British prime minister Boris Johnson: By the time of the Brexit referendum in 2016, the Anglosphere had established itself in right-wing mythology as the promised land. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

If the success of a political idea turns on its power to instil hope or optimism in its adherents, then, in its early years, Brexit was a colossal fai(...)

Boom time: The aftermath of nuclear war has always been fertile ground for post-apocalyptic films, novels and TV series. Photograph: RomoloTavani/Getty Images

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Hot seat: Adam Buxton at the BFI Southbank, in London, where he stages his Bug series. Photograph: BFI

As many mourned the passing of David Bowie in January a debate resurfaced about whether fans could legitimately grieve for someone they didn’t know. A(...)