Alexander Larman

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Friday, 16 August 2019

TV spin-off cannot hope to recreate the success of Four Weddings

One of the most unexpected resurrections of an existing film has recently occurred in the US, in the form of …

By Alexander Larman

Friday, 9 August 2019

Sitcom remakes show a lack of adventure in modern entertainment

The front cover of this week’s Radio Times has an unlikely trio of cover stars: Captain Mainwaring, Sergeant Wilson and …

By Alexander Larman

Friday, 19 July 2019

Book review: Sweet Sorrow, by David Nicholls

It must be rather lovely to be David Nicholls at the moment. A recent winner of a BAFTA for his …

By Alexander Larman

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Review: Present Laughter, a hilarious night out with a brilliant star performance

Noël Coward wrote many excellent plays – as well as a fair amount of less-than-excellent ones – but few are …

By Alexander Larman

Saturday, 29 June 2019

Film review - Yesterday

Few films released this year have the remarkable pedigree of Yesterday. Its director is the Oscar-winning Danny Boyle, henceforth referred to …

By Alexander Larman

Friday, 14 June 2019

The private lives of poets

The revelation in last weekend’s Sunday Times that the much-loved Poet Laureate John Betjeman – so-called ‘teddy bear to the …

By Alexander Larman

Friday, 7 June 2019

The Divine Comedy: Office Politics review

Over the past twenty-five years, Neil Hannon, founder and supremo of the band The Divine Comedy, has quietly established himself …

By Alexander Larman

Friday, 31 May 2019

Complicated mythologies are killing television

The final season of Game of Thrones ground to a fiery and murderous end, earlier this month. Whether you believe …

By Alexander Larman

Friday, 17 May 2019

Simon Armitage is a fitting choice for Poet Laureate

The news that Simon Armitage has been appointed the new Poet Laureate, the twenty-first in England’s history, is both profoundly …

By Alexander Larman