Olivia Glazebrook

‘La Ghirlandata’ by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

The dangerous red-headed league

29 August 2015 9:00 am

‘Gentlemen prefer blondes,’ Anita Loos pronounced, ‘but gentlemen marry brunettes.’ Quite what they do with redheads she never revealed (and…

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Exciting new ways of not writing a novel

14 March 2015 9:00 am

Procrastination is easier in the age of Google – but less honest

The judges of Food Glorious Food; Anne Harrison, Loyd Grossman,Tom Parker Bowles and Stacie Stewart with presenter Carol Vorderman Photo: Optomen / Syco

ITV’s Food Glorious Food is under the curse of Simon Cowell

2 March 2013 9:00 am

I sometimes worry that ITV — the middle child — doesn’t get enough of my attention and so this week…

Schoenberg in shorts

16 February 2013 9:00 am

For anyone who missed The Sound and the Fury (Tuesday, BBC4) here is a reason — one of many —…

David and Jackie Siegel: as human as the rest of us

Ordinary people

2 February 2013 9:00 am

There was little reason to be curious about David or Jackie Siegel at the beginning of Queen of Versailles (Monday,…

The Empress of Blandings with Timothy Spall (Lord Emsworth)

Wodehouse to the rescue

19 January 2013 9:00 am

I knew this would happen: I’ve been watching season five of Mad Men on DVD and it’s spoiled me for…

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Insomniac’s heaven

12 January 2013 9:00 am

If I wake up at too rude an hour to get up — before four o’clock, let’s say — Through…

Queen Victoria's Children

What the doctor ordered

5 January 2013 9:00 am

I don’t know whose idea it was to put New Year at the beginning of January, but it seems like…

Nigella Lawson: buoyant, convivial and flirtatious

Food, glorious food

15 December 2012 9:00 am

Despite a wet summer, the recent crop of food programmes has been prodigious: six episodes of Nigellissima, eight of Nigel…

An interview with David Attenborough

Fame and fortune

1 December 2012 9:00 am

Having planned to devote every one of this week’s 800 words to Sir David Attenborough’s 60 Years in the Wild…

The Hour

Time trials

17 November 2012 9:00 am

It’s amazing what can be squeezed into an hour of The Hour (Wednesday, BBC2): smutty photos, gang violence, bent coppers,…

The American way

3 November 2012 9:00 am

To the Americas this week, and first to the land of the free and the home of the brave: Gay…

Falling about and apart

20 October 2012 9:00 am

One of the many pleasures of television is that it allows us to forget our manners: we can treat it…

Spy class

6 October 2012 9:00 am

Hunted (Thursday, BBC1) made a terrific start, but whether the first episode has set the standard for the next seven…

There may be trouble ahead...Shirley MacLaine as Martha Levinson in Downton

Acid reign

22 September 2012 9:00 am

You won’t believe me when I tell you this but I swear it’s the truth: until this week, I had…

That’s entertainment

8 September 2012 9:00 am

Comparisons may be odious but sometimes they are irresistible — and, frankly, more fool the BBC for screening Treasures of…

Even the Dogs, by Jon McGregor

18 August 2012 6:00 am

Jon McGregor’s debut, If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, was longlisted for the Booker Prize in 2002 and won both…

Please release me

11 August 2012 6:00 am

I am writing this at teatime on Sunday — day nine of the Olympics. So far: 34 medals, we’ve all…

Wallander

Relaxing with the ignoble

14 July 2012 6:00 am

Unless I have slept through another of the year’s once-in-a-lifetime experiences — which is rather more likely than possible —…

Under pressure

28 April 2012 11:00 am

Rest easy on your deckchair, Delingpole, for I come in peace. Your column is safe — from me, at least…

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Golden oldies

25 February 2012 11:00 am

A young Indian entrepreneur, Sonny (Dev Patel), has a brilliant idea: to open a hotel that caters for the ‘elderly…

Winter wonderland

18 February 2012 10:00 am

Jack and Mabel move to Alaska to try to separate themselves from a tragedy — the loss of their only…

For your eyes only

10 December 2011 11:00 am

Puss in Boots was the surprise hit character — the standout sidekick — of the second Shrek movie, and went…

Sunday sustenance

22 October 2011 2:00 pm

Before we knuckle down to the week’s offerings I’m going to seize the opportunity (this review is a one-off, so…

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A letter from the Lot

6 August 2011 12:00 am

I have become one of those irritating people who bangs on about how wonderful France is