Why the 1990s were the last golden age of culture

With Sensation at the Royal Academy in 1997, which opened amid official talk of “Cool Britannia”, the movement peaked – and today, within the art world, it is often derided as splashy and dumb. Yet, the YBAs made contemporary art less elitist, and generated an energy that other artists benefited from too, such as the … Read more

Piers Morgan showed his showbiz class as he took on Donald Trump

Is Talk TV paying Piers Morgan by the word? Yes, he had a world exclusive interview with Donald Trump to show us, but that could wait a good 20 minutes. First, a lengthy monologue in which he explained just what his new show, Piers Morgan Uncensored, was all about. Or, rather, what it plans to … Read more

meet Face, the rapper exiled by Putin

The music videos by this fearless rising artist have over 75 million views on YouTube and more than one million monthly listeners on Spotify, despite the streaming platform not being particularly popular in his homeland. From Ufa, the capital of the Russian Republic of Bashkortostan, Dryomin has made enemies 724 miles away in Moscow, thanks … Read more

Adele reportedly ‘drafts in’ Take That’s creative director to save Vegas show

Adele has reportedly split with the creative team behind her delayed Las Vegas residency and brought in Take That’s creative guru in a bid to kick-start the troubled venture, according to a source close to the production. The postponed run of concerts, which was meant to start in January and end last weekend, is said … Read more

All-singing, all-dancing return for Britain’s Got Talent – ​​but that final act was a cynical shame

The heavily hyped comeback of Britain’s Got Talent (ITV) ended with a bang, a press of the golden buzzer and a hail of glitter confetti. Yet this rousing climax felt cynically contrived and against the supposed spirit of the show. Britain’s got enough amateur talent, thanks very much, so why import American professionals? After a … Read more

The David Lynch rumors are growing by the day

Still, the question remains as to whether or not there is actually anything to play. One is that what existed of his seemingly abandoned Netflix project – a series of 13 “mini-movies” known possibility collectively as Wisteria (and later Unrecorded Night) – have been recut into a single, feature-length object, in much the same way … Read more

Hugh Laurie makes Agatha Christie look easy

A lesser-spotted Agatha Christie is always welcome. After a glut of Poirot adaptations and in the lull before Miss Marple returns to television, BritBox is serving up Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? as an Easter treat. (Yes, it’s frustrating for non-BritBox subscribers that this three-parter isn’t on terrestrial TV. Far be it from me to … Read more

How Bend It Like Beckham changed British culture

In a film filled with strong, multi-dimensional female characters (a rare feat at the turn of the millennium), the men can appear, at first watch, to take a backseat. But coach Joe and Jess’s father Mr Bhamra, played by Bollywood star Anupam Kher, are interesting because, in a decade of films filled with men doing … Read more

if sex is present in the music, I can’t ignore it

“Even when I made my Met debut when I was 19,” she explains, “there was an understanding that there was a tendency towards roles that require acting skill.” As she neared a more appropriate age for the role – she is now 42 – her management started seeking opportunities for her to do it in … Read more