Category Archives: reviews

Wolf Hall – one of the best things on TV in a generation

I think that Wolf Hall probably has been the best thing broadcast on the BBC in the last 5 or so years. Sublime drama – pure Game of Thrones territory in its ability to capture the imagination (sans dragons and … Continue reading

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Well that was quite the most surreal movie I’ve seen in a long time. I saw it at Lincoln Center last night which is one of the big cinema complexes here in Manhattan. However, as it only came out on … Continue reading

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Pride – when striking miners and gay rights activists joined forces

I saw Pride at the movie theater (OK, cinema!) at Lincoln Center yesterday evening.  A really wonderful film – I can’t recommend it highly enough. It features Imelda Staunton, Bill Nighy and Dominic West among others. The whole cast was fantastic. … Continue reading

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“Goodnight you princes of Maine, you kings of New England”

I’ve just finished reading John Irving’s The Cider House Rules. I feel a bizarre sense of ‘loss’ that it has taken me so many years to finally read this book. And it was something of an impulse – picking it … Continue reading

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Blackout (Channel 4; Review)

I watched Channel 4’s film ‘Blackout’ last night. The premise is simple – the UK is the victim of a cyber-attack that brings down the National Grid. This power outage – that affects the entire country – lasts for several … Continue reading

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Et in Arcadia ego

As part of my great northern road-trip we visited Brideshead (aka Castle Howard), not far from York. It is one of England’s ‘great’ country houses and is set in exquisite rolling parkland. It is still owned and lived in by … Continue reading

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