Maxine Peake

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Maxine Peake in Peterloo

Like all of us, Mike Leigh’s sprawling, lumbering examination of the Peterloo Massacre has its strengths and its weaknesses. Any enthusiast for the di(...)

Desiree Akhavan:  “I don’t have an agenda – I just have stories I want to tell.” Photograph: Desiree Navarro/WireImage

Forget the World Cup. Forget Harry and Meghan’s bash. Forget the insane extremes in weather that will ultimately probably kill us all. Twenty-eighteen(...)

Maxine Peake will take part in the Lughnasa FrielFest in August. Photograph:   John Phillips/Getty Images

Maxine Peake and I are discussing uncomfortable truths. “As a human race, we’re pretty despicable,” says the acclaimed actor, famous for roles from TV(...)

Theatre director Tracy Ryan. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Current favourite book I’ve been re-reading Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh again. The language is so vibrant, it’s very graphic, but the way in which (...)

 Campaign director Lian Bell (front) leading a Waking the Feminists event  on the Rosie Hackett Bridge  in Dublin in 2016. Photograph:  Kate Horgan

Waking the Feminists, the campaign for equality for women in Irish theatre, has won a Tonic Award in the UK. The award for “a brave and creative cam(...)

 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(...)

   Katherine Pearce and Lesley Sharp in Three Girls. Photograph: BBC/Parisa Taghizadeh

In a good drama, everybody is right. But it takes a particularly even-handed one to allow a trenchant insight to be voiced by one of its most repugnan(...)

Brightening up: the second series of The Village happily fills the Sunday-drama slot

On foot of all the coverage around Robin Williams’s sad passing, the only thing I wanted to watch this week was Mork & Mindy. Could it really have(...)

Run & Jump

The set-up for Steph Green’s subtle, beautifully acted debut feature could easily have taken us somewhere a great deal more troubling. The reliably ma(...)

Splashdown: Will Forte and Maxine Peake in ‘Run & Jump’

It would be overstating things to say that Will Forte has found himself at the centre of a controversy, but he is certainly somewhere in the vi(...)

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