Friday, 21 April 2017

Don't Stop, Tusk, Oh Diane - Fleetwood Mac and other bands who could theme the 2017 Election

What have you done today to make you feel proud? It’s a good question. What a blessing for us all..

By John McKie

Friday, 7 April 2017

Ten long years of 6Music Breakfast, and its sly underrated charm

“A man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for.” Robert Browning Managing expectations is a peculiarly British..

By John McKie

Friday, 31 March 2017

Sign O' The Times: still messing with minds thirty years on

It is a year of music anniversaries. In June, it will be 50 years ago today when The Beatles released what..

By John McKie

Friday, 24 March 2017

How Ed Sheeran bent the Shape of the charts - and what can be done to fix it

Walking past the New York property belonging to the late David Bowie last week was a chastening experience. It was..

By John McKie

Friday, 17 March 2017

Meet Austin Pendleton, the most successful actor you’ve never heard of

An Actor Prepares. This is the name of the textbook written by the father of acting technique, Konstantin Stanislavski. The..

By John McKie

Friday, 3 March 2017

And the winner is... the bit at the end of the Oscars

Like everything except perhaps death, taxes and Bob Dylan tours, the Academy Awards have a defined  “before”, “during” and “after”..

By John McKie

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