Nick Payne’s frank-talking relationships drama continued, and after the froth-mouthed controversy whipped up by the first episode, the explicit tone would have done little to appease those left feeling morally outraged. Not that you saw anything gratuitous – Payne’s drama is really about the screwed-up fallibility of us humans –...
A new Hugo Blick drama is always an event. He is the finest auteur working in British television today and uses big dramas to tell intimate stories. Both The Shadow Line and The Honourable Woman were humane, thoughtful and funny thrillers, rewarding for those prepared to pay close attention...
  BBC PROMS 2018, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Albert Hall & Radio 3   ★★★★★ For its second Prom, the Berlin Philharmonic cleaved to its home territory of the great Germanic tradition, with two tone-poems by Richard Strauss in the first half, and Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony in the second. So no surprises...
Dir: Alfonso Cuarón; Starring: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Jorge Antonio Guerrero, Verónica García, Victor Manuel Resendiz Ruis. Cert tbc, 135 mins. “Women, we’re on our own!” Señora Sofia (Marina de Tavira) tells her live-in maid Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio) in a flash of drunken lucidity one night, in this...
Within the first few seconds of his new show, Prometheus Volume III, Frankie Boyle warns his adoring audience that there’s going to be quite a lot of swearing, and that, for those of us from elsewhere, swearing is different in Scotland. “In Glasgow,” he explains, “the word f---ing is...
The fundamental flaw of The Real Marigold Hotel, a show in which nine aged luminaries see whether they like India enough to retire there, is that it is quite obvious that not one of those nine aged luminaries has any intention of doing such a thing. Last night’s instalment,...
Prom 18:  Currentzis conducts Beethoven ★★★☆☆ How many makeovers can Beethoven’s symphonies take? That question occurred to me more than once, during this exciting but often exasperating performance of his Second and Fifth Symphonies. The performers were MusicAeterna, a much-hyped orchestra from Perm in Siberia. It was founded in 2004 by...
Dir: Paul Schrader; Starring: Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric the Entertainer, Victoria Hill, Philip Ettinger, Michael Gaston. 15 cert, 115 mins. “God is not a torturer,” the sickly young Curé advised in Robert Bresson’s Diary of a Country Priest. “He only wants us to be merciful with ourselves.” Perhaps someone...
A rose is a rose, Gertrude Stein wrote, but academics beg to differ: Shakespeare’s Rose, York’s marvellous new mock-Elizabethan pop-up theatre, is facing an absurd row over its name. It's been named after the London venue that gave some of Shakespeare’s earliest plays their first staging, and which later became...
David Byrne claimed last year that his American Utopia tour would be his most ambitious since the concerts recorded for Stop Making Sense. That seminal 1983 Talking Heads film captured, with near-perfection, the frisson of live performance, with Byrne’s frantic energy amplified by a comically ever-expanding suit. Thirty-five years...