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Ryan O’Connell as Ryan Hayes in Special: An explicit approach to gay sex was a deal-breaker from the moment O’Connell started pitching the show. Photograph: Netflix

The frank, fizzy comedy Special, the second season of which has just landed on Netflix, is a tale of two Ryans. There is Ryan Hayes, the main characte(...)

Cousins Fanny (Emily Beecham, right) and Linda (Lily James) are so close they take baths together

Whimsy is served up by the ladleful in the Pursuit of Love (BBC One, Sunday) Emily Mortimer’s adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s inter-war pastiche of the (...)

Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel). Photograph: Liam Daniel/Netflix

‘It sees the Regency period through American eyes’ By Lanre Bakare Christmas 1995 was one to forget. I was ill and mostly confined to the sofa, tryi(...)

Francis Ford Coppola: ‘My daughter Sophia took the bullet for me,’ the director says about how Godfather III was received on release in 1990. Photograph:   Mark Mahaney/The New York Times

The director and cast, including Al Pacino, Sofia Coppola and Andy Garcia, look back at making Part III, which has been re-edited – and retitled –&(...)

On the Rocks

There are worse sins than allowing a director to coast smoothly through her favourite moves. Nearly 20 years after Lost in Translation, Sofia Coppola (...)

Kerry’s own Jessie Buckley in I’m Thinking of Ending Things. Photograph: Netflix

Savour canny acquisitions and ambitious original productions. And catch the classics while you can. They may not be there next month. There h(...)

Chantal Ackerman behind the camera in 1980. Photogaph:   Laszlo Ruszka/ INA/Getty Images

Sadly, when compiling a list of 10 great films by women, a bit more digging is required than would be necessary if putting together an equivalent list(...)

The Irishman: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Ray Romano

There has been an almighty turnover on Netflix since we last compiled this list, with more than half of our favourite films that time around disappear(...)

Charlize Theron plays Megyn Kelly (left) in a study of sexual harassment at Fox News, with Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie

What a cornucopia of delights are coming our way in 2020. We offer a few warnings. One or two of these may slide into 2021. On the upside, the odd exc(...)

Actor Rip Torn: died aged 88. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Screen and stage star Rip Torn has died at the age of 88. Torn made his reputation in the works of Tennessee Williams and played roles as diverse as (...)

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