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Sean Connery and Honor Blackman filming a scene for Goldfinger at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire in 1964. Photograph: PA/PA Wire

Some may be surprised to learn that Honor Blackman, who has died in Sussex, attained the great age of 94. A key avatar of the glamorous 1960s, she was(...)

Back row, left to right, Stig Abell, Juno Dawson, Kit de Waal, Syima Aslam, with (front row left to right) Mariella Frostrup and Alexander McCall Smith, the BBC-assembled panel who chose a new BBC list of 100 important  novels that shaped our world. Photograph: David Emery/BBC/PA Wire

Pick a side. Obviously, the BBC’s list of “100 Novels that Shaped Our World” is terrible. All such lists are terrible. Each one generates complaints (...)

Andrew Lowe and Ed Guiney of Element Pictures. Photograph: Tom Honan

Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe are back in Dublin after the long Hollywood awards season, or time in the “fishbowl” as Lowe puts it. “When you’re in it, it(...)

Venom: ‘Dumber than a sack of dead fish’

I was keener on Venom than most of my fellow critics. The comic-book adaptation – featuring Tom Hardy as a journalist infected by a symbiotic life for(...)

Women never enjoy the same liberties as men having their lost weekends, running around the fields peeing everywhere and generally behaving like they’re back in senior infants but this time with booze.

There will always be those who like to complain about the modern festival, that it literally “used to be all fields around here” those who bemoan the (...)

With superheroes and Star Wars to look after, Disney doesn’t make as many live-action family films as it used to. So Patrick, a perfectly agreeable ki(...)

Edna O’Brien

The 2018 Hay Festival, in collaboration with The Pool, published this list of 100 books by women, including works by Iris Murdoch, Edna O’Brien, Maria(...)

AJ Pearce's novel ‘Dear Mrs Bird’ is cheerful and hopeful about people sticking together through difficult times. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

I was once at a literary festival where a panel of serious male authors discussed how they mentally and physically prepared themselves for writing the(...)

 Mary, Mel and Sue’s Big Christmas Thank You air on BBC1 on Christmas Eve.  Photograph: Emilie Sandy/BBC

I have previewed next week’s television so you can forgo binge watching and instead spend time talking to your family, who love you, apparently. ‘Mar(...)

Caitlin Moran: “The one thing you can do as a working-class girl is write. You don’t need anyone on your side. You don’t need anything.”

It’s 4 o’clock and spitting rain in Crouch End in London. Caitlin Moran’s eyebrows raise themselves over her computer monitor through the window of he(...)

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