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Arinzé Kene is a performer of great charm and charisma led astray by bad advice and public money

Blacktivist rhetoric and impenetrable symbols: Misty reviewed

22 September 2018 9:00 am

Arinzé Kene’s play Misty is a collection of rap numbers and skits about a fare dodger, Lucas, from Hackney. Lucas…

Why is a BBC executive calling for the removal of middle-aged white men from television?

1 September 2018 9:00 am

Cassian Harrison, the editor of BBC Four, told the Edinburgh International Television Festival last week that no one wants to…

50 years after Bobby Kennedy’s murder, the ‘deep state’ still reigns supreme

9 June 2018 9:00 am

New York   This week 50 years ago saw the assassination of Robert Kennedy, a man I met a couple…

On giving and taking offence

5 May 2018 9:00 am

‘Slight prick,’ she said. The nurses all say that before they slide the needle in the upstanding vein in the…

When did fiction become so dangerous?

4 November 2017 9:00 am

The assignment of books for review has always been haphazard. Fellow fiction writers can be tempted either to undermine the…

Good as it is, the material is highly perishable: Labour of Love reviewed

14 October 2017 9:00 am

  Labour of Love is the new play by James Graham, the poet laureate of politics. We’re in a derelict…

BBC1's The Last Post is not for those who like their TV fearless and innovative

7 October 2017 9:00 am

BBC1’s latest Sunday-night drama The Last Post, about a British military base in Aden in 1965, feels like a programme…

‘Cnidarians’ from Haeckel’s book Art Forms in Nature, 1899–1904

Art nouveau owes a lot to this dodgy German biologist and his dazzling illustrations

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Over the winter of 1859–60, a handsome young man could be seen patrolling the shores of the Gulf of Messina…

Worse for wear: Kevin McNally as Lear and Burt Caesar as Gloucester in King Lear

A model of ethnically appropriate casting: the Brandreths’ Hamlet reviewed

9 September 2017 9:00 am

A new orthodoxy governs the casting process in Hollywood. An actor’s ethnicity must match the character’s. If you extend this…

We had so much to offer a vulnerable child – but were ‘too Indian’ to adopt

2 September 2017 9:00 am

The obsession with ‘cultural matching’ can go too far

Lenin’s New Man has killed free speech

26 August 2017 9:00 am

When the Germans smuggled arguably the world’s most evil man into Russia 100 years ago, they did not imagine the…

Ladies first: Nicole Kidman as Miss Martha in Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled

A pulpy, misogynistic B-movie refashioned into an explosive feminist revenge drama: The Beguiled reviewed

15 July 2017 9:00 am

Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled is set during the American Civil War and is about a wounded Union solider, Corporal John…

Why braindead filth like Love Island is such a breath of fresh air

8 July 2017 9:00 am

Melvyn Bragg on TV: The Box That Changed The World (BBC2, Saturday) was just what you would have expected of…

Self-flagellatory pornography designed for white liberal pillocks: Guerrilla reviewed

15 April 2017 9:00 am

‘What we really need is a faux-historical drama series about police brutality and black activism set in 1970s London,’ said…

In South Africa, sport is a question of justice

7 January 2017 9:00 am

South Africa’s sporting quotas have a laudable aim. Is that enough?

Are white nationalists about to take over the US? Not bloody likely

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Richard Spencer made the front page of the New York Times two days in a row last week, and earned…

What really won it for Donald Trump was the slogan Black Lives Matter

19 November 2016 9:00 am

New York   The only thing worse than a sore loser, I suppose, is a sore winner, but thank God…

This election was the politically correct vs the politically incorrect

12 November 2016 9:00 am

 New York Americans have been to the polls. Everything is over but the shouting — by the loser, that is:…

Hillary Clinton has it all wrong on crime

22 October 2016 9:00 am

New York  Antonio Cromartie is one of the numerous professional and amateur athletes in America who now refuse to stand…

America is about to get its first female president

8 October 2016 9:00 am

New York Back in the Big Bagel once again preparing for the greatest debate ever, one that will decide the…

I thought I was British. Until I took a DNA test

6 August 2016 9:00 am

Will genetic testing change how we think about nationality? It has certainly changed how I think about mine

What Betjeman’s suburbs can teach us about multicultural integration

16 July 2016 9:00 am

In After the Vote, her talk for this week’s special edition of A Point of View (Radio 4) on the…

In praise of Rhodesia

16 July 2016 9:00 am

The Spectator readers’ party was as always a swell affair, with long-time subscribers politely mingling with ne’er-do-wells like myself, the…

Slow radio at its best

18 June 2016 9:00 am

Three women, three writers, three very different life experiences. On Monday afternoon the artist Fiona Graham-Mackay introduced us to Imtiaz…

Podcasts will never outclass the impact of Radio 4

11 June 2016 9:00 am

Just to prove my esteemed colleague wrong I’ve been out there in podcast space looking for a wireless moment that…