New Shakespeare play celebrates warrior queen
Is it brilliant or blasphemy? The ambitious production combines material from the Bard’s plays with fresh lines from playwright Jeanie O’Hare to tell the bloody history of Margaret of Anjou.
The real story of Britain’s forgotten Queen
Olivia Colman has won a BAFTA for her portrayal of Queen Anne, an overlooked monarch who was often dismissed as fat, ugly and dull. Has history been unfair to Anne?
Million-dollar author caught in web of lies
Dan Mallory, writer of the bestselling thriller The Woman in the Window, has admitted to lying about having brain cancer — one of many deceptions he used to boost his career.
Maroon 5 wows Super Bowl amid racism row
The Super Bowl halftime show is one of the biggest shows on Earth. But this year, the spectacle was almost overshadowed by controversy over the NFL’s response to anti-racism protests.
Golden oldie: Friends is teens’ favourite show
But is it wrong to watch it? A survey has found that Friends is the most popular show among young people in Britain — beating dozens of modern...
The father and son who survived Auschwitz
This Sunday is Holocaust Memorial Day. A new book tells the story of two remarkable survivors: a father and son who stuck together in concentration camps for six horrific years…
Straight actors get Oscar nods for gay roles
Yesterday, seven straight actors received Oscar nominations for playing LGBT film roles — more than a third of the total. And yet there were no openly gay actors on the list. Is this fair?
Ariana Grande: your person of the year 2018
How should we respond to tragedy? At just 25, Grande has had enough for a lifetime, including a terror attack at her concert and the death of an ex. But her music is all about staying positive.
Official: the nation’s favourite Christmas movie
What makes the perfect Christmas movie? A classic film has won the Radio Times’s poll of Britain’s most popular festive movies — ahead of modern...
Primary school hit inches towards number one
Is the Christmas chart race still relevant? The pupils of Flakefleet Primary School are having festive fun while raising money for a good cause with their catchy Christmas single.
Mary Poppins sequel ‘a gift in dark times’
Is escapism good for you? Mary Poppins Returns hits cinemas next week, 54 years after the original. Meryl Streep has called it a “gift” of joy and...
Surging demand for modern Christmas carols
Are modern carols better than the classics? This year, hundreds of new carols will be sung in concerts alongside old favourites — some using the Christmas story to tackle grave world issues.
Living Coral declared 2019 colour of the year
What does it tell us about ourselves? Each December, design company Pantone picks a colour of the year. It says 2019’s pink-orange hue will “provide comfort and buoyancy” in changing times.
Prize-winning film heralds era of iPhone art
Is this a good thing? The 2018 Turner Prize has been won by video artist Charlotte Prodger. The film explores her experience of coming out as gay and was shot entirely on her phone.
Elton John ad ‘nothing to do with Christmas’
Is it consumerist rubbish or genuinely touching? The John Lewis Christmas advert has finally been released. It charts the career of music legend Elton John with a signature emotional punch.
This could be the most expensive painting ever
Can a painting really be worth $80 million? Today, David Hockney’s Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) is set to become the most...