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The new Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker is a delight – but the script isn't

13 October 2018 9:00 am

You won’t be aware of this because the BBC has been keeping it very quiet. But the new Doctor Who…

Sky Atlantic’s Riviera is fine if all you want is the TV equivalent of a computer screensaver

24 June 2017 9:00 am

‘Riviera is the new Night Manager,’ I read somewhere. No, it’s not. Riviera (Sky Atlantic, Thursday) is the new Eldorado…

Are we helping desperate migrants — or just people smugglers?

1 April 2017 9:00 am

Are aid agencies colluding with people smugglers?

Gambia: an African Benidorm ruled by a tyrant

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Gambians are leaving their country in droves as a result of the policies of Yahya Jammeh, the country’s overbearing president

One of the two bronze statues of Greek warriors found in the sea off Riace, on display for the first time at the presidential palace in Rome, 1981

My pilgrimage to see the world’s greatest male nudes

30 July 2016 9:00 am

Initially it must have been a nasty surprise. On 16 August 1972 an amateur scuba diver named Stefano Mariottini was…

Buried treasure: an archaeologist diver brushes clear a bovid jaw discovered in Aboukir Bay

The treasures of Alexandria revealed: British Museum’s Sunken cities reviewed

4 June 2016 9:00 am

It was not so unusual for someone to turn into a god in Egypt. It happened to the Emperor Hadrian’s…

What the people-smugglers of Istanbul make of the EU’s deal with Turkey

19 March 2016 9:00 am

The Turkey-EU deal will do nothing to fix the migrant crisis. Just ask the people-smugglers in Istanbul

Party pooper: Kurt Egyiawan as Angelo in ‘Measure for Measure’ at the Globe

A handy liberal guide on how to save mankind, courtesy of Soho Theatre

11 July 2015 9:00 am

Refugee crisis in the Mediterranean! Fear not. Anders Lustgarten and his trusty rescue ship are here to save mankind. Lampedusa…

Welcome to Italy: this is what a real immigration crisis looks like

20 June 2015 9:00 am

More than 50,000 boat people have arrived already this year, with many more expected

Gunboats are the humanitarian answer to Libya's refugee crisis

25 April 2015 9:00 am

More than a thousand migrants have died attempting to get into Europe over the past week, including 900 who perished…

Cameron led calls to remove Gaddafi. Why is he silent on Libya's drowning refugees?

18 April 2015 9:00 am

One Friday, 28 people were rescued by the Italian coastguard when the boat on which they were fleeing Libya capsized in…

Write what you know — especially if it's the second world war

25 January 2014 9:00 am

Adam Foulds’s latest novel is less successful than its predecessor. In 2009 he reached the Booker shortlist with The Quickening…

Gunboat diplomacy

28 January 2012 10:00 am

Philip Mansel on the brief period in British history when Mare Nostrum became our sea