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Brassic review – a tale of northern ne’er-do-wells with humour and heart to spare 22 Aug 6:00pm Brassic review – a tale of northern ne’er-do-wells with humour and heart to spare
This caper about a gang of friends creating their own entertainment on this and that side of the law brings to mind the best of Shameless A young man is sitting on the edge of a small road bridge. “Chucking yourself off, Vinnie?” asks a curious passerby. “It’s too low. Tower block. Or fast-moving train. That’s what you need.” You would know we were in the north even if the accents didn’t give it away. Brassic (Sky One) follows the (mis)adventures of Vinnie – played by the series’ co-creator,
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Louis Theroux: I backed accusers of Michael Jackson due to my time with Savile 22 Aug 11:47am Louis Theroux: I backed accusers of Michael Jackson due to my time with Savile
Film-maker says he defended singer’s accusers, driven by his ‘boost’ to Jimmy Savile’s image before sex abuse confirmed The film-maker Louis Theroux said he felt obliged to support individuals who had accused Michael Jackson of being a paedophile, partly because his own programmes had helped to “rehabilitate” Jimmy Savile’s public image. Theroux accused Jackson’s fans in March of being “wilfully blind” after they denied detailed claims made in the Channel 4 documentary entitled Leaving Neverland that the singer was a child abuser.
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Why are children forced to choose between the arts? The Ebacc must go | Bob and Roberta Smith 22 Aug 9:30am Why are children forced to choose between the arts? The Ebacc must go | Bob and Roberta Smith
The Ebacc system puts children off arts subjects at GCSE. They should be allowed to study the subjects that interest themAll children should be required to take at least one arts GCSE and there should be no restriction on taking more than one. This year there has been a modest increase in the number of children taking art itself – 9% up on last year –
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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark review – horror-comic summer special 22 Aug 6:00am Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark review – horror-comic summer special
Guillermo del Toro is one of the gurus of gore contributing to this sometimes icky YA-leaning horror compendium Directed by Trollhunter’s André Øvredal, with script contributions from Guillermo del Toro and Saw graduates Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, this young adult-leaning horror compendium proves a mixed bag over the long haul, but its best segments offer an upgrade on those
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September 1, 1939 by Ian Sansom review – a biography of a poem 22 Aug 4:57am September 1, 1939 by Ian Sansom review – a biography of a poem
One of WH Auden’s most famous poems is treated to an entertaining dissectionIt’s not Auden’s best poem or (since
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Say Say Say by Lila Savage review – a luminous debut 22 Aug 4:00am Say Say Say by Lila Savage review – a luminous debut
A vivid insight into the thoughts and feelings of a young woman who works as a carer When Ella tells people that she works as a freelance home carer for the elderly, they tend to react with a gushing mixture of approval and self-deprecation: “How wonderful. I could never do what you do.” One young woman is entirely unabashed about the human instinct to put one’s own emotions at the centre of every story, replying: “Oh, now I feel bad.” US author Lila Savage worked as a caregiver for nearly a decade, and her wise and understated first novel explores a carer’s thoughts and feelings as she steps into the crucible of other people’s suffering. At first, Ella was “wide open” to the all-consuming dramas of the people she worked for, but she has learned over the years to “step in and out of grief, to sample it on demand”; to offer up a version of herself and ration her own responses.
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The Government of No One by Ruth Kinna review – the rise of anarchism 22 Aug 2:29am The Government of No One by Ruth Kinna review – the rise of anarchism
From terrorists to Groucho-Marxists ... the story of one of the most daring political currents of the age
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Princess Emmy review – plodding horse-whisperer animation 22 Aug 2:00am Princess Emmy review – plodding horse-whisperer animation
The family-friendly story of a girl with a gift for speaking to her equine friends lacks even minimal levels of peril and adventure This well-meaning, eat-your-broccoli kids’ animation from Germany steers clear of simpering princess stereotypes in its story about a young royal who’s mad about animals. She is princess Emmy, who has a secret gift – she can talk to horses. There is some nice acting here from the voice cast on the English dub, but even little kids may find Princess Emmy tame, lacking even age-appropriate levels of danger and adventure. Ruby Barnhill voices Emmy, a full-of-beans modern princess who is told by an ancient spirit that she must pass a test to prove she’s worthy of her talking-to-horses gift. At the same time, her nemesis cousin Princess Gizana (Bella Ramsey, Lyanna Mormont in Game of Thrones) shows up at the castle for a ball. The films deserves points for showing the cousins’ blood-boiling anger with each other – so often in kids films girls are limited to nice sugary feelings, or bitchiness and envy.
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Filthy rich: why the awful antics of Succession are so addictive 22 Aug 2:00am Filthy rich: why the awful antics of Succession are so addictive
The slick, anti-aspirational drama about a rich Murdoch-esque empire shouldn’t be quite this compulsive but it remains an odd fascination It takes until the second season of Succession for a main character to express an ounce of everyday moral doubt. That character would be hapless Cousin Greg, former family outsider and now assistant to Tom Wamsgans, the new boss at a television network and son-in-law to its corporate overlord, Logan Roy. Pressed by Wamsgans, Greg admits to doubts about working at the network, ATN, which is implied to be ethically akin to Fox News. “ATN is like … kind of against my principles?” Greg says. “Your
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My best shot: Rena Effendi on haymaking in Transylvania 22 Aug 1:00am My best shot: Rena Effendi on haymaking in Transylvania
‘The light was soft … They were so graceful. They are the last peasants, the last of their kind’ In 2012, I travelled to Transylvania to document what is effectively the last remaining bucolic landscape of Europe. England, for example, has lost most of its hay meadows because of large-scale agriculture, but in
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Can Spider-Man survive outside of the Marvel universe? 22 Aug 12:30am Can Spider-Man survive outside of the Marvel universe?
Disney and Sony have split over their web-slinging arrangement which could lead to disaster for Spidey or an intriguing new opportunity Is the Marvel Cinematic Universe going to have to say goodbye to its friendly neighborhood Spider-Man? Marvel and Sony discussions on how to share the webslinger’s universe
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