Director and writer Stephen Merchant at the TV Empire Awards in London last year. Photograph:  John Phillips/Getty Images

There’s no missing Stephen Merchant. When The Office, which he co-wrote with Ricky Gervais, first arrived on BBC2 he was, to most viewers, no more tha(...)

Set against the Roman conquest of Britain, Britannia depicts warring, face-painted Celtic tribes in thrall to otherworldly druids, while Roman forces play politics. Photograph: Sky

As with any finite resource, the world has already begun to worry about what will happen when we run out of Game of Thrones. The question clearly trou(...)

David Morrissey as Aulus Plautius, the leader of the invading Roman army, in Britannia

You hear David Morrissey before you see him: his low, slow, booming voice is clearly an actor’s projection, speaking of Rada training and a theatre ca(...)

At home: Dodie Smith – who also wrote The Hundred and One Dalmatians – in 1934. Photograph: Sasha/Getty Images

Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle, first published 65 years ago, remains one of the most acute and entertaining fictional portrayals of young adultho(...)