Shane Meadows

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“Harrison, like other commentators, sees a reality television aesthetic at work in the personae of Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson and Donald Trump . . . Johnson thrived on Have I Got News for You.”

“Via television it is possible to construct an illuminating alternative history of the last two decades,” promises Phil Harrison in his introduction t(...)

Marcus Rashford has turned his attentions towards helping his loca community during the coronavirus pandemic. Photograph:  Oil Scarff/AFP via Getty Images

Who knew that Greater Manchester had a sheriff? And how many of us would have guessed, if pushed for an answer, that his name is Eamonn O’Neal? And if(...)

Niamh Algar: the Mullingar-born actor has been selected as one of Bafta’s rising stars. Photograph: Bafta

Irish actor Niamh Algar has been selected by Bafta as one of the rising stars of the British film industry. Algar, who was born in Mullingar, says sh(...)

Ardal O’Hanlon: ‘I listen to WTF with Marc Maron, although I’m getting annoyed with him.’ Photograph: Mark Nixon

Current favourite book The book I’ve enjoyed the most recently is Kevin Barry’s Night Boat to Tangier. He created a great double act, Charlie and Maur(...)

The Accident: Eiry Thomas, Sarah Lancashire and Joanna Scanlan in Jack Thorne’s new drama

Halfway through chatting with Jack Thorne in homely lounge in a London hotel, he looks behind me and addresses a passerby. “Hello. I was just talking(...)

Oonagh Murphy: ‘I grew up doing musical theatre so I’m not allergic in the same way that other people are’
Oonagh Murphy: On My Culture Radar
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Current favourite book The last book that stayed with me is This is London by Ben Judah. He interviews hundreds of people from different demographics(...)

Actor Stephen Jones

Current favourite book I’m interested in history - I studied it at university - so I’m reading The Vietnam War: An Intimate History by Geoffrey Ward (...)

Joe’s unresolved memories bubble to the surface in grainy shots of 1980s Ireland

Chekhov once called for drama to be as naturalistic as possible by drawing one poignant example. “People eat their dinner, just eat their dinner,” he (...)

Helen Behan and Stephen Graham in Shane Meadows’s The Virtues.

Writer and director Shane Meadows is a little too good at his job. Thirteen years since the release of the Bafta-winning film This Is England, the dra(...)

Paddy Considine: “I thought maybe I was one of those guys like Alex Ferguson; that I’d be better in management than I was as a player. I felt very insecure about acting, so I thought I’d be happier behind the camera.” Photograph: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

At first glance, Journeyman looks like another one of those appositely scrappy, noble British boxing films. Actor Paddy Considine’s second outing as a(...)

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