Friday, 24 February 2017

Is Piers Morgan's Life Stories with Nigel Farage the worst show of all time?

If ever there was a time to take your beloved out for dinner, go see that Academy Award-tipped film you’ve..

By John McKie


Friday, 27 January 2017

Mad as Hell: why the National Theatre is going to take Network to the stage

In the years following Watergate and the Vietnam war, watching the news was not Paddy Chayefsky’s idea of fun. The..

By John McKie


Friday, 13 January 2017

Is Meryl Streep really overrated? It's complicated

Is Meryl Streep overrated? It’s not for me to say, but we should probably cede to a higher authority on..

By John McKie


Friday, 6 January 2017

2017: another Golden Year for Bowie connoisseurs

On January 10th, there will the usual round of commemoration of the shocking death of David Bowie. Except, as came..

By John McKie


Monday, 26 December 2016

George Michael and his unique talent for Making It Big

Morrissey once famously sang “I wear black on the outside/’cause black is how I feel on the inside.” It is..

By John McKie


Friday, 23 December 2016

So This is Christmas - what festive hits say about the person who sings them

“So this is Christmas, and what have you done?” If you were so minded, you might surmise that John Lennon..

By John McKie


Friday, 16 December 2016

The news quiz to Trump all others

It’s been a seismic year. A sad year. Millions the world over were left to process their grief as they..

By John McKie


Friday, 9 December 2016

Never a Dull Moment in a romp through music's golden year

The concept of The Year In Music – the initial caps for added pomposity are deliberate –  is relatively recent...

By John McKie


Thursday, 1 December 2016

Freddie Mercury and the lost art of the rock frontman

The 25th anniversary of the passing of Freddie Mercury coincided with the year-end lists of the music press. The NME,..

By John McKie