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How good can a God be? Stephen Fry and Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz have opposing views. Photograph: PA/Getty

Never one to shirk a challenge, the Unthinkable column today endeavours to answer what many describe as the ultimate question: why is there somet(...)

Paul McCartney on stage at the Southbank’s Royal Festival Hall in conversation with Paul Muldoon on Friday November 5th. Photograph: Mark Allan/MPL

Paul McCartney, trim, grey haired and stylishly unshaven, appeared in London at his first live event in two years on Friday night to a rapturous recep(...)

Columbo: Peter Falk’s befuddled performance appeared to be grabbed whole from empty space. Photograph:  FilmPublicityArchive/United Archives via Getty

The finest TV show ever made debuted 50 years ago this week. This is not an eccentric view. “I happen to think Columbo is the greatest television ser(...)

Joanna Scanlan: Heeded the advice of a doctor who said,  “If you don’t go back to acting you’ll be ill for the rest of your life.’”

Actor talks about Footlights, teaching, sage advice from a doctor and her new film After Love It took a while, but Joanna Scanlan is now an immo(...)

Portrait of psychiatrist and television personality Anthony Clare, July 1989. Photograph: Richard Farley/Radio Times/Getty

In August 1996, BBC Radio 4 broadcast an interview with Uri Geller, the Israeli magician, psychic and spoon-bending illusionist. Geller had done thous(...)

Volunteer Greg Kelly loads food parcels for delivery within the community back in April. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Eighteen months ago, in the midst of global anguish over Brexit and Donald Trump, the writer and actor Stephen Fry declared: “The last, best hope for (...)

Michael Portillo with his creaking folder of British government documents pertaining to the War of Independence

The sight of Michael Portillo roving the landscape, scarf bunched up, greatcoat flapping majestically, yet without a steam train in sight, is massivel(...)

Tony Slattery: ‘I’m a pretty good judge of character, except for my own.’ Photograph: Noelle Vaughn

Just as commercial pilots presumably can’t let themselves think too deeply about the environmental damage they cause by going to work, so I try not to(...)

Nazi governor Otto von Wächter with his wife Charlotte, daughter Traute and son Horst at Zell-am-See train station, Salzburg, Austria, in 1944. Photograph: courtesy of Horst Wächter

Philippe Sands may have met more war criminals than anyone else in the world. “I’ve sat with mass murderers who are totally regular decent folk when y(...)

‘It’s a celebration of life, of other people’: Tony Robinson at Sao Bento train station, in Porto, for Around the World by Train. Photograph: Rumpus Media/Channel 5

Three weeks ago, Tony Robinson completed a six-part series for Channel 5 – it started last night – charting a journey that took him around the world b(...)

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