is why, for it to be stoked up in such
a manner, you wonder what on earth
is really going on. Why are these
Brexiters behaving like this?” What’s
the answer to this question? “They are
really, really worried about not getting
their hard Brexit and so they have
made it a test of their strength and of
Theresa May’s strength, too.”
The wing of the party that found
succour under Thatcher (when, as
a one-nation Tory, Soubry left the
Conservatives) and which went on
to destroy John Major is now in the
driving seat: “And if it doesn’t stop, if
the prime minister doesn’t do what
‘My God. History will
condemn this period.
It will condemn those
who haven’t stood
up and tried to stop
all this nonsense’
she’s perfectly capable of doing, which
is to try and unite people as opposed to
fuel further division, our party is going
to be destroyed.”
Will the government cave in as far
as putting the date on the bill goes?
(Although it has not yet lost a vote on
the withdrawal bill, this could be one
point on which it is vulnerable.) “It
would be very good if it did,” she says,
quietly. However, in truth, she has no
idea what the government will do next,
just as she has no idea if, or when, it
will lose a vote during the eight days
devoted to the bill’s committee stage.
“We don’t know what amendments
will be selected for votes and we don’t
know how Labour will vote either.
I mean, there’s Dennis Skinner and
that other guy [John Mann], who are
hardline Brexiters. And Jeremy Corbyn
is a proper Brexiter, an old-school
Bennite who sees the EU as a capitalist
conspiracy; he won’t deliver anything
other than Brexit, believe me.” How
worried are the whips? She shoots me
an exasperated look. “They’re going
to have a real problem on amendment
7 [proposed by Dominic Grieve, this
would give MPs the final say on any
deal with the EU]. But this idea that
losing a vote will bring down the
government! It’s absolute baloney.
That’s just another falsehood that has
been put around and I can’t tell you
how furious it makes me.”
We’re sitting in the anteroom to
Soubry’s Commons office, mere inches
from the desks of her two aides, Sean
and Emily. “Sean,” she says (Soubry,
who is from Worksop originally,
sounds much more Notts in person
than she does on the radio), “have you
got that email? The one that came from
a Croydon council address?” Sean duly
locates the email and, soon afterwards,
so does she, on her mobile phone. “I’m
going to read it out because you’ll enjoy
it. It says, ‘I simply cannot understand
why you wish to destroy the elected
government from within with regards
to your personal Brexit agenda.’” She
looks up again. “Someone is stirring
this, aren’t they? Of course I don’t want
to bring down the government – and
voting against a mere amendment
will not bring down the fucking
government. I find this bizarre. There
are people in the government who have
tabled amendments. The whole party
has taken leave of its senses.”
All the same, does she believe
Theresa May can lead the
Conservatives into the next election?
“I don’t know.” What about the Brexit
secretary, David Davis? Reports last
weekend suggested that he was close
to resigning, following the “secret”
letter Boris Johnson and Michael
Gove sent to Theresa May (among
other things, they worried that
certain areas of government were not
adequately prepared for a “no-deal”
situation). “That would not surprise
me in the slightest. I should think
he feels undermined. He’s trying to
deliver the impossible and he sees
others on manoeuvres and that is not
acceptable.” What about the divorce
bill? When, and by how much, will
the UK’s offer be improved? She can’t
answer this either. “Though we are
going to have to sort this out. Because
we must make progress on these talks.”
She sniffs. “Another thing people
seem not to have appreciated is that
the government does not even have a
policy on the transition arrangement.
The other weekend, I felt clearly that
David [Davis] had said that during the
transition we would come out of the
European court of human justice. But
by Thursday, he was saying: we will be
in it, but as the period goes along we
will transition out of it as we transition.
How the hell is the EU meant to
conduct any form of discussion with us
in these circumstances?”
She believes the issue of the Irish
border should have been debated
before article 50 was even triggered. It
amazes her, too, that there has never
been a real debate in parliament about
either the single market or the customs
union. “So here we are, nine months
from triggering article 50, and 17 from
the referendum, and we still do not
know what we even want by way of
a transition. No deal becomes more
and more of a profound reality. And
the electorate was told a deal would
be easy, that it would take about a day
and a half!” Her voice is thunderous
now. “My God. History will condemn
this period. It will condemn those
who’ve sat back and kept their view to
themselves, who haven’t stood up and
tried to stop all this nonsense.”
On and on she goes: there are so
many things to rage over – although
her bellicosity is, like Ken Clarke’s,
rarely anything less than winning –
and perhaps it makes her feel a little
better to have me listening to her for a
while, my attention undivided. Finally,
though, I do change the subject,
wondering if all this has already kicked
the issue of sexual harassment, and the
lack of adequate procedures to deal
with it in Westminster, into the long
grass. “I completely agree that it does
feel almost like it didn’t happen,” she
says, of the series of events that began
with the resignation of the defence
secretary, Michael Fallon. “But, no.
There is a group of people, among them
the magnificent Jess Phillips, who
will not let that happen. We are very
worried. I am worried in particular
that the Labour party want to keep
everything within the party. This is
beyond party. This is about workers
and everyone having the same rights
as workers in any other place. We need
the right sanctions and everyone needs
to sign up to it.”
As she says this, it strikes
me suddenly that in different
circumstances – by which I mean,
I suppose, had Labour not moved
so far to the left – it wouldn’t be too
difficult to picture Soubry crossing
the floor of the House of Commons.
As things stand, however, she is stuck:
her talent and her ambition have
nowhere to go. All she can do is deploy
her considerable determination and,
to go back to where we began, to take
heart from the fact that many people
will be rooting for her right until,
Brexit-wise, the final credits roll.
“We are leaving the EU,” she says. “I
accept that. But I made a decision I
was never again going to vote against
my conscience and that stands. I am
simply not prepared to stand back and
watch my country fall off a cliff edge.
If that means voting against my party,
so be it.”
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REPORTAGE
As extreme drought and floods ruin
previously fertile land, farmers feel
forced to marry off their daughters to
stave off poverty. In Mozambique and
Malawi, a generation of child brides is
paying the price of climate change
WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHS
BY GETHIN CHAMBERLAIN
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I
t was the flood that ensured that
Ntonya Sande’s first year as a
teenager would also be the first
year of her married life. Up to the
moment the water swept away
her parents’ field in Kachaso in
the Nsanje district of Malawi, they
had been scraping a living. Afterwards
they were reduced to scavenging for
bits of firewood to sell.
So when a young man came to their
door and asked for the 13-year old’s
hand in marriage, the couple didn’t
think about it for too long, lest he
look elsewhere. Ntonya begged them
to change their minds. She was too
young, she pleaded. She didn’t want
to leave. But it was to no avail. Her
parents sat her down and spelled it
out for her: the weather had changed
and taken everything from them.
There was not enough food to go
around. They couldn’t afford another
mouth at the table.
That night she lay down in bed for
the first time with the man she had
never seen before and followed the
instructions of her aunt, who had
coached her on the important matter of
sex. Ten months later, she gave birth to
their first daughter.
Everyone has their own idea of
what climate change looks like.
For some, it’s the walrus struggling
to find space on melting ice floes
on Blue Planet II. For others, it’s
an apocalyptic vision of cities
disappearing beneath the waves. But
for more and more girls across Africa,
the most palpable manifestation of
climate change is the baby in their
arms as they sit watching their friends
walk to school. The Brides of the
Sun reporting project, funded by the
European Journalism Centre, set
out to try to assess the scale of what
many experts are warning is a real
and growing crisis: the emergence of
a generation of child brides as a direct
result of a changing climate.
And time and again, in villages from
the south of Malawi to the east coast
of Mozambique, the child brides and
their parents told an increasingly
familiar story. In recent years they had
noticed the temperatures rising, the
rains becoming less predictable and
coming later and sometimes flooding
where there had not been flooding
before. Families that would once have
been able to afford to feed and educate
several children reported that they
now faced an impossible situation.
None of the villages had any way of
recording the changes scientifically,
or indeed felt any urge to do so. All
they knew was that the weather had
changed and that where they used
to be able to pay for their girls to go
through school now they couldn’t. And
the only solution was for one or more
daughters to get married.
Sometimes it was the parents who
made the decision. For the good of the
rest of the family, a daughter had to be
sacrificed. She would be taken out of
school and found a husband, one less
mouth to feed. Sometimes it was the
girl herself who made the decision and
forced it upon her parents. Unhappy,
hungry, she hoped that a husband
might be the answer.
C
arlina Nortino sits with her
husband, Horacio, in the dry
sand that is all that is left of the
river that once flowed past the
village of Nataka in the Larde district
of Nampula province, on the east coast
of Mozambique. From the ground,
there is nothing to see of the river. But
a drone camera sent up to hover above
reveals the ghost of the river, a darker
line of green growth winding its way
across the plain.
Carlina is 15, Horacio 16. They
married when she was 13, two years
after the river disappeared, she says.
“I remember when I saw people
here fishing. I used to sell the fish, I
took it from the fishermen and went
to sell it to the village. There was
water everywhere. I remember seeing
Horacio with the other fishermen. But
without rain, the fish died.”
Her family used to harvest as many
as 20 50kg bags of cassava. Today it is
down to one or two bags. She blames
the lack of rain.
Horacio looks across to where the
river once ran. “I can’t fish any more
because the fish don’t have water any
more. The water disappeared. Now I
do agriculture. Before, the rain started
in September and came regularly until
March. Now the rain only comes in
January and February and that’s it.”
Carlina had dreamed of becoming
a midwife: school was the most
important part of her life. “It was never
my desire to get married at that young
age. I wanted to go to school. But I
was forced to by my father. The family
didn’t have enough food to survive.
So my father accepted the proposal
because he couldn’t support me to go
to school.”
She give birth to their first child,
a boy, earlier this year. There were
problems from the start. The family
could not afford to go to a hospital with
an incubator and the child died. “I am
sure that if my father and my husband
weren’t that poor, my son would be
alive,” she says.
It wasn’t his choice to marry her off,
says her father, Carlitos Camilo. The
49-year-old used to support his family
through fishing and farming. Then
the weather changed and there was
no more fish. “If I was able to feed my
children, I wouldn’t have pushed her
to get married so young. Look at my
other daughters, they grew up, they
went to school, they got married at a
normal age.”
In 2015 the United Nations
Population Fund estimated that
13.5 million children would marry
under the age of 18 in that year alone
– 37,000 child marriages every day –
including 4.4 million married before
they were 15. Across the whole of
Africa, Unicef warned in 2015 that
the total number of child brides could
more than double to 310 million by
2050 if current trends continue.
There are many reasons for children
marrying young. In some societies,
it is regarded as simply practical;
when children reach puberty, sexual
behaviour starts to carry with it the
risk of pregnancy. Elsewhere, poverty
is the driver: when parents cannot
afford to feed several children, it tends
to be the girls who have to go.
But set against that is a growing
awareness of the issue and a stated
desire by governments to tackle it.
Malawi made it illegal to marry below
the age of 18 in 2015 and wrote it into
its constitution this year. The rate of
child marriage should be falling. Yet it
persists. In Mozambique the number of
child brides is actually rising as a result
of the growing population. Something
else has entered the equation.
The new factor is climate change,
says Mac Bain Mkandawire, executive
director of Youth Net and Counselling,
which campaigns for the rights of
women and children from its base in
Zomba, Malawi.
“We do not have detailed figures,
▲ Child brides in the
village of Nataka on
the east coast of
Mozambique, left
to right: Carlina
Nortino, 15, Muacheia
Amade, 14, Lucia
Eusebio, 15, and
Fatima Amisse, 14.
Little girls fetch
water in Kachaso
village, Nsanje
district, Malawi.
Extreme poverty in
the region may
compel them to
marry before they’re
ready.
‘Around 1.5 million
girls in Malawi are
at risk of getting
married because of
climate change. That’s
a huge number’
but I would say 30% to 40% of child
marriages in Malawi are due to the
floods and droughts caused by climate
change,” he says. There are no detailed
figures, he explains, because no one has
previously thought to connect the two
issues and to ask the right questions.
“Given that there are about 4 or
5 million girls at risk of getting married
in Malawi, around 1.5 million girls are
at risk of getting married because of
climate change related events. That is a
huge number.”
The published figures may
underestimate the scale of the problem
because many marriages are informal
affairs, not officially recorded. Often
they are simply an agreement between
two families, or if there are no parents
then between the boy and the girl
themselves. Sometimes a small dowry
is paid by the husband or his family.
That’s how it was for Filomena
Antonio. She was 15 when 21-year-old
Momande Churute approached her
father, Antonio, and offered him 2,000
Mozambican meticals (£25) to marry
his daughter.
Antonio Momade Jamal is 50. He has
lived in Moma in Nampula province, all
his life. He started fishing in 1985 when
it was still a profitable business. Back
then, buyers used to come from the city
of Nampula to compete for the catch.
Then the weather started to change.
“We see that it’s too hot. We talk
about that and we all agree that it’s
difficult to catch enough fish because
of these high temperatures,” he says.
“In the areas where we used to go, the
sea level is rising and the waves are
much stronger.”
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Majuma Julio, 17,
with her daughter,
Fatima, in Moma,
Mozambique. She
dropped out of
school to get
married when she
was 15. ‘I don’t
blame anyone,’ she
says. ‘The weather
just changed.’
Fatima Mussa, 16
and nine months
pregnant, married
at 15 because her
father could not
afford to keep her.
Drought impelled
Lucy Anusa, now
15, to marry at 14.
She had a baby
daughter this year
but her husband
abandoned her and
she has returned to
live with her family
near Lake Malawi.
▼ The course of
the dried-up
river where
villagers used to
fish in Nataka,
Mozambique, is still
visible from the air.
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He thought Filomena too young to
marry but he felt he had little choice
and when Momande offered to support
her to stay in school, he agreed. He says
he is not the only one.
“I’ve seen other neighbours who,
because they are struggling, let their
daughters get married. I have five other
kids who go to secondary school. I have
two other daughters, one of 13, another
of 11. If a man came to ask for their hand,
I would think about it, I would consider
it. This man could help me support
not only my daughter, but also help my
other kids continue their education.”
Filomena sits next to him, listening.
She appears to have accepted her fate as
long as it means she can go off to study
in the city. She wants to be a nurse.
“We met here in the neighbourhood
and he asked me to be with him,” she
says, indicating Momande. “I liked
him. I thought he was a beautiful man.”
She told him he had to ask her father’s
permission. “My father accepted
because he had poor conditions, so he
believed that my husband could support
me to go to school. I accepted because
my father allowed me to. Since my father
is poor, I thought I would get married
so that my husband would help me. I
believe that if my father had kept doing
well with the fishing, he wouldn’t have
accepted the proposal because then he
could afford my education, the school
fees, my books.”
Mozambique is one of the world’s
poorest countries, with almost 70%
of its 28 million people living below
the poverty line. It is particularly
vulnerable to climate change:
the Netherlands Commission for
Environmental Assessment warns
that “climate-related hazards such
as droughts, floods and cyclones are
occurring with increasing frequency”.
The legal age of marriage is 18
(16 with parental consent) but still
Mozambique has one of the highest
18
rates of child marriage in the world,
with nearly one in two girls married
by the age of 18 and one in seven
by 15. The highest rates of child
marriage are found in the northern
provinces, including Nampula,
which also has the highest number of
adolescent pregnancies.
Fatima Mussa is 16, and nine months
pregnant. She hadn’t really wanted
to get married. On the other hand,
her father could no longer afford to
keep her. She married 18-year-old
Priorino Antonio last year when she
was 15 after he approached her father
in the village of Nataka, in Nampula
province, and offered him 2,000
meticals. There was no ceremony.
“My father said ‘I would have never
considered allowing my daughter
to marry now, because she is young.
But she will marry because I don’t
have enough money to send her to
secondary school.’ I didn’t want to
get married at such a young age, but I
didn’t know what to do, since I couldn’t
go to school. So I saw an opportunity
to marry someone who could maybe
improve my life a little bit.”
A
cross the border in Malawi,
nearly half the country’s girls
are married by the age of 18
and nearly one in 10 by age 15,
leaving Malawi ranked by Unicef as
the 11th worst country in the world
for child marriage. The legal age of
marriage was raised to 18 in 2015 but
there have been no reports of any
prosecutions.
Poverty is the key factor,
increasingly driven by climate change.
The International Monetary Fund says
that 70% of the 19 million population
live below the poverty line, and 25%
live in extreme poverty: “Considering
that a significant number of the
non-poor in rural areas are highly
vulnerable to weather shocks, the
poverty rate is – if anything – expected
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‘The crops get washed
away by floods. I don’t
want more children
because we struggle
to take care of the
one I have now’
to increase due to the impact of recent
floods and drought.”
For Lucy Anusa, it was the drought
of 2016 that tipped her over the edge.
She was 14, the youngest of three
sisters living with their farmer parents
in Namalaka, near the southern end of
Lake Malawi, when the drought laid
waste to their crops.
“I met this man who proposed to
get married. I had to accept despite
the fact that my parents kept telling
me good things about education. But
I opted for marriage given the way
things were at home.”
Her parents were unhappy, but
she was too stubborn. Only when she
became pregnant and the husband
turned her out of their home did she
start to regret her decision.
Now 15, she gave birth to their
daughter earlier this year. “My mother
had to welcome me back. But she kept
reminding me: ‘My daughter, I told
you about this. You are too young for
marriage. You have a lot of challenges
when you go into marriage so young.’”
The changes in the weather are
wrong-footing farmers, says Amos
Mtonya from Malawi’s department
of climate change and meteorological
services. “When it starts to rain, they
immediately start planting. But then,
three weeks later, they realise that
everything they planted is dry,” he
says. “So to some, giving away their
girl child can be a relief. It can also
help the husband’s family, since
it gets someone to assist with the
household chores. Of course tradition
plays its role, but climate change will
encourage people to get married early.”
The government’s own report on
the 2015 floods listed child marriage as
one of the side effects, a view shared
by the anti-child marriage campaign
group Girls Not Brides. “If we don’t
act now we risk another generation
of childhoods being lost,” says its
executive director Lakshmi Sundaram.
Maliya Mapira dropped out of school
because a teacher got her pregnant.
She was 15 at the time. Her parents are
tobacco farmers and the worsening
harvests meant they were living hand
to mouth. When they discovered who
the father was, they wanted Maliya
to marry him. “But along the way the
teacher was unable to support me, not
even the baby. If my parents could have
supported me, I would have preferred
to continue with education rather than
get married. But I didn’t want to put
pressure on them. So I just decided to
get married to this man to survive.”
But marriage has changed little for
her. She and tobacco farmer Maliki
Hestone, trying to raise her sixmonth-old son, Bashiru Akim, face
the same problems her parents failed
to overcome. “Sometimes, because
of the floods, the crops get washed
away. At the end of the day, we get
very little harvest from it,” she says.
“I don’t want to have more children
because we are struggling taking care
of the one I have. It would just make
things more difficult.”
F
ive hundred miles away, in the
courtyard of a house on the edge
of Moma, Majuma Julio is stirring
a pot of maize, preparing lunch
for husband, Juma Momade, who
is holding their year-old daughter,
Fatima, on his lap.
The couple married two years ago
when Majuma was 15 and Juma was 19.
It’s not what she wanted, Majuma says.
But she was staying with an uncle, a
farmer, who was paying to support her
through school. The weather changed
and there was no more money;
marriage was the only solution.
“It was because of the sun. There
was too much sun and the rain was
not falling enough. His production
started to decrease three years before
the marriage,” says Majuma. “It used
to rain for two months, but after a
while it started coming less and less.
I don’t blame anyone. The weather
just changed. My uncle called me and
informed me that there was a man
who wanted to marry me. I accepted. I
didn’t like the idea but I just accepted
because I wanted to study.”
Majuma knew that marriage would
mean children. But Juma had promised
to support her. “Juma and the imam
came to my uncle’s house, they did the
ceremony and we were married. I am
all right now. I feel better than when
I was in my uncle’s house because my
husband treats me well, I keep going to
school, there’s no problem.
“I won’t let my daughter get married
at 15 years old. She has to study.”
Up the coast from Moma,
administrator Brigi Rupio looks out
across the wide blue expanse of the
Larde river. “When I arrived here in
2014, there was a house right next to
the river,” he says, pointing to where
the bank is being undercut by the
current. “But in 2015, there were
severe floods that destroyed houses
and increased the level of the river.
Then there was drought. We had
areas where we used to produce rice.
But because of the dry spells, it’s not
possible any more. The weather is
changing. Even those who cannot read
or write can notice that.”
The young girls taken out of school
to marry early can attest to that.
For more information, go to
facebook.com/BridesOfTheSun and
girlsnotbrides.org
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STSS-1 and Two
Undentified Spacecraft
over Carson City (Space
Tracking and Surveillance
System, USA 205), 2010.
Part of Trevor Paglen’s
project The Other Night
Sky, in which he used
long exposures to record
the transit of satellites
and space debris.
Courtesy of Trevor Paglen
HIDDEN LANDSCAPES OF THE MODERN WORLD
In this age of mass surveillance, military drones and data harvesting,
Trevor Paglen’s art provides a map of the world’s forbidden places.
Tim Adams joins him through the looking glass
T
revor Paglen describes himself
as a landscape artist, but he
is no John Constable. The
landscapes Paglen frames
extend to the bottom of the
ocean and beyond the blurred
edges of the Earth’s atmosphere.
For the last two decades, the artist, a
cheerful and fervent man of 43, has
been on a mission to photograph the
unseen political geography of our
times. His art tries to capture places
that are not on any map – the secret air
bases and offshore prisons from which
the war on terror has been fought – as
well as the networks of data collection
and surveillance that now shape our
democracies, the cables, spy satellites
and artificial intelligences of the
digital world.
There is little abstract about this
effort. Paglen has spent a good deal
of his artistic career camped out in
deserts with only suspicious drones for
company, his special astro-telescopic
lenses trained on the heavens or distant
military bases. (“For me, seeing the
drone in the 21st century is a little
bit like Turner seeing the train in the
19th century.”) He trained as a scuba
diver to get 100ft beneath the waves
in search of the cables carrying all
of human knowledge. He recognises
few limits to his art. In April, he will
launch his own satellite and, with it,
the world’s first “space sculpture”, a
manmade star that should be visible
from most places on the Earth for a few
months, “as bright as one of the stars in
the Big Dipper”.
I meet Paglen in Berlin, in a prewar
studio apartment, which is his current
home and the centre of his operations.
We sit in a high-ceilinged room
among banks of computer screens and
bookcases of art monographs. Two
of his assistants, Daniel and Eric, are
at work on an artificial intelligence
project. Paglen is mostly either here
directing that and five other projects
with them, or “on airplanes trying
to figure out how to pay the rent”.
In the week that we meet, that latter
process has become a little easier
as he is named one of this year’s
recipients of the MacArthur “genius
grant”, with its stipend of $625,000
(£470,000) over five years.
Paglen likes to joke that the airy
apartment itself is probably one of the
“most surveilled” spaces in western
Europe. It was formerly home to the
documentary-maker Laura Poitras,
Paglen’s friend, who was instrumental
in helping CIA whistleblower
Edward Snowden go public about the
staggering level of state-sponsored
monitoring. Paglen’s footage of
National Security Agency bases was
included in Citizenfour, Poitras’s
Academy award-winning documentary
about Snowden. In some senses, being
watched goes with the territory. The
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‘We are in a
political age
where reason
has gone out
the door’
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apartment is also a couple of hundred
yards from the archives of the old
East German Stasi: millions of pages
of paper records that until recently
would have represented the most
comprehensive data collection in
human history, before Facebook and
Google, the NSA and the rest upped
the ante.
Sitting on the edge of his seat,
Paglen talks slightly reluctantly
about his journey here. He is by turns
animated and wary, excited by his
projects but careful not to make them
seem anything more than they are. “I
am not a journalist or an academic,”
he says, “I don’t feel it incumbent on
me to make sense of everything. What
I am saying is, ‘This is an image of
something in our world’. You might
think you know what it is, but I am
going to tell you something different…”
He resists autobiographical
interpretations of his work, though
you can’t help but feel that a
psychologist might at least see them
as worthy of mention. Paglen was
born at Andrews air force base, in
Maryland, where his father was an
ophthalmologist. As a boy, he lived on
bases in Texas and California, before
his family settled when he was 12 at
the US army airfield in Wiesbaden,
Germany, where he stayed with his
father until university after his parents
separated. His first experience of
the ways in which politics can shape
geography was in this divided country;
he had not long started school here
when the Wall came down.
Paglen’s academic career, too, looks
in retrospect like a perfect primer
for his artistic practice. He studied
the philosophy of religion, then fine
art, then did a Phd in geography
(“looking at the ways humans shape
the surface of the Earth and how that
in turn shapes us”). He also drifted a
little, played unhinged bass in a punk
band called Noisegate, and was into
Californian surf culture.
NSA/GCHQ
Surveillance
Base, Bude,
Cornwall, UK,
2014. Paglen
uses highpowered optics
to capture
classified miliary
and surveillance
bases. The
cable that runs
beneath Bude
beach contains
the world’s data.
P
aglen first became interested in
hidden places while studying
at Berkeley with a project he
did on the architecture of the
American prison system, during the
years in which mass incarceration
became America’s unspoken political
philosophy (“a form of revenge against
the civil rights movement,” he says
now). He photographed the enormous
prisons out in the Californian desert
and came to think of them as places
that were both inside and outside
American society. After 9/11, when it
‘I’m not a
huge fan
of heights
– which
sounds
strange
for an
astronaut’
Tim Peake,
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I Know
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became clear that the US was setting
up secret prisons around the world,
the most visible symbol of which was
Guantánamo Bay, he started to see a
resonance between his project and the
war on terror.
That set him thinking about the
history of secret places. In 2003, he
made the first of many camping trips
to the blueprint of all these off-grid
locations, Area 51, the highly classified
air force base in Nevada, pitching up
on snow-topped Tikaboo Peak to see
what he could see. That started him
on his artistic odyssey into the world
of “rendition and drones and extrajudicial spaces”.
“I think a lot of that work was
animated by a kind of anger,” he says.
“But also by curiosity – what did these
places look like?” When the Snowden
files were released, he homed in on
the fact that “nearly all the documents
were about infrastructure – and they
gave addresses”. He did a lot of work
pinpointing the key underground and
undersea junctions of cabling, where
much of the listening took place, and
photographing them. “Just trying to
learn how to see the landscape of the
internet as it were,” he says.
How often does his quest for this
language brings him up against the
authorities?
“Well, every time,” he says, with
a laugh. “The military is quite
predictable in a way though. What I am
more wary of in the desert is coming
across crazy people doing drugs or
whatever. Those encounters are often
the most disconcerting.”
In some ways, I suggest, it as if he
is engaged on a postmodern “right
to roam” protest, making a physical
argument against official secrecy. What
have been the personal highlights?
“I think the first time I worked
out how to predict where a certain
surveillance satellite would be and
then went out and looked and it
showed up,” he says – his ethereal
photographs of the sky are traced with
tell-tale dots and lines. He also recalls
learning to see lethal Reaper drones
in the Nevada desert air. They would
watch him watching them. “It was one
of those situations where you realise
that if this was anywhere else in the
world, that would probably be the last
thing I would see,” he says.
His pictures, often shot at distances
‘We have incredibly
predatory institutions
being created, whether
it’s white supremacy
or it’s Facebook’
Trevor Paglen (below): ‘You might think
you know what it is, but I am going to tell
you something different.’
of many miles, are snapshots of the
known unknowns of our world. As he
explains his practice to me over the
course of an afternoon, he runs through
a dizzying sequence of illustrative
images on his desktop computer. It is
a slideshow punctuated by my asking:
“What’s that?” and him patiently
explaining what we can see: a speck
of a drone on the face of the sun; the
white domes of the largest NSA station
outside the US – at Menwith Hill
near Harrogate; the beach at Bude in
Cornwall under which a cable carrying
the world’s data makes landfall.
Paglen’s most recent work is
another departure into that digital
landscape, this time into the terra
incognita of artificial intelligence.
He is developing a program that can
take, say, the algorithm that controls a
laser-guided missile or a self-driving
car and recreate what it “sees” of the
world. Or he has deconstructed the
Facebook intelligence that seeks to
scan our uploaded photos for evidence
of what we wear and what we buy (to
sell to advertisers) and repurposed
it as an intelligence that only looks
at photographs in terms of objects
important to Freudian psychoanalysis
or late-stage capitalism.
He sees this in some ways as a
new way of looking, one entirely
Bahamas Internet
Cable System
(BICS-1) NSA/GCHQTapped Undersea
Cable Atlantic Ocean,
2015. Paglen learned
to scuba dive in order
to trace the internet
cables that carry
vast amounts of data
across the world’s
ocean floors.
THE SCIENCE
OF…
sadfvs
HUMOUR
CUPID JOKE
Humour is an
important part
of romantic
attraction,
according to
a University
of Kansas
study, which
found that
the more two
people laugh
together, the
more likely it
is that they will
be interested
in dating.
REAL
FAKE
appropriate to the times. “We live in
a political moment where it seems
reason has gone out the door,” he says.
“And at the same time we have these
incredibly predatory institutions being
created, whether it is white supremacy
on one hand or Facebook on the other.
It is kind of a surrealist moment.
Everything is like Magritte’s Ceci n’est
pas une pipe. Nothing is what it seems.”
In some ways, there is a kinship in
Paglen’s work to the paranoid surfaces
of Adam Curtis’s documentaries, or
perhaps Don DeLillo’s fiction, but
he is also at pains to imagine how an
alternative world might look.
A recent installation, Autonomy
Cube, saw him demonstrate an internet
with “the opposite business model”,
one that would still give you access to
all the world’s information, but would
preserve anonymity and not collect
your data. He is also looking at ways
in which art might take that utopian
principle into space.
In this sense, the forthcoming
satellite project, what he calls
the Orbital Reflector, is a kind of
antidote to all he photographs. It
will be followed in June by a major
retrospective of Paglen’s work at the
Smithsonian Museum in Washington,
DC. The plan, a decade in the making,
is to launch the first ever satellite “that
has no military value, no scientific
value, no commercial value, only
aesthetic value”. A satellite that is the
opposite of what we have come to
expect. Not something that observes
our every move, but something that
we can gaze up at in old-fashioned
wonder, a little diamond in the sky.
The project is being sponsored,
fittingly, by the Nevada Museum of
Art. The sculpture will piggyback
off a Space X rocket before being
ejected. Once in low orbit, a simple
mechanism is designed to open up
an inflatable Mylar structure, about
100ft long and 6ft high, with highly
reflective planes, which he insists
will be visible to the naked eye as a
twinkle in the night sky.
And what does he want people to
think when, in April, hopefully, they
gaze up at it?
“I just hope people enjoy it,” he says.
“There is no message behind it. Apart
from the idea that maybe there are
sometimes different ways of thinking
about the world.”
▲ Prototype for
a Nonfunctional
Satellite, 2013. Part
of a series exploring
the idea of launching a
decorative sculpture
into the night sky. The
object would remain
in low orbit for several
weeks before burning
up on re-entry.
Photographs
courtesy of
Trevor Paglen
GAG REFLEX
A study at
Royal Holloway,
University
of London,
revealed that
there are clear
differences in
how the brain
responds to
genuine and
fake laughter
and that people
can detect
when a laugh is
forced.
AD ENOUGH
Ads that make
people laugh
do not always
convince
them to buy,
according to a
study by the
University
of Arizona.
Researchers
also found that
if a company
tries to be
funny and
fails, it almost
always hurts
the brand.
THE NETWORKER
John Naughton
The trouble with big data
is the huge energy bill
O
nce upon a time, a very long time
ago – 2009 in fact – there was a
brief but interesting controversy
about the carbon footprint of
a Google search. It was kicked off
by a newspaper story reporting a
“calculation” of mysterious origin
that suggested a single Google search
generated 7 grams of CO2, which is
about half of the carbon footprint of
boiling a kettle. Irked by this, Google
responded with a blogpost saying
that this estimate was much too high.
“In terms of greenhouse gases,” the
company said, “one Google search is
equivalent to about 0.2 grams of CO2.
The current EU standard for tailpipe
[exhaust] emissions calls for 140
grams of CO2 per kilometre driven,
but most cars don’t reach that level
yet. Thus, the average car driven for
one kilometre (0.6 miles for those in
the US) produces as many greenhouse
gases as a thousand Google searches.”
Every service that Google provides
is provided via its huge data centres,
which consume vast amounts of
electricity to power and cool the
servers, and are therefore responsible
for the emission of significant amounts
of CO2. Since the advent of the modern
smartphone in about 2007 our reliance
on distant data centres has become
total, because everything we do on
our phones involves an interaction
with the “cloud” and therefore has a
carbon footprint.
The size of this footprint has been
growing. At the moment, about 7% of
the world’s electricity consumption is
taken by our digital ecosystem but this
is forecast to rise to 12% by 2020 and is
expected to grow annually at about 7%
through to 2030.
The big internet companies are
acutely aware of this. Electricity costs
money and they are fanatical about
reducing costs. And they are desperate
to avoid the PR downsides of being
perceived as energy hogs. So they have
responded to a challenge issued by
the environmental group Greenpeace
some years ago – to commit to
having all of their activities powered
by renewable sources. Facebook,
Apple and Google made this “100%
renewable” commitment four years
ago and have now been joined by
nearly 20 other internet companies.
The trouble is that server farms
and networks account for only 50%
of the electricity consumption of
Server farms such as this one run by
Google in Oklahoma consume large
amounts of electricity – and that amount
is growing every year. Rex Shutterstock
our networked world. The devices
we use consume another 34% and
the industry that manufactures
them takes up the remaining 16%.
Making environmental progress on
these fronts will be much harder. A
desktop PC running eight hours a day,
for example, emits 175kg of CO2 in a
year. So you can imagine the carbon
footprint of a large city office block
that has thousands of desktop PCs
running for the whole of a working
day. Multiply that by all the office
blocks in the centre of London and
you get an idea of the environmental
impact of even the humble PC.
But the most spectacular
illustration of computing’s
environmental cost comes not from
offices but from the current craze for
the cryptocurrency bitcoin. As I write,
one bitcoin is worth $8,129 (£6,108).
In February 2011, it was worth only
a dollar and on its way to its current
precipitous level the price has
seesawed regularly. But it’s clear that
we are now in tulip-mania territory.
How do you get hold of bitcoins?
You can either buy them on public
exchanges or you can earn them
by doing some “bitcoin mining”–
that is, participating in the process
by which bitcoin transactions are
verified and added to the public
ledger (the blockchain) and also the
means through which new bitcoins
are released. Essentially, this means
building and running your own server
farm (you can buy the kit on Amazon)
and, as the price has increased,
more and more people appear to be
doing this.
The consequences are astonishing
but predictable. According to one
estimate, bitcoin mining is now
consuming more electricity than
159 countries, including Ireland,
Bahrain and the Slovak Republic. The
same source reckons that it’s currently
taking as much electricity as would be
required to power 2.7m US households
and that it’s responsible for 0.13%
of global electricity consumption. If
things go on like this, bitcoin mining
will require all of Denmark’s electricity
consumption by about 2020.
So here’s your starter for 10: is
bitcoin a bubble? Answers on the back
of a postage stamp, please.
B E TA T E ST I N G : I N N OVAT I O N S I N S P E C T E D
#75 KURV
GUITAR
KIDOLOGY
Children are
unable to
grasp sarcastic
humour
until a late
stage in their
development,
according to
research by
the University
of Manitoba in
Canada, which
found that
children tend
to be literal
thinkers.
Sarah Hartford
What is it?
A stringless axe that
enables you to indulge
your wildest Eddie Van
Halen fantasies using just
gestures and touch.
Good points
It’s not just for air guitarists
– experienced musicians
can use the Kurv as a
wireless Midi controller and
write songs on the hoof.
Bad points
You can’t smash it to
pieces on a monitor.
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F I L M | T V | R A D I O | P O P | A R T | D A N C E | T H E AT R E | G A M E S
‘Astonishing’: Joyce DiDonato
in the title role of Semiramide
at the Royal Opera House.
Photograph by Bill Cooper
She’s one wicked queen
A majestic Joyce DiDonato leads a stunning performance of rare Rossini, while Nico Muhly makes Marnie sing
Fiona
Maddocks
@FionaMaddocks
Semiramide
Royal Opera House, London WC2;
in rep until 16 Dec
Marnie
Coliseum, London WC2; in rep until 1 Dec
Stimmung & Cosmic Pulses
Barbican, London EC2
An amoral queen with a murdered
husband, a stale lover and an
infatuation with a young man who
turns out to be her son, Semiramide
(1823) is a hot tale. Add to that a ghost,
an oracle, a sacred flame, acres of
coloratura, four hours of music and the
hanging gardens of Babylon – specified
in the plot, though for some reason
the Royal Opera stuck with a floral
curtain – and no one can complain of
moderation.
Rossini’s final Italian tragedy
before his move to Paris was last
seen at Covent Garden in 1887.
Concert performances aside, this
is its first return. David Alden’s
new co-production with Munich,
conducted by Antonio Pappano and
starring the American mezzo-soprano
Joyce DiDonato, injects sap into a
hefty, at times excessive score. The
results are stunning.
The extensive overture sets up the
opera’s strange energy. Jaunty tunes
are cut short by sudden dissonances,
before carrying on smiling as before.
Rossini’s busy string figures, lyrical
woodwind, brass chorales and constant
bright-dark moods need playing of
nimbleness and acuity. A cherished
aspect of this long evening was hearing
the Royal Opera orchestra on such
sensational form. Pappano is masterly
at Rossini, expertly refining dynamics
and tempo, but even he can’t bring it off
without his players responding in kind.
Alden and his designer, Paul
Steinberg (costumes by Buki Schiff,
lighting by Michael Bauer), have
updated ancient Assyria to a modern
Middle Eastern dictatorship. In the
opening Temple of Baal scene, a
monumental figure rises up through
the ceiling – like Damien Hirst’s
massive Demon With Bowl in Venice,
The hanging gardens of
Babylon are specified
in the plot, though
the Royal Opera stuck
with a floral curtain
part man, part god. Detailed imagery
prevails, from flat-turbaned clerics to
Iznik tile design to a gilded straitjacket
worn by the princess Azema (this small
role strikingly taken by Jacquelyn
Stucker). Her shaven head emphasised
the oppressive humiliation to which
Azema, an affianced woman, has
been subjected.
Great divas such as Maria Callas
and Joan Sutherland helped restore
interest in Rossini. DiDonato, in
her prime, is in their formidable
mould. She has an astonishing gift for
singing pianissimo, and she can act.
Instead of being two-dimensional,
her Semiramide is a sentient and
dignified figure (despite still being
pretty unpleasant). Tenor Lawrence
Brownlee as the Indian king Idreno
matched her in high trills, fabulous
ornament and flawless technique.
Daniela Barcellona, rich-toned and
lyrical, was a sensitive, rewarding
Arsace. Michele Pertusi as Assur,
clearly unwell, had to stand down and
was replaced for Act 2 by the expert
and unfazed Mirco Palazzi (singing the
role later in the run). These singers are
world-class.
Until now, Marnie meant Hitchcock
and his 1964 psychological thriller,
or perhaps the Winston Graham
novel on which it was based. Word
association is not confined to language.
The name also triggers Bernard
Herrmann’s turbulent film score.
Nico Muhly’s opera Marnie, to a
niftily demotic libretto by Nicholas
Wright, had its world premiere at the
London Coliseum last week, warmly
ntly conducted by Martyn
and diligently
Brabbins making his debut as ENO
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loving thief Marnie, with bass-baritone
Daniel Okulitch equally outstanding as
Mark, the man who tries, in a creepy
way, to sort her out. We shouldn’t
muddle the opera with current
Weinstein sex-pest territory entirely. It
was Marnie’s mother who first messed
up her daughter’s head. Humans are
the problem.
Lesley Garrett was luxury casting
as the imperious Mrs Rutland. James
Laing, Alasdair Elliott and Eleanor
Dennis were vivid in support. Chorus
– as office workers, hunt riders,
country club guests and funeral
attendees – added terrific singing and
spectacle. There were moments to
enjoy. It’s not radical but it’s made for
singing. Some of its weaknesses can
be remedied before the opera reaches
the Metropolitan, New York. Try it, or
listen on Radio 3 on 9 December.
The week called for an aural loofah.
One was to hand. The anniversary of
the death of Karlheinz Stockhausen
(1928-2007) was marked at the
Barbican, superbly, with another key
date: 40 years since Singcircle – six
vocalists under the directorship
of Gregory Rose – first dispatched
Stimmung, at London’s Roundhouse.
Some 50 performances later, this
was their last. Sitting around what
you might call a Leonardo-type orb
(below), they intoned, whispered,
chirruped, crunched, whistled, uttered
the names of gods, recited erotica and
generally hung out in the mood of
’68, on and around the note B flat, for
75 minutes. Rose deserves a gong –
maybe of the massive Chinese tam-tam
variety favoured by
Stockhausen in his
Mikrophonie I – for
his services to the
German avantgarde guru.
The other
piece was the
late electronic
work Cosmic
Pulses (2007): 24
melodic loops rotating
at 24 different speeds. A
roar of low metallic noises sounded
from eight speakers as if from a
sub-aquatic Wurlitzer. Laser beams,
by the light artist Robert Henke,
cats-cradled above us, tracking the
increasingly complicated multilayered
music. Jellyfish patterns pulsed in
the darkness, part imploding disco,
part next episode of Blue Planet II.
All that was missing was David
Attenborough to explain.
FILM OF THE WEEK
A whole new
ball game
Emma Stone and Steve Carell transport us
back to 1973’s famous tennis showdown
between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs
Mark
Kermode
@KermodeMovie
Battle of the Sexes
(121 mins, 12A) Directed by Valerie Faris,
Jonathan Dayton; starring Emma Stone,
Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough
The stranger-than-fiction story of how
the tennis courts of America became
a gender battlefield in the early 70s
was brilliantly told in James Erskine
and Zara Hayes’s 2013 documentary
The Battle of the Sexes. About 90
million people watched Billie Jean
King take on self-proclaimed male
chauvinist pig Bobby Riggs in
the titular 1973 game, which
was less a tennis match than a
seismic sociological standoff.
This dramatisation revisits
those carnivalesque events
in splendidly springy fashion,
achieving the quadruple grand
slam feat of being emotionally
engaging, politically intriguing,
dramatically gripping and frequently
very funny.
We open in 1972, with the 28-yearold King (Emma Stone) at the top of
her game, feted as the most successful
female tennis player of all time.
Yet despite drawing enthusiastic
audiences, the stars of women’s tennis
command a fraction of what their
male counterparts earn. “The men
are simply more exciting to watch,”
King is told. “Stronger, faster, more
competitive.” So, with the help of
game-changing promoter Gladys
Heldman (Sarah Silverman), they take
control of their destiny, signing up to
the newly established Women’s Tennis
Association for a token dollar bill and
proceeding to reap the benefits.
Meanwhile, fiftysomething
former tennis champ Bobby Riggs
(Steve Carell) is brooding away in
an office, dreaming of getting back
in the spotlight. A habitual gambler,
hustler and showman, Riggs spies an
angle, throwing down the genderbattle gauntlet that is picked up by
curtseying top-ranked Margaret Court,
resulting in the so-called “Mother’s
Day Massacre”.
Against her wishes (“You think I
want to join the Bobby Riggs circus?”),
it’s left to King to fly the flag that
will put women on an equal footing
with men. But her life has become
complicated by her relationship with
hairdresser Marilyn Barnett (Andrea
Riseborough), threatening her
marriage and perhaps her game.
Made by Little Miss Sunshine
directors Valerie Faris and Jonathan
Dayton from a superb screenplay
by Slumdog Millionaire scriptwriter
Simon Beaufoy, this terrifically
entertaining film generates a rally of
responses (tears, cheers, laughter)
as it shifts from poignant LGBT love
story to powerful human drama
against a backdrop of excellently
evoked historical upheaval. Beneath
the cartoonish, grudge-match surface
(“male chauvinist pig versus hairylegged feminist!”), the film-makers
find parallels between their alpha
Emma Stone (Billie Jean King) and
Steve Carell (Bobby Riggs) in Battle of
the Sexes. Twentieth Century Fox
Rivals coping with
parallel conflicts, they
become the yin and
yang of a media circus
beyond their control
antagonists, rivals with conflicting
private lives and public personae who
become the yin and yang of a media
circus beyond their control.
Having trained hard for the role,
Stone captures both the steely resolve
and sturdy presence of King without
losing sight of the warmth, style and
generosity of spirit that made her an
inspirational figure. Cinematographer
Linus Sandgren uses 35mm stock to
transport us back to the 70s, situating
King as a woman of the future, living
in a past that is tangible and textural.
Scenes between King and Barnett are
shot with floating focus and dreamy
backlight, as if the film itself is falling
in love. At times I was reminded of the
powerfully understated intimacy of
Todd Haynes’s Carol.
As for Carell, who disappeared
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Beach Rats
(96 mins, 15) Directed by Eliza Hittman;
starring Harris Dickinson, Madeline Weinstein,
Kate Hodge
Frankie (Harris Dickinson) is adrift.
“I don’t know what I like,” he mumbles.
But perhaps it’s more the fact that he
doesn’t want to – or can’t – admit to
himself that, while he toys with the
idea of a girlfriend and tools around
with his delinquent buddies, he is
drawn, time and again, to gay hook-up
websites in search of older men.
The Brooklyn summer of Eliza
Hittman’s superb second feature is an
endless fairground ride of cheap highs
and long, dragging, wasted moments.
Escape comes in pill form, filched by
Frankie from the stock of prescription
medication intended to take the sharp
edges off his dying father’s pain.
Frankie and his boys bask like lizards,
shirtless and heavy-lidded as they eye
the girls on the beach. Hittman shares
something of Claire Denis’s gift for
finding vulnerability in a chiselled
male body and a kind of bruised poetry
in the tough-guy swagger of these
teenaged kids.
But it’s to Dickinson that the
watchful camera always returns.
British by birth, but utterly persuasive
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in the skin of this Brooklyn-born
lost boy, he is undoubtedly one of
the discoveries of the year. There’s a
wounded beauty to his performance;
he captures the kind of tortured
inarticulacy that speaks volumes.
Frankie’s fumbled attempt to reconcile
his two worlds unfolds with a casual
savagery at Beach Rats’ climax.
Understated throughout, the film
boldly concludes while Frankie is still
processing the fact that his life just
changed for ever.
Suburbicon
(104 mins, 15) Directed by George Clooney;
starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore,
Oscar Isaac
I don’t doubt that George Clooney
meant well. He’s one of the good
guys, after all. But as this film, which
he co-adapted and directed from a
long-abandoned screenplay by the
Coen brothers, demonstrates, he is
out of touch. There’s a vacuum of
extreme privilege inhabited by movie
stars as famous as Clooney. Which is
fine, but it’s not a place from where
you can get a particularly clear view
of American society. And it’s certainly
not the place you want to reside if
you are intending to make a satire
about US race relations, particularly
after Jordan Peele’s Get Out covered
the juxtaposition of black lives
and privileged white suburbia so
effectively.
The backdrop to this film is
Suburbicon, a 1950s model community.
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‘Wounded beauty’: Harris Dickinson as Frankie in Beach Rats. Neon
But there’s something rotten behind
the picket fences of picture-perfect
Americana, a fact that soon becomes
clear when an African American
family move into the street. Unrest in
the town builds until the Mayers are
under siege every night. But here’s
the problem. The plight of the black
family is effectively a subplot. The
focus of the film is on the white family
next door: Gardner Lodge (Matt
Damon), his wife, Margaret, who uses
a wheelchair, and her twin sister, Rose
(both Julianne Moore), and son, Nicky
(Noah Jupe).
The whole spittle-flecked redneck
race riot element of the story is, in
fact, an allegory for what’s going on in
the lives of the white folks. Clooney,
what on earth were you thinking? It’s
a colossal misjudgment, particularly
since the Mayers – pretty much the
only sympathetic characters in the
film – get barely a handful of lines
among them.
Manifesto
(101 mins, 15) Directed by Julian Rosefeldt;
starring Cate Blanchett, Erika Bauer,
Ruby Bustamante
Cate Blanchett slips
into the skins of
13 characters
in this emphatically experimental
project from German artist and
film-maker Julian Rosefeldt. In
the guise of, among others, a news
anchor, a vagrant, a puppeteer
and a schoolteacher, Blanchett
(below) performs sections of artists’
manifestos culled from the likes of
the dadaists, the situationists, Fluxus
and Dogma 95. It’s an intriguing idea,
visually arresting and intellectually
confrontational. It is not without
problems, however. It’s a device which
brings out Blanchett’s more mannered
tendencies, and as such it won’t appeal
to everyone. And for all Blanchett’s
forceful presence, by divorcing the
texts from their original context, the
film effectively neuters the writing
and revolutionary ideas. The project
was initially concieved as a multiscreen art installation. I think I would
have preferred to experience it in that
form, rather than see its ambitions
constrained within a feature film.
Jane
(90 mins, PG) Directed by Brett
Morgen; featuring Jane Goodall
In 1960, a young British
woman with no
scientific background
and no degree was
chosen to undertake a
research mission in
Gombe, Tanzania.
It was a project
that would
radically
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The title of War for the Planet of the
Apes (Fox, 12), however apt in a
change our thinking on primate
behaviour. Jane Goodall combined a
lifelong passion for animals with the
ability to appear breezily unflappable
and impeccably soignée, even when
clambering through the undergrowth
in search of chimpanzees.
This fascinating portrait of the
woman and her work comes from
Oscar-nominated director Brett
Morgen, hitherto best known for
films that explore the ecology of
the entertainment industry (The
Kid Stays in the Picture, Cobain:
Montage of Heck). Morgen had
access to previously unseen film from
the National Geographic archive.
The colour-saturated footage has
a lush, heightened quality that is
complimented by a tumbling score by
Philip Glass. But the film’s main asset is
undoubtedly the magnificent Goodall,
as poised, articulate and engaged
in her 80s as she was in her fearless
20s, living alongside animals who, as
Morgen bluntly points out, could have
ripped her face off.
Brakes
(87 mins, 15) Directed by Mercedes Grower;
starring Julia Davis, Julian Barratt, Noel Fielding
Ragged, unpredictable and
improvisational in feel, Mercedes
Grower’s film is a two-part collage
of London relationships. The twist
is that we get to see part two, the
messy break ups, before the brighter,
more optimistic early days. As with
all multi-stranded movies, Brakes
standout as the silver-streaked
Heldman, who tells her players: “You
do the tennis – I’ll do the smoking.”
Natalie Morales works wonders
as Rosie Casals, who winds up in a
toe-curling commentator clinch with
Howard Cosell, while Alan Cumming
sports a high-camp, panto-posh accent
(“something’s orrfff”) as designer Ted
Tinling, who proudly proclaims: “I give
you, for the first time in the history of
tennis… colour!”
A typically responsive score by
Nicholas Britell juxtaposes the
driving force of King’s game with the
anxieties lurking beneath Riggs’s
brash bravado, lending nuance to a
story that seems all the more pertinent
in an age in which athletes in America
are once again taking action for sociopolitical change.
is wildly inconsistent. Some of it –
the mortifying scenes featuring the
brilliant Julia Davis, for example, or
the hollow sense of loss in Kerry Fox’s
sequence – is rather wonderful. Other
strands seem under-developed, as
if nobody bothered to agree on the
characters’ back stories. If nothing else,
it’s worth watching for the who’s who
of Brit comedy talent involved: along
with Davis, the film features Steve
Oram, Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt.
Daddy’s Home 2
(100 mins, 12A) Directed by Sean Anders;
starring Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson
All I want for Christmas is a cynical,
synthetic piece of Hollywood
production line tat, which reheats
the narrative leftovers of an already
mediocre domestic comedy about
blended families. Perhaps while
you’re at it, Santa, you could arrange
for a cast of petulant men-children
to take centre stage and behave like
insufferable brats. And the fake snow
frosting on the whole sorry mess
would be if you could ensure that the
female characters are so wooden and
underwritten that you might as well
have stuck some tits and tinsel on a
Christmas tree and jiggled it around
in the background every so often. Oh,
and why don’t you cast Mel Gibson? He
knows about goodwill to all men, just
as long as they aren’t, you know, women
or anything. Naughty list all round. It’s
about as much fun as a seasonal visit
from the norovirus.
hard, dark histories and issues. You’ll
never hear Johnny Cash’s Folsom
Prison Blues the same way again. This
is a shattered, shattering mosaic of
male pain and damage.
Also moving, if a little more tenderly
so, is My Feral Heart (Studio Soho, 12), a
British indie powered by the charisma
of Down’s syndrome actor Steven
Brandon, who plays a capable young
man unjustly institutionalised in the
wake of his mother’s death. His honest,
open performance sees the film
through some sentimental pitfalls.
Over to the Netflix scrapheap,
which keeps welcoming the unlikeliest
arthouse misfits. This week’s happy
rescue is Métamorphoses, in which
French auteur Christophe
Honoré playfully modernises
and queers up Ovid’s
heaving mythological
anthology to surprisingly
limber, sexy effect.
Not all of it sticks, but
this parade of poetry,
polyamory and bodily
perfection rolls along with
eccentric savoir-faire.
Finally, the rerelease of the
week is Howards End (Sony, PG).
Cannily out in time to show the BBC’s
eminently respectable new miniseries who’s still boss, Merchant
Ivory’s greatest film still glints with
light and wit in this impeccable
25th-anniversary restoration. If you
remember it simply as gorgeous
drawing-room cinema, take
another look. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala’s
scalpel-shaped adaptation doesn’t
stint on Forster’s savage politics of
class and finance. The result, in 2017,
resonates briskly as a parable for
Brexit Britain.
The kitchen
smells
joyous,
rich, full of
happiness
and
geniality
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guide to
Christmas
cooking
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into the role of John du Pont in
Foxcatcher, his transformation into
celebrity-culture prototype Riggs
is achieved less by the addition of
Bugs Bunny teeth than by a noteperfect capture of Bobby’s slightly
startled stance and gambolling gait.
Despite claiming to “put the show
back in chauvinism”, Riggs is almost
pathetically reliant upon the support
of his increasingly estranged wife,
Priscilla (Elisabeth Shue), who is
portrayed as his much-needed bedrock
– emotional and financial. Crucially,
the film doesn’t demonise Riggs, of
whom King once candidly told me
(at the Edinburgh film festival in
2013): “He was one of my heroes and I
absolutely respected him.”
Among the ensemble supporting
cast, Sarah Silverman is an astringent
does-what-it-says-on-the-tin sort of
way, feels a bit behind the curve. Matt
Reeves’s robust reimagining of a hairy
old franchise already escalated into
full-blown war film territory in 2014’s
tremendous Dawn of the Planet of the
Apes, as Andy Serkis’s ultra-intelligent
chimp chief Caesar marshalled his
simian forces with terrifying, well,
force. The domination continues here,
on an even grander, doomier, more
violent scale. Before you can make
your own “ape-ocalypse” pun, the
screenplay beats you to it.
Elemental in plot and largely
shorn of dialogue, it’s a roaring rush,
rendered once more with jaw-dropping
technological expertise that you swiftly
take for granted as palpable characters
emerge from the chilly motion-capture.
All that’s missing is the jolting kick
of surprise that accompanied the
previous film’s wild escalation of tone
and formal reach. We now arrive
expecting precisely the severe, chestbeating spectacle we get, but there’s no
fevered sense of a once-familiar storyworld smashed into anarchy. If one
can complain only that it’s excellent in
precisely the way we anticipated, this
reboot is in rude health.
Humanity is getting it from all sides
of the animal kingdom this week. On
a rather schlockier scale, sharks are
a-huntin’ in 47 Metres Down (Fox, 15),
a cheerfully ropey enterprise that sees
two cage-diving sisters stranded in fininfested depths. Toothy terror ensues.
If, like me, you find unabashed glee in
even the most gormless Great White
thrillers, proceed without caution,
though it’s several leagues under even
Deep Blue Sea.
Pair it up with Valerian and the City of
a Thousand Planets (Lionsgate, 12) for
a veritable club sandwich of lovably
dumb, pure-hearted junk. Luc
Besson’s big, brash space
opera fully lives up to
the inflated daftness
of its title, delivering
everything from
whizzy galaxy tourism
to Rihanna (right)
in inexplicable Liza
Minnelli drag. It makes
nary a lick of sense, but no
matter. Besson, once declared
a pioneer of the cinéma du look, duly
gives us an explosion of matter simply
to look at. There’s pop-art beauty amid
the chintz.
If you’re looking for something
substantial after that full course of
cinematic Cheetos, knuckle down to
The Work (Dogwoof, 15), one of the
year’s most nourishing documentaries.
Jairus McLeary and Gethin Aldous’s
simple but ineffably stirring film sits
in on the intensive group therapy
sessions conducted at California’s
Folsom state penitentiary, where the
male inmates share their variously
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TV
Golden Balls,
what a sport
‘Akin to a suicidal
Darth Vader opening
a vein’: Ed Balls with
friend Billy on Would
I Lie to You? Below:
the ‘mesmerising’
DeWanda Wise in
She’s Gotta Have It.
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Ed Balls’s singing was as funny as his dancing,
Spike Lee rebooted his first film for Netflix,
while Mary Berry had a taste of the high life
Barbara
Ellen
Would I Lie to You? BBC One
She’s Gotta Have It Netflix
The Search for a Miracle Cure C4
Sick Note Sky One
Mary Berry’s Country House
Secrets BBC One
Since former Labour shadow
chancellor Ed Balls endeared himself
to the nation on Strictly Come Dancing
(not so much “dancing” as flailing
about like a plucky injured penguin),
he’s become quite the fixture on the
light entertainment circuit. While he’s
not agreed to go into the I’m a Celebrity
jungle (in the manner of ex-Scottish
Labour leader Kezia Dugdale), I feel a
terrible compulsion to add “yet” to that
statement. Last week Balls appeared
on the first episode of the new series
of Would I Lie to You?, singing Endless
Love, karaoke-style, with a trade union
friend, Billy. Well, I say “singing” –
it sounded akin to a suicidal Darth
Vader opening a vein. Balls needs to
realise that when showbiz types say
“break a leg”, they don’t mean that
you should sound as though you have
actually just done so.
Was it funny? To borrow an
unfortunate phrase: hell yeah!
However, Balls’s unlikely transition
to Mr Showbiz isn’t without peril.
Perhaps it was no coincidence that
this happened to be a particularly
lively (quick-witted, silly, surreal)
edition of WILTY, featuring regulars
Rob Brydon, Lee Mack and David
Mitchell, with Jo Brand, David Baddiel
and Kimberly Wyatt. Even before
Balls opened his mouth, Mack was
quipping: “Don’t let me down, you’ve
had years of practice.”
At some points it felt as though
Balls had merely exchanged one bear
pit for another; at others it bordered
on poignant. As Balls related a story
about talking to the Home Office on
the phone while rescuing his children
from a ball pit, he kept describing the
political problem at hand, as though
that were the most important detail.
(Psst, Ed, it’s not any more.)
Does Balls miss politics more than
he lets on? Right now, on the showbiz
pantheon, I’d place him somewhere
between Pudsey the Bear and the
time that Congolese cab driver Guy
Goma was mistaken for a tech-expert
and interviewed by BBC News 24.
How much more “showbiz” could
Balls go and still retain enough
gravitas for a parliamentary return?
His post-political career has been all
about being a great sport – few could
deny that the surgical removal of the
Westminster broom handle from his
posterior was startlingly successful.
What happens if, and when, he tries to
put it back in?
When Spike Lee’s film She’s Gotta
Have It was released in 1986, the
heroine Nola Darling ’s unapologetic
juggling of her multiple lovers
was deemed fresh and original. All
these years and Tinder swipes later,
perhaps not so much and it was Lee’s
challenge to address the changing
times in his 10-part Netflix reboot (Lee
directed all the episodes), while also
expanding characters and themes,
against the backdrop of an increasingly
gentrified Brooklyn.
With all that to do, it’s little wonder
that the opening episode came over as
a little stiff, earnest and overstylised.
However, a few episodes in, SGTHI
had more than warmed up. In the
crucial role of Darling, DeWanda Wise
was as mesmerising and nuanced
as the role demanded (“I consider
myself abnormal, but who wants to be
like anyone else?”). And while times
have changed, Lee’s touch remains
sure; with SGTHI, he’s delivered a
quirky, sexy, sometimes angry but
always celebratory brew of not only
black activism and defiant feminism,
but also 21st-century individualism.
The Search for a Miracle Cure was
a brutal, illuminating documentary,
following lawyer Mark Lewis (he
‘A blur of sublime interiors
and quilted jackets’:
Mary Berry’s Country
House Secrets.
represented Milly Dowler’s family,
and others, in the case that ultimately
brought down the News of the World)
as he travelled to the Hadassah
Medical Centre in Jerusalem to
undergo radical stem cell treatment
for his multiple sclerosis. First
diagnosed in his 20s, Lewis, now
fiftysomething, is struggling with
walking and gripping and likens
his life to an egg timer. “The
sand is going through and
it’s going to finish.”
Lewis’s frustration led to
uncomfortable scenes where he
was seen venting at his partner,
Mandy, his “metaphoric
punchbag”. Elsewhere
it was impossible not to
feel compassion as he
underwent the gruelling
treatment, experiencing
first the tearful euphoria of
great results, followed by
still encouraging but less
According to The Verb, spoken word
poetry was born 35 years ago last week,
which came as a surprise. Though I
can’t really remember a time when
spoken word wasn’t around. The
surprise isn’t its age; it’s mine.
Anyhow, to celebrate, The Verb
broadcast a special extended show
on Friday, recorded in front
of a live audience in Hull,
this year’s City of Culture.
Hosted, as ever, by the
lovely Ian McMillan
(right), the bill was
varied and interesting,
and the audience’s
delight palpable, laughs
and mmm-hmms buzzing
in the background. This
upbeat feel was reflected by the
performers, who were on form. It
was good to hear from women, from
minority ethnic men. Poetry – the live,
performed stuff – has long welcomed
a diverse community. In the midto-late 80s I would sometimes find
myself in smoky pubs or student union
bars, listening to rhyming stories told
in patois, in slogan, in silly limerick.
Sometimes I loved these new poems,
sometimes I didn’t.
But the thing about slam poetry,
performance poetry, spoken word,
whatever you want to call it, is that
if you don’t like what you’re hearing,
there’s always another poet
ready to grab the mic. And
so it was with The Verb.
From time to time over
the hour, I found myself
zoning out (I’m not a
fan of the overearnest
and overperformed,
the hectoring lecturers),
but I tuned back in to the less
obvious others. Dizraeli
was poignant; John Hegley was
conversational. He performs his poems
as though they’re the most natural
thing in the world, as though talking in
rhyme is what we all do anyway.
I liked Hannah Silva‘s sweet take on
the past, in which she took 1983 flyer
descriptions of poets performing at
Apples and Snakes, the performance
poetry night that started 35 years ago,
and turned them into lonely hearts
ads. I enjoyed even more Yomi Sode’s
punchy description of his life so far.
The show zipped along, a series of
bright indoor fireworks popping and
fizzing to the joy of all those present.
A slower burn is The Adoption from
Radio 4’s World at One. The story of
a real-life adoption told in 17 daily
10- to 15-minute instalments, the final
instalment was broadcast two weeks
ago and you can now listen to the whole
tale as a podcast. Have some tissues to
hand. This isn’t a tough listen but, God,
it’s heartbreaking.
Two young children, a girl of three
and her brother, aged two, are about
to be permanently placed with a
new family. We hear from their birth
parents, from the foster carer, from the
potential adopters, from Sharon, their
social worker. “Adoption is the last
resort,” we are told, though the birth
grandparents seem lovely (“sometimes
I’m angry about the situation… it makes
It would be nice,
and even more
educational, to see
Mary visit a rural
council house
spectacular progress. Throughout,
Lewis was militantly positive about
“beating” MS (“this is a trial that I’m
going to win”), which was as worrying
(did he need to be more realistic?) as it
was humbling.
In the comedy Sick Note, written by
Nat Saunders and James Serafinowicz,
serious illness is the mechanism
for pitch-dark farce. After being
misdiagnosed with cancer by the
incompetent Dr Glennis (Nick Frost),
slacker Daniel (Rupert “Ron from
Harry Potter” Grint) decided to keep
up the pretence because it stopped
him getting the sack (Don Johnson
enjoys himself immensely as a
monstrous employer) and dumped by
his girlfriend, Becca (Pippa BennettWarner), who’s been having an
affair with his best friend, Ash (Tolu
Ogunmefun).
The third episode opened with
Daniel inadvertently responsible for
Ash being in a coma, with disasters
piling up like pancakes, and he and the
equally clueless doctor bumbling about
like circus clowns hitting each other
with foam planks. Sick Note has already
been commissioned for a second series
(Lindsay Lohan will play Johnson’s
daughter), which works for me. The
performances are great and there are
plenty of laughs in the escalating twists
of surrealist failure.
The first episode of Mary Berry’s
Country House Secrets concerned
itself with the life and times, grand
balls and historic recipes of Highclere
Castle in Hampshire (where Downton
Abbey was filmed). Of course it did,
though it would be nice, and even more
educational, to see Mary visit a rural
council house to see how an ordinary
family lives and cooks. The hour
passed in a blur of sublime interiors,
genial aristos, quilted jackets and Berry
rustling up bygone dishes, including
something called “gamekeeper stew”,
which resembled a first world war
trench that you could eat.
I’d love to tell you more, but I
fell asleep, lapsing into a nightmare
where Downton’s butler, Mr Carson,
was thrashing me with a whisk and
ordering me to scrub the scullery
floor. In fairness, Country House
Secrets was executed extremely well
for those who like that kind of thing,
though for me it whiffed too much of
my pet hate, “forelock-tugging TV”. I
always think the BBC needs to watch
out – I’m sure these programmes sell
very well to markets such as America,
but they could end up having to offer
free frontal hair transplants with the
licence fee.
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they are
a-changing
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me upset when I talk about it”) and
would like to bring up the children, but
can’t because they already care for their
older siblings. The birth mother thinks
that social workers have got it wrong
and the birth father cries. “I won’t see
them again until they’re 18. If they
want to see me then.” Reporter Jon
Manel is respectful and careful and
asks hard questions in the right way.
More powerful listening came from
5 Live Daily with Emma Barnett on
Thursday. A listener, Catherine (not
her real name), contacted the show
wanting to tell her story. Catherine
was raped and became pregnant. She
decided to keep the child and doesn’t
regret her decision, despite the fact
that, as she said, she sees her rapist
every time she looks in her son’s eyes.
Despite being a pro-lifer’s dream,
Catherine got in touch because she
wanted to support women’s access
to abortion. Barnett got a great
interview from her. Real life can be full
of drama, whether the story is told via
poetry or a phone call.
Pop
King Krule’s coming of age
A dizzying mix of styles, raw intensity and
endless heartache give Archy Marshall’s
performance undeniable clout
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Archy Marshall appears as though out
of nowhere, stepping out of the violetlit murk to the microphone – a flash
of white electric guitar, pale features,
red hair and a glimpse of white socks.
Released last month, his arresting
second album under the name King
Krule is titled The Ooz, thanks to its
debt to bodily gunk and entropy.
The subdued lighting – also available
in sickly green, deep-sea blue and
suffocating red – fits. For one track,
around the time of (A Slide In) New
Drugs, the six-strong band play in neardarkness. The set is divided between
King Krule’s more meandering,
impressionistic songs – like The
Ooz’s Lonely Blue, full of startling,
downbeat beauty – and moshpit
detonations, such as the lurching,
zombie-punk of this album’s most
commercial single, Dum Surfer.
“I’m mashed! You’re mashed! He’s
mashed!” runs the bit of that song
that most resembles a chorus, pointing
up the default wastedness of a lot of
King Krule’s output and, tangentially,
the Monster Mash. It’s safe to say that
no one else is making music quite like
this (save for Marshall’s friends, like
Jamie Isaac, who tends even more
towards jazz).
Somehow, this south Londoner – a
troubled truant who finally found a
home at the Brit School – has gone
from being a true cult original to a
certain level of US fame, his work
being praised on Beyoncé’s Beyhive
blog (although he doubts it was
actually her). Typically, because
Marshall is a savvy loner, he turned
down the chance to work with Kanye
West. Also typically – for Marshall’s
meta-narrative is full of despair and
frustration – the writing sessions he did
do with Frank Ocean came to nothing.
As his King Krule debut, 2013’s
Six Feet Beneath the Moon, attested,
a certain sludginess has long been
Marshall’s metier, and unlikely as it
seems, it’s connecting hard with an
audience who nod along to songs
like the wired 90s indie-rock bent
of Emergency Blimp – from The
Ooz, about insomnia – as though it
were UK garage or hip-hop. His recent
US and current European tours sold
out swiftly.
Marshall’s dense soup of unlikely
influences – jazz, dub, rockabilly, postpunk, the Specials, even bossa nova –
comes refracted tonight through a haze
of virtual smoke and is delivered with a
guttural London growl that can’t help
but recall Joe Strummer. Marshall’s
words, though, are often structured
with a rapper’s flow, with internal
‘A guttural London growl that can’t help
but recall Joe Strummer’: Archy Marshall,
AKA King Krule, at Koko. Photograph by
Michael Jamison/Rex/Shutterstock
Typically, because
he’s a savvy loner,
Marshall turned down
the chance to work
with Kanye West
assonances and self-referentiality to
the fore. “Ooz” is also “Zoo” backwards;
Zoo Kid was Marshall’s first moniker,
when the precocious creative first put
his tracks up on Bandcamp in 2010.
At 23, he has now lost some of the
visual shock that greeted his earliest
songs. In the videos for Out Getting
Ribs or his unofficial generational
anthem, Easy Easy, Marshall, then
16, looked like a 12-year-old urchin
wearing his grandfather’s drapes,
and sounded like he gargled tar.
Tonight, these remain the songs this
sold-out crowd bawl back to him with
the most abandon.
That child has become a man – a
little threatening, where before his
raw-throated fury was undercut by his
elfin appearance. But the disconnect
between Marshall’s scurvyish looks
and the gaping heartache that come
out of him remains one of the pleasures
of King Krule. “My head’s in all kinds
of a mess/ She takes it upon herself/
Concaves her chest,” runs the wracked
Lonely Blue.
To the uninitiated, a lot of tonight’s
set might sound ill thought-out
or unfinished; even as a fan of his
disjointedness, you do wish Marshall
would tighten up and focus. When
he sits at a keyboard and croons, you
can sense the potential for James
Blake-style crossover appeal. But the
sudden digressions make perfect jazz
sense, and the presence of Ignacio
Salvadores on sax is a revelation on
songs such as The Ooz itself, which
ends in an intense solo. Moreover,
the contemplative passages provide
respite from the unrelenting intensity
of King Krule’s feelings.
If you were here for a laugh, though,
you could do worse than lose all
your untethered possessions to Half
Man Half Shark – a carnivalesque
Ooz track that recalls Tom Waits and
causes a tidal surge live. It climaxes
in a belligerent chant of “And if you
don’t know/ And if you don’t care/
Don’t try to hide it!” and of course
another carnivorous sax meltdown.
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want is to
be the girl
band of our
generation
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Art
That’ll be a
Modigliani…
One hundred portraits by the tormented Italian painter grace
this beautiful but almost totally unsurprising show in which
each painting begins to look more and more like the next
Laura
Cumming
@LauraCummingArt
rt
Modigliani
Tate Modern, London SE1; until 2 April
A tubercular alcoholic, addicted to
women, hash and ether, unrecognised,
impoverished and dead at 35 with the
last painting still wet on the canvas:
Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920) is a
Romantic throwback in 20th-century
art. Even his nickname, Modi, is a pun
on the peintre maudit, the accursed
painter, a phrase coined half a century
before he was born. He starts as an
outsider, a Jew in Catholic France, an
Italian immigrant reciting Dante in
Montmartre, and ends as a rachitic
wreck still trying to make a franc from
his enchanting portraits of Parisians.
How could such a tormented life
produce such serene work?
For that is the atmosphere of
Tate Modern’s exemplary survey of
Modigliani’s short-lived career. The
show is beautiful, endearing, evenly
elegant: one hundred portraits,
including some of his best, painted
over the 14 years that Modigliani lived
in Paris. You may think you know him
– the long, oval faces and almond eyes,
the palette of pink, blue and chestnut,
the tubular necks and curvilinear
limbs, all that grace and sorrow
compounded by the artist’s own tragic
existence. And it turns out that you do.
For although this is the largest UK
show ever, it is marked by an almost
total lack of surprise: here they all are,
wistful and sweet as children, filling
room after innocent room.
The first gallery is the only jolt,
bringing you face to face with a
Cézanne musician, a Picasso Pierrot
and a stylish Parisienne by ToulouseLautrec, among others – all painted
He looks
at a face
and
makes
a mask,
no matter
how
mobile or
volatile
the sitter
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by Modigliani himself. He also looks
as hard as everybody else at African
carvings. But the learning is soon
over and he’s conflating hints of these
many sources, as well as Botticelli
and Parmigianino, into the elongated
figures for which he is known, a
streamlined mannerism for the early
20th century.
There were sculptures, carved from
stone nicked from building sites. With
their pursed mouths and improbably
long noses, these massive heads
appear both ancient and modern,
and more spiritual than the usual
avant-garde plundering of African
art. Sculpture also helps Modigliani
simplify forms. His real ambition, he
once said, was to work in stone, and
there’s a fixity and incision to all his
painted portraits. He looks at a face
and makes a mask, no matter how
mobile or volatile the sitter.
The results can be superb. The
portrait of his first dealer, Paul
Guillaume (despite the myth,
Modigliani had several patrons), is all
nervous arrogance, the head tilted back,
the gloved hand fastidiously cocking a
cigarette. The basic grammar of ovals,
arcs, cupid-bow lips and circumflex
noses is there. And the tense image of
Jean Cocteau, around the time of his
collaboration with Diaghilev in 1916, is
a brilliant concatenation of triangles,
blade-sharp as its elegant subject.
“It doesn’t look like me,” Cocteau
remarked, “but it does look like
Modigliani, which is better.”
He did not mean that it resembled
the artist himself, whose handsome
face looks out of period photographs
and films at Tate Modern – the Moulin
Rouge slowly revolving; artists flitting
between garrets, hauling their canvases
by cart (including, in one case, the
very nude you’ve just been looking at).
Modigliani’s final studio, incidentally,
is brought to startling life in a virtual
reality suite where you sit before
his easel as the Paris sunlight pours
through the open casements and the
last cigarette dies in the ashtray.
Cocteau was speaking of Modigliani’s
idiom, his elongated outlines and
the tonal gradations borrowed from
Cézanne. The Italian was famously
fast, painting the sculptor Lipchitz and
his fiancee in two rapid sittings so that
Lipchitz invited him to work longer for
better wages; those lariat lines are as
quick and virtuosic as they look. They
come into their own especially with the
nudes, those pink-and
pink-and-ochre diagrams
of beauty, less erotic th
than smoothly
curvilinear. It remains astonishing that
police tried to close do
down Modigliani’s
only solo show in 1917 because of the
pubic ha
hair, neatly tidied
m
into more
Modigliani
triang
triangles.
The look fits some
better than others –
the alr
already delicate,
inst
for instance.
It is not
ideal fo
for the Spanish
painter Ju
Juan Gris, swarthy
and broad, or for Picasso,
portrayed so h
haphazardly he
could be practi
practically anyone.
Modigliani rev
revered Picasso,
particularl his muckle
particularly
portrai
portrait of
Gertrude
Stein with mismatched
eyes. His own
‘Serene impenetrability’
(clockwise from main image):
Elvira Resting at a Table, 1919
by Modigliani; Jean Cocteau,
1916-17; the artist’s partner,
Jeanne Hébuterne, 1919;
and Seated Nude, 1917.
Below left: Head, c1911.
© Bridgeman; Princeton
University Art Museum;
Metropolitan Museum of Art/
Scala, Florence; Royal Museum
of Fine Arts, Antwerp;
President and Fellows of
Harvard College
depiction of eyes, one sighted, the
other an opaque lozenge of blue or
grey, aims for quizzical estrangement.
But when you have seen it 20 times
it looks like a trick from the box, the
effect undone by sheer repetition.
And that is, alas, the weakness of a
full-scale Modigliani retrospective. His
style becomes a manner (and so easily
imitated it has lead to an epidemic of
fakes). His characterisation dwindles
to caricature. It is by no means clear
that he is looking for the uniqueness
of each person who comes before him
in any case, although of course there
are exceptions, above all the Mexican
muralist Diego Rivera, with whom
he once shared a studio. In this
magnificent portrait from 1914, Rivera
appears in full force and bulk, the
bulging eyes half-shut with pleasure,
the paint nubbed like pocked skin,
the moist lips insalubriously gathered
into a kiss.
If it is hard to believe that the nudes
were once “banned”, in Tate Modern’s
sensationalist phrase, it is equally
hard to think of Modigliani now as a
radical painter. This is not just because
his art is so attractive, in its lithe and
dancing rhythms, the paint laid down
with such graceful finesse. Or even
Dance
Many men make light work
The pick of male ballet
talent struggle to
shine on Ivan Putrov’s
bare stage, but Kyle
Abraham sends his
dancers soaring
Luke
Jennings
@LukeJennings1
Ivan Putrov: Men in Motion
Coliseum, London WC2
Kyle Abraham: Pavement
Sadler’s Wells, London EC1
Ivan Putrov, left, and the ‘mesmerising’ Matthew Ball in Men in Motion. Tristan Fewings
because these not-quite likenesses
can be so ingratiating, and sometimes
even cloying. It is more that his kind
of modernism, which now looks so
old-world, consists in this constant
stylistic reiteration.
Perhaps, in a life so short and
tortured, there was very little chance
to do more than keep on holding the
brush. But there is rarely any sense of
ambition for his portraits beyond this
look of serene impenetrability. Even in
the late paintings of Jeanne Hébuterne,
Modigliani’s mistress and the mother
of his only surviving child (she killed
herself two days after Modigliani’s
death, nine months pregnant with
their second baby), there is a pervasive
detachment; only when he gets right
up close, inches from her face, is there
a spark of engagement.
It would be too much to say that
Modigliani’s art never varied. His line
gets leaner, his shape-making more
original and unexpected the further
he gets from the painter-gods of his
youth; and there is a tenderness here
that can’t be feigned, as if he truly loved
painting and people. But it feels as if
Jean Cocteau had it right. You sat for
this artist and were gone, disappearing
into a Modigliani.
THREE MORE
TO SEE…
Paula Rego: The
Boy Who Loved
the Sea and
Other Stories
Jerwood Gallery,
Hastings; until 7
Jan Outlandish
pictorial tales
by this spellspinning painter,
now in her 80s.
James White:
Bodies
Blain Southern,
London W1;
until 13 Jan
Eery greyscale paintings
mimicking
everyday places
and objects in
crime-scene
style.
Degas: A Passion
for Perfection
Fitzwilliam
Museum,
Cambridge;
until 14 Jan
The French
master in every
kind of medium,
from cafes
and bathers to
dancers and the
race course.
Men in Motion, Ivan Putrov’s celebration
of male dancing, got off to a tricky
start on Wednesday’s opening night.
As the audience sat down, the dancer
Daniel Proietto delivered a monologue
from the stage that began with text
written by the actor Andrew Wale
about the trampling of minority rights,
and wound up with Chaplin’s speech
from The Great Dictator. One can
imagine this seeming like a good idea
at a planning session, but in the event
The Mockracy (as the monologue was
titled) fell flat.
It was the wrong thing in the wrong
place at the wrong time, and Proietto’s
teeth-gratingly arch delivery didn’t
help. There were boos and shouts of
“get off ”. It wasn’t the first night of
The Rite of Spring in 1913 (when a riot
broke out), but it wasn’t pretty, either.
If it was depressing to see Proietto
getting the bird in this unmannerly
fashion, it was also revealing of
new realities. In Men in Motion,
Putrov seems to be working from the
assumption that it’s enough to present
technically adept dancers one or two
at a time, on a bare stage, and that the
magic of classical dance will do the
rest. It isn’t, and it won’t.
Twenty-first century ballet fans
can stream great performances from
Covent Garden or the Bolshoi at home.
They can binge-watch Baryshnikov,
Acosta and Shklyarov. They can take a
Polunin grand jeté or double assemblé
apart, and analyse it frame by frame.
In this context, the live presentation
of ballet needs much more inspired
planning. It speaks volumes that of the
10 performers cast in this “celebration
of the male dancer”, not one is minority
ethnic. Did this omission not strike
anyone involved as bizarre?
Not that there isn’t fine dancing on
display. Marian Walter is a principal
dancer with the Staatsballett Berlin,
and in Ludovic Ondiviela’s Berlin, set
to a Max Richter score, he delivers
a cool and unhurried masterclass in
balletic control.
The Royal Ballet’s Matthew Ball
is mesmerising in Christopher
Bruce’s Swansong as the political
prisoner dreaming of freedom. A
lustrous if occasionally lightweight
performer, Ball seems liberated by
off-classical roles, and in Swansong,
and in Ondiviela’s System/AI, he
displays an authority and a command
of stage space that promises great
things to come.
Mathieu Ganio, the Paris Opera
Ballet étoile, gives a gravely expressive
account of the Prince’s Act 1 variation
from Swan Lake, if one severely
limited by the echoingly bare stage
and absence of context, and Proietto
is poignant in Russell Maliphant’s
exquisite Afterlight. Putrov, meanwhile,
is a muted presence. In Le Spectre de
la Rose, opposite a bemused-looking
Francesca Hayward, he barely seems
to leave the ground. In System/AI, he
dances in Ball’s shade.
I’m not sure what this production
betokens for his future. Putrov’s gaze,
like that of so many in ballet, seems
irrevocably fixed on the past.
The Pittsburgh-born dancer and
choreographer Kyle Abraham has
rather more immediate concerns. His
hour-long Pavement employs dance
to tell the story of the young men in
the neighbourhood where he grew up.
Inspired by John Singleton’s classic
1991 film Boyz N the Hood, set in South
Central LA, Pavement shows us lives
into whose fabric injustice, violence
and loss are inextricably woven.
If Abraham’s subject matter is
political, the dances that
he makes are intensely
personal and imbued
with a raree grace. What
u first about
strikes you
ography is
his choreography
re discipline
the austere
ning its
underpinning
eness. Rococo
expressiveness.
isolations of wrist,
neck and shoulder
flow from a centre
ways held,
that is always
lm.
always calm.
he dancers
When the
nd
run around
the stage, as
n
they often
do, their limbs stream from that same
still place. Perhaps that’s why much
of the piece is set to baroque music.
To Bach and Vivaldi, as well as to Sam
Cooke and Jacques Brel.
In Pavement, the body is the
message. That serene centre is the
physical axis of the dance, and in a
world of casual arrest, of gang warfare
and crack cocaine, symbolises the
inner place in which the embattled
individual is spiritually impregnable.
That baroque interplay of deep
structure and ornate lyric
lyricism is a codex
for survival, for remaining human
Pave
and accessible to joy. Pavement
is
punctuated by a repeating scenario,
in which the dancers ar
are cuffed and
B each time,
laid face downwards. But
th cuffs fall
the
aw and the
away
danc rise up.
dancers
ca confine the
You can
Abr
body, Abraham
tells us,
sp
but not the spirit.
‘The body is the message’:
Claude Johnson an
and Tamisha Guy
in Kyle Abraha
Abraham’s Pavement.
T
Tristram
Kenton
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The Greek chorus finds its voice
Aeschylus speaks directly to us in David Greig’s electrifying version. And Jamie deserves to be the talk of the town
Susannah
Clapp
@susannahclapp
The Suppliant Women
Young Vic, London SE1
Everybody’s Talking About
Jamie
Apollo, London W1; until 21 April
Fierce and crystal-clear, The Suppliant
Women arrives in London like an
arrow shot into the heart, tailor-made
for here and now. Yet Aeschylus’s play
was first performed in about 470BC.
And David Greig ’s piercing version
has already proved how time can
change meaning.
A group of women set sail from Egypt
to escape forced marriages. They arrive
in Argos hoping to find sanctuary. The
king is torn: giving the women shelter
will almost certainly mean war with
Egypt. He puts the question of what he
should do to the citizens of his country.
Ramin Gray’s co-production with
the Actors Touring Company was first
seen last year in Edinburgh, where
Greig is the artistic director of the
Lyceum. It must then have seemed
a terrible chronicle of people forced
from their homes – a chronicle that
also contained an anxious look at the
crucial consequences of a referendum.
Those meanings are still present, but
vestigially. Given the events of recent
weeks, this now appears incontestably
as a play about women in the power of,
and sexually oppressed by, men.
Astonishingly – for this is a drama
of steady-eyed accusation, sorrow
and appeal – there is exaltation as
well as despair. The brilliant decision
is to make the chorus, so often
embarrassing, ignored or dismembered
in modern-dress productions, the
governing voice of the play. There are
strong individual performances, not
least by Gemma May as the chorus
leader. But the evening is driven by the
idea that solidarity brings power. That
is evident from the beginning. A group
of women, holding branches bound
in white wool, move together across
the stage like waves – or a wood bent
by wind. They chant and sing lines
which seem – David Greig’s words are
the motor of this evening – to move
to the beat of a heart. Sometimes the
women open their palms, sometimes
they advance with clenched fists.
Sometimes they are shrouded by black
veils, sometimes warmly lit by the
candles they hold. They are their own
percussive instruments, stamping,
clapping – while the sound of the aulos,
an ancient Greek wind instrument,
blows through the air.
There is a particularly astonishing
dimension to this chorus. A new
group of women is created in each
city (the production has also been to
Given the events of
recent weeks, this now
appears incontestably
as a play about women
in the power of men
Dublin) – from volunteers. Drilled
and choreographed by Mary King and
Sasha Milavic Davies, the Southwark
women I saw were gloriously at one.
And where better to experience such
spontaneous collaboration than in
the theatre: that is after all, what an
audience is.
Who could resist Everybody’s Talking
About Jamie? Its hero’s scarlet stilettos
make Dorothy’s red shoes look like Dr
Martens. High-kicking its way from
the Crucible in Sheffield, where it sold
out at the beginning of this year, the
show by Dan Gillespie Sells (music)
and Tom Macrae (book and lyrics)
brings feeling and freshness to the
West End. There is slip-down-easy
fizzing pop as well as brooding soul
ballads. Crucially, the show’s origins
in a real-life story with a 21st-century
sensibility give its sunniness an edge.
Director Jonathan Butterell cleverly
saw that a TV documentary about
Jamie Campbell, a 16-year-old boy who
wanted to wear girls’ clothes, had a
musical inside it. Well, it’s out now.
As Jamie has always been. He is
witty and beautiful and has never
been tormented by being gay. He does,
though, have an immediate ambition
which is making him anxious. He
wants to go to the school prom in a
frock. The careers adviser at his comp
suggests he might have a future as a
forklift truck driver.
Willowy John McCrea, as Jamie,
is silvery-voiced and scissor-legged,
so entirely beguiling that it’s clear
he is going to triumph. There is not
much drama when he confronts his
enemies: the absent father who doesn’t
think his son cuts the mustard as a
MORE THEATRE
A Christmas Carol
Octagon, Bolton; until 13 Jan
The set is a simple, timeless cobbled
street; costumes indicate the 19th
century. Scrooge makes his first ghostly
visit with the Spirit of Christmas Past.
He is shown his young self, the only boy
in the holiday-empty school, alone and
reading. So vivid are the characters in
his books that they seem to live before
him. In Neil Duffield’s new adaptation of
Charles Dickens’s 1843 story, they really
do appear (embodied by the company’s
excellent young-actor team).
The schoolboy Scrooge animatedly
interacts with Robinson Crusoe and Ali Baba.
The older, miserly Scrooge softens. Through
Marc Small’s performance we almost hear
the carapace of curmudgeonliness crack
as stiff limbs try again the gestures of
childhood (movement direction by Lesley
No humbug here: Marc Small as Scrooge
in A Christmas Carol at the Octagon.
Hutchison). It is this act of imaginative
engagement that fissures Scrooge’s frozen
heart and opens him to lost love and his
ultimate reunion with the community that
surrounds him: the beggars, the charity
workers, his employee and his family.
Well, that was how my adult self saw
director Ben Occhipinti’s engaging, clear
and coherent production, with its visually
suggestive set, props and light effects
(design by Liz Cooke; lighting by Arnim
Friess). I don’t think the young audience
around me would have seen it in quite the
same way, although judging by reactions
I am pretty sure we all enjoyed it equally
(through rustlings and squirming and
nosebleeds and tears and slurps). We
certainly all joined in with gusto to the
choruses of the final carol (live music and
sound effects from the 11-strong cast under
Rob Hiley’s atmospheric arrangements).
Today, the Octagon celebrates 50 years
of imagination-stimulating, communitycelebrating live performances and
associated ancillary activities. At this time
of year we get to see, writ large, what
they – and all regional theatres – do: offer
endless possibilities for transformation. Let’s
celebrate them, every one. Clare Brennan
chap; the school thug who muscles up
sneering. Jamie is not about conflict
but multiple celebration. Not least of
people standing up for themselves.
You are lightly made aware of how
foul the opposition is. Best friend and
sweet singer Pritti (Lucie Shorthouse)
wears a hijab and specs, and has
to put up with people calling her
names because she is clever. Jamie’s
mother, bringing her son up alone,
is not totally conventional either:
perhaps that’s where he gets it from,
sniffs the headmistress. He’s My Boy,
soulfully delivered by Josie Walker,
is likely to be a mum-son karaoke
favourite. The whole evening floats on
a beautifully choreographed crowd of
schoolchildren – flying knees, bright
blazers, excited hair. Disruptive and
supportive. A true expression of this
instant hit. What a cleverly selffulfilling prophecy that title is. No
wonder everybody’s talking about it.
THREE MORE
TO SEE…
Romantics
Anonymous
Emma Rice’s lovely
musical tribute
to shyness and
chocolate.
Sam Wanamaker
Playhouse, London;
until 6 Jan.
The Open House
Michael Boyd
directs Greg Hicks
in Will Eno’s
family drama.
Ustinov, Bath;
until 23 Dec.
Sponge
Show for babies
and toddlers,
set in “a springy
environment”.
Battersea Arts
Centre, London;
from Tuesday
to 30 Dec.
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To talk of Björk’s Utopia as a rebirth
is no stretch. On the cover of her
ninth solo album she emerges as
though from an iridescent caul. Her
forehead has been modified into
a uterine shape; pearls fall from
fallopian flowers.
It wouldn’t be a stretch either to
note that after the austere, extreme
Vulnicura – the 2015 album that
marked the pain and fury of Björk’s
separation from the father of her
daughter – Utopia harkens back to
the nature love of older albums such
as Biophilia and Vespertine, and the
default lust for life Björk has exhibited
throughout her long career.
The sounds here are airy and
lush, suggesting naturescapes and
freedom. (On the bloopy, wonderful
Claimstaker, Björk actually sings:
“The forest is in me”.) Birdsong from
as far afield as Venezuela and Iceland,
and its human analogue, flute music,
define the sonics. On the cover, Björk
not only holds a flute, she has two
holes drilled into her throat and,
startlingly, next to them sits a dead, or
underdeveloped, chick.
Themes emerge gradually. The
Gate describes obliquely, in music
and words, Björk’s passage from the
darkness of the Vulnicura emotions
back into the light of love. Blissing Me
hints at a new affair – texting each
other too much, the electricity of
touch. The song Courtship, perhaps
the most overtly “pop” song here,
makes plain Björk’s recent claim that
Utopia is her “Tinder album”: “He
turned me down,” she winks. “I then
downturned another.”
There is another, more overarching
concept: Björk’s aural vision of utopia
is a faraway isle peopled by women
and children, a sensual and sensible
place unlike our own troubled world.
Again, jungle birds and flutes feature,
the flutes played by an all-female
Icelandic ensemble assembled by
Björk for the purpose.
There are traces of the bad old
world. Sue Me riffs hard on male
wrongdoing. “He took it from his
father who took it from his fatherrrr,”
she sings. “Let’s break this curse, so
it won’t fall on our daughterrrr and
her daughterrrs.” You can’t ever quite
separate the work of Björk from the
work of her collaborator, Arca, the
Venezuelan-born, London-based
Alejandro Ghersi, who also worked
on Vulnicura, but his dark digital hand
is slightly more evident here, in the
unanchored beats and sinister, pitchshifted vocal presence.
The electrifying Tabula Rasa is even
more specific, speaking of Björk’s
“deepest wish”. “We are swollen from
hiding his affairs,” Björk mourns as
flutes sigh. She wants to wipe the slate
clean. “Tabula rasa for my children/
Not repeating the fuck-ups of the
fathers/ For us women to rise and
not just take it lying down.” Later, the
discussion widens out, away from
the personal. “Embarrassed to pass
this mess on to you,” Björk aches.
Eventually, rain falls.
Traditionalists might still wonder
where all the nice steady beats have
gone, why so little music here is
anchored. The dominant message,
though, is of limitlessness, of hope and,
on Future Forever, of “a matriarchal
dome” with “musical scaffolding”.
Kitty Empire
The Greatest Gift
ROCK
Noel Gallagher’s High
Flying Birds Who Built the
(ASTHMATIC KITTY)
Moon? (SOUR MASH)
This is a mixtape of demos, remixes
and unreleased tracks dating from
Sufjan Stevens’s magnificent 2015
album, Carrie and Lowell. The catnip for
Stevens completists here consists of
four previously unreleased outtakes –
including Wallowa Lake Monster, a riveting
song that weaves myth (monsters,
feathered snakes, Charybdis), memories
of his mother, and Stevens’s feather-light
electronic backings. The other unreleased
gem on The Greatest Gift is City of Roses,
a sweet-sounding track full of dread.
Nothing here feels like filler, however; not
least two versions of Drawn to the Blood,
one electronic and one fingerpicked. KE
After almost a quarter of a century
ploughing an increasingly unproductive
furrow, Noel Gallagher has decided to
change tack. His third solo album is his most
expansive yet, with an uncharacteristic
energy, most notably on the stomping glam
rock of Holy Mountain. Keep on Reaching,
meanwhile, owes more to Mark Ronson, and
there are echoes of former collaborators
the Chemical Brothers throughout. As the
tempo drops, though, so does the quality:
It’s a Beautiful World remains lumpenly
uninspired, despite producer David Holmes’s
best attempts at window dressing, while
Be Careful What You Wish For slumps
when it tries to slink. Phil Mongredien
FOLK
Karine Polwart with
Pippa Murphy A Pocket of
POP
Nicholas Krgovich
Wind Resistance (HUDSON)
(TIN ANGEL)
The ground around her has long given
inspiration to Scottish folk artist Karine
Polwart; last year the peat bogs near her
home in Fala, Midlothian, gave birth to
her first theatre show, Wind Resistance,
incorporating spoken word, song and
sound design from composer Pippa
Murphy to recount sad local histories.
The album version steps softly in the
lightest arrangements on the likes of the
traditional Lark in the Clear Air, but its
blend of historical drama, ballad ghosts
and philosophical memoir is compelling,
made as intimate as if it were in your own
skull by Polwart’s warm, wise, attentioncommanding voice. Emily Mackay
FOLK
Various
Xenoula
Sonic Blooms
(WEIRD WORLD)
(FOLK & HONEY)
Occasionally this debut album from Xenoula
(real name Romy Xeno) feels like run-ofthe-mill indietronica – tracks like Luna Man,
for example, are somewhat forgettable. But
as the album opens out, it’s clear the South
Africa-born, Wales-based artist, along with
producer LA Priest, offers something more
intricate and strange. Dreamy Caramello
boasts breathy, sweet vocals ghosting over
rich but fragmented electronic textures,
pulled together over a warm, psych-infused
groove, while standout Tororoi finds lithe
percussion dancing and weaving around her
voice. At its best this is earthy, experimental
pop, but the unusual sounds that pique the
interest come too inconsistently. Tara Joshi
JAZZ
Houston Person
(HIGHNOTE)
HOT TRACKS
Ashes Cricket
PS4, Xbox One, Koch
International, cert: 3
Although released less than a year after
developer Big Ant Studio’s previous
foray into the market with Don Bradman
Cricket 17, this is more than a cynical
Ashes tie-in, and with plenty of new
features is a step forward for the genre.
Focused on the Ashes series now under
way, all the stadiums and squads are
accurately represented, and while
Bradman lacked official licences, they
are present here. Including all the male
and female players is another pleasing
addition. In gameplay terms, the title
has developed further. Ashes Cricket
has an easier to grasp, button-based
control system as well as the traditional
stick-centred method from Bradman.
AI has been improved too – it will
quickly tweak the field if there is a
barrage of boundaries. There are a few
bugs, but they prove only mildly
irritating rather than fundamental.
Rich Flower
Call of Duty: WW2
PS4, Xbox One, PC, Activision,
cert: 18
The gaming juggernaut that is Call of
Duty revisits its second world war roots
with a typically fast and frenetic
depiction of the war’s western front.
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While the setting may not be
contemporary, everything else about the
game is thoroughly up to date. As with
the previous entries, the visuals are quite
dazzling, and create a visceral, almost
uncomfortably realistic experience.
Mowing down Nazis (and zombies) has
apparently lost none of its appeal. The
campaign mode is short but finely
crafted, with just six hours of
choreographed drama. However,
veterans will find solace in the breathless
multiplayer battles. The gameplay is
unsurprisingly familiar but challenging,
while the lack of firepower and advanced
capabilities that have defined recent
CoDs is immediately apparent. Felix Atkin
Tame Impala
Powerlines
A newly released
old track, this
instrumental
from Australia’s
psych-pop kings is
predictably shiny
and dreamy.
Ruthven
Evil
Allegedly a London
firefighter, Ruthven
delivers a debut
slice of Princemeets-Michael
Jackson funk,
produced by AK, one
of the mysterious
Paul brothers.
Rogue Trooper Redux
Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC,
Rebellion Developments, cert: 16
Originally released in 2006, this
third-person shooter presents 2000AD’s
genetic infantryman battling in the toxic
climes of Nu-Earth. This new version
also shows how far ahead of its time the
game was. Rogue can set traps, hack
computers and craft new weapons and
ammo – common features now but less
so in 2006, making this feel less dated
than it otherwise might. The
remastering quality is uneven, with the
game clearly showing its PS2-era roots,
but solid voice acting, competent action
and a captivating story still make this
worth a look. Matt Kamen
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Eminem ft
Beyoncé
Walk on Water
Eminem wrestles
with a new set of
demons on this
album-trailing
confessional.
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obshottracks
Sincerity can be difficult to fake and
impossible to authenticate. Nicholas
Krgovich, a Canadian indie veteran who
makes crafted 60s pop, seems genuine
enough, but there’s something of the
hotel lobby’s dead air in his music, despite
the son-of-the-soil lyrics. His breathy
singing is equal parts Jens Lekman, Saint
Etienne and Vic Reeves’s club singer, which
undermines the teenage existentialism of
On the Main Drag but suits the wide-eyed
simplicity of Country Boy. Nevertheless,
Krgovich’s meticulous production is
frequently brilliant, especially on Sad Am I’s
pillow-fight beats or the multitrack vocals
of The World Tonight. Damien Morris
INDIE
Xenoula
Rain or Shine
GAMES
In an Open Field
Although he doesn’t attract much critical
attention, Houston Person must have a
large and loyal following, judging by the
number of albums he’s made over the
years. They’re a discriminating crowd, too,
if this latest example is anything to go by.
Ballads, blues, R&B classics – gently but
unerringly his soulful tenor saxophone
brings out their beauty, enhancing a
melody with a few deft strokes. He can
pick a good band, too, including in this case
pianist Lafayette Harris, guitarist Rodney
Jones and cornettist Warren Vaché. Their
sparky new treatment of Learnin’ the
Blues is a particular delight, livening up
that doleful old weepy. Dave Gelly
CLASSICAL
Monteverdi, Caccini,
Strozzi etc Anime Amanti
Roberta Mameli (soprano), Luca
Pianca (lute) (ALPHA CLASSICS)
There is no more tantalising fragment
in baroque music than the Lamento di
Arianna: this nine-minute scene is all that
survives of Monteverdi’s opera L’Arianna.
The loss feels all the greater when the
despairing piece is sung with such piercing
intensity by Roberta Mameli. Her clarity
and response to the texts is exceptional:
the first phrase of Caccini’s Dolcissimo
sospiro takes the breath away, while
Merula’s seductive Folle è ben che si
crede is hypnotically alluring. Composers
Barbara Strozzi and Andrea Falconieri
add richness to the collection, and Luca
Pianca’s lute playing is ideally balanced.
Nicholas Kenyon
This compilation of up-and-coming
Brit acts has plenty to commend it, but
its adopted “alt-folk” tagline proves
fanciful. Most tracks are by gentle
singer-songwriters of conventional hue,
while the wilder reaches of wyrd folk are
almost entirely absent. There are some
forceful characters on display nonetheless.
Brooke Sharkey offers airy, Anglo-French
chamber folk. Ferris and Sylvester combine
dreamy pop with spiky sentiments on Save
Yourself (alt Simon and Garfunkel perhaps)
and seven-piece Mishaped Pearls bring a
cinematic sweep to Six Dukes. A rewarding
sampler of a vibrant live scene, and notfor-profit with it. Neil Spencer
CLASSICAL
Walton
Symphonies 1 & 2
Bournemouth Symphony
Orchestra/Karabits (ONYX)
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra boasts
a strong current discography, recorded with
its inspirational music director, Kirill Karabits.
After an array of Russians, Walton marks
a fresh departure. Symphony No 1 (1935)
opens, after a pianissimo timpani roll, with a
broad, outdoor canter and an unmistakable
splash of Sibelius. By the last movement,
Walton’s own majestic, brass-rich orchestral
voice takes over (strains of Crown Imperial,
which he wrote soon after). The second
symphony has lighter textures, with echoes
of Stravinsky, and, surprisingly, ventures
into atonality. Brass and woodwind shine
throughout, and the BSO strings sound
punchy and lithe. Fiona Maddocks
CLASSICAL
Brahms An English Requiem
Bevan, Farnsworth, Baillieu,
Uttley, Choir of King’s College
London/Fort (DELPHIAN)
Brahms chose the text of his great German
Requiem consciously in the vernacular of his
country, so those who first introduced it to
London decided to pay homage to his ideals
and perform it in English, with Brahms’s own
piano (four hands) accompaniment. This
recording uses similar forces to those who
gathered in a fashionable Wimpole Street
drawing room in 1871, but revises the piano
part to more closely reflect the textures
of Brahms’s orchestration. This produces
an intimate, highly charged chamber
performance, brightly sung by this young
choir, with exemplary enunciation. Alas,
clouded diction spoils an otherwise divine
solo from Mary Bevan. Stephen Pritchard
Pop
KELLY LEE OWENS
O N E TO
WAT C H
might presume I just sing. I wanted to
take full control and show people that I
am the author of my creation, so now I
do it solo. It’s been very empowering.”
Two years ago, Björk gave an
interview in which she corrected the
assumption that she didn’t produce her
music, and Owens is similarly keen to
underline her role in the studio.
“There’s the perception that there
aren’t many examples of women who
are fully doing it themselves, so I
thought, if I write, produce, arrange
and perform my music then that’s my
The Welsh nurse turned techno-pop shaman
is creating waves with her healing, trance-like
debut, writes Kate Hutchinson
Music can soothe the soul, but Kelly
Lee Owens’s techno pop appears to
have an especially balm-like quality.
Her eponymous debut album came out
in March, and while she didn’t have
any specific intentions for it – “I had
the Yoko Ono mindset, which is just
to put good work out into the world
and let it do its thing” – she didn’t
anticipate the response it received.
Perhaps it was the Tibetan singing
bowls sampled on the song CBM. Or
the meditative, 10-minute closing track
inspired by gong baths. Or Owens’s
soothing coo, which ripples trippily
throughout the album. Fans would
message her on Instagram telling her:
“Your music has healed me.”
That revelation could sound
pretentious, but Welsh-born Owens,
29, operates on a sweetly spiritual
plane.Throughout our interview, there
is talk of natal charts and the age of
Aquarius, but also of how lazy festival
promoters need to step outside their
“boys’ club” and book more women.
She’s pleased about the response to
her record because for a time she
felt guilty about leaving her job as an
auxiliary nurse in a cancer ward in
Manchester to pursue music. It was,
however, her patients who encouraged
her to quit. “They were kind of like my
career advisers,” she says. “They had
this unique perspective, of having their
lives threatened by something out of
their control, so I respected all of their
words of advice.”
When Owens moved to London in
2009 she had a spell in Sonic Youthish indie band the History of Apple
Pie. But while working in various
record shops she met the mentors
who would help shape her sound:
electronic producers Daniel Avery,
James Greenwood (aka Ghost Culture)
and Erol Alkan. Avery invited her to
collaborate on his breakthrough 2013
album Drone Logic, and through those
sessions she developed a taste for
techno. It was Alkan who suggested
she should make her own, which
she did, on Avery’s analogue synth
collection (unsurprisingly, their music
shares a certain kinetic warmth and
rhythmic buoyancy).
Owens says the resulting album
is the sound of “discovering who I
was as a producer and a musician”,
pulsing between romantic techno, acid,
shoegaze and ambient atmospherics.
She performs it live with an energy you
hope she’ll bottle and give to brittle
lads with laptops. For a time she had
a backing band, but she now says:
“People who don’t know I produce
‘My patients were
my career advisers.
They had this unique
perspective so I
respected their advice’
protection, you can’t attack me.”
So it must feel gratifying that the
Icelandic pop powerhouse included
Owens’s track Anxi on a recent
Mixmag DJ mix, featuring subversive
musings from Norwegian artist Jenny
Hval such as “what is soft dick rock?”
atop an elastic bass line.
“It’s the cherry on the top of this
year,” says Owens. Could a joint DJ
set be on the cards next? “Can you
imagine? That would be amazing,” she
says, although she already has greater
ambitions. “I want to remix [Björk’s]
stuff because I think she needs more
females to be remixing her work. More
women need to do that for each other.
The possibilities are endless.”
‘I wanted to take full control’: musician and producer Kelly Lee Owens. Kim Hiorthøy
Kelly Lee Owens’s self-titled debut album
is released by Smalltown Supersound.
Her cover of Aaliyah’s More Than a
Woman is available to download now
and on vinyl from 8 December
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Bookss of the year
Wonder women, lost words and a
From Robert Macfarlane’s dazzling hymn to the natural world
to Mary Beard’s modern feminist classic, from a grieving
president to a missing girl, leading novelists, poets and critics
reveal their favourite books of the year – and which titles they
hope to find under the Christmas tree. Illustrations by Neil Webb
MAGGIE O’FARRELL
Novelist
We were spoilt this year by another
brilliant and devastating Elizabeth
Strout book, hot on the heels of
2016’s My Name Is Lucy Barton. With
Anything Is Possible (Viking), Strout
turns her clear, incisive gaze on the
intricacies and betrayals of small-town
life. I’m now dreading the hiatus until
the next Strout. Goodnight Stories for
Rebel Girls (Penguin) has been the
definitive book of the year in our house,
for both parents and offspring. It offers
celebratory, non-judgmental paeans to
the varied lives of influential women.
Anyone needing an antidote for certain
oversexualised, underoccupied screen
heroines need look no further. I am
hoping that someone will be wrapping
up a copy of Botanical Shakespeare:
An Illustrated Compendium (Harper
Design) for me. It promises to detail
and illuminate each plant mentioned
by Shakespeare, which is an altogether
irresistible proposition.
SEBASTIAN BARRY
Novelist
A book that made me feel I really was
in the presence of a master was Roddy
Doyle’s new novel, Smile (Jonathan
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Cape). In quite another world of
experience, but just as Irish for all that,
Sally Rooney (right) in Conversations
With Friends (Faber) seems to be
Truman Capote reborn, with more
than a dash of the high intelligence of
Elizabeth Bowen. If someone gives me
Michael Longley’s Sidelines: Selected
Prose (Enitharmon) for Christmas, it
will be better than pudding.
JESSIE BURTON
Novelist
I’ve read some brilliant books this year,
but a few stand out for me. Fiction-wise,
Sarah Hall’s short-story collection,
Madame Zero (Faber), was astonishing:
humane yet otherworldly, disturbing,
sexy and strange. The woman is a
genius. I also adored The Hate U Give,
by Angie Thomas (Walker), a book full
of life and laughter, told through the
eyes of a young black girl in inner-city
America who testifies against the police
after a tragic shooting. In the nonfiction
world, I wept with laughter at Patricia
Lockwood’s Priestdaddy (Riverhead),
her memoir of growing up with a
Catholic priest for a dad. So weird,
so wonderful. I just kept reading the
passages aloud. A book I can’t wait to
read for Christmas is Ali Smith’s Winter
(Hamish Hamilton). I love her writing.
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CHARLOTTE MENDELSON
Novelist
Can’t we talk about all
my unread new books?
I’m a late adopter; the
more I’m told to read
something, the longer
it dawdles downstairs,
waiting for that
unquantifiable moment
of ripeness. Or the stacks
of disappointing fiction,
mostly crime, or the few joys, none
recent – Halldór Laxness’s Independent
People? Elizabeth Strout? No? Fine,
then. I’ve just started The Sparsholt
Affair (Picador) by Alan Hollinghurst,
my favourite living novelist. It had
better be good. Emily Berry’s second
poetry collection, Stranger, Baby
(Faber), is witty, devastating, brilliant.
And please can I have Carla Capalbo’s
Tasting Georgia (Pallas Athene)? This
isn’t a rhetorical question.
MARK HADDON
Novelist
For reasons I don’t quite understand,
poetry and I have been at odds with
each other for a couple of years. I
couldn’t bring myself to read an entire
collection and I regularly gave up on
poems that dared to go over the page. I
simply couldn’t see the point. Then, a
few weeks ago, I was sent a Red Cross
parcel by Chatto & Windus which
contained debut collections by three
poets and they blew me away: Division
Street by Helen Mort, Kumukanda by
Kayo Chingonyi, and Black Country
by Liz Berry. I have fallen in love with
poetry again. Chatto clearly have some
kind of secret hotline to my heart, so
the book I want for Christmas is a prepublication copy of their next poetry
publication, Don’t Call Us Dead, by
Danez Smith.
LIONEL SHRIVER
Novelist and journalist
You could not go wrong
with James Lasdun’s The
Fall Guy (Jonathan Cape),
a riveting psychological
thriller with a protagonist
actually as creepy as Ian
McEwan’s stalker in Enduring
Love, though (at first) more subtle. In
Joshua Ferris’s entertaining collection
The Dinner Party (Viking), most of the
characters are comparatively sane, but
no less deliciously ghastly. Lawrence
Osborne’s Beautiful Animals (Hogarth)
is both impossible to put down and
beautifully written: a great combo.
And I can’t imagine a nicer Christmas
present than Viv Groskop’s droll
primer on Russian literature, The Anna
Karenina Fix (Fig Tree).
HILARY MANTEL
Author
The poem Nativity, if it stood alone,
makes Sinead Morrissey’s On Balance
(Carcanet) a sweet Christmas choice,
but it is only one of a number of
thought-provoking poems in her
sixth, prize-winning collection.
Morrissey floats the reader glimpses
of desires unmet, memories still fluid;
the stories swim beyond the edge of
the page, buoyed up by possibility.
Adam Thorpe’s Missing Fay (Cape) is
an intricately crafted novel, sharpeared, current and full of heart, about
a lost teenager in a lost England. For
Christmas: surprise me.
JACKIE KAY
Poet and novelist
Nick Makoha’s Kingdom of Gravity
(Peepal Tree Press) is a bold and
brilliant poetry debut that does not
avert its gaze from trauma and atrocity
(exploring along the way the brutal
rule of Idi Amin and the civil war)
and yet is light on its feet and fills you
with hope. Peggy’s Seeger’s substantial
and absorbing memoir First Time Ever
(Faber) is fabulous, taking us back
through British folk and reminding us
of why we love her songs. Sebastian
Barry’s Days Without End (Faber)
totally captivated me – the voice is
compelling and immersive and tells a
story that we don’t get to hear. Barry
faces up to the history of the settlers in
America and the slaughter of the Sioux
during the American civil war. It is a
masterpiece; hypnotic and strange, full
of its own music. A book I would love is
Raymond Antrobus’s To Sweeten Bitter
(Outspoken Press). I have a soft spot for
chapbooks, and I love the poetry I’ve so
far come across of Raymond Antrobus.
CORNELIA FUNKE
Children’s author
The Omnivore’s Dilemma (Bloomsbury)
by Michael Pollan is, like all of his
‘New comedy Chinese
Burn rages against
Asian stereotypes’
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memorable winter’s tale
books, wildly entertaining and
enlightening, challenging perceptions.
For sure, you will never again look
at the products in your supermarket
in the same way. Or at the fields of a
farmer. Numerous books have shown
me how utterly ignorant I am about
most creatures I share this planet
with, but none humbled me more
than What a Fish Knows (Oneworld) by
Jonathan Balcombe. As a great admirer
of Humboldt, I’ve been longing to read
The Invention of Nature (John Murray)
by Andrea Wulf since I first heard
about it. So… I just gave it to myself as
an early Christmas gift.
DAVID NICHOLLS
Novelist and screenwriter
This year I read a series of fantastic
memoirs. I loved Patricia Lockwood’s
Priestdaddy (Riverhead), in particular
the depiction of her father, a guntoting, guitar-wielding Republican
pastor. Written with a poet’s
precision, it’s funny, raucous,
thoughtful and angry in
turn. Lynsey Hanley’s
Respectable (Allen Lane)
is a sharp, insightful
look at social mobility,
and Maggie Nelson’s
The Red Parts (Vintage)
is a harrowing but
clear-eyed examination
of crime’s emotional fallout.
As for fiction, I came a little late
to Sebastian Barry’s Days Without End
(Faber) but it really is an amazing
achievement, especially the brilliantly
sustained first-person voice. For page
after page, I found myself thinking,
how does he do this?
On the Christmas list, Alan
Hollinghurst’s The Sparsholt Affair
(Picador) will be the first book I read
in 2018.
WILLIAM DALRYMPLE
Author and historian
I learned a great deal from Jon Wilson’s
India Conquered (Simon and Schuster),
an admirably concise, balanced
and thoughtful look at how British
colonialism maimed India, and the
sheer wickedness of so much of what
we did there. The product of many
years of detailed archival research,
Wilson’s book is the best one-volume
history of the Raj currently in print.
Charlie English’s The Book Smugglers
of Timbuktu (HarperCollins) tells the
story of how the priceless literary
remains of this ancient city’s golden age
were smuggled to safety after al-Qaida
jihadis took over and imposed sharia
law in April 2012. It reads like a sort of
Schindler’s List for medieval African
manuscripts and is an exemplary
work of investigative journalism
that is also a wonderfully
colourful book of history
and travel. My Christmas
request is BN Goswamy’s
magisterial book on the
great Indian painter,
Manaku of Guler (Niyogi).
MARTHA KEARNEY
Journalist and broadcaster
Why do some people become
radicalised? It’s a question I’ve
explored with experts on-air, but
perhaps fiction can provide greater
insight. Kamila Shamsie’s (right)
powerful novel Home Fire (Bloomsbury
Circus), inspired by Sophocles’s
Antigone, did just that. Colm Tóibín
also draws on Greek tragedy for his
masterly House of Names (Viking).
The escalation of violence and desire
for revenge has deliberate echoes of
the Irish Troubles. Autumn (Penguin)
by Ali Smith (left), the story of an
unlikely friendship, displays
surreal imagination with her
characteristic linguistic
playfulness. I’m glad it’s
part of a quartet as I
would like to be given
Winter for Christmas.
of courage and determination. Travis
Elborough’s finely judged compilation,
Our History of the 20th Century (Michael
O’Mara Books), complements it well,
drawing on an eclectic range of diaries
and letters to open up the story of
modern Britain. For Christmas,
a quietly desperate plea
for Laura Dassow Walls’s
Henry David Thoreau: A Life
(Yale University Press).
TOM HOLLAND
AYOBAMI ADEBAYO
Novelist
I’d been anticipating Lesley
Nneka Arimah’s debut since
I read one of her stories years ago,
and with its remarkable range and
exquisite prose, What It Means When a
Man Falls from the Sky (Tinder Press)
did not disappoint. In The Zoo (Faber),
Christopher Wilson reimagines Stalin’s
final days in power through the eyes
of Yuri, a brain-damaged boy who
becomes the dictator’s food taster. The
result is a witty, tender and sinister
satire. Meena Kandasamy’s vivid, sharp
and precise writing makes a triumph of
When I Hit You: Or, a Portrait of the Writer
As a Young Wife (Atlantic), her searing
and unflinching portrait of an abusive
marriage. What I’d like for Christmas:
Mary Beard’s Women & Power (Profile).
DAVID KYNASTON
Historian and author
Joining the Dots (HarperCollins) by
the social historian Juliet Gardiner is
such an accomplished and intensely
evocative memoir that it will become
in time an integral part of our
understanding of postwar Britain. It
is also, at a personal level, a journey
Author and historian
Fresh, vivid and
impeccably researched,
Thomas Williams’s Viking Britain
(HarperCollins) was the most riproaring work of nonfiction I read
this year. The novel I most enjoyed
was Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan
Beach (Corsair), a historical thriller
that was quite as visionary and
stylish as one would expect from
the author. The funniest book was
Anthony McGowan’s The Art of Failing
(Oneworld), which alternates selfmocking slapstick with flashes of
weirdness reminiscent of Gogol. The
book I am most hoping to receive for
Christmas is Caspar Henderson’s A
New Map of Wonders (Granta), a study
of awe written by a writer who evokes
the fascination of the natural world as
eye-openingly as anyone I’ve read.
TAHMIMA ANAM
Novelist
The standout book of the year for
me is Kamila Shamsie’s Home Fire
(Bloomsbury Circus). It’s a modern
retelling of Antigone set among a
family divided by politics, love, and
radicalism. In fewer than 300 pages,
it managed to do all the things I want
novels to do – tell me something about
the world, give me a tiny glimpse into
the otherness of others, and, most of all,
give me that ache of longing as I turned
the last page and realised I would never
meet these characters again. A book I
would love for Christmas is The Lost
Words (Hamish Hamilton) by Robert
Macfarlane and Jackie Morris.
ROHAN SILVA
Co-founder of bookshop Libreria
I adored Fresh Complaint (4th Estate),
the new collection of short stories by
Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Jeffrey
Eugenides – it’s beautifully written
and couldn’t be more topical, with
tales of rape allegations on campus and
transgender teens. Architect Richard
Rogers’s memoir, A Place for All People
(Canongate), was my other favourite
book of the year, showing how our
cities could be fairer, greener and more
beautiful. As for this Christmas, I’ve
just opened a little poetry bookshop
(foolish, I know), so I’ll be treating
myself to some of the most exciting
emerging voices: Bone (Penguin) by
Yrsa Daley-Ward and Stranger, Baby
(Faber) by Emily Berry.
MARIELLA FROSTRUP
Presenter of Radio 4’s Open Book and
Observer columnist
America’s tortured present lends
unsettling believability to American
War (Picador), the dystopian debut
from journalist Omar El Akkad with its
late 21st-century picture of a second
civil war, fought over fossil fuel in
a US devastated by environmental
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disaster. Brilliantly imagined, it’s both
a timely tale and a salutary warning.
Little Fires Everywhere (Little, Brown)
is the second novel from Celeste Ng
and manages to combine a thoughtprovoking story of race, belonging,
motherhood and the cracked face of
smug liberalism with the pace of a
page-turner. As a present, I’d really
like my Observer colleague Nigel
Slater’s delectable tome on Christmas
cooking, The Christmas Chronicles
(4th Estate).
LINDA GRANT
Novelist and journalist
Susie Boyt’s new novel, Love &
Fame (Virago), is characterised by
the individuality of her voice. She
writes sentences with the nuance
of a playful Henry James, exploring
grief with wit and wisdom. Jon
McGregor’s Reservoir 13 (4th
Estate), which was unlucky not to
have been Booker-shortlisted, is a
mesmerising account of landscape,
daily life and, running through
it, a deepening mystery about a
missing girl. Breathtaking. Margaret
Drabble’s The Dark Flood Rises
(Canongate) is an absolute tour
de force about old age and dying.
Scandalous that it wasn’t a major
prize winner. I’d like to be given Mary
Beard’s Women & Power (Profile). Now
seems like the moment.
FRANK COTTRELL-BOYCE
Screenwriter and novelist
The most beautiful and
thought-provoking book
I’ve read this year was
a children’s picture
book, The Lost Words
(Hamish Hamilton),
about the way words
help us see more
clearly, in which Robert
Macfarlane’s charms are
brought to life by Jackie
Morris’s dazzling images. Justin
Welby’s brisk Dethroning Mammon
(Bloomsbury) was originally a Lent
book but would work just as well for
new year. We should probably read it
as a nation because it would sort out
our priorities. What I’d like for Christmas is Daniel
Foliard’s Dislocating the Orient: British
Maps and the Making of the Middle East
1854-1921 (University of Chicago
Press). I can’t understand why our
kids are taught about Vietnam but not
this. We are all living with the fallout
from the Sykes-Picot agreement.
PAUL MURRAY
Novelist
Gwendoline Riley’s First Love (Granta)
tells the story of a young woman in
an abusive relationship. It goes to
some dark places, but Riley’s prose is
so electric, so alive with humour and
insight and passion, that by the end you
will want to stand up and cheer. A State
of Freedom (Chatto & Windus) by Neel
Mukherjee also shows people living at
their limit; it’s a brave and frequently
devastating novel whose themes of
displacement and dehumanisation
are all too timely. Lincoln in the
Bardo (Bloomsbury) was every bit
as wonderful as I expected from the
great George Saunders (below). As for
Christmas presents, The Doll’s Alphabet
(Fitzcarraldo), the pleasingly weirdsounding story collection by Camilla
Grudova or the gorgeous The Lost
Words (Hamish Hamilton) by Robert
Macfarlane and Jackie Morris.
EMMA HEALEY
Novelist
A friend gave me Little Labours (4th
Estate) by Rivka Galchen after my
daughter was born in June. It’s a funny,
profound memoir that’s sort of about
what it’s like to be a new mother, but
is really about lots of other things
including Japanese literature and
the freedom to judge others. I’m a
huge fan of Megan Abbott and loved
You Will Know Me (Picador) just as
much as her previous explorations
into the dark, disturbing, strangely
heroic world of teenage girls. She
knows just how to draw the
reader into the characters’
dangerous, painful lives
and how to make those
lives mysterious. For
Christmas I want
Michelle Paver’s new
novel, Thin Air (Orion),
just out in paperback.
Who can resist curling up
with a good ghost story at
Christmas? And this is sure to
be good.
(Jonathan Cape) shows a five-decade
marriage unspooling over a long
weekend in Amsterdam; 26-year-old
Sally Rooney’s Conversations With
Friends (Faber) is a latterday Bonjour
Tristesse: brave and touching love
stories, both of them. And the book I’d
most like to find in my stocking is Ali
Smith’s Winter (Hamish Hamilton).
CURTIS SITTENFELD
Novelist
There are two 2017 books of nonfiction
that have really stayed with me. The
History of the Future (Coffee House
Press) by Edward McPherson is a
collection of impressively researched
yet conversational essays about
environmental degradation, place and
time. The Rules Do Not Apply (Little,
Brown) by Ariel Levy is simultaneously
the personal story of a dramatic
miscarriage, a frank, powerful look
at shifting gender roles and how we
make a life for ourselves, and an inside
glimpse into Levy’s work as a journalist
for the New Yorker. And there are
two intriguing-sounding novels I’d
love to be given: White Tears (Hamish
Hamilton) by Hari Kunzru and The
Red Car (WW Norton & Company) by
Marcy Dermansky.
TAIYE SELASI
Novelist
Chiara Barzini’s Things That Happened
Before the Earthquake (Doubleday)
strikes that rarest balance: a brilliant
literary novel with all the effortless
delights of a beach read. It’s a new-girlin-town Bildungsroman that follows
a precocious Italian teenager through
1990s Los Angeles. Sisonke Msimang ’s
Always Another Country (Jonathan
Ball) is my favourite kind of memoir,
so lyrical and dreamlike that it reads
like a novel. It’s an artful meditation
on exile and return, womanhood and
motherhood unfolding against the
backdrop of post-apartheid South
African politics. For Christmas, I
would absolutely love Saskia Vogel’s
I Am a Pornographer (Dialogue).
HELEN SIMPSON
KATIE ROIPHE
Jenny Erpenbeck’s Go, Went, Gone
(Granta) – a title catchier in the
original, Gehen, Ging, Gegangen – is a
deeply thoughtful and involving novel
about migrancy now. Retired ex-GDR
classics professor Richard, himself
unhoused by war in infancy, befriends
a group of African refugees in Berlin:
grippingly interrogatory fiction.
Bernard MacLaverty’s Midwinter Break
The first book I loved this year was
the NYRB reissue of David Plante’s
Difficult Women, an incredible firsthand account of his encounters with
three prickly and charismatic women:
Jean Rhys, Germaine Greer and Sonia
Orwell. Another book that stands out is
Rachel Cusk’s Transit (Vintage), part of
her masterful trilogy about a woman in
a moment of radical transition (a genre
I generally love, which also includes
Nicole Krauss’s excellent Forest Dark
(Bloomsbury)). The book I hope to
be given for the holidays is Meghan
O’Rourke’s book of poems, Sun in Days
(WW Norton & Company). It contains
her always eloquent meditations on
illness, loss and motherhood.
Novelist and short story writer
Author and journalist
MARINA WARNER
Novelist and historian
Iris Origo’s A Chill in the Air: An Italian
War Diary 1939-1940 (Pushkin Press)
unfolds from week to week the horrible
confusion, fear and misery as Mussolini
shouted and swaggered; her clear-eyed
account reads with truly alarming
timeliness. Nadeem Aslam interweaves
rich, poetic symbols with stark political
realities in The Golden Legend (Faber)
and manages to keep up hope in the
strength of love and imagination. The
art of the Brazilian-born Lygia Pape was
a revelation to me: potent, playful and
sometimes sublime works (Lygia
Pape: A Multitude of Forms,
ed. Iria Candela et al,
Metropolitan Museum
of Art, New York).
As for a gift, I’d like
Supreme
moment,
mood filled
with drama
(6,2,4)
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Architectural Heritage
of Yemen: Buildings That
Fill My Eye by Trevor
HJ Marchand (Gingko
Library), with different
contributors trying to
forestall further destruction.
JOE DUNTHORNE
Poet and novelist
I loved The Evenings (Pushkin Press)
by Gerard Reve, surely the funniest
novel ever written about boredom.
It’s a classic of Dutch literature – first
published in 1947 – but has only
just found its way into English. The
translation by Sam Garrett is perfect. I
also adored Conversations With Friends
(Faber) by Sally Rooney; a witty,
nuanced and perfectly observed novel
of modern love and friendship. For
Christmas, I want someone to give me
more Patricia Highsmith thrillers. I
have only just discovered her genius.
JOHN GRAY
Philosopher and author
Using new evidence with a novelist’s
feeling for personality and atmosphere,
Nicholas Shakespeare’s Six Minutes in
May: How Churchill Unexpectedly Became
Prime Minister (Harvill Secker) tells
how a military disaster, parliamentary
intrigues, a hidden love affair and a
six-minute meeting enabled Winston
Churchill to come to power. I’ve been
engrossed by My House of Sky: The Life
of JA Baker (Little Toller) by Hetty
Saunders. This definitive biography
of the author of The Peregrine, Baker’s
lyrical account of his 10-year struggle
to see the world through the eyes of
the falcon, is a pioneering study of a
solitary British visionary who recorded
his attempt to break open the doors
of perception in prose of astonishing
power and originality. I’d be delighted if
someone were to give me for Christmas
a copy of Marguerite Yourcenar’s
1968 novel The Abyss, the story of
an inquiring alchemist struggling to
survive in the blood-soaked madness of
early modern Europe.
RUPERT THOMSON
Novelist
Gwendoline Riley is a writer
who cuts right to the heart of
things, and her fifth novel,
First Love (Granta), is
predictably raw, fierce
and true. If you like your
fiction reassuring, look
elsewhere. Sarah Hall
(left) is another voice
I love. Her new book
of short stories, Madame
Zero (Faber), is a showcase
for her clean, vivid style and
her surreal, often feral imagination.
Ocean Vuong ’s collection of poems,
Night Sky With Exit Wounds (Jonathan
Cape), startled me with its urgency
and its relevance. An eerily surefooted debut. For Christmas? Perhaps
a rich relation could give me a Cape
hardback edition of Patrick Modiano’s
1971 novel Night Rounds [now selling
for hundreds of pounds].
LUCY HUGHES-HALLETT
Biographer and historian
Two brilliant Irish novels stood out, one
lushly lyrical, one laconic, both so well
written they make pain into literary
delight. Days Without End (Faber),
Sebastian Barry’s novel of war and
defiant love, is as full of outrage and
blood and grief as one of Kurosawa’s
Shakespearean movies and it’s as
gorgeously beautiful too. Roddy Doyle’s
Smile (Jonathan Cape) is achingly sad
and ruefully perceptive, exquisitely
balancing anger with sympathy. The
book I want for Christmas is The
Essential Paradise Lost (Faber), Milton’s
great epic pared down by John Carey.
KIRSTY WARK
Broadcaster and novelist
One of the joys of my reading year
was Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan Beach
(Corsair). She tells an intimate and
unusual story set in Brooklyn in the
second world war, centred around the
flinty Anna Kerrigan who becomes the
only woman training to be a diver in
the Navy Yard, and whose difficult home
life is drawn with great compassion.
Egan captures marvellously the
precarious heightened atmosphere
of wartime New York. Alan Taylor’s
Appointment in Arezzo (Polygon), his
account of his long friendship with
Muriel Spark, about whom I am
making a BBC documentary, is an
insightful, fond and gossipy read. I’m
looking forward to a forthcoming long
flight with Patrick Garrett’s Of Fortunes
and War (Hodder), the story of Clare
Hollingworth, the first female war
correspondent, who lived to be 105.
LOUISE DOUGHTY
Novelist
There have been a lot of bells and
whistles in fiction in 2017 and, while it’s
been a stellar year for inventiveness, I’ve
also enjoyed two novels that utilised the
underrated power of a simple story, well
told. Ghachar Ghochar (Faber) by Vivek
Shanbhag, translated from the Kannada
by Srinath Perur, is a seemingly
straightforward tale of a Bangalore
family who come into wealth. Its gently
comic tone belies a stunning satire, the
full power of which is only apparent
as the horror of the ending becomes
SEBASTIAN FAULKS
DAMIAN BARR
I am very much enjoying Enemies and
Ali Smith’s Winter (Hamish Hamilton)
is no cosy, comfort read. It’s a brisk
frosty walk under skies that could open
at any moment revealing anything but
snow. I’ll be unpicking it for months. As
Kingfishers Catch Fire (Little, Brown) is
a memoir/gallimaufry of ornithological
obsession by Alex Preston. He watches
birds in the sky and on the page,
darting between myths, stories
and memoir like a swift. The
characterful illustrations
by Neil Gower add a
whole new dimension
to this gorgeous book.
For Christmas, I’d like
Edward Carpenter’s
memoirs, My Days and
Dreams (CreateSpace).
I remain obsessed by him
after Tate’s Queer show.
Novelist
Neighbours: Arabs and Jews in Palestine
and Israel, 1917-2017 (Allen Lane) by
Ian Black. I also raced through The
Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary
Adventure of Les Misérables (Particular)
by David Bellos. The book I would like
to receive is an early copy of The Long
Take (Picador), Robin Robertson’s
narrative poem, due out in the
new year.
SJ WATSON
Novelist
The Fact of a Body
(Macmillan) by
Alexandria MarzanoLesnevich is an
extraordinary book,
weaving as it does the story of
the author’s own childhood abuse
at the hands of a grandfather into the
(also true) story of a convicted child
killer on death row in whose retrial she
is involved. It’s a complex, essential
read, as is Sarah Winman’s third novel,
Tin Man (Tinder Press), a beautiful
book focusing on love, loss and sexual
identity. Finally, under the tree this year
I’m hoping to find Ali Smith’s Winter
(Hamish Hamilton).
JENNI MURRAY
Broadcaster and author
clear. The Women’s prize-shortlisted
Stay With Me (Canongate) by Ayòbámi
Adébáyò (below) had me hooked from
the start with its portrait of marital
disharmony in 1980s Nigeria. Beneath
the tree, I would like Adam Gopnik’s
At the Strangers’ Gate (Quercus), his
collection of essays about life in New
York, still a place I fantasise about
moving to one day.
SARAH WINMAN
Novelist
Tim Winton is a favourite novelist of
mine. Always has been. So to read The
Boy Behind the Curtain (Picador), his
collection of autobiographical
stories and essays, was a
total joy. Here are the
influences that shaped
Cloudstreet, Breath,
The Riders, et al. In
one essay, he writes
about the gut-churning
process and despair of
fiction writing. I felt sick.
Wonderful. I was handed
Jon McGregor’s Reservoir
13 (4th Estate) and told: “See
what you think.” What I think is that
it’s remarkable. Lyrical, restrained
and structurally brilliant. I’ve never
read anything quite like it. The
book I hope to get this Christmas is
Toni Morrison’s The Origin of Others
(Harvard University Press). She
writes with such grace and wisdom
and never fails to educate me,
move me, or to remind me of what,
essentially, matters.
JULIAN BAGGINI
Philosopher and author
Erica Benner’s Be Like the Fox
(Allen Lane) challenged us to
rethink Machiavelli, while Dennis
C Rasmussen’s The Infidel and the
Professor (University Press Group)
shone a deserved spotlight on David
Hume and Adam Smith. But the
standout book of the year was The
Enigma of Reason (Allen Lane) by
Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber. The
idea that conscious, rational thought is
largely window dressing has become
the new common sense. Mercier
and Sperber show that rationality is
primarily social not solitary and has
only been debunked because it has
been misunderstood. For Christmas,
I would gladly unwrap The Day That
Went Missing (Harvill Secker) by
Richard Beard.
My favourite books of 2017 were, first,
Elmet (JM Originals) by Fiona Mozley.
It’s a brilliant debut novel which landed
on the Booker shortlist and is a work
of extraordinary Yorkshire grit. The
landscape of my home county is evoked
beautifully. The language is exquisite
and the anger at the all-powerful
wealthy landowner’s influence on the
right to own one’s home leaps from the
page. Second was Be a Man by Chris
Hemmings (Biteback). A 30-year-old
details the pressures of traditional
masculinity on a growing boy, the lad
phase and the maturing male’s need
to comprehend and embrace the
feminist project. Should be read by
every parent, teacher, man and boy.
The book I hope to find in my stocking
is The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory
(Simon & Schuster). Her historical
novels never fail to delight.
CHIGOZIE OBIOMA
Writer and academic
I enjoyed What Language Do I Dream
In? by Elena Lappin (Virago).
She creates an acute sense of
tension, and the way she
loops explosive events
in her life – discovering
that her father was
not, in fact, her father
– into the philosophy
around art and language
is skilful and riveting.
George Saunders’s Lincoln
in the Bardo (Bloomsbury)
is one of the books where the
jacket description gets it right: they use
the word “kaleidoscopic” to describe
this ingenious, polyphonic structure
that is at once as entrancing as it is
beautiful. In Days Without End (Faber),
Sebastian Barry employed a rich,
flourishing cascade of 19th-century
vocabulary to create an atmospheric
novel of friendship, war, immigration
and the fragilities of the human life. It’s
a powerful book. For Christmas, I am
hoping for Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West
(Hamish Hamilton).
AMMA ASANTE
Screenwriter and director
The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
(HarperCollins) is genuinely disturbing
and so skilfully crafted, you feel,
taste and smell the world as you are
sucked in by its unpredictable twists
and turns. I found Why I’m No Longer
Talking to White People About Race by
Reni Eddo-Lodge (Bloomsbury) timely
and resonant. The author’s passages
on intersectionality are particularly
poignant. It’s a powerful and important
read, relevant and accessible whatever
your race. For Christmas, I’d love to be
given Akata Warrior. Nnedi Okorafor’s
fantasy sci-fi books draw on African
mythology and she’s a force in the sci-fi
genre. I’d love to lose myself in a world
that she has created.
Writer and playwright
FRANCES HARDINGE
Children’s writer
Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally
Nicholls (Andersen Press) follows
three fallible yet formidable teenage
girls caught up in the fight for women’s
votes. We’re shown the intricacies
of this turbulent period in a vivid,
hard-hitting, funny and emotionally
compelling way. We Come Apart
(Bloomsbury), co-written by Sarah
Crossan and Brian Conaghan, recounts
the romance of two maltreated teens
through sparse, grittily powerful
verse. Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s The
Island at the End of Everything (Chicken
House) is a beautiful, haunting tale of
leprosy, lepidoptery and loyalty. And
this Christmas I’m hoping for Philip
Pullman’s The Book of Dust, Volume One:
La Belle Sauvage (Random House)…
GEOFF DYER
Author
Nothing can quite prepare the
reader for the shattering force of The
Unwomanly Face of War (Penguin),
Svetlana Alexievich’s oral history of
Soviet women in the second world war.
In the midst of such suffering hundreds
of little details stick in the mind, like the
trail of blood left as a group of women
march to – not from – the front because
they are so poorly equipped, none have
sanitary wear. I had the distinct sense,
on finishing Alan Hollinghurst’s latest
novel, that I might have read next year’s
Booker winner before this year’s had
even been announced. The Sparsholt
Affair (Picador) is a sweeping and
intimate masterpiece, full of sensual
pleasures and observational wisdom. I
hope someone will give me Teju Cole’s
book of photographs and essays, Blind
Spot (Faber).
was Syria: Recipes from Home by Itab
Azzam and Dina Mousawi (Orion). I
want Rebecca Solnit’s The Mother of All
Questions (Granta) for Christmas.
LARA FEIGEL
Critic and cultural historian
I’ve been particularly impressed
by two conversational novels about
intelligent, self-conscious young
women: Elif Batuman’s (left) The Idiot
(Jonathan Cape) and Sally Rooney’s
Conversations With Friends (Faber). Both
created worlds and characters you live
with and talk to and miss after finishing
the book. More recently, I’ve just read
John Banville’s Mrs Osmond (Viking), an
astonishing act of literary ventriloquism
that is so successful it felt like
discovering a new Henry James novel.
As a result, I plan to spend Christmas
rereading James himself, but I’ll also
read another short story collection,
Sarah Hall’s Madame Zero (Faber).
KATHARINE NORBURY
Writer and academic
Philip Pullman’s (below) The Book
of Dust, Volume One: La Belle Sauvage
(Random House) creaks with mystery
and burns with passion and the thrill of
what it is to be human. Natasha Pulley’s
The Bedlam Stacks (Bloomsbury)
is an immense treat for lovers
of both historical fiction
and the surreal. And
Caspar Henderson has
created A New Map of
Wonders (Granta) that
reveals the sublime from
his garden shed and had
me weeping with relief
that wonder is so close
at hand. For Christmas, I’d
very much like to complement
the above with Catherine Nixey’s The
Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction
of the Classical World (Macmillan).
ALEX PRESTON
Author and journalist
Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris
have made a thing of astonishing
beauty in their The Lost Words (Hamish
Hamilton). It’s a book to gift and
to treasure – generous, luminous,
profound. I was glad George Saunders
won the Man Booker and for next
year’s prize it’s hard to look beyond
Alan Hollinghurst’s masterful The
Sparsholt Affair (Picador), which I found
thrillingly stylish and gripping. It’d be
good to see Philip Pullman’s The Book
of Dust, Volume One: La Belle Sauvage
(Random House) on the list – a brilliant
novel whether you’re nine or 90. For
Christmas, I’d like a time machine
to whisk me forward into spring and
summer, when three of my favourite
novelists have books out: Sarah Perry,
Amy Sackville and Melissa Harrison.
CHRIS MULLIN
Journalist and author
By far the best book I have read this
year is Life After Life (Gill Books), the
autobiography of Paddy Armstrong,
one of four innocent people convicted
of the Guildford and Woolwich pub
bombings. Ghosted by Irish journalist
Mary-Elaine Tynan, it’s a beautifully
written account of extraordinary
events. My other favourite is Called
to Account (Little, Brown) by former
chair of the public accounts committee,
Margaret Hodge. A shocking exposé
of corporate misbehaviour and
government waste, it has not had the
attention it deserves. For Christmas,
I would like Robert Harris’s latest
thriller, Munich (Hutchinson).
SALLY ROONEY
Novelist
This year I read and loved Elif
Batuman’s The Idiot (Jonathan
Cape) – which, apart from
its intellectual heft, is
page for page one of the
funniest novels I’ve ever
read. In nonfiction,
this was the year of
Mark O’Connell’s To
Be a Machine (Granta),
a profoundly unsettling
and brilliant account of
technology and human life.
Though it wasn’t published in
2017 (more like 1903), Henry James’s
lively novel The Ambassadors (available
from Arcturus) was one of my favourite
literary discoveries this year. And
finally, in case any of my loved ones
are reading, I will be putting Emily
Wilson’s new English translation of The
Odyssey on my Christmas wish list.
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Beginning with a house fire set by a
teenager, the flames quickly spread
across Celeste Ng’s suburban idyll in
Little Fires Everywhere (Little, Brown),
a sharp and nuanced tale of race and
family in 1990s America. The Fact
of a Body by Alexandria MarzanoLesnevich (Macmillan) is part memoir,
part true crime, wholly brilliant. Bleak
subject matter is expertly handled as
Marzano-Lesnevich challenges us
to see both perpetrators and victims
from every possible angle. Perfectly
paced and beautifully observed, Jon
McGregor defies expectations in
Reservoir 13 (4th Estate), his graceful
and compelling portrait of a community
coming to terms with tragedy. A book
I’d like to be given for Christmas: Winter
by Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton).
LUCY DAVIES
Executive director, Royal Court theatre
Books that have made my heart race,
or swell, with their brilliance this
year include Cynan Jones’s beautiful
landscape writing of the spirit and
the sea in Cove (Granta); the sublime
craft and fearless ambition in Kia
Corthron’s The Castle Cross the Magnet
Carter (Seven Stories); Paul Beatty’s
blazing The Sellout (Oneworld); Claire
Tomalin’s ambushingly poignant A Life
of My Own (Viking); and Alice Oswald’s
Falling Awake (Jonathan Cape), which
I go back to and back to. I read a lot
of cookbooks – a beautiful highlight
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THRILLER OF THE MONTH
IN BRIEF…
Trouble in paradise…
Places in the Darkness
Chris Brookmyre
Orbit £18.99, pp416
The award-winning Scottish crime
author Chris Brookmyre tweeted a
one-star Amazon review he received for
his new novel, Places in the Darkness,
earlier this month. “This needs a
‘serious science fiction’ warning, in
capital letters,” raged the reader, who’d
clearly been expecting another slice of
Brookmyre’s excellent tartan noir. “I
feel kind of bad,” responded Brookmyre,
brimming with sarcasm. “My publishers
should maybe have put a space station
on the cover or something.”
Brookmyre is, it’s true, better known
for his crime novels, particularly those
starring reporter Jack Parlabane; the
recent Black Widow won him both the
Theakston crime novel of the year and
the McIlvanney prize. Places in the
Darkness does indeed see him boldly
going into the realms of science fiction,
so count yourself warned – if that space
station filling the front cover hadn’t
already given it away. It’s set on Earth’s
first space station, Ciudad de Cielo,
known as CdC, or Seedee. Built 70 years
ago, with 100,000 residents, it’s “as close
to a city without crime as mankind has
seen”. There’s never been a homicide
before, but Brookmyre opens with a
doozy, his new setting allowing a writer
who has never been afraid of diving
right into the visceral side of a crime a
whole new dimension to play with.
“In zero-g, the gentle ballet of objects
in motion can make anything look
elegant. Not this. Glistening organs
dance gently around each other in the
bright expanse, like motes of dust in a
shaft of sunshine,” he tells us, entirely
gruesomely, before introducing his
diametrically opposed detectives. First
up, there’s Alice Blake, who has just
arrived from Earth to shake up CdC’s
security operation. Young and bright,
although bad at reading people, she’s
The Standing Chandelier
Lionel Shriver
Harper Collins £9.99
viewing everything for the first time
too, and serves as our introduction to
the place. Then there’s dodgy cop Nikki
Freeman, a former LAPD investigator
who is making a living from the shadier
side of the station’s operations. “You
gotta be prepared to turn a blind eye
to lesser crimes… In my experience,
bootlegging and payola are less of a
threat to society than flaying a human
being and turning the body into a reallife exploded anatomy diagram.”
As the killings escalate and panic
looms, Nikki and Alice are forced to
investigate together. “There’s tension
in this place. You can feel it. And
it’s building up to something bad,
something explosive,” Alice is told by
one of the many space station residents
Jillian Frisk and Weston Babansky have been
friends since university. They were lovers
once but their relationship has evolved into
one of intimate friendship. They play tennis
together and even have cutesy pet names
for each other. Their bond is seen as a threat
by Weston’s new girlfriend, Paige. She finds
Jillian’s vivid personality problematic and
takes an instant dislike to her. When Weston
proposes to Paige, she makes it clear
that if they are to marry, Jillian has to go.
Shriver’s new novella attacks, with her usual
merciless clarity, the idea that straight men
and women can ever be friends. It’s a slender
book but a sharp one, eloquent about the
various ways that people try to possess one
another. Shriver, typically, does not shrink
from depicting the pettiness of the fallout
following Paige’s ultimatum. Natasha Tripney
Brookmyre, never
afraid of the visceral
side of a crime, gets a
whole new dimension
to play with
21st-Century Yokel
Tom Cox
Unbound £16.99
Unbound’s fastest-ever crowdfunded title,
reaching its target in just seven hours, Tom
Cox’s ninth book favours an altogether slower
tempo. A hybrid of nature writing, memoir and
social history, it rambles, leisurely, through
the English countryside, often pausing to
ponder the relationship between people and
place. The author, who runs several comic
social media accounts, is an astute observer
of character, and there are several funny and
poignant scenes with his family. His writing
is at its best, though, when he turns his gaze
on the animal kingdom: bats, bees and owls
appear throughout, and there is a memorable
search for an escaped lynx. And while Cox’s
entertaining walk through English folklore is
digressive, he keeps us with him for the whole
journey. Anita Sethi
with a vested interest in her new role.
Brookmyre, who has dabbled in SF
before with the novel Bedlam, gives us
a fully realised world – one far enough
into the future to feature intriguing
technologies, such as the mesh implants
that upload information into their
owner’s brains. “You don’t need to read
or experience new information, you
simply know it, and you can’t forget
what you learned or choose to switch it
off at the end of the day.” But what this
veteran crime writer really provides is
another corker of a murder mystery, his
new setting – with which he’s clearly
having a whale of a time – giving him
the opportunity to wow us with an even
twistier twist than usual. Alison Flood
To order Places in the Darkness for £16.14
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Brookmyre sets his novel on a space station, a supposedly crime-free city home to
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100 BEST NONFICTION BOOKS OF ALL TIME
By Robert McCrum
NO 95
Areopagitica
‘A great poet and
fiery polemicist’:
an engraving of
John Milton, aged
21. Everett
Collection
Historical/Alamy
John Milton (1644)
Milton, today, is
remembered as the
author of Paradise
Lost – a supremely
great English poet. To
his contemporaries,
however, he was a fiery polemicist
whose tracts on divorce, regicide and
the Commonwealth marked him out
as a brilliant English radical.
For Milton himself, his gifts were
complementary. He said he could
write with his left hand (prose) or his
right hand (poetry). To understand
him better, his readers must reconcile
these two parts of his genius.
Areopagitica, indeed, is the mature
text that displays both parts of his
creative imagination at full pitch: “A
good book is the precious life-blood
of a master spirit, embalmed and
treasured up on purpose to a life
beyond life.”
Subtitled “A speech of Mr
John Milton for the liberty of the
unlicensed printing, to the Parliament
of England”, Areopagitica pays
homage to the Areopagiticus of the
Greek orator Isocrates. Milton was
responding to Parliament’s licensing
order of June 1643, a repressive
measure that had restored the press
restrictions of the hated Stuarts. His
attack on censorship asserted the
ideals of liberty and free speech in a
tour de force of English prose at once
fierce and poetic.
“As good almost kill a man as kill
a good book: who kills a man kills a
reasonable creature, God’s image; but
he who destroys a good book, kills
reason itself, kills the image of God, as
it were in the eye.”
For Milton, as for all great
libertarians, freedom is indivisible,
a point that he argues with rare
polemical brilliance.
Areopagitica opens with a
survey of press licensing, satirically
linking the practice to the Spanish
Inquisition. Why, he asks, should the
common reader not be free to judge
for themselves between a good and
bad book? In a celebrated passage,
he writes that he has no time for
“a fugitive and cloistered virtue”.
Free citizens must always strive to
earn their freedom.
For Milton, it was this “struggle”
that bestowed value on the
individual’s place in society. Truth
was a concept that must be assembled
through argument and analysis – the
free exercise of thought and opinion.
Recalling the fate of Galileo,
whom the poet had met on a visit
to Italy, Areopagitica builds over
some 40 pages to a rousing appeal to
“the Lords and Commons” to consider
“what Nation it is we are”. Milton’s
answer is patriotic and inspiring:
“A nation not slow and dull, but of a
quick, ingenious and piercing spirit…”
He concludes, rightly, that there
can be no limits to tolerance: “Give
me the liberty to know, to utter, and to
argue freely, according to conscience,
above all liberties.”
For an extended version of this review
go to theguardian.com/books
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YOUR PICTURES OF…
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Each Sunday we run a selection of
contributions from a weekly themed
photography assignment. To see a wider
selection of readers’ entries each week go
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Next theme: drive (to appear 3 December).
Share your photos of what ‘drive’ means to
you at theguardian.com/witness by 10am
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POP
Yxng Bane
The vocalist-cumrapper (right) made
a big impact with his
single Rihanna. His
debut headline minitour is in March.
Tour starts
Birmingham
22 March, ends
London 29 March
Girl Ray
Girl Ray’s debut,
Earl Grey, drew on,
of all things, Gorky’s
Zygotic Mynci. Their
next charm offensive
is in April.
Tour starts Bristol
10 April, ends Brighton
19 April
THEATRE
Grimly Handsome
Sam Pritchard and
Chloe Lamford
collaborate to create
Julia Jarcho’s comic
thriller as a series of
installations in a new
Royal Court space.
The Site, Royal Court,
London SW1;
6-23 December
asks what it is to be a
man today.
The Place, London
WC1; 28 and 29
November
The Wizard of Oz
Gabrielle Brooks is
Dorothy in this new
production by Robert
Hastie, artistic director
of Sheffield Theatres.
Crucible, Sheffield;
7 December to
20 January
Thomas Bock
First show devoted
to the strange but
brilliant portraits,
made in Tasmania by
the convict Thomas
Bock in the 19th
century.
Ikon Gallery,
Birmingham; 6
December to 11 March
CLASSICAL
Tchaikovsky’s 5th
The Royal Scottish
National Orchestra,
conducted by John
Storgårds, plays
Bernard Herrmann’s
Love Scene from
ON THIS DAY
A quiz about events that happened on this
day – 26 November – throughout history
1. Which US president proclaimed in 1863
that a national day of thanksgiving should
be celebrated?
2. Whose tomb did Howard Carter and Lord
Carnarvon enter in 1922?
3. Name the film set in a Vichy-controlled
Moroccan city that had its premiere in
1942.
4. What was the name of the Sex Pistols’
debut single released in the UK on this day
in 1976?
5. What did Elizabeth II volunteer to start
paying in 1992?
6. Tony Blair was the first British prime
minister to address which parliament in
1998?
7. Which British trio played their last gig at
the Albert Hall in1968?
ART
Vertigo, Korngold’s
Violin Concerto (with
soloist Baiba Skride)
and Tchaikovsky’s
Symphony No 5.
Glasgow Royal
Concert Hall, 14
December; Usher Hall,
Edinburgh, 15 Dec
Filarmonica della
Scala
Riccardo Chailly
conducts his
Milan orchestra
in Grieg’s popular
Piano Concerto,
with Benjamin
Grosvenor as soloist,
and Tchaikovsky’s
Symphony No 4.
Barbican Centre,
London EC2;
24 January
Chosen by Kitty
Empire, Susannah
Clapp, Fiona
Maddocks, Luke
Jennings and
Laura Cumming
DANCE
Shut Down
Vincent Dance Theatre
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to do (6,4)
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in biographies (5)
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procession (7)
13 Rush around place in bout of
extravagance (7)
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filled with drama (6,2,4)
18 Indication of work by Mozart,
tweak in aria designed for
soprano (4,2,6)
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from east following team in
decline? (7)
23 Scottish island for example in
retirement plan (7)
24 Prompt one conclusion from
firm referee (9)
25 Stage sadly with no odd
characters allowed (5)
26 Cover up skin (4)
27 Mad Hatter, cast with
difficulty (2,1,7)
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flowers up (6)
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Alcatraz? (5, 2 words)
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The 9th London Chess Classic is just days
away now with the first round at Google
DeepMind near King’s Cross station on
Friday before it transfers, to the main
venue at Kensington Olympia, starting
next Sunday. As in previous years, London
is the final event of the Grand Chess Tour
and it comprises the nine principals,
who are currently in this order: Magnus
Carlsen, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave,
Levon Aronian, Sergey Karjakin, Hikaru
Nakamura, Wesley So, Viswanathan
Anand, Ian Nepomniachtchi and Fabiano
Caruana; plus a wild card, who, as usual, is
Michael Adams.
Before such a big tournament the
players would surely have appreciated
a good rest but three – Aronian, MV-L
and Nakamura – have instead been in
battle in Palma de Mallorca at the final
event of Fide’s parallel grand prix, which
finished yesterday.
This is the last of four 18-player, nineround Swiss-style tournaments, following
Sharjah in February, Moscow in May and
Geneva in July. The Fide cycle certainly
isn’t as strong as the grand tour but does
have one significant advantage, with places
for the top two finishers in the Candidates’
Tournament in Berlin next March (from
which the winner will go on to challenge
Carslen for his title later in 2018).
Before the final event, Shakhriyar
Mamedyarov was first overall, ahead of
Alexander Grischuk. Both of these were
absent from Palma after playing in the first
three tournaments and Teimour Radjabov
and MV-L still had chances of overhauling
them with a sufficiently strong finish.
After six of the nine rounds Aronian led on
4/6 and MV-L was one of seven on 3.5 but
Radjabov looked out of it on just 2.5.
Games of chess ought to be
independent of each other but perhaps the
mood does transfer from board to board,
so that if you see someone else sacrificing,
you’re that more likely to take a calculated
risk yourself. After three relatively quiet
rounds in Palma, the fourth last Sunday
was ferocious, with six of the nine games
ending decisively and several of these
featuring copious bloodshed; the next
day, when admittedly they were probably
pretty tired, all nine games were drawn.
Levon Aronian v Anish Giri
Palma 2017 (round 4)
English Opening
1 Nf3 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 d5 4 cxd5 Nxd5 If
as White you’re expecting your opponent to
play the Grünfeld (1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 d5)
then this move order gives you a significant
array of additional options, including 5
Qa4+ Bd7 and then 6 Qh4, Qd4, Qb3 or,
indeed, Qc2; 5 e4 Nxc3 6 dxc3 Qxd1+ 7 Kxd1
and others. Instead, Aronian starts off
apparently very quietly before opening fire.
5 d3 Bg7 6 Bd2 0-0 7 g3 c5 8 h4 This tracer
bullet forces Black to take a view. He can
allow the opening of the h-file as Giri did
here. He can block with h5 but that does give
White the g5 square for a piece or play 8...
h6 though 9 Qc1 is at least slightly annoying
when if 9... Kh7 10 Nxd5 Qxd5 11 Bg2 the
threat of Ng5+ gains a tempo.
8... Nc6 9 h5 Nxc3 10 bxc3 c4 11 hxg6
hxg6 12 Qa4 If now 12... cxd3 13 Qh4 there is
only one playable move 13... f6 (not 13... Re8?
14 Qh7+ Kf8 15 Bh6). But White’s position
then is no less of a mess than Black’s and it
seems to be OK. Instead, Giri kept the queen
away from his king but mispaced his knight.
12... Na5? 13 d4! The centre is now very
stable with the Black pawn prematurely
advanced beyond c5.
13... b6 14 Bg2 Bb7 15 Qc2 The queen has
done sterling work on a4 and she now
retreats to prepare e4.
15... Qd5 16 Nh4 Qd7 17 e4 e5 18 d5 Bc8
Making room for the knight, which, given
time, will reroute via b7 either via c5 to d3
or to d6.
19 f4 A very macho move. If now 19... exf4
20 gxf4 Nb7 21 Be3 Qb5 (21... Nc5 22 Bxc5
bxc5 is horrible) then White is much better
but it at least still feels quite messy.
19... Qe7 20 f5 g5
Anish Giri (Black)
Levon Aronian
(White to play)
21 Qd1! This beautiful further retreat (Qd1a4-c2-d1) pitches the queen into battle.
21... gxh4 22 Rxh4 Rd8 23 Qh5 Kf8 24
Rg4 24 Qg4 was actually more accurate.
24... Bf6? 24... Qd6! was a much better
defence. Aronian would then have had to
find 25 Rxg7! Kxg7 26 Qg5+ Kf8 27 Kf2! Ke8
28 Qg7 when despite being a rook down, he
should gain a big advantage after lines like
28... Qf8 29 Qxe5+ Qe7 30 Qg7 Qf8 31 Qxf8+
Kxf8 32 Bg5 Nb7 33 Rh1.
25 Bh6+ Ke8 26 Rg8+ Kd7 27 d6!
This sting in the tail settles matters. If 27...
Qxd6 28 Rd1 Rxg8 29 Qxf7+; or 27... Kxd6
28 Rd1+ Kc7 29 Rdxd8; or 27... Rxg8 28 dxe7
Kxe7 29 g4! so Giri resigned.
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FULL TV AND
RADIO LISTINGS
Monday 27
PICKS OF
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For today’s TV
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blind-testing and follows up by asking the
supermarkets to explain why they persist
in purveying these illusions of choice. Plus,
we learn how to get the best deals on
car insurance and why it pays to read the
small print on food labels. Excellent.
sequels 2 and the bloated 3 also screen
today, but as with The Matrix, one episode
will do nicely. Jonathan Romney
DOCUMENTARY
Radio 4, 2.15pm
RADIO
Day Release
Employable Me
BBC Two, 9pm
Occupational psychologist Nancy Doyle
helps Andy, 52, who has had a stroke, and
Ryan, 21, who has Tourette syndrome, as
they try to find a job in a world that keeps
knocking them back. Mike Bradley
DOCUMENTARY
FILM
Paul Hollywood: A Baker’s Life
Channel 4, 8pm
Spider-Man
Sky Superheroes, 9.20am, 5.55pm
It seems unfair that the start of this portrait
of the GBBO supremo should coincide
with the announcement that he and his
wife Alexandra are to split but, as he says,
the show is really about “the treasured
recipes I’ve come to love through a lifetime
of baking”, so we should focus on the food.
Irresistible pizzas, roulades and behindthe-scenes secrets from the Bake Off tent.
(Sam Raimi, 2002)
A superhero movie from what feels like
a more innocent age: when fans were
more thrilled by a favourite character
coming to life than by speculating about
the ramifications of what fits where in
the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Cult
director Raimi (The Evil Dead, A Simple
Plan) seemed an unlikely steward for the
adventures of Peter Parker but he pulls it
off with wit and brio. The web-swinging
sequences are exuberant and the teenage
soap content is genuinely touching, as
Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst share that
iconic upside-down kiss. It’s a pity Willem
Dafoe’s villain doesn’t look remotely like
the comics’ Green Goblin, but still. Raimi’s
FOOD
Supershoppers
Channel 4, 8.30pm
Are some supermarket budget products
identical to their mid-range versions? Find
out in a programme that subjects them to
TV CHOICE
Chinese Burn
BBC Three, from 10am
This pilot of a new sitcom about three
Chinese girls living in London is a welcome
new departure for the BBC and it promises
to overturn hackneyed stereotypes
with its portrayal of the chaotic and
very entertaining lives led by flatmates
Elizabeth (Shin-Fei Chen, above, centre),
“the failed Chinese daughter”, and Jackie
(Yennis Cheung, above, right), “the feisty
struggling actress”, into whose lives
tumbles Elizabeth’s kooky rich Buddhist
princess friend Fufu (Yuyu Rau, above,
left) on a visit from China. “People say
the Chinese are taking over the world,”
announces Jackie. “Maybe not these
three, but we’re in London to stay, so get
out of the way bitches!” Watch as they
begin a hilarious campaign to disabuse
the world of cliched notions about Chinese
women, via failed love affairs, porn film
auditions and leering Dags (“desperate
Asian guys”. Series please. Mike Bradley
Lenny Henry returns as ex-con Frank Watt
in a convincing new three-part series by
Peter Jukes, who worked with the star on
Radio 4’s excellent Bad Faith drama and
was also responsible for the award-winning
podcast Untold: The Daniel Morgan Murder.
Running from Monday to Wednesday this
week, the series begins with reformed
double murderer Frank being kicked out of
his home by Gloria (Adjoa Andoh). At the
same time he is increasingly caught up in
his work with ex-cellmate Geoff (Ralph
Ineson) running a rehabilitation project for
ex-offenders. Of particular concern is a war
veteran with PTSD and a firearms charge
who refuses to attend group therapy.
Stephanie Billen
SPORT
Football
Sky Sports Main Event, 7.30pm
Queens Park Rangers v Brentford:
Championship. Coverage of the west
London derby from Loftus Road as
Brentford look to continue their surge up
the table. A win for either side could lift
them to within touching distance of the
play-offs but a loss could see them dragged
into a relegation dogfight. Jack Brain
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from Billy.
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lifetime of baking.
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returns.
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Bell examines how London’s
overcrowding problem prompted
the building of the tube, with
the first train travelling between
Paddington and Farringdon.
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32 (T) (R) 1.0 SuperCasino (T)
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Documentary following the work
of the White Helmets, a volunteer
organisation of ordinary Syrians
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missions after military strikes.
11.30 From Scotland With Love (T) (R)
Archive footage explores themes
of love, loss, migration, work
and play, set to a soundtrack
composed by King Creosote.
12.40 Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
(T) (R) 1.40 The Other Pompeii:
Life and Death… (T) (R) 2.40
Building the Ancient City (T) (R)
celebrating the 50th anniversary of the EBU, live
from LSO St Luke’s in London. Petroc Trelawny
presents. Dobrinka Tabakova: Orpheus’s Comet
(EBU commission, first performance). Britten:
Suite on English Folk Tunes (A Time There Was…)
Op 90. Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante K364. Interval.
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 5 (Emperor). Esther
Yoo (violin), Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad (viola),
Pavel Kolesnikov (piano). BBC CO, Johannes Wildner.
10.0 Music Matters: Huddersfield (R) 10.45 The
Essay: More Letters to Writers – Dear Dante. Ian
Sansom resumes his imaginary correspondence
with the world’s great writers. (1/5) 11.0 Jazz
Now. A concert by the French bassist Henri Texier
and his Hope Quartet. 12.30 Through the Night
Frank and his ex-cellmate Geoff knew that running
a rehabilitation project for ex-offenders wouldn’t
be easy. Return of the drama about a reformed
double murderer recently released from prison,
starring Lenny Henry. (1/3) 3.0 Round Britain Quiz
(3/12) 3.30 The Food Programme: Food on the
Edge (A Food Story Mix-Tape) (R) 4.0 Snapshots.
Photographer Matthew Finn travels to Leeds to
photograph his mother Jean in her home. (1/4)
4.30 Beyond Belief: Sacred Directions (3/8) 5.0
PM. With Eddie Mair. 5.54 (LW) Shipping Forecast
6.0 News 6.30 I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue. Jack
Dee is joined by Barry Cryer, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Tony
Hawks and Andy Hamilton at the Winter Gardens in
Margate, Kent. Colin Sell is at the piano. (3/6) 7.0
The Archers 7.15 Front Row. Arts roundup. 7.45
Living With the Gods: Ruling With the Gods (R)
(26/30) 8.0 Document: Scotland’s Lord Haw-Haw.
Jo Fox examines transcripts of Radio Caledonia, a
secret Nazi station designed to disseminate defeatist
propaganda to the people of Scotland. Why was
presenter Donald Grant spared execution? (2/3)
8.30 Crossing Continents: The Tula Toli Massacre
(R) 9.0 Natural Histories: Reindeer (R) 9.30 Start
the Week (R) 10.0 The World Tonight. With Ritula
Shah. 10.45 Book at Bedtime: Rabbit Redux, by
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Mastertapes: Emeli Sandé (A-Side) – Our Version
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News 12.30 Book of the Week (R) 12.48 Shipping
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Revealed (R) 4.15 Wartime Farm
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6.30 Chris Evans 9.30 Ken Bruce 12.0 Paddy
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The Blues Show With Paul Jones 8.0 Jo Whiley
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Concert. Tom McKinney presents a selection of the
finest concerts from across Europe all this week,
celebrating 50 years of the European Broadcasting
Union’s music exchange. Mendelssohn: The
Hebrides (Fingal’s Cave), Op 26; Symphony No 4
in A, Italian; Symphony No 3 in A minor, Scottish.
Danish National SO, Herbert Blomstedt. c 3.25
Chopin: Piano Concerto No 1 in E minor, Op 11.
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Op 45. Jan
Lisiecki (piano), Rotterdam Philharmonic, Yannick
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Tuesday 28
PICKS OF
THE DAY
His cowardly solution is to dispatch his
muddled parents – but inevitably they turn
out to be more of a hindrance. For once, Kevin
comes in handy, since he has a fondness for
the elderly that proves to be a lifesaver.
and, as the aptly named Carver, Michael
Shannon, bringing a human edge to what
might otherwise have been a purely
satanic role. Jonathan Romney
RADIO
COMEDY
Is Uni Worth It?
Broad City
Comedy Central, 11pm
Radio 4, 8pm
Abbi, Ilana, Eliot and Bobbi take a trip to
Florida to clean out Grandma Esther’s
apartment. The girls’ hair goes frizzy and
they decide to join a retirement community.
Laugh-out-loud funny. Mike Bradley
FILM
DRAMA
99 Homes
Film4, 11.15pm
The A Word
BBC One, 9pm
(Ramin Bahrani, 2014)
As the chemotherapy continues to make her
feel worse, Louise calls Maurice (Christopher
Eccleston, above – so good he threatens
to eclipse the rest of the cast) who panics
initially but soon develops a firm grip on the
situation. Meanwhile, Rebecca decides it’s
time her parents need a weekend off so
she arranges for them to stay in Eddie’s flat.
Plus Joe’s stabilisers come off at last.
Not always given his due as a vital force
in US independent cinema, Bahrani (Man
Push Cart, Chop Shop) has established
himself as a kind of American Ken Loach,
making films with a compassionate
political agenda. 99 Homes tackles the
US mortgage crisis. Andrew Garfield plays
Dennis Nash, an unemployed single father
who faces eviction by Rick Carver, a realestate broker who specialises in profiting
handsomely from homeowners in a corner.
Seeing potential in Nash’s desperation,
Carver takes him on as a helper, leading
him into a very contemporary kind of moral
compromise. Not always nuanced, the film
nevertheless cuts deep, thanks to strong
performances by Garfield, Laura Dern
COMEDY
Motherland
BBC Two, 10pm
Julia’s under the cosh as usual and so
desperate for help that she calls her
husband Paul, who is away on a stag do.
TV CHOICE
Grand Designs:
House of the Year
Channel 4, 9pm
This has been a fascinating, inspiring series
which has sifted satisfyingly through the
long-list of entries for the RIBA House of
the Year. In the concluding programme,
host Kevin McCloud addresses the
“minimal and modern” category, from
which the final contender will be chosen
to join those already on the shortlist:
Ness Point, 6 Wood Lane, Shawm House,
Caring Wood, Newhouse of Auchengee
and The Quest (above). The judges are
looking for a house featuring “the fewest
materials crafted to the greatest effect”
and the buildings under scutiny certainly
do not disappoint, ranging from Hidden
House, a tiny 72sq m London home, to the
Iranian-inspired Flints complex in Suffolk.
At the end of the programme the overall
winner is announced – refreshingly with
no silly pregnant pauses. A fitting end to a
really rewarding series. Mike Bradley
An absorbing documentary homes in on two
sixth formers as they decide whether to go
to university. Destiny Clark attends an Essex
school where more than half the children are
from disadvantaged backgrounds. Mindful
of £9,000-plus university tuition fees, head
of sixth form Ed Macleod says: “The cost
is a really big thing and it’s putting off a lot
of young people in our school.” Destiny
herself is torn as she considers both uni and
an apprenticeship. Meanwhile at a London
private school, high-achiever Maelo Manning
seems to be a uni natural but she retains a
pragmatic attitude arguing that degrees
needs to be “relevant”. Stephanie Billen
SPORT
Football
BT Sport 1, 7:15pm
Watford v Manchester United: Premier
League. Coverage of an encounter where
Watford manager and Everton target Marco
Silva looks to enhance his reputation with
another big scalp, having already beaten
Arsenal and held Liverpool to a 3-3 draw.
José Mourinho’s Manchester United are in
desperate need of three points to close the
gap on high-flying rivals City. Jack Brain
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Hall located by the old harbour. Presented by Ian
Skelly. Mozart: Larghetto and Allegro in E flat.
Víkingur Ólafsson, Julien Quentin (pianos). Arvo
Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel. Lars Anders Tomter
(viola), Víkingur Ólafsson (piano). Mozart: Rondo
in D, K485. Víkingur Ólafsson (piano). Piano
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(viola), István Várdai (cello). 2.0 Afternoon
Concert: European Concert Showcase. Beethoven:
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Swedish RSO, Herbert Blomstedt. 3.35 Smetana:
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6.0 Today. 7.48 Thought for the Day with the
Rt Rev Philip North. 8.30 (LW) Yesterday
in Parliament 9.0 The Long View. Jonathan
Freedland and guests throw light on a
contemporary debate by looking back into history.
(2/4) 9.30 One to One: Samantha Simmonds
on Competitive Siblings (2/5) 9.45 (LW) Daily
Service 9.45 (FM) Living With the Gods: Living
With No Gods. Neil MacGregor considers the
attempts of post-revolutionary France and the
USSR to exist without religion. 10.0 Woman’s
Hour. Presented by Jane Garvey. Includes at 10.45
Drama: The Latvian Locum, by Ben Cottam. Dolya
Gavanski stars. (2/5) 11.0 The End of Sand (R)
11.30 A Call to Art: Cumbia. The revival of protest
art in Peru and Argentina, including popular music
that documents the daily struggles of people living
in poverty. (3/3) 12.0 News 12.01 (LW) Shipping
Forecast 12.04 Home Front: 28 November 1917
– Sarah Illingworth, by Sarah Daniels. (12/40)
12.15 Call You and Yours 12.57 Weather 1.0 The
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Chiles 1.0 Afternoon Edition 4.0 5 Live Drive 7.0
5 Live Sport 8.0 Premier League Football: Watford
v Manchester United (kick-off 8pm) 10.0 Football
Social 10.30 Phil Williams 1.0 Up All Night 5.0
Morning Reports 5.15 Wake Up to Money
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PICKS OF
THE DAY
British Isles” when she married Edward VIII
in 1937, the then Duke of Windsor having
abdicated his throne in order to do so. A
portrait of her life from her point of view.
– certainly one of the western genre’s
more infelicitous legacies to American
culture and politics. Jonathan Romney
RADIO
DRAMA
The Compass: Ocean Stories
Peaky Blinders
BBC Two, 9pm
World Service, 1.30pm
Changretta and his men continue the
vendetta with more attacks on the Shelbys;
Jessie Eden gets one over on Tommy; and
suspicions grow that someone has been
betraying the family. Mike Bradley
FILM
DRAMA
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
Movies4Men, 3.20pm
Godless
Netflix
(John Ford, 1949)
Coming between Fort Apache and Rio
Grande, this is the second of Ford’s
celebrated Cavalry trilogy. Set in the
aftermath of the Battle of the Little Big
Horn, it stars John Wayne as Captain
Nathan Brittles, facing retirement
and entrusted with escorting his
commander’s wife (Mildred Natwick) and
niece (Joanne Dru, fresh from working
with Wayne in Howard Hawks’s Red
River). Also featuring Ford regulars Ben
Johnson, Harry Carey Jr and weatherbeaten
Victor McLaglen, this Technicolor treat,
photographed by Winton Hoch, is one
of Ford’s great epic poems to the stark
beauty of Monument Valley. It also features
Wayne’s famous line, “Never apologise
and never explain, it’s a sign of weakness”
The town awaits the arrival of new
Quicksilver Mining owner Mr James Sloane,
but the man who emerges from the stage
coach turns out be a very unexpected
proposition. Now the sheriff rides in with
a handcuffed Roy Goode and his young
deputy Whitey Winn gets trigger-happy
in the main street. Building nicely.
DOCUMENTARY
Wallis: The Queen That Never Was
Channel 5, 9pm
This is an agreeably sympathetic treatment
of the life of Wallis Simpson, the woman
branded “gold-digger, social climber,
adulterer and most hated woman in the
TV CHOICE
The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
Amazon Prime
The best of Amazon’s recent pilots
returns to launch a series of the
heartrending but very funny “dramedy”
penned by Gilmore Girls creator Amy
Sherman-Palladino. Manhattan, 1958,
and young Jewish girl Miriam “Midge”
Maisel (the perfectly cast Rachel
Brosnahan, above) is marrying her
“knight in shining armour” Joel (Michael
Zegen). Life is rosy, Joel is a success and
soon he is earning enoughto keep Midge
and their children in an upscale apartment
on the Upper West Side. But all is not
well. Joel harbours a secret desire to
be a standup comedian, which he trials
after work, reciting stolen material in
the Gaslight club to Midge’s great delight.
However, he never quite manages to
make it work and, following years of
supporting his ambition, it turns out
that it’s Midge who is the real comedian.
Joyful, moving, tender. A hit. Mike Bradley
Anyone enjoying BBC One’s Blue Planet II
will find this four-part series highly
complementary as it explores the issues
facing those who make their living from the
sea. Today’s second programme takes us to
the Indian Ocean, which covers 20% of the
Earth’s surface. The search for the missing
Malaysia Airlines plane led to huge parts of
the ocean being mapped for the first time
and presenter Liz Bonnin explains how there
is a rush to promote the “Blue Economy”
profiting from the ocean’s minerals and
many potential ingredients for medicines.
Thankfully, those involved seem determined
to learn from past mistakes and preserve
fragile ecosystems. Stephanie Billen
SPORT
Football
BT Sport 1, 7.15pm
Everton v West Ham: Premier League.
Coverage from Goodison Park as West
Ham boss David Moyes makes a return
to his managerless former club with both
sides entailed in shock relegation battles
after bad starts to the season, which have
seen Ronald Koeman and Slaven Bilić
sacrificed in exchange for a greater hope
of Premier League survival. Jack Brain
TELEVISION
BBC Two
ITV
Channel 4
Channel 5
Breakfast (T) 9.15 Claimed and
Shamed (T) 10.0 Homes Under
the Hammer (T) (R) 11.0 The
Housing Enforcers (T) (R) 11.45
The Sheriffs Are Coming (T) 12.15
Bargain Hunt (T) (R) 1.0 News and
Weather (T) 1.30 Regional News
and Weather (T) 1.45 Doctors (T)
2.15 Armchair Detectives (T) 3.0
Escape to the Country (T) 3.45
Royal Recipes (T) 4.30 Flog It! (T)
5.15 Pointless (T) (R) 6.0 News
and Weather (T) 6.30 Regional
News and Weather (T) 7.0 The
One Show (T)
6.0
An Island Parish (R) 6.30 Claimed
and Shamed (R) 7.15 Royal Recipes
(R) 8.0 Nigella: At My Table (R)
8.30 Caught Red Handed (R) 9.0
Victoria Derbyshire 11.0 Newsroom
11.30 Daily Politics (R) 1.0 The Link
(R) 1.45 Terry and Mason’s Great
Food Trip (R) 2.15 Going Back,
Giving Back (R) 3.0 The Indian
Doctor (R) 3.45 Oxford Street
Revealed (R) 4.15 Wartime Farm
(R) 5.15 Put Your Money Where
Your Mouth Is (R) 6.0 Eggheads
6.30 Strictly: It Takes Two 7.0
Celebrity Antiques Road Trip
6.0
6.20 The King of Queens (T) (R) 7.35
Everybody Loves Raymond
(T) (R) 9.0 Frasier (T) (R) 9.35
Frasier (T) (R) 10.05 Ramsay’s
Kitchen Nightmares USA (T)
(R) 11.0 Undercover Boss USA
(T) (R) 12.0 News (T) 12.05
Come Dine With Me (T) (R) 1.05
Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas
(T) (R) 2.10 Countdown (T) 3.0
Lost and Found (T) 4.0 A Place in
the Sun: Winter Sun (T) 5.0 Four
in a Bed (T) 5.30 Come Dine With
Me (T) 6.0 The Simpsons (T)
6.30 Hollyoaks (T) 7.0 News (T)
6.0
Mary Berry’s Country House
Secrets (T) Mary visits Scone
Palace near Perth in Scotland.
The Apprentice (T) The
candidates are asked to create
a new recipe kit, establishing
the branding and devising a
tasty dish to complement
their chosen food trend.
8.0
MasterChef: The Professionals
(T) The six chefs begin with the
Skills Test, in which they have
20 minutes to cook rose veal
sweetbread with a well-judged
garnish and sauce.
Peaky Blinders (T) The Italians
launch another attack and
Tommy realises that the
Shelbys need to evolve if
they are to survive.
8.0
Gino’s Italian Coastal Escape (T)
Gino D’Acampo visits the home
of water buffalo mozzarella.
8.30 Coronation Street (T) Mary’s
protestations of innocence fall
on deaf ears.
9.0 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of
Here! (T) Ant and Dec present the
celebrity challenge, as the famous
faces continue their ordeal.
8.0
The Secret Life of the Zoo
(T) The keepers are concerned
about a three-month-old
Andean bear cub.
The Channel: The World’s Busiest
Waterway (T) New series.
Access-all-areas series revealing
how the Channel works, with up
to 400 ships passing through the
21-mile-wide Dover Strait daily.
8.0
10.0 The Apprentice: You’re Fired (T)
An interview with the show’s
freshly rejected candidate.
10.30 Newsnight (T) Weather
11.15 Employable Me (T) (R) The
stories of eight more people
with disabilities who are
battling to find work.
12.15 Sign Zone Rick Stein’s Road
to Mexico (T) (R) 1.15 Extreme
Wives With Kate Humble (T) (R)
2.15 This Is BBC Two (T)
10.0 News (T)
10.30 Local News (T)
10.45 Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest
Airport (T) (R) Storm Imogen
causes chaos on the runways.
Last in the series.
11.45 Play to the Whistle (T) (R) With
Piers Morgan, Danny Cipriani and
Katherine Ryan. Last in the series.
12.25 Jackpot247 3.0 May the Best
House Win (T) (R) 3.50 ITV
Nightscreen 5.05 The Jeremy
Kyle Show (T) (R)
10.0 Man Down (T) Dan races against
the clock to prove his credentials
as a dad. Last in the series.
10.35 How to Build a Robot (T) David
Tennant narrates a warm-hearted
look at the future of robotics.
11.40 999: What’s Your Emergency?
(T) (R) More drama in Wiltshire.
12.40 Pokerstars Championship (T)
1.35 Guy Martin vs the Robot
Car (T) (R) 2.25 Northwest
(Michael Noer, 2013) Crime
drama. 4.0 Phil Spencer: Secret
Agent (T) (R) 4.55 Draw It! (R)
5.20 Fill Your House for Free (R)
11.0
BBC One
6.0
8.0
9.0
10.0 News (T)
10.30 Regional News and Weather (T)
Includes national lottery update.
10.45 Match of the Day (T) Includes
Watford v Manchester United
and Stoke City v Liverpool.
12.25 Junior Doctors: Blood, Sweat and
Tears (T) Emeka treats a patient
who has collapsed in a hospital
corridor with severe stomach
pain. 12.55 Weather for the Week
Ahead (T) 1.0 BBC News (T)
9.0
OTHER CHANNELS
BT Sport 1
6.0am Manchester United Classics 6.30 Notts
County v Watford 1983/84 7.0 Man Utd v Arsenal
1984/85 7.30 Uefa Champions League Magazine
8.0 Premier League 9.30 The Ashes 12.30
Vanarama National League 2.0 SPFL 3.30 BT
Sport Goals Reload 3.45 Betfred Cup 5.15
Premier League 6.45 Premier League World
7.15 Live Premier League: Everton v West Ham
United (kick-off 8pm) Coverage of the top-flight
clash at Goodison Park. 10.30 Hyundai A-League
Highlights 11.30 BT Sport Reload 12.0 The Band
That Wouldn’t Die 1.0 BT Sport Goals Reload
1.30 Game of the Week 2.0 Serie A Review 2.30
Everton v Southampton 1985/86 3.0 Liverpool v
Notts Forest 1987/88 3.30 Live NBA: Los Angeles
Lakers v Golden State Warriors (tip-off 3.30am)
Sky Atlantic
6.0am Hotel Secrets 7.0 Urban Secrets 8.0
Storm City 9.0 The West Wing 10.0 The West
Wing 11.0 House 12.0 House 1.0 Without a Trace
2.0 Blue Bloods 3.0 The West Wing 4.0 The West
Wing 5.0 House 6.0 House 7.0 CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation 8.0 Blue Bloods 9.0 Band of Brothers
10.35 Band of Brothers 11.50 The Sopranos
1.05 The Sopranos 2.20 Requiem for the Dead:
An American Spring 2014 3.45 Californication
4.20 The West Wing 5.10 The West Wing
E4
6.0am Hollyoaks 6.30 Hollyoaks 7.0 Charmed
8.0 Charmed 9.0 Rules of Engagement 9.30
Rules of Engagement 10.0 Black-ish 10.30
Black-ish 11.0 How I Met Your Mother 11.30 How
I Met Your Mother 12.0 New Girl 12.30 New
Girl 1.0 The Big Bang Theory 1.30 The Big Bang
Theory 2.0 The Goldbergs 2.30 The Goldbergs
3.0 How I Met Your Mother 3.30 How I Met Your
Mother 4.0 New Girl 4.30 New Girl 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 First Dates Abroad 8.0 The Big Bang Theory
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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) (R)
3.59 Local News and Weather
(T) 4.0 Tipping Point (T) (R) 5.0
The Chase (T) 6.0 Local News (T)
6.30 News (T) 7.0 Emmerdale (T)
Chrissie plays peacemaker and
Bernice feels the pressure. 7.30
Coronation Street (T) Mary is
accused of harming her grandson.
VARIATIONS
8.30 The Big Bang Theory 9.0 A Good
Day to Die Hard (2013) 11.0 The Big Bang Theory
11.30 The Big Bang Theory 12.0 Rude Tube
1.05 Gogglebox 2.10 The Inbetweeners 2.35
The Inbetweeners 3.05 First Dates 4.0 Black-ish
4.20 Black-ish 4.40 Charmed
Film4
11.0am Legend of the Lost (1957) 1.15 The
Riot Club Interview Special 1.25 Siege of
the Saxons (1963) 3.15 Halls of Montezuma
(1950) 5.40 Avatar (2009) 8.50 The Riot
Club Interview Special 9.0 The Riot Club
(2014) 11.05 2 Guns (2013) 1.15 Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)
Sky 1
6.0am Monkey Life 6.30 Monkey Life 7.0
Monkey Life 7.30 Monkey Life 8.0 Animal 999
8.30 Animal 999 9.0 The Dog Whisperer 10.0
Monkey Life 10.30 Monkey Life 11.0 Modern
Family 11.30 Modern Family 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 DC’s Legends
of Tomorrow 9.0 Marvel’s Inhumans 10.0 Bounty
Hunters 10.40 The Simpsons 11.10 The Simpsons
11.35 A League of Their Own 12.30 Road Wars
1.0 The Force: Essex 2.0 Night Cops 3.0 It’s Me
or the Dog 4.0 Stop, Search, Seize 5.0 The Dog
Whisperer
Sky Sports Main Event
6.0am Total Goals 9.0 Good Morning Sports
Fans 10.0 Premier League Daily 11.0 Sky
Sports Daily 4.0 Live: Ram Slam T20 Challenge.
Coverage of a match from South Africa’s domestic
competition. 7.30 Live SPFL: Rangers v Aberdeen
(kick-off 7.45pm) Coverage of the Scottish
Premiership clash at Ibrox. 10.0 Sky Sports News
at Ten 10.30 Nissan Match Choice 11.0 Premier
League Highlights 1.0-6.0 Sky Sports News
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Scotland Tonight (T) 11.10 Bear Grylls:
Mission Survive (T) (R) 12.10 Teleshopping
1.10 After Midnight 2.40 Storage Hoarders
(T) (R) 3.30 Nightscreen (T) 4.05 Jeremy
Kyle (T) (R) 5.0-6.0 Teleshopping
ITV WALES As ITV except 8.0pm-8.30
Crime Files (T)
CHANNEL As ITV except 12.25am-3.0
Nightscreen
SCOTTISH As ITV except 10.35pm
Scotland Tonight (T) 11.10 Bear Grylls:
Mission Survive (T) (R) 12.10 Teleshopping
1.10 After Midnight 2.40 Storage Hoarders
(T) (R) 3.30 Nightscreen (T) 4.05 Jeremy
Kyle (T) (R) 5.0-6.0 Teleshopping
ULSTER As ITV except 8.0pm-8.30 Lesser
Spotted Journeys (T) (R) 10.45 A New Order (T)
11.45 Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport (T) (R)
12.35 Teleshopping 1.35-3.0 ITV Nightscreen
BBC ONE SCOTLAND 10.40pm Scot
Squad (T) 11.10 Match of the Day (T) 12.501.20 Junior Doctors: Blood, Sweat and Tears (T)
BBC ONE WALES 10.30pm Wales Live
(T) 11.05 MotD (T) 12.45-1.15 Junior Doctors:
Blood, Sweat and Tears (T)
BBC ONE N IRELAND 10.40pm Nolan
Live (T) Lively debate with Stephen Nolan and
guests on stories and issues that matter to the
people of Northern Ireland. 11.40 MotD (T)
1.20-1.50 Junior Doctors (T)
BBC TWO SCOTLAND 1.45pm Going
Back, Giving Back (T) (R) 2.30 Politics Scotland
(T) (R) 3.30-4.15 The Indian Doctor (T) (R)
BBC TWO N IRELAND 11.15pm Spotlight
(T) 11.45-12.15 Motherland (T)
9.0
9.0
1.0
Milkshake! 9.15 The Wright
Stuff 11.45 A Bride for
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1.25 News (T) 1.30 Neighbours
(T) 2.0 Kristin’s Christmas
Past (Jim Fall, 2013) (T) 3.40
My Christmas Love (Jeff
Fisher, 2016) (T) 5.30 News
(T) 6.0 Neighbours (T) (R) 6.30
News (T) 7.0 Traffic Cops Special:
Carjacked (T) (R) The officers’
hunt for a stolen car ends in a
foot chase, and two car thieves
lead them on one of the longest
pursuits in the history of the force.
BBC Four
7.0
Beyond 100 Days (T) 7.30
Christmas University Challenge
2015 (T) (R) Manchester
University takes on the
University of East Anglia, with
Lucy Porter and Caroline Flint.
GPs: Behind Closed Doors (T)
A special episode from Horfield
Health Centre in Bristol. Includes
news update.
Wallis: The Queen That Never
Was (T) Drama-documentary
about Wallis Simpson, examining
her diaries and private letters to
piece together the truth about
her relationship with Edward VIII.
8.0
How the Wild West Was Won
With Ray Mears (T) (R) How the
Great Plains became the setting
for some of the wild west’s most
dramatic events.
Digging for Britain (T)
Archaeological digs in the east of
the country, where finds include
Britain’s biggest hoard of Roman
letters.
Mobo Awards 2017 (T) Highlights
of the event at First Direct Arena
in Leeds.
SuperCasino (T) 3.10 Law &
Order: Special Victims Unit
(T) (R) 4.0 Now That’s Funny!
(T) (R) 4.45 House Doctor (T)
(R) 5.10 Divine Designs (T) (R)
5.35 Nick’s Quest (T) (R)
10.0 Detectorists (T) Lance is
obsessed with finding the thief
who stole his gold, which means
he can ignore the melodrama
going on at home, while Andy’s
lies are catching up with him.
10.30 The League of Gentlemen (T) (R)
11.0 Premium Bond With Mark Gatiss
and Matthew Sweet (T) (R)
11.55 Timeshift: Looking for Mr Bond:
007 at the BBC (R)
12.55 Revolution and Romance (T)
(R) 1.55 How the Wild West Was
Won with Ray Mears (T) (R)
2.55 Digging for Britain (T) (R)
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Radio 1
97.6-99.8 MHz
6.33 The Breakfast Show With Nick Grimshaw
10.0 Clara Amfo 12.45 Newsbeat 1.0 Scott Mills
4.0 Greg James 5.45 Newsbeat 6.0 Greg James
7.0 Annie Mac 9.0 The 8th With Charlie Sloth
11.0 Huw Stephens 1.0 Benji B 3.0 Stories: Music
by Numbers – Tinie Tempah 4.0 Adele Roberts
Radio 2
88-91 MHz
6.30 Chris Evans 9.30 Ken Bruce 12.0 Jeremy
Vine 2.0 Steve Wright 5.0 Simon Mayo 7.0
The Folk Show 8.0 Jo Whiley 10.0 Mark Kermode’s
Celluloid Jukebox (1/5) 11.0 Marcus Mumford (R)
12.0 Pick of the Pops (R) 2.0 Radio 2 Playlists:
Country, Easy & Radio 2 Rocks 5.0 Vanessa Feltz
Radio 3
90.2-92.4 MHz
6.30 Breakfast. With Petroc Trelawny. 9.0
Essential Classics. Suzy Klein talks to Rick Stein
about his cultural inspirations. 12.0 Composer
of the Week: Koechlin (R) (3/5) 1.0 News 1.02
Lunchtime Concert. The celebration of 50 years of
the European Music Exchange programme continues
with music from the Richard Strauss festival in
Garmisch, Germany. Strauss: Clarinet Romance
in E flat. Daniel Ottensamer (clarinet), Christoph
Traxler (piano). Weihnachtslied, TrV2; Ein Röslein
zog ich mir im Garten, TrV67; Geduld, Op 10 No 5;
Madrigal, Op 15 No 1; Heimliche Aufforderung, Op
27 No 3; Hat gesagt – bleibt’s nicht dabei, Op 36
No 3. Christiane Karg (soprano), Wolfram Rieger
(piano). Clarinet solos (Duett-Concertino). Béla
Kovács: Hommage à Richard Strauss. Zemlinsky:
Fantasies on Poems by Richard Dehmel, Op 9:
Stimme des Abends; Waldseligkeit. Strauss: Wie
erkenn’ich mein Treulieb; Guten Morgen, ’s ist Sankt
Valentinstag; Sie trugen ihn auf der Bahre bloß
(Ophelia Lieder, Op 67); Rote Rosen, AV76/TrV119;
Morgen! Op 27 No 4. 2.0 Afternoon Concert:
European Concert Showcase. Pärt: Swan Song.
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 4 in G minor, Op
40. Strauss: Symphonia Domestica, Op 53. Lukáš
Vondráček (piano), Czech Philharmonic, Kristjan
Järvi. 3.30 Choral Evensong. Live from the Chapel
of the Old Royal Naval College, London. 4.30 New
Generation Artists. The tenor Ilker Arcayürek sings
Schubert and the guitarist Thibaut Garcia plays an
Edith Piaf song. 5.0 In Tune 7.0 In Tune Mixtape
7.30 In Concert. Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC
Symphony Orchestra live at the Barbican. Lisa
Batiashvili (violin), BBC SO, Sakari Oramo. Sibelius:
Symphony No 6. Anders Hillborg: Violin Concerto
No 2 (first UK performance). 8.15 Interval. 8.35
Sibelius: Symphony No 4. 10.0 Free Thinking:
Gentrification. Adam Gopnik talks to Shahidha Bari
about city living. 10.45 The Essay: More Letters
to Writers – Dear Oscar. With Ian Sansom. (3/5)
11.0 Late Junction 12.30 Through the Night: BBC
Proms 2015 – The Boston SO (R)
Radio 4
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6.0 Today 8.31 (LW) Yesterday in Parliament
9.0 Only Artists (4/6) 9.30 Life Drawing: Sarah
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Service 9.45 (FM) Living With the Gods: Turning
the Screw. With Neil MacGregor. (28/30) 10.0
Woman’s Hour. Presented by Jenni Murray. Includes
at 10.41 Drama: The Latvian Locum, by Ben Cottam.
(3/5) 10.55 The Listening Project: Xiuli and Bemi
– First Impressions 11.0 A Picture Held Us Captive.
Novelist, Harvard fellow and social entrepreneur
Zia Haider Rahman explores the powerful impact
the use and abuse of metaphor can have on the
world around us. 11.30 It’s a Fair Cop (R) 12.0
News 12.01 (LW) Shipping Forecast 12.04
Home Front: 29 November 1917 – Isabel Graham,
by Sarah Daniels. (13/40) 12.15 You and Yours
12.57 Weather 1.0 The World at One. With Martha
Kearney. 1.45 Book of the Week: Lou Reed – A Life,
by Anthony DeCurtis. (3/5) 2.0 The Archers (R)
2.15 Drama: Day Release, by Peter Jukes. Frank has
discovered that his daughter is under threat. (3/3)
3.0 Money Box Live 3.30 All in the Mind (R) 4.0
Thinking Allowed. Human behaviour and institutions
examined, with Laurie Taylor and guests. 4.30 The
Media Show 5.0 PM. With Eddie Mair. 6.0 News
6.30 All Those Women (R) 7.0 The Archers. David
puts his foot in it. 7.15 Front Row. Arts roundup.
7.45 Living With the Gods: Turning the Screw
(R) (28/30) 8.0 The Moral Maze. Michael Buerk
is joined by Giles Fraser, Melanie Phillips, Mona
Siddiqui and Michael Portillo for combative ethical
debate. (8/9) 8.45 Four Thought: Socially Mobile?
Michael Merrick challenges assumptions about
social mobility, arguing that it often forces people
to move away from their families and communities.
9.0 Science Stories: The Wondrous Transformation
of Caterpillars. Naomi Alderman explores the life
and legacy of the first field ecologist, a woman
named Maria Merian, who developed the theory
of metamorphism in the 1600s. (2/5) 9.30
Only Artists (R) 9.59 Weather 10.0 The World
Tonight. With Ritula Shah. 10.45 Book at
Bedtime: Rabbit Redux, by John Updike. (3/10)
11.0 Lenny Henry: Rogue’s Gallery – Lemar’s
Clean Sheet. A white boy from West Virginia is
forced to join the Klu Klux Klan, and when his black
friends find out, they play a cruel trick on him.
Voiced by George Fouracres. (3/4) 11.15 Joseph
Morpurgo’s Walking Tour: The East End (2/4)
11.30 Today in Parliament 11.55 The Listening
Project 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: Michael Morpurgo on the Dipper
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1.0 Afternoon Edition 4.0 Drive 7.0 5 Live Sport
8.0 Premier League Football: Everton v West Ham
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Volvo belonging to a 47-year-old man who
lives in Bradford. There’s good news in store,
though, as Judy’s plans to usurp Kate go
unexpectedly awry when boss Matthew
threatens instant dismissal. Good value.
of Park Chan-wook, Takashi Miike or Shinya
Tsukamoto – will find plenty to relish in this
ripe confection. Jonathan Romney
DOCUMENTARY
Welcome to Wherever You Are
RADIO
Radio 4, 11pm
The Sex Robots Are Coming
Channel 4, 10pm
Behind the unfortunate title lies an odd
film about the progress being made in the
field of sex robots that asks: could a new
generation of robotic lovers endanger
human relationships? Mike Bradley
FILM
COMEDY
Creepy
Sky Cinema Premiere, 1.15am
The Big Bang Theory
E4, 8.30pm
(Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 2016)
The Tesla Recoil. Leonard and Howard are
appalled to learn that Sheldon has been
working with the military behind their
backs. They had planned a visit to see the
Tesla coil, but their disloyal friend was too
busy to join them. Now they know the real
reason why. Plus, Bernadette suspects
Ruchi might be trying to steal her job in her
absence, so she asks Raj to investigate.
An entertainingly macabre chiller from
Japan’s other Kurosawa, not Akira (they’re
not related) but the unpredictable specialist
in thrillers, science fiction and supernatural
tales of an alluringly arty, outre stripe
(Charisma, Pulse). Fully living up to its title,
Creepy starts as the story of a detective
turned lecturer in criminal psychology
(Hidetoshi Nishijima) who starts worrying
about his new neighbour Mr Nishino
(Teruyuki Kagawa, nervy and unnerving).
Things start off as a mystery with touches
of wry social satire, as Japanese etiquette
shows its limits. Then Kurosawa ramps
up the unease, until the film vaults from
a Hitchcockian register of suspense into
Lynchian craziness. Fans of Asian gothic –
DRAMA
Love, Lies and Records
BBC One, 9pm
With daughter Lucy missing, Rob and Kate
go into panic mode when they view police
CCTV footage of her getting into a black
TV CHOICE
The Farthest: Voyager’s
Interstellar Journey
BBC Four, 8.55pm
This compelling feature-length Storyville
documentary tells the story of the two
Voyager probes, launched in 1977 with the
aim of exploring the four outer planets
of the solar system: Jupiter, Saturn,
Uranus and Neptune. It’s a fascinating
account that features contributions from
a number of the scientists involved with
the mission, many of whom become
touchingly emotional as they reminisce
about the triumphs and disappointments
they experienced along the way. We
also hear about the Voyagers’ “Golden
Record”, a collection of sounds and
images selected to portray the diversity
of life and culture on Earth to any listening
extraterrestrials. It’s extraordinary to
think that these probes will outlive the
Earth as they plunge on into deep space,
broadcasting Chuck Berry’s Johnny B
Goode 4bn years from now. Mike Bradley
Through the wonders of technology,
comedian Andrew Maxwell connects a
studio audience in London with comedians
worldwide, observing that it is the perfect
post-Brexit show, “welcoming foreigners”
but saying “stay where you are!” Today’s
rewarding guests are The Bugle podcast
co-host Alice Fraser in Sydney with great
banter about men being driven by their
hormones, Storm Xu in Shanghai and
Egyptian surgeon turned satirist Bassem
Youssef whose broadcasts about the Arab
Spring led to him moving to LA. The only
problem is that half an hour is too short
with Maxwell’s interest in the comedians’
backstories leaving not much time for their
actual material. Stephanie Billen
SPORT
Golf
Sky Sports Main Event, 6.30pm
World Challenge: day one. Coverage from
the Bahamas, where Tiger Woods will make
his return after a nine-month absence
from tournament play. Woods has been
crowned champion of this tournament five
times – more than any other player. His last
win came in 2011, when he beat compatriot
Zach Johnson by a single stroke. Jack Brain
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week’s political news, comment and analysis from
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on 6th Avenue in the city of Hull.
9.0
Great Canal Journeys (T) Timothy
West and Prunella Scales explore
the landscape of north-west
Portugal.
Trump: An American Dream
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Donald Trump’s life from the turn
of the millennium, through hit
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eventual success in taking the
White House. Last in the series.
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Bridges.
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Halls Glasgow. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No 1.
8.10 Interval. 8.30 Shostakovich: Symphony No 11.
Denis Kozhukhin (piano), Alexander Vedernikov.
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Photography. Kate Flint explores the impact of flash
photography. 10.45 The Essay: More Letters to
Writers. Ian Sansom writes to the poet Marianne
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Ex-Easter Island Head, avant-garde songwriter
Germanager and electronica from Dialect. 12.0
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End. 4.30 Inside Science. Adam Rutherford and
guests explore the latest scientific research. 5.0
PM. Presented by Eddie Mair. 5.54 (LW) Shipping
Forecast 5.57 Weather 6.0 News 6.30 Alexei
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comedy pioneer delivers a mixture of standup,
memoir and philosophy from behind the counter of
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has an unlikely heart-to-heart, and Emma is on
tenterhooks. 7.15 Front Row. Arts roundup. 7.45
Living With the Gods: The Search for a State (29/30)
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With Jonty Bloom. 9.0 Inside Science (R) 9.30 In
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(4/10) 11.0 Welcome to Wherever You Are. Andrew
Maxwell presents performances by some of the
best standups in the world, from wherever they
happen to be. First up are Alice Fraser in Sydney,
emerging star Storm Xu in Shanghai, and Egyptian
satirist Bassem Youssef in Los Angeles. (1/4) 11.30
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Prayer for the Day 5.45 Farming Today 5.58
Tweet of the Day: Michael Morpurgo on the Wren
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10.0 Clara Amfo 12.45 Newsbeat 1.0 Scott Mills
4.0 Greg James 5.45 Newsbeat 6.0 Greg James
7.0 Annie Mac 9.0 The 8th With Charlie Sloth
11.0 Residency: Deadmau5 12.0 Residency: Will
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Bob Harris Country 8.0 Jo Whiley 10.0 The Arts
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Radio 2 Playlists: Tracks of My Years, Have a Great
Weekend & Feelgood Friday 5.0 Vanessa Feltz
Radio 3
90.2-92.4 MHz
6.30 Breakfast. Petroc Trelawny presents. 9.0
Essential Classics. Chef Rick Stein talks to Suzy Klein
about his cultural inspirations. 12.0 Composer
of the Week: Koechlin (R) (4/5) 1.0 News 1.02
Lunchtime Concert. Menahem Pressler, 93 years
old, plays Mozart, Debussy and Chopin at the Ruhr
piano festival. Mozart: Fantasy in C minor, K475.
Debussy: Préludes from Book I; Voiles; La fille aux
cheveux de lin; Minstrels. Debussy: Rêverie. Chopin:
Mazurkas in F sharp minor, Op 59/3; in A minor, Op
67/4. Brahms: Intermezzo in A, Op 76/6. Debussy:
Clair de lune. 2.0 Thursday Opera Matinee: Jacopo
Foroni – Margherita. Recorded at Wexford Festival
Opera. Yuriy Yurchuk (baritone: Conte Rodolfo),
Matteo d’Apolito (baritone: Ser Matteo), Alessandra
Volpe (mezzo: Margherita), Andrew Stenson (tenor:
Ernesto), Giuliana Gianfaldoni (soprano: Giustina),
Filippo Fontana (baritone: Roberto), Ji Hyun Kim
(tenor: Gasparo), Wexford Festival Opera, Timothy
Myers. 5.0 In Tune. Guests include the organist
David Titterington and the Sacconi Quartet. 7.0
In Tune Mixtape 7.30 In Concert. Live from City
Radio 4
92.4-94.6 MHz; 198kHz
6.0 Today. 7.48 Thought for the Day, with Tim
Stanley. 8.30 (LW) Yesterday in Parliament 9.0
In Our Time 9.45 (LW) Daily Service 9.45 (FM)
Living With the Gods: The Search for a State (29/30)
10.0 Woman’s Hour. Presented by Jenni Murray.
Includes at 10.45 Drama: The Latvian Locum, by
Ben Cottam. Dace considers making her position
at the medical centre a permanent one but then
has an unpleasant experience with a patient who is
unhappy to be seen by a foreign doctor. (4/5) 11.0
Crossing Continents: Pride, Passion and Palestinian
Horses. Hundreds of families in the West Bank share
a passion for breeding horses. Now they are making
their mark at Israeli horse shows. 11.30 Queens
of Chapeltown (R) Colin Grant reports on the 50th
anniversary of the Leeds West Indian Carnival.
12.0 News 12.01 (LW) Shipping Forecast 12.04
Home Front: 30 November 1917 – Iris Reed, by
Sarah Daniels. (9/40) 12.15 You and Yours 12.57
Weather 1.0 The World at One. Presented by Martha
Kearney. 1.45 Book of the Week: Lou Reed – A
Life, by Anthony DeCurtis. (4/5) 2.0 The Archers
(R) 2.15 Drama: Road to Lautrec, by Douglas
Livingstone. Drama following three students of
a London cookery course who attend the garlic
festival in Lautrec, staying in the home of a British
5 Live
693, 909 kHz
6.0 5 Live Breakfast 10.0 5 Live Daily With Emma
Barnett 1.0 Afternoon Edition 4.0 5 Live Drive
7.0 5 Live Sport 8.0 The Ashes 9.0 5 Live Rugby
League 10.0 Question Time Extra Time 1.0 Up All
Night 5.0 Morning Reports 5.15 Wake Up to Money
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Friday 1
PICKS OF
THE DAY
Mulligan, in town to talk about second world
war drama Mudbound; and pop star Robbie
Williams, here to promote his autobiography
Reveal (hopefully with his clothes on). With
music by singer-songwriter Pink.
you’ve never seen it before, and it’s still
compelling chamber drama, if a little stilted
cinematically. Jonathan Romney
MUSIC
The Ferryman’s Apprentice
RADIO
Radio 4, 2.15pm
Bastille Live at Eden
BBC Four, 12midnight
A concert recorded at the Eden Project in
June this year in which the London indie
rockers play many of their best-known
songs, including Glory, Good Grief, Icarus
and Pompeii. Mike Bradley
FILM
QUIZ
Downfall
History Channel, 9pm
Mastermind
BBC Two, 7pm
(Oliver Hirschbiegel, 2004)
Postponed from 3 November, John
Humphrys hosts an edition of the quiz in
which the specialist subjects in the first
round are the Uefa Champions League,
Lawrence Durrell’s Alexandria Quartet,
the life and times of female pharaoh
Hatshepsut and political thriller House
of Cards. As always, the second round
comprises general knowledge questions.
History has not been kind to German director
Hirschbiegel – who went on to make derided
royal biopic Diana – nor to this international
hit, which has been somewhat eclipsed by
a million YouTube spoofs. Weighed down
though it is by a sense of its own historical
importance, it nevertheless confronts taboo
in representing Hitler as a human being, and
a terrified one, at bay and descending into
paranoid confusion. Bruno Ganz’s central
performance is monumentally impressive,
presenting the Führer as deranged, abject
and yet, in some perverse sense, even
tragic (if only in his own deluded mind). The
strongly acted entourage includes Alexandra
Maria Lara as Traudl Junge and Corinna
Harfouch as Magda Goebbels. Pretend
CHATSHOW
The Graham Norton Show
BBC One, 10.35pm
Joining Norton on the red sofa tonight
are: musician Elton John; actor/writer/
polymath Stephen Fry; actor Carey
TV CHOICE
Gregory Porter’s Popular Voices
BBC Four, 10pm
Truth Tellers. Gregory Porter brings his
endlessly fascinating series about the
history of popular song to a close with
a film in which he observes that not all
popular singing is about virtuosity. In fact,
at times, he says, the most important
thing about the voice is the lyric and
message it conveys. Thus begins an
entertaining catalogue of moaners,
groaners, shouters and talkers – among
them Bessie Smith, Billie Holliday, Woody
Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Gil Scott-Heron
(who jokes “I don’t know if I can take the
blame for rap”) and Leonard Cohen – all
of whom sang in a colloquial style in an
effort to reveal a deeper truth about the
world. As one of the world’s most gifted
interpreters of popular song, what Porter
himself has to say on the subject is well
worth listening to and the connections
he makes are revelatory. A real musical
education from a master. Mike Bradley
“Funny little vessel isn’t she… You don’t
even appear to have a radio!” When Jane
(Rosalind Sydney) is apparently saved from
a watery death, she finds the rescue boat
more than a little unconventional, much to
the ironic amusement of ferryman Charon
(Gary Lewis) and his son Thomas (Chris
O’Reilly). Beatrice Colin’s clever comedy
drama inspired by ancient Greek mythology
imagines what it is like to ferry sinners
across the “river of woe” and what it is
like for the hapless passengers. A human
rights advocate, Jane feels positively
saintly, so why are the jobsworthy father
and son arguing over which circle of hell
should receive her? Stephanie Billen
SPORT
Cricket
Sky Sports Main Event, 10pm
New Zealand v West Indies: first Test, day
one. Live coverage of the opening day’s
play in Wellington. The two nations have
not played each other in any competition
since March 2015 and last faced off in a
Test match in June 2014. New Zealand
recovered from a West Indies fightback
to win that series 2-1, and the Windies
will be hungry for revenge. Jack Brain
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THE NEW REVIEW | 26.11.17 | The Observer
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Home Front Omnibus: 27 November – 1 December
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6.30 Breakfast. The first in a series of advent
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his cultural inspirations. 12.0 Composer of the
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Concert. A concert given as part of Latvia’s Jūrmala
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Radio 3’s celebration of 50 years of the European
Broadcasting Union’s music exchange programme.
Franck Angelis: Fantaisie sur un thème d’Astor
Piazzolla – Chiquilin de Bachin. Mozart: Adagio
and Rondo for glass harmonica, K617. Dvořák:
Bagatelles, op 47. Astor Piazzolla: Five Tango
Sensations – Asleep, Loving, Anxiety, Despertar,
Fear. Viktor Gridin: Utushka Lugovaya (Meadow
Duck). Ksenija Sidorova (accordion), Spīķeru String
Quartet – Marta Spārniņa and Anti Kortelainens
(violins), Ineta Abakuka (viola), Ēriks Kiršfelds
(cello). 2.0 Afternoon Concert: European Concert
Showcase. With Tom McKinney. Beethoven: Violin
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C minor, Op 68. Frank Peter Zimmermann (violin),
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Daniele Gatti. 3.30
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6.0 Today. 7.48 Thought for the Day, with Prof
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(LW) Daily Service 9.45 (FM) Living With the
Gods. Neil MacGregor concludes his series about
shared beliefs, reflecting on the present, on the
future and on hope. (30/30) 10.0 Woman’s Hour.
With Jenni Murray. Includes at 10.45 Drama: The
Latvian Locum, by Ben Cottam. (5/5) 11.0 My
Life As… A Cynic. As a satirist, Andy Zaltzman
thinks it should be easy living a week following
the teachings of the ancient Greek philosophy of
the Cynics. How wrong he is… (3/3) 11.30 The
Wilsons Save the World: Food. Comedy written
by Marcus Brigstocke and Sarah Morgan. Max and
Mike decide to use their time away in Cornwall to
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Home Front: 1 December 1917 – Phyllis Marshall,
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Saturday 2
PICKS OF
THE DAY
Stereophonics to join him on stage. Former
England footballer Alan Shearer hands
over his phone for Celebrity Send to All, and
McIntyre sneaks into another house for
another Midnight Gameshow.
Erice’s Spirit of the Beehive. Audacious,
powerfully unsentimental and utterly
mesmerising. Jonathan Romney
DRAMA
Opera on 3 - Verdi’s Aida
from Salzburg Festival 2017
RADIO
Casualty
BBC One, 9.10pm
Radio 3, 6.30pm
Connie’s illness starts to affect her work
more seriously; shambolic Ethan turns up
late for his practical consultancy exam; and
Max’s attempts to flirt with the new barista
get decidedly awkward. Mike Bradley
FILM
DANCE
Ratcatcher
BBC Two, 2.10am
Can We Live With Robots?
Channel 4, 7pm
(Lynne Ramsay, 1999)
Travelling to Japan and the US, celebrated
dancer and choreographer Akram Khan
explores the impact robots and AI are
having on human relationships, before
making a spectacular new piece of dance
in response. His new work with dancer
Ching-Ying Chien portrays the connections
and the emotional tensions in human-robot
relationships. Well worth watching.
ENTERTAINMENT
Michael McIntyre’s Big Show
BBC One, 8.10pm
The host invites singer Jessie J (out
and about to promote wonderful new
LP Glasshouse) and Welsh rockers
One of the most striking British debuts
ever, from the always surprising director
who has gone on to make rave generation
drama Morvern Callar, We Need to Talk
About Kevin and the forthcoming, intensely
unsettling thriller You Were Never Really
There. Ratcatcher sees Ramsay imagining
life on a Glasgow housing estate during the
1973 refuse collectors’ strike, as experienced
by 12-year-old James (William Eadie). Poetic,
sometimes dreamlike, yet intensely rooted in
the real – and imbued with a deeply palpable
sense of grit and grime – the film, superbly
photographed by Alwin Küchler, evokes an
awareness of danger and mortality that
films about childhood rarely dare to – putting
Ratcatcher up there with the likes of Víctor
TV CHOICE
Imagine… Rachel Whiteread:
Ghost in the Room
BBC Two, 9pm
Timed to coincide with next week’s
announcement of the winner of the 2017
Turner prize (Tuesday 5 December, BBC4,
11pm) this is an intimate portrait of British
sculptor Rachel Whiteread, who won with
House in 1993. Now, as she unpacks her
life’s work for a major retrospective at Tate
Britain in London (until 21 January), Alan
Yentob interviews her, eliciting honest,
articulate explanations of her attitude
towards both. “Humbleness” lies at the
heart of her sculpture, she says, and it’s a
quality which characterises this artist who
has led a turbulent life after a bohemian
upbringing in Essex. This documentary
follows her rise to prominence, the
controversy aroused by her work, the
opposition she has had to overcome and
the recurring themes of memory and
absence in her sculpture. Intelligent TV
that is well worth watching. Mike Bradley
Presented by James Naughtie alongside
opera expert Flora Willson, tonight’s opera
sees Russian soprano Anna Netrebko
make a remarkable debut in the title role
as the Egyptian slave with acclaimed tenor
Francesco Meli as her lover Radames,
the officer faced with a terrible dilemma
in this tragedy set in ancient Egypt. The
production was criticised for its stark
staging so this welcome recording offers
a chance to appreciate the sumptuous
music without visual distractions. In his only
operatic engagement of the year, 76-yearold Riccardo Muti conducts the Vienna
Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna
State Opera Chorus. Stephanie Billen
SPORT
Rugby Union
BT Sport 2, 4.15pm
Wasps v Leicester Tigers: Premiership.
Live coverage from the Ricoh, where Dai
Young’s men will look to capitalise on
their recent run of good form and will
welcome the challenge of a Tigers side
who are also enjoying a return to winning
ways. Victories are very hard to come by at
the Ricoh. Can Leicester edge it today? MB
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Deadly 60 (R) 8.0 Show Me
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Live Rugby League World Cup
Australia or Fiji v Tonga or England
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Raymond Blanc: How to Cook
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2.35 A Place in the Sun: Home or
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8.10 Michael McIntyre’s Big Show
(T) Jessie J and Stereophonics
perform on stage at London’s
Theatre Royal.
9.10 Casualty (T) Connie puts her
health at risk by maintaining a
presence on the ED, and Ethan
shows up late for his exam.
8.30 Dad’s Army (T) (R) Captain
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charge of the platoon.
9.0 Imagine… Rachel Whiteread:
Ghost in the Room (T) A profile
of Rachel Whiteread, from the
controversy surrounding her
1993 Turner prize-winning
piece House, to the acclaim
she achieved for creating
Vienna’s Holocaust Memorial.
7.05 The X Factor: Live Final Dermot
O’Leary presents the first of two
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singers compete for approval and
one act faces the prospect of
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9.10 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of
Here! (T) Ant and Dec present
the celebrity challenge, as the
famous faces continue their
ordeal in the Australian jungle.
8.0
The Best Exotic Marigold
Hotel (John Madden, 2011) (T)
Seven English pensioners looking
for a fresh start are drawn to an
advert for a hotel in the Indian
city of Jaipur, and plan to spend
their retirement there. Comedy
drama starring Judi Dench, Bill
Nighy, Maggie Smith, Dev Patel,
Penelope Wilton, Ronald Pickup
and Tom Wilkinson.
8.05 NCIS: New Orleans Overdrive (T)
A racing car-driving US Marine
corporal is killed in a crash.
8.55 News (T)
9.0 Football on 5: The Championship
(T) Colin Murray introduces
highlights from the weekend’s
games, including Derby County
v Burton Albion, Sunderland
v Reading, and Bristol City v
Middlesbrough.
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10.0 News (T) Weather
10.20 Match of the Day (T) With
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Watford v Tottenham Hotspur.
11.50 The NFL Show (T) Includes highlights of Thursday night’s game.
12.20 Lay the Favorite (Stephen
Frears, 2012) (T) A Las Vegas
cocktail waitress proves a
success as a professional
gambler, but arouses the
jealousy of her mentor’s wife.
Comedy with Rebecca Hall and
Bruce Willis. 1.50 Weather for the
Week Ahead (T) 1.55 BBC News (T)
10.05 QI XL Odds and Ends (T) With
Romesh Ranganathan, Matt
Lucas and Liza Tarbuck.
10.50 Insert Name Here (T) (R) With
Hugh Dennis, Suzannah Lipscomb,
Rebecca Front and Phil Wang.
11.20 Snooker: UK Championship (T)
Action from the second round.
12.10 Snooker: UK Championship
Extra (T) 2.10 Ratcatcher
(Lynne Ramsay, 1999) (T) A
boy struggles to come to terms
with adolescence on a Glasgow
estate. Drama with William Eadie.
3.40 This Is BBC Two (T)
10.15 News and Weather (T)
10.35 Rambo III (Peter
MacDonald, 1988) (T) Vietnam
veteran John Rambo heads
for Afghanistan on a quest to
rescue his old boss Colonel
Trautman from prison. Action
adventure sequel with Sylvester
Stallone and Richard Crenna.
12.25 Jackpot247 3.0 The Hungry
Sailors (T) (R) 3.50 ITV
Nightscreen
10.25 I, Robot (Alex Proyas, 2004)
(T) A detective is convinced that
a robot has killed its creator, even
though it has been programmed
never to harm humans. Sci-fi
thriller with Will Smith, Bridget
Moynahan and Alan Tudyk.
12.40 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares
USA (T) (R) 1.30 The Last Leg
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10.0 Live Boxing Anthony Yigit v
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bout for the European SuperLightweight title, which takes
place at Leicester Arena.
12.0 SuperCasino (T) 3.10 When Calls
the Heart (T) (R) 4.40 Access
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Chinese Food in Minutes (T) (R)
10.45 The Vietnam War This Is What
We Do (July 1967 – December
1967) (T) (R) Hanoi lays plans for
a massive surprise offensive.
11.40 What a Performance! Pioneers
of Popular Entertainment (T) (R)
The golden age of variety theatre.
12.40 Burt Bacharach: A Life in Song
(T) (R) 2.10 The Mekong River
with Sue Perkins (T) (R)
of Egypt), Ekaterina Semenchuk (mezzo-soprano:
Amneris), Anna Netrebko (soprano: Ramfis), Luca
Salsi (baritone: Amonasro), Torre (mezzo-soprano:
High Priestess), Bror Magnus Tødenes (tenor: A
Messenger), Vienna State Opera Chorus and Vienna
Philharmonic Orchestra, Riccardo Muti. 10.0
Hear and Now: Huddersfield Contemporary Music
Festival 2017. More highlights, recorded in various
locations around the town throughout November.
Polwechsel: UNX (UK premiere). Dafeldecker:
Small Worlds (world premiere). Polwechsel, John
Butcher (saxophone). Ferneyhough: Umbrations (UK
premiere). Ensemble Modern and Arditti Quartet,
Brad Lubman. Stephanie Haensler: Ganz Nah (UK
premiere); Im Begriffe (UK premiere). Red Note
Ensemble, Geoffrey Paterson (conductor). 12.0
Geoffrey Smith’s Jazz: Joe Lovano. A tribute to the
saxophonist ahead of his 65th birthday. 1.0 Through
the Night. A BBC Chamber Music Prom from 2016.
– Mugabe of Zimbabwe. Drama recounting the
story of how Zimbabwe achieved independence,
by Kwame Kwei-Armah. Lucian Msamati stars as
Robert Mugabe, who became the country’s first
prime minister in 1980, a victory in which the Shona
majority in the former Republic of Rhodesia played
a pivotal role after it earned its freedom at the
hands of Margaret Thatcher’s government, paving
the way for the creation of Zimbabwe. With Danny
Sapani and Chuck Iwuji. 3.30 Opening Night.
Lindsey Chapman invites listeners to join her in
reviewing the past year in Hull’s theatre scene. 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 Ends. Rhys Ifans, Prof Brian
Cox, Barbara Taylor Bradford and Dan Gillespie Sells
join Clive Anderson. Includes music by Lail Arad and
JF Robitaille. 7.0 Profile 7.15 Saturday Review.
Tom Sutcliffe and co examine the week’s cultural
highlights. 8.0 Archive on 4: The Scandal Machine.
Criminologist Chris Greer looks at how the shape
and nature of scandal – and how it is reported – has
changed over the years. 9.0 Drama: A Burnt Out
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10.15 The Moral Maze (R) 11.0 Round Britain Quiz:
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FM: 5.20 Shipping Forecast 5.30 News
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(T) National Dance Company Wales perform a
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ballet Parade by Erik Satie, Jean Cocteau and
Pablo Picasso, with the BBC National Orchestra of
Wales.10.35-11.20 QI XL (T)
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series of ocean odysseys. 12.10
A Christmas to Remember
(David Weaver, 2016) (T) 1.50
Merry Kissmas! (Michael
Feifer, 2015) (T) 3.35 Annie Claus Is Coming to Town
(Kevin Connor, 2011) (T) 5.25
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7.0
Ancient Egypt: Life and Death
in the Valley of the Kings (T) (R)
(1/2) Joann Fletcher examines
the lives of ordinary Egyptian
citizens 3,500 years ago, beginning by exploring how people
dressed and what they ate.
The Mekong River With Sue
Perkins (T) (R) The comedian
concludes her journey.
9.0 Witnesses: A Frozen Death
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young woman could be linked
to the other murders.
9.50 Witnesses: A Frozen Death
Catherine holds Martin Souriau
captive, believing him to be the
kidnapper.
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Edmondson 1.0 Alice Levine 4.0 Radio 1’s Dance
Anthems With MistaJam 7.0 1Xtra’s Takeover With
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11.0 Diplo and Friends 1.0 Radio 1’s Asian Beats
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88-91 MHz
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Zoe Ball Show 6.0 Liza Tarbuck 8.0 Mica Paris’s
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7.0 Breakfast. With Elizabeth Alker. 9.0 News
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the classical music world. 1.0 News 1.02 Saturday
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music from his home country, Finland. 3.0 Sound
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Ryan Francois explore the origins of jazz dance.
4.0 Jazz Record Requests. Listeners’ requests,
including a track by the trumpeter Bert Courtley.
5.0 Jazz Line-Up. Kevin Le Gendre presents a
performance by the harpist Alina Bzhezhinska and
her quartet, featuring saxophonist Tony Kofi, double
bassist Larry Bartley and drummer Joel Prime. The
concert was recorded on at the Clore Ballroom on
the South Bank as part of the 2017 London jazz
festival and features a tribute to Bzhezhinska’s
fellow harpist, Alice Coltrane. 6.30 Opera on 3:
Verdi – Aida. A recording from the Salzburg festival
earlier this year, introduced by James Naughtie
and Flora Willson. Roberto Tagliavini (bass: King
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examine news developments in their region. 12.0
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developments and offers impartial advice. 12.30
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Today’s television
PICKS OF
THE DAY
The week’s listings
start on page 42
investigation into state-of-the-art vehicles
by challenging Robocar, the “racecar of the
future”, to a duel on the track at Silverstone.
Can he best the algorithm? Plus he has his
first cup of “AI tea”. Superb television.
somewhat self-regarding performance,
but Another Earth’s oddness has a certain
disarming grace. Jonathan Romney
DRAMA
The Art of Living: Frank
Ormsby’s Parkinson’s
RADIO
Howards End
BBC One, 9pm
Radio 4, 4.30pm
The Schlegel, Wilcox and Bast families
collide at Evie’s wedding, which results in
the disclosure of secrets from Henry’s past.
Meanwhile Henry is clearly more concerned
about what the future holds. Mike Bradley
FILM
NATURAL HISTORY
Another Earth
Sony Movie Channel, 4.30pm
Blue Planet II
BBC One, 8pm
(Mike Cahill, 2011)
Green Seas. As winter melts away, great
kelp forests rise from the ocean floor off
the California coast, attracting voracious
armies of sea urchins. Algal blooms
ignite an explosion of plankton-feeding
anchovies, who are in turn devoured by
majestic humpback whales. Pyjama sharks
are outwitted by the wily octopus, plus we
enjoy sea dragons and giant cuttlefish.
An intriguing, fragile “What if…?”
speculation, as much philosophical reverie
as science fiction proper. Britt Marling – star
of The OA – co-writes and plays a young
woman who becomes fascinated with the
discovery that another Earth, an identical
twin to our own planet, exists out there
somewhere. So fascinated is she, in fact,
that she causes a fatal accident. Years later,
she seeks redemption, getting closer to the
man (William Mapother) whose life she has
destroyed – and getting closer too to that
twin planet. Co-writer and director Cahill
adroitly manages the more preposterous
ramifications of a hyper-conceptual premise.
Whether or not the film works for you
may depend on how you take to Marling’s
DOCUMENTARY
Guy Martin v The Robot Car
Channel 4, 9pm
Not content with attempting to build the
world’s fastest driverless van in a shed
outside Grimsby, Guy Martin expands his
TV CHOICE
Expedition Volcano
BBC Two, 9pm
Deep in the Democratic Republic of Congo
stands one of the angriest volcanoes on
Earth: Nyiragongo. Of particular interest
to vulcanologists, it contains the world’s
largest continually active lava lake and
twice in the past 50 years it has erupted,
most recently in 2002, endangering the
people who live in the nearby city of Goma
(population one million). Beset by war
and humanitarian crises for more than
30 years, the region has been almost
off-limits to scientists, making Nyiragongo
one of the least studied active volcanoes
in the world – until now, that is. This
absorbing film follows a team of brave
scientists as they mount an expedition
to discover the warning signs of a new
eruption. Watch as, led by Aldo Kane
(above), they abseil into the Mars-like
crater to camp beside the roiling, spitting
lava lake. Good science, stunning images.
Recommended. Mike Bradley
Northern Ireland broadcaster Marie-Louise
Muir enjoys a rich encounter with the poet
Frank Ormsby in this warm programme
recorded in his home and exploring how
he has been affected both physically and
mentally by Parkinson’s disease. Worried
that he may lose the ability to write, he
has been particularly creative of late
with strange hallucinations caused by his
medication prompting evocative poetry
lines such as: “Who is that girl I sense at
my shoulder? Who is that dancing lazily/
on my table until I look up?” There is “not
much conversation to be shared with a
neurological disturbance”, he admits wryly
of his silent ghosts. Stephanie Billen
SPORT
Motor Racing
Sky F1, 12.30pm; C4, 12.35pm
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Live coverage of
the final race of the season, as Felipe
Massa bows out of Formula One after 16
years behind the wheel. Lewis Hamilton
has already been crowned the Drivers’
Championship winner, but Sebastian Vettel
and Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas
will fight it out for second place. Jack Brain
TELEVISION
BBC Two
ITV
Breakfast (T) 7.30 Match of the
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Mary Berry’s Country House
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Dementia, Football and Me (T)
(R) 4.55 Blue Planet II (T) (R) 5.55
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Come Dancing: The Results
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of the British Garden (R) 8.35
Countryfile (R) 9.30 Saturday
Kitchen 11.0 Food & Drink (R)
11.30 My Life on a Plate (R) 12.15
MOTD2 Extra 1.0 International
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World: Ghost Bear Family (R) 3.0
Demolition: The Wrecking Crew
(R) 4.0 Escape to the Country
(R) 4.45 Flog It! 5.45 Turkey (T)
(R) 6.45 Alexander and
the Terrible, Horrible, No Good,
Very Bad Day (2014) (T)
6.0
Blue Planet II (T) Footage of
wildlife inhabiting underwater
kelp forests, including thousands
of giant cuttlefish spawning in
a rocky reef and tiger sharks
hunting green turtles in seagrass.
Howards End (T) Margaret
receives an offer that changes
her plans significantly.
8.0
BBC One
6.0
8.0
9.0
10.0 News (T)
10.20 Regional News and Weather (T)
10.30 Match of the Day 2 (T)
Southampton v Everton, Burnley
v Arsenal, and Huddersfield Town
v Manchester City.
11.30 Ronny Chieng: International
Student (T) Ronny agrees to fill
in for Asher at work, but finds he
cannot cope with the standards
of hygiene. Craig takes a trip
to the tea shop to broaden his
horizons.
11.55 Weather (T)
12.0 BBC News (T)
9.0
Robot Wars (T) Robots
Expulsion, Coyote, Thor,
Magnetar, Hobgoblin and
Push to Exit battle it out.
Expedition Volcano (T) (1/2)
Documentary following
scientists studying volcanoes
in the Democratic Republic
of Congo, beginning with
Nyiragongo, which has erupted
twice in the past 50 years.
10.0 Snowfall (T) Lucia finds it hard
to break away from her family.
10.40 John Carter (Andrew
Stanton, 2012) (T) An American
civil war soldier is transported to
an alien world, where he tips the
balance in a war by rescuing a
princess. Fantasy adventure with
Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins.
12.40 Sign Zone Question Time (T) (R)
1.45 Holby City (T) (R) 2.40 This
Is BBC Two (T)
OTHER CHANNELS
BT Sport 1
8.0am Cricket Classics: Aus v Eng 1987 9.0
The Ashes 10.30 Ashes Memories: 1986/87
11.0 Cricket Classics: Aus v Eng 1987 12.0 World
Sailing 12.30 The Ashes 2.0 Live Betfred Cup:
Motherwell v Celtic (kick-off 3pm) Coverage of
the final at Hampden Park. 5.30 Ashes Memories:
1986/87 6.0 International Rugby Union 7.30
BT Sport Reload 7.45 Live Ligue 1: Monaco v
Paris Saint-Germain (kick-off 8pm) Coverage of
the French top-flight clash from the Stade Louis II.
10.0 The Ashes 11.30 The Ashes Live
Sky Atlantic
6.0am David Attenborough’s Natural History
Museum Alive 7.30 The Bachelor King 9.0
Without a Trace 10.0 Without a Trace 11.0
Without a Trace 12.0 Without a Trace 1.0
Without a Trace 2.0 The Women Who Run
Hollywood 3.0 Hollywood Gossip 4.0 Blue
Bloods 5.0 Blue Bloods 6.0 Blue Bloods 7.0
Blue Bloods 8.0 Blue Bloods 9.0 Babylon
Berlin 10.0 Babylon Berlin 11.0 Southern
Rites 12.45 Room 104 1.20 The Wire
2.35 Californication 3.10 CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation 4.05 The British 5.0 The British
E4
6.0am Rules of Engagement 6.25 Couples
Come Dine With Me 7.20 Couples Come Dine With
Me 8.25 Hollyoaks 11.0 Made in Chelsea 12.0
Don’t Tell the Bride 1.0 Diary of a Wimpy
Kid (2010) 2.55 Rude(ish) Tube Shorts 3.0 The
Goldbergs 3.30 The Goldbergs 4.0 The Big Bang
Theory 4.30 The Big Bang Theory 5.0 The Big
Bang Theory 5.30 The Big Bang Theory 6.0 The
Big Bang Theory 6.30 The Big Bang Theory 7.0
The Big Bang Theory 7.30 The Big Bang Theory
8.0 Ghostbusters II (1989) 10.05 The Big
Bang Theory: Who You Gonna Call? 10.35 The
Big Bang Theory: Who You Gonna Call? 11.05
Gogglebox 12.10 Rude Tube 1.15 First Dates
2.20 Gogglebox 3.15 Rude Tube 3.40 Hollyoaks
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Channel 4
Channel 5
7.55 Frasier (T) (R) 8.25 Frasier (T) (R)
9.0 Sunday Brunch (T) 12.0 F1:
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Live BuildUp (T) 12.35 F1: Abu Dhabi Grand
Prix Live (T) (start-time 1pm)
Steve Jones presents coverage
of the 20th and final round of the
campaign, held at the Yas Marina
Circuit. 3.10 F1: Abu Dhabi Grand
Prix Live Reaction (T) 4.35 Speed
with Guy Martin: F1 Challenge
(T) (R) 5.35 News (T) 6.05 Men in Black 3 (Barry Sonnenfeld,
2012) (T) Sci-fi sequel.
6.0
7.30 The X Factor: Semi Finals (T)
Dermot O’Leary hosts as the
remaining contestants take
to the stage, hoping to make it
into the grand final.
9.0 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of
Here! (T) Ant and Dec catch up
with the castaways as they
prepare to enter their second
week in the jungle and face the
live Bushtucker Trial.
8.0
8.0
10.30 News and Weather (T)
10.45 Peston on Sunday (T) (R)
11.45 Road Rage Britain: Caught on
Camera (T) (R) Confrontations
on the roads, plus an experiment
in which two cyclists, a London
cabbie and a van driver swap
modes of transport.
12.45 Jackpot247 3.0 Motorsport
UK (T) 3.50 Nightscreen 5.05
Jeremy Kyle (T) (R)
10.0 RoboCop (José Padilha,
2014) (T) A critically injured police
officer is rebuilt as a crimefighting cyborg and struggles
with his free will. Sci-fi thriller
remake with Joel Kinnaman and
Gary Oldman.
12.10 Good Kill (Andrew Nicoll,
2014) (T) Drama starring Ethan
Hawke. 2.0 The Supervet (T) (R)
3.0 Trump: An American Dream
(T) (R) 3.55 Location, Location,
Location (R) 4.50 Gillette World
Sport 5.15 KOTV Boxing Weekly
5.45 Fill Your House for Free (R)
CITV 9.25 ITV News (T) 9.30
Australian Wilderness With Ray
Mears (T) (R) 10.0 Peston on
Sunday (T) 11.0 Save Money:
Good Food (T) (R) 11.30 Tipping
Point (T) (R) 12.30 News and
Weather (T) 12.45 The X Factor:
Semi Finals (T) (R) 2.20 Midsomer
Murders (T) (R) 4.10 Les Dawson
Forever (T) 6.05 Local News (T)
6.15 News and Weather (T) 6.30
The Chase: Celebrity Special
(T) With Patrick Baladi, Vicky
Williamson, John Craven and
Kevin Eldon. Last in the series.
VARIATIONS
Film4
11.0am Thunderbirds (2004) 12.50 The
Riot Club Interview Special 1.0 The Phantom
(1996) 3.0 Fletch (1985) 5.05 The
Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) 6.45 Miracle
on 34th Street (1994) 9.0 Cowboys & Aliens
(2011) 11.20 The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
1.40 Alleluia (2014)
Sky 1
6.0am Hour of Power 7.0 Futurama 7.30
Futurama 8.0 Futurama 8.30 Futurama 9.0
Futurama 9.30 The Simpsons 10.0 The Simpsons
10.30 The Simpsons 11.0 WWE Raw Hlts 12.0
Supergirl 1.0 The Flash 2.0 Modern Family 2.30
Modern Family 3.0 Modern Family 3.30 Modern
Family 4.0 Modern Family 4.30 Modern Family
5.0 Modern Family 5.30 The Simpsons 6.0 The
Simpsons 6.30 The Simpsons 7.0 The Simpsons
7.30 The Simpsons 8.0 Marvel’s Inhumans 9.0
Strike Back 10.0 The Force: Manchester 11.0 Ross
Kemp on Gangs 12.0 Brit Cops: Law & Disorder
1.0 The Russell Howard Hour 2.0 Ross Kemp’s
Britain 3.0 Brit Cops: Law & Disorder 4.0
Stargate Atlantis 5.0 Stargate Atlantis
Sky Sports Main Event
6.0am Live Test Cricket: India v Sri Lanka.
Coverage of the third day’s play in the second
Test at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium
in Jamtha, Nagpur, as the teams continue the
three-match series. 11.0 Goals on Sunday 12.30
Live Nissan Super Sunday: Southampton v Everton
(kick-off 1.30pm) Coverage of the Premier League
clash at St Mary’s Stadium. 3.30 Live Nissan
Super Sunday: Huddersfield Town v Manchester
City (kick-off 4pm) Coverage of the Premier
League clash at John Smith’s Stadium. 6.30
Live NFL. A match from the NFL season. 9.0 Live
NFL. A match from the NFL season. 1.0 Live NFL:
Pittsburgh Steelers v Green Bay Packers (kickoff 1.30am) 4.30 Live Test Cricket: India v Sri
Lanka – Second Test, Day Four
THE NEW REVIEW | 26.11.17 | The Observer
STV NORTH As ITV except 12.45am
Teleshopping 1.45 After Midnight 2.45 May
the Best House Win (T) (R) 3.35 ITV Nightscreen
4.05 The Jeremy Kyle Show (T) (R)
ITV WALES As ITV except 11.30am Gino’s
Italian Coastal Escape (T) (R) 12.0-12.30
Newsweek Wales (T)
SCOTTISH As ITV except 12.45am
Teleshopping 1.45 After Midnight 2.45 May
the Best House Win (T) (R) 3.35 ITV Nightscreen
4.05 The Jeremy Kyle Show (T) (R)
BBC ONE NORTH 11.0am-12.15 Sunday
Politics Yorkshire and Lincolnshire (T)
BBC ONE SCOTLAND 11.0am12.15 Sunday Politics Scotland (T) 11.30
Sportscene (T) (R) 12.30-12.55 Ronny
Chieng: International Student (T)
BBC ONE WALES 11.0am-12.15 Sunday
Politics Wales (T)
BBC TWO SCOTLAND 4.0pm Celebrity
Antiques Road Trip (T) 5.0 River City (T) (R)
6.0 Sportscene (T) 7.0-8.0 Turkey With
Simon Reeve (T) (R)
BBC TWO WALES 5.45pm Hairy Bikers
Short (T) (R) 6.0 Scrum V Autumn International
Special (T) 7.0-8.0 Colombia With Simon Reeve
(T) (R)
BBC TWO N IRELAND 10.0pm
Languages of Ulster (T) 10.30 Pop Goes Northern
Ireland (T) A look back at the key events of 1988.
11.0 Sunday Politics Northern Ireland (T) (R)
11.25 Snowfall (T) 12.05 Insert Name Here (T)
(R) 12.35-12.40 Wild on Water: Greyabbey
Mud Flats (T) (R)
9.0
Coastal Railways With Julie
Walters (T) New series. The
actress travels around the UK
coast by train, beginning aboard
the famous Jacobite steam train
for a trip along Scotland’s West
Highland Railway.
Guy Martin vs the Robot Car
(T) The presenter explores
the world of automated selfdriving vehicles.
9.0
Milkshake! 9.45 Teenage Mutant
Ninja Turtles (T) (R) 10.20 Football
on 5: The Championship (T) (R)
11.10 Football on 5: Goal Rush
(T) (R) 11.40 A Christmas
Tail (Gregory Poppen, 2012) (T)
1.20 Winter Wedding (Jake
Helgren, 2017) (T) 3.10 A
Christmas to Remember (David
Weaver, 2016) (T) 4.55 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead
Man’s Chest (Gore Verbinski,
2006) (T) Swashbuckling
adventure sequel starring
Johnny Depp. 7.55 News (T)
Aviva Premiership Rugby
Highlights (T) Including
Newcastle Falcons v Gloucester
and Leicester Tigers v Worcester
Warriors.
Fury (David Ayer, 2014)
(T) An American tank crew
undertake a final dangerous
mission behind enemy lines.
Second world war drama with
Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf.
BBC Four
7.0
Great Continental Railway
Journeys Athens to Thessaloniki,
Part Two (T) (R) Michael Portillo
continues his Greek journey,
boarding one of the world’s
narrowest gauge railways 7.30
University Challenge (T) (R)
8.0
Nigel Kennedy at the BBC
(T) (R) A compilation of the
musician’s performances
from the BBC archive.
Shark (T) (R) A look at how
scientists are challenging
traditional perceptions of
these predators, including
breakthroughs regarding
sharks’ intelligence and
social skills. Last in the series.
9.0
11.35 Flight of the Phoenix (John
Moore, 2004) (T) A plane crashes
in the desert and the survivors
plan to return to civilisation by
building a new aircraft from the
wreckage. Adventure starring
Dennis Quaid and Tyrese Gibson.
1.40 SuperCasino (T) 3.10 Chris
Tarrant: Extreme Railway
Journeys (T) (R) 4.0 My Mum’s
Hotter Than Me! (T) (R) 4.50
Great Artists (T) (R) 5.20
Wildlife SOS (R)
10.0 Natural World: Walrus – Two
Tonne Tusker (T) (R) Learning
about walruses’ behaviour.
11.0 Naples ’44: A Wartime Diary
(T) A portrait of the city at the
end of the second world war,
using archive footage and British
intelligence operative Norman
Lewis’s first-hand accounts, read
by Benedict Cumberbatch.
12.20 Nigel Kennedy at the BBC (T) (R)
1.20 Shark (T) (R) 2.20 Natural
World: Walrus – Two Tonne
Tusker (R)
Sunday Feature: Kandinsky – A Story of Revolution
(R) How the abstract artist was influenced by
his Russian roots. With Christian Weikop. 7.30
In Concert. Ian Skelly presents a programme
celebrating the 50th anniversary of the European
Broadcasting Union music exchange, with concerts
from the north, east, south and west of Europe.
Dvořák: Serenade for Strings in E major, Op 22.
Zurich Chamber Orchestra. Granados: Piano Quintet
in G minor, Op 49. Ludmil Angelov (piano), Breton
Quartet. Part: Tabula rasa. Helena Wood and Elaine
Clark (violins), RTE National SO, conductor Tõnu
Kaljuste. Schubert: String Quartet No 12, D703,
Quartettsatz. Vilde Frang (violin), Sayaka Shoji
(violin), Maxim Rysanov (viola), Nicolas Altstaedt
(cello). 9.0 Drama on 3: Death of a Salesman, by
Arthur Miller. David Suchet, Zoe Wanamaker, Daniel
Lapaine and Brendan Patricks star. (R) 10.30
Early Music Late: Nuria Rial with the Basel Chamber
Orchestra. Highlights from the Gstaad Menuhin
Festival. 12.30 Through the Night. A programme
of String Quintets by Boccherini and Schubert.
With Mark Mardell. 1.30 When Greeks Flew Kites.
Sarah Dunant on stories from history that provide
a fresh outlook on the present day. 2.0 Gardeners’
Question Time: Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex (R) 2.45
The Listening Project Omnibus: The Power of Dance
3.0 Drama: A Burnt Out Case, by Graham Greene.
(2/2) 4.0 News 4.02 Open Book. Fiona Mitchell
guests. 4.30 The Art of Living: Frank Ormsby’s
Parkinson’s. The poet talks to Marie-Louise Muir
about responding creatively to being diagnosed with
Parkinson’s disease. 5.0 The Glasgow Boys: Chaos
and Calm (R) 5.40 Profile 5.54 Shipping Forecast
5.57 Weather 6.0 News 6.15 Pick of the Week.
With Kathy Clugston. 7.0 The Archers 7.15 Dot:
The Mystery at St Horribly-Vulture’s School for Boys
(R) 7.45 The Reservoir Tapes: Stephanie’s Story,
by Jon McGregor. (9/15) 8.0 Feedback (R) 8.30
Last Word (R) 9.0 Money Box (R) 9.26 Radio 4
Appeal: Cord (R) 9.30 Analysis: Offence, Power
and Progress (R) 10.0 The Westminster Hour.
With Carolyn Quinn. 11.0 The Moth Radio Hour:
Under the Gun (1/8) LW: 11.30 Test Match Special:
Australia v England – First Test, Day Five. 12.48;
5.20 Shipping Forecast. FM: 11.50 A Point of View
(R) 12.0 News 12.15 Thinking Allowed (R) 12.45
Bells on Sunday: St Mary the Virgin, Bowdon,
Cheshire (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: Michael Morpurgo on the Magpie
RADIO
Radio 1
97.6-99.8 MHz
6.0 Dev 10.0 Greatest Hits With Matt Edmondson
1.0 Alice Levine 4.0 Life Hacks With Cel Spellman
and Maya Jama 6.0 Most Played 7.0 Rock Show
With Daniel P Carter 10.0 Phil Taggart 1.0 Eats
Everything 3.0 Artist Takeover With Ella Eyre
4.0 Adele Roberts
Radio 2
88-91 MHz
6.0 Sunday Hour 7.0 Good Morning Sunday With
Clare Balding 9.0 Steve Wright’s Sunday Love Songs
11.0 Michael Ball 1.0 Elaine Paige 3.0 Johnnie
Walker’s Sounds of the 70s 5.0 Paul O’Grady 7.0
Ore Oduba 9.0 Clare Teal 11.0 Moira Stuart 12.0
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. With Martin Handley. 9.0 News
9.03 Sacred River. Neil MacGregor introduces a
celebration of the spiritual side of life that so many
encounter through music. The programme aims
to encompass music from all periods, inspired by
the world faiths, and starts with the wonders of
creation and the cosmos. As darkness is dispelled
the theme of light emerges, a significant element of
many belief systems. From there the pieces chosen
explore the concept of love from the perspective
of the sacred, followed by music inspired by nature
and the world around us before turning the focus
to ritual, the prayerful and meditative part of
the human condition – as well as the joyous and
ecstatic. We finally turn our thoughts to life, death
and eternity. Throughout the day are recordings
illustrating different aspects of faith in people’s
lives. 3.0 Choral Evensong: Archive from York
Minster (R) 4.0 Choir and Organ. Music by Mozart,
Barber and Spike Milligan. 5.0 The Listening
Service: Chasing a Fugue. With Tom Service. 5.30
Words and Music: Reach for the Sky (R) 6.45
Radio 4
92.4-94.6 MHz; 198kHz
LW: 5.30 Test Match Special: Australia v England
– First Test, Day Four. FM: 6.0 News 6.05
Something Understood: Metamorphosis 6.35 On
Your Farm: How to Read A Cow (5/7) 6.57 Weather
7.0 News 7.0 Sunday Papers 7.10 Sunday. With
Edward Stourton. 7.55 Radio 4 Appeal: Cord.
With Dan Snow. 7.57 Weather. LW & FM: 8.0
News 8.0 Sunday Papers 8.10 Sunday Worship
8.48 A Point of View (R) 8.58 Tweet of the
Day: Fyfe Dangerfield on the Guillemot (R) 9.0
Broadcasting House. With Paddy O’Connell. 10.0
The Archers Omnibus 11.15 Desert Island Discs:
Naomi Klein 12.0 News 12.01 (LW) Shipping
Forecast 12.04 I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue (R)
12.30 The Food Programme: Food on the Edge
(A Food Story Mix-Tape). Dan Saladino attends a
gathering at which people share their food stories.
12.57 Weather 1.0 The World This Weekend.
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
1.30 Premier League Football: Southampton
v Everton (kick-off 1.30pm) 3.15 5 Live Sport
4.0 Premier League Football: Huddersfield Town
v Manchester City (kick-off 4pm) 6.0 6-0-6
7.30 Jane Garvey & Peter Allen 10.0 Stephen
Nolan 1.0 Up All Night 4.30 5 Live F1 5.0
Morning Reports 5.15 Wake Up to Money
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