Andrew Lloyd Webber cried when he first came to Wightwick Manor, and standing in the Great Parlour of this magnificent…
Birmingham has always suffered from patronising put-downs, but, says William Cook, this hugely artistic city is firmly on the up
William Cook meets one of Europe’s most influential art collectors Frieder Burda, a man who likes paintings, not pickled sharks
Germany is rediscovering a once-taboo part of its heritage
William Cook says that I.M. Pei’s latest building, Qatar’s Museum of Islamic Art, once again captures the spirit of the age
William Cook believes that the British cannot really understand the artist until they’ve been to Antwerp
My German grandmother never understood the point of pantomime. She’d lived in England for more than half her life, spoke…
At the heart of Angela Rosengart’s art collection is a series of striking portraits by Picasso that capture her as a young woman. William Cook went to meet her
Those BBC refuseniks will rue the day they passed up the chance to relocate to Salford, England’s new cultural capital, says William Cook
The seductive serenity of a Rhine cruise
The town’s first visitors were daytripping mill workers; now it’s a place for hen and stag parties. William Cook charts its changing fortunes, as a photographic exhibition reveals
William Cook discovers that the clue to Nicholas Parsons’s enduring success lies in his ability to laugh at himself
William Cook takes refuge from the modern world at an exhibition of the artist’s paintings of his beloved Salisbury
A museum dedicated to Charlie Chaplin will open soon. William Cook gets a preview and talks to the star’s son Michael about life with a legend
Here in HMV on London’s Oxford Street, three comedians are signing autographs.
In an upstairs room in an unfrequented corner of Zurich’s Kunsthaus, there is a portrait of one of the unsung heroes of modern art.
On the southern edge of Manchester, a few miles from the airport, there is a commuter town where the Victorian novel remains very much alive.
William Cook goes to Skegness and watches Cannon & Ball attract an adoring audience
William Cook, a ‘closet Kraut’, grew up feeling ashamed of his country. This summer, during the World Cup, he finds that the stigma has finally lifted
At a re-enactment of the Battle of Waterloo, William Cook thinks that this hotchpotch nation cannot last. Two centuries on, Flanders and Wallonia feel like separate countries
New Labour inspired a golden age of political comedy. William Cook looks to satire’s future
William Cook takes us on a tour of 2010’s unlikely European Capital of Culture
It’s 20 years since the Berlin Wall came down. William Cook on the city’s changing face
William Cook talks to the creators of some of TV’s funniest and best-loved comedy programmes