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…

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

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 —…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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