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The Funeral Murders review – masterful handling of a combustible narrative 19 Mar 6:00pm The Funeral Murders review – masterful handling of a combustible narrative
Vanessa Engle listens to the stories from all sides from an awful week in March 1988 that saw an IRA funeral attacked and British soldiers pulled out of their car and shot dead‘How charged is the vocabulary here? How much mess can I get myself into making this programme if I use the wrong words?” From the beginning of The Funeral Murders (BBC2), the documentary-maker Vanessa Engle is upfront about the impossibility of the task she has set herself. It has been 30 years since the funeral of three IRA members, who had been shot by the SAS in Gibraltar, was attacked by a loyalist paramilitary, who, armed with grenades and a semi-automatic pistol, killed three men and injured many more. Seventy-two hours later, during a funeral procession for one of the dead, two British soldiers were pulled out of their car by a mob, stripped and shot dead by the IRA. The legacy of the pain caused by that brief period in March 1988 is etched on the faces of those who witnessed it or survived it, or whose family members did not. Engle, who has made many excellent documentaries for the BBC on topics as varied as feminism, dog-walking and cosmetic surgery, is never seen on camera, but her voice is heard, often. Here, she talks to people on all sides of the conflict and the attacks. Each group of interviewees is teased with a blockbuster-style title card: the republicans, stamped over the Irish tricolour; the loyalists, over a union jack; the security forces, over a heavily tattooed ex-soldier’s arm. At first, this might seem a little crass, a little Hollywood, but having watched to the end, I think it was necessary. It gives a clear indication from the start as to Engle’s attempts to provide balance, and to ensure voices from all sides are given a chance to be heard.
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‘Women aren’t finished at 40’: how I Got Life! is challenging stereotypes about ageing 19 Mar 1:33pm ‘Women aren’t finished at 40’: how I Got Life! is challenging stereotypes about ageing
Director Blandine Lenoir and star Agnès Jaoui discuss the ‘everyday heroine’ of their new film, who defies convention to show the realities of age discrimination, menopause – and happiness – post-50If men went through the menopause, there would be countless important movies by male directors on the subject of “the change”. Picture Woody Allen casting Colin Firth as an author struggling with night sweats and hormonal mood swings, a gorgeous 21-year-old waitress mopping his clammy brow. In reality, cinema is almost entirely menopause-free. When the French director
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Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom review – gorgeous visuals, irresistible vibe 19 Mar 11:14am Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom review – gorgeous visuals, irresistible vibe
Beautiful, fantastical and feelgood, this Studio Ghibli collaboration is a timely counterpoint to the idea that games are gun-centric, violent and nihilistic Japanese role-playing games tend to be pretty specialist, with anime-style graphics and rather old-fashioned, often turn-based gameplay. But Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, whose gorgeous visual style was created in collaboration with feted animation pioneers
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The Damned: how we made New Rose 19 Mar 11:00am The Damned: how we made New Rose
They left jobs as toilet cleaners and gravediggers, missed out on Sid Vicious as a frontman and lived on a diet of amphetamine and cider … the makers of Britain’s first punk single share their memories In 1976, Britain was a cultural wasteland with stuff like Genesis and the dregs of glam rock. Mick Jones and Tony James – who’d later play in the Clash and Generation X respectively – were starting a band called the London SS. We were all in a dingy basement auditioning a drummer called Chris Millar, who had scabies at the time, when a rat ran across the floor. So Chris became Rat Scabies.
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‘The vitriol was really unhealthy’: artist Sonia Boyce on the row over taking down Hylas and the Nymphs 19 Mar 9:36am ‘The vitriol was really unhealthy’: artist Sonia Boyce on the row over taking down Hylas and the Nymphs
When John William Waterhouse’s 1896 painting was taken off the walls of Manchester Art Gallery, furious critics described it as censorship or a publicity stunt. That couldn’t be further from the truth, says the artist at the centre of the storm When John William Waterhouse’s painting Hylas and the Nymphs was removed from the walls of the Manchester Art Gallery at the end of January, all hell broke loose. Social media was electric with outraged cries of “censorship”. The critic Jonathan Jones
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Robot Wars has been scrapped – again. Time for it to rearm 19 Mar 9:28am Robot Wars has been scrapped – again. Time for it to rearm
There’s been a storm of protest at the news the show has been axed – but in an era of real-life killer robots, it looked impossibly weedy. Bring on the knife-covered robot dogs
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When good TV goes bad: Party of Five ran out of Dickensian misfortune 19 Mar 8:59am When good TV goes bad: Party of Five ran out of Dickensian misfortune
From confused teenagers to angry adults, the show about the Salinger siblings took a turn for the worse when the big C arrived and dullness prevailed Pull a plaid shirt over your dungarees and journey with me – not to Dalston circa 2017 but to San Francisco in September 1994, where five orphans are trying to make their way in the world with nary a parent to help them. These are the Salingers, Fox’s great hope to retain the teen market it had nabbed with the glitzy, multi-parented
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Romance so white? Publishers grapple with race issues amid author protests 19 Mar 8:36am Romance so white? Publishers grapple with race issues amid author protests
New report exposes decline in diversity in romance writing, as editor resigns after telling author they avoid putting non-white characters on covers ‘because we like the book to sell’ Readers, writers and editors of romance books are grappling with the genre’s record on diversity, after a week where a report found that books by authors of colour were on the decline, an imprint specialising in diverse romances closed, and another publisher was forced to apologise for telling a writer they avoided putting people of colour on book covers because they didn’t sell. Queer romance writer
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Labour confirms music festival in June, with Jeremy Corbyn on bill 19 Mar 7:40am Labour confirms music festival in June, with Jeremy Corbyn on bill
Musicians Rae Morris, the Magic Numbers and Jermain Jackman will perform at the London event
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Pussy Riot protest against Putin election with new song 19 Mar 6:59am Pussy Riot protest against Putin election with new song
Punk provocateurs release statement alongside new track Elections, attacking corruption, censorship and erosion of democracy in Russia Russian political punk group Pussy Riot have released a new song, Elections, to protest against “18 years of Putin’s power” as Russians headed to the polls on Sunday.
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Cirque du Soleil performer falls to his death in Florida show 19 Mar 6:55am Cirque du Soleil performer falls to his death in Florida show
Yann Arnaud, who had 15 years experience, appeared to lose his grip on an aerial strap An experienced Cirque du Soleil performer has died after plunging onto a stage during an aerial straps routine at a weekend show in Tampa, Florida.
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Rising camp: how an arch sensibility got political 19 Mar 2:00am Rising camp: how an arch sensibility got political
Ice skaters in S&M gear, models in panto petticoats, Ricky Martin in tighty whities ... we’re in the grip of a camp explosion – and now it has a radical bite There are few more mercurial cultural concepts than camp – or more enduring ones. America’s current king of TV camp, Ryan Murphy, is winning new accolades with his arch, neon-lit true-crime drama
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