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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(...)

File photograph  from April 2014 of Nicholas Parsons  at a ceremony at Windsor Castle, Berkshire, England. File photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Just A Minute host and British “broadcasting giant” Nicholas Parsons has died aged 96. Parsons was with his family when he died on Tuesday morning af(...)

1979: Terry Jones, star of Monty Python’s Flying Circus directed and starred in Monty Python’s Life Of Brian. Photograph: Evening Standard/Getty Images

What The Beatles were to British music, Monty Python were to British comedy and it is no great stretch to view founding member Terry Jones, who has di(...)

Jack L on stage
Jack L: On My Culture Radar

Current favourite book I’m in the middle of The Big Yaroo by Patrick McCabe, his follow-up to The Butcher Boy. It’s about Francie Brady’s continuing (...)

Tania Rodrigues and Clare Corbett, who have narrated hundreds of audiobooks. Photograph: Fabio De Paola/Guardian

Bill Bryson is sitting before a lectern in Audible’s London headquarters, narrating his latest book, a disquisition on human biology called The Body: (...)

Gay Byrne: as he  passed through the Pearly Gates, he was probably still asking “Why?” Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw/PA

During my seminary days at the Irish College Rome, which largely coincided with the Second Vatican Council, I had a line to say in one of the plays we(...)

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