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Sam Troughton and Claudie Blakley in Nina Raine's Stories. Photo: Sarah Lee

The Inheritance isn’t theatre — it’s mesmerically boring TV

27 October 2018 9:00 am

Stories by Nina Raine is a bun-in-the-oven comedy with a complex back narrative. Anna, in her mid-thirties, had a boyfriend…

‘Living with’ is now a thing – usually followed by something nasty like Alzheimer’s

21 July 2018 9:00 am

I’m not at all sure about the formula a person living with, followed by something unwelcome, such as Alzheimer’s disease,…

Man machine: Fritz Kahn’s ‘Der Mensch als Industrieplast’, 1926,which shows the body not so much as a sacred temple as as a churning and industrious factory

Medicine needs a redesign

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Exhibit A. It is 1958 and you are barrelling down a dual carriageway; the 70 mph limit is still eight…

Carry on screaming: Nathalie Baye as Martine in ‘It’s Only the End of the World’

Xavier Dolan’s latest is (probably) a failure but you haven’t heard the last from him

25 February 2017 9:00 am

Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only the End of the World is one of those angst-ridden dramas focusing on what is commonly…

Rabih Alameddine’s desperate protagonist is plagued by Death, the Devil and the ashes of former lovers

22 October 2016 9:00 am

Shades of The Master and Margarita haunt Rabih Alameddine’s sixth book, in which Jacob, a Yemeni-born poet with a day…

The true queen of the Eighties wasn't Thatcher – it was Delia, according to the Beeb

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Proof that someone has really made it as a TV historian comes, I would suggest, when they join the likes…

Don’t rage at Cameron’s honours, but at the bureaucrats who blocked them

6 August 2016 9:00 am

The Daily Telegraph revealed on Tuesday that Michael Spencer, the chief executive of Icap, has been blocked for a peerage…

Haemophilus influenzae, as seen using a Gram-stain technique

Dr Ali Khan’s guide to the new germ warfare

2 July 2016 9:00 am

Which disease are you most scared of catching: Ebola or influenza? Before I read this medical memoir, I would have…

Who do Remain have left — the Queen, perhaps?

18 June 2016 9:00 am

The Remain campaign takes as its model the ‘No’ one in the 2014 Scottish referendum. First and last — hence…

One night in the backwoods

4 June 2016 9:00 am

The man I met in the moose-hunters' bar, and what happened between us

‘Like Georgia O’Keefe, Mapplethorpe eroticised flowers — possibly finding them more biddable than his frisky partners in gimp masks and chains.’ Left: Self-portrait, 1982. Right: Calla Lily

Robert Mapplethorpe: bad boy with a camera

2 April 2016 9:00 am

Robert Mapplethorpe made his reputation as a photographer in the period between the 1969 gay-bashing raid at the Stonewall Inn…

Why won’t our condom-obsessed NHS back this wonder drug?

7 November 2015 9:00 am

A new drug could reduce new infections to zero – so why hasn’t the NHS backed it yet?

The trials of living with a High Court judge

29 August 2015 9:00 am

This intensely written memoir by Adam Mars-Jones about his Welsh father, Sir William, opens with the death of Sheila, Adam’s…

An epic study of trauma and friendship in the age of self-invention

15 August 2015 9:00 am

Just over a century after Virginia Woolf declared that ‘on or about December 1910 human character changed’, the American novelist…

Spectator letters: Housing associations fight back; and more world-wrecking British graduates

1 August 2015 9:00 am

What we’re building Sir: I was surprised and frustrated to read Ross Clark’s piece on housing associations in last week’s…

A sombre Irish family saga — that glows in the dark

9 May 2015 9:00 am

The Green Road is a novel in two parts about leaving and returning home. A big house called Ardeevin, walking…

My Night With Reg at the Apollo Theatre reviewed: a great play that will go under without an interval

31 January 2015 9:00 am

Gay plays crowd the theatrical canon. There are the necessary enigmas of Noël Coward, like The Vortex or Design For…

Norman Mailer’s wife comes out of the shadows

22 November 2014 9:00 am

‘It’s not as bad as I thought it would be,’ said Norman Mailer to his wife, Norris Church, after reading…

Kate Chisholm on what makes the BBC World Service so special

1 November 2014 9:00 am

‘Don’t take it for granted,’ she warned. ‘It’s one of the few places where you can hear diverse voices, different…

Spectator letters: Why Aids is still a threat, elephants are altruistic, and crime has gone online

26 April 2014 9:00 am

Aids is still deadly Sir: Dr Pemberton (‘Life after Aids’, 19 April) subscribes to the now prevalent view that we have…

As a doctor, I’d rather have HIV than diabetes

19 April 2014 9:00 am

In the West, the deadliest thing about HIV may now be the stigma

Please stop trying to raise my awareness

29 March 2014 9:00 am

Once, campaigners and charities tried to fight social evils. Now they just tell us about them

Gay Paree: food, feuds and phalluses – I mean, fallacies

15 March 2014 9:00 am

In his preface to The Joy of Gay Sex (revised and expanded third edition), Edmund White praises the ‘kinkier’ aspects…

Dallas Buyers Club - Matthew McConaughey gives the best performance of anyone's career

8 February 2014 9:00 am

Although you’ll have heard that Dallas Buyers Club is fantastic and Matthew McConaughey gives the performance of his career, I…

Are events in Last Tango in Halifax too bad to be true? 

7 December 2013 9:00 am

Does love run out when life runs out? Or does it intensify, touching and changing all around it? Two series…