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The Queen’s Green Planet review – a right royal conservation effort 16 Apr 5:00pm The Queen’s Green Planet review – a right royal conservation effort
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David Attenborough visits the garden of Buckingham Palace for a natter with Her Majesty about nature, her nascent forestry project – and James I’s horticultural errors The Queen has invited David Attenborough over. To walk around her garden and talk about trees “and whatever else takes our fancy”, says Attenborough, tantalisingly, on
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16 Apr 1:02pm The Walking Dead: season 8, episode 16 recap – Wrath
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It’s been an up and down season as viewers have deserted the zombie-fuelled epic, so could this season finale deliver some much needed quality? Well, sort of
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16 Apr 12:48pm Does the BBC’s Agatha Christie adaptation mark the start of a glorious new era of TV swearing?
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The effing and blinding of characters in the TV adaptation of Ordeal By Innocence has caused a furore online – but such reimaginings can also offer dramatic improvement All societies are censorious in various degrees and on various topics. Two years ago, Sarah Phelps adapted Agatha Christie’s
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Why Janelle Monáe’s vagina pants make me cheer | Chitra Ramaswamy 16 Apr 11:55am Why Janelle Monáe’s vagina pants make me cheer | Chitra Ramaswamy
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The pop star’s video for Pynk gives us Vagina Monologues for a new generation. It’s joyous, uplifting – and about as subtle as a sledgehammer Vaginas don’t get the best press. They are either being grabbed by future US presidents, trolled on social media, en route to a labiaplasty, mistrusted for their monthly capacity to shed blood or weaponised in the endless debates over gender-neutral toilets. So when Janelle Monáe, a black, queer, working-class star, shows up in her latest music video sporting a giant pair of juicy vagina pants, it’s joyous and uplifting. Pynk, Monáe’s new single, directed by Emma Westernberg and featuring the equally bonkers Grimes, is a queer, arch and deliciously sexy ode to the vagina. Those pants are essentially chaps reconfigured as hot-pink labia – and it doesn’t get gayer than that. In the video, Monáe and her gang of women romp around the desert, drive pink convertibles and wear knickers bearing slogans such as “I grab back” on them. We really need to come up with a female equivalent of “phallic” to do all this justice. Vulvic?
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Ant McPartlin fined £86,000 for drink-driving 16 Apr 11:18am Updated Ant McPartlin fined £86,000 for drink-driving
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Saturday Night Takeaway host loses licence for 20 months after entering guilty plea
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Jesus Jones: how we made Right Here, Right Now 16 Apr 11:02am Jesus Jones: how we made Right Here, Right Now
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‘Bill Clinton used it as his campaign song. Then Hillary used it as hers. I think it got stuck in their car stereo and was the only song they knew’ At the end of 1989, I was listening to Simple Minds’ cover of
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16 Apr 10:04am What kind of a person does Netflix favourites think I am? | Lizzie O’Shea
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I look at my algorithm-generated ‘Recommendations for Lizzie’, and I don’t like that person – or the control involved in the processEach time I scroll down to Netflix’s “Recommendations for Lizzie” feed, my heart sinks in shame. Like a house of black mirrors from a Freudian funfair, it looks like a listicle of romcoms featuring a hapless white lady, with a kind heart and an unfortunate failing, struggling to get it together with the square-jawed-but-equally-flawed male lead. Honestly, it could be a cut-and-paste job from the Wikipedia filmography of Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lopez or various actors named Ryan. Netflix, in all its machine-learned wisdom, appears to know me better than myself. More than
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16 Apr 9:26am Ant McPartlin pleads guilty to drink-driving
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Bafta-winning Saturday Night Takeaway host admits driving while over the limit The TV presenter Ant McPartlin has pleaded guilty to drink-driving. The 42-year-old entertainer was charged last month after he was involved in a collision with two other cars while driving his Mini, in Richmond, south-west London on 18 March.
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Prepare for flower crowns! The best of Coachella 2018 – in pictures 16 Apr 8:59am Prepare for flower crowns! The best of Coachella 2018 – in pictures
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Over 200,000 people attended one of America’s biggest festivals on its opening weekend, with Beyoncé’s historic headline set earning it the new title of ‘Beychella’
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16 Apr 8:38am Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, the radical brothers who electrified Italian cinema
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From Palme d’Or-winner Padre Padrone to adaptations of Tolstoy and Pirandello, the Tavianis challenged convention and upended cliche
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When good TV goes bad: Arrested Development 16 Apr 7:59am When good TV goes bad: Arrested Development
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How did a show so knowing it once had Henry “Fonzie” Winkler jump a shark, jump the shark itself? From Mr F to “Her?”, from “Marry me!” to Motherboy, Arrested Development’s smart callbacks and Easter eggs have maintained its cult following well into the fickle streaming age. As well as being highly meta, the series – which originally aired on Fox from 2003 to 2006 – borrowed from the single-camera world of reality TV to create a fresh and frantic portrait of a decadent, dysfunctional family. Without AD we most likely wouldn’t have 30 Rock or Community, or Michael Cera and Alia Shawkat (who has wowed of late in Search Party). Fast-forward to 2018, however, and the idea of the Bluths returning may well send fans fleeing their screens quicker than Buster evading a loose seal. But how did a series so knowing that it once had Henry “Fonzie” Winkler jump a shark, jump the shark itself? Back in 2013, Netflix launched a new series of AD, which had acquired legendary status since its cancellation. The third series had ended abruptly, leaving a definite sense of unfinished business. Indeed, its finale contained plenty of plot points that could have been shark-jump material, had they been deployed earlier on – such as Lindsay finding out she wasn’t a Bluth and Lucille’s adopted son Annyong revealing himself as the source of the family’s ruin. But here, right at the “end” of Arrested Development, they felt just on the right side of surreal.
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16 Apr 7:32am Eminem at Coachella review – career-spanning set is a perfect nostalgia hit
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From his recent apocalyptic anger back to his early screwball humour, Eminem acknowledges his star has waned – but he’s still a funny, anthemic star Paris Hilton is in the crowd at Eminem with her fiance, but are the millennials? I am stood between her and a sixtysomething white-haired man who will soon be swaying his hips to every bar. Before Em appears, Paris – who became infamous during that same weird late-90s MTV era as the rapper – takes selfies with everyone, happy to be recognised: like Eminem, she’s fighting to stay around. Hilton tells me about the time she was in an Eminem video for 2004’s Just Lose It. “I had to punch him and I was nervous,” she says. “He kept making me do it harder and harder. Eminem’s just so real.” A man behind us collapses. “Is he OK?” Hilton asks. “Did a guy just die as we were taking a picture? I’ll say prayers for him. Imagine missing Eminem and dying. Double buzzkill.” You wonder: is Eminem’s first ever Coachella headline set unmissable? Oddly, in America it’s a rarity to see Eminem live on a stage like this, unlike in Europe, where he often headlines major festivals. “We ain’t ever been on this stage. This is the best fucking time Eminem has ever had,” says his hype man after the opening number. “It feels great to be back in motherfucking America!” adds Em, as the Stars and Stripes drape the screen and he launches into White America, one of his more political songs from 2002’s The Eminem Show. “We need to start this shit off right,” he says. He doesn’t seem at all fazed by following
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Eurovision winner Conchita reveals HIV diagnosis 16 Apr 6:19am Eurovision winner Conchita reveals HIV diagnosis
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The Austrian singer has been in treatment for ‘several years’, but has now made a statement after an ex-boyfriend ‘threatened to go public’
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Striking a new chord: musicians diversify to extend their careers 16 Apr 5:52am Striking a new chord: musicians diversify to extend their careers
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Billy Bragg, Chris Difford and the Selecter’s Pauline Black among those turning to talks and books On Thursday the singer-songwriter Billy Bragg will give a talk at the Bank of England about how to build a better society. Bragg, a pro-Corbyn activist and veteran protest singer, was invited as part of an effort to “shake up” thinking at the Bank,
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Is Avengers: Infinity War an allegory for Disney’s worldconquering master plan? 16 Apr 5:00am Is Avengers: Infinity War an allegory for Disney’s worldconquering master plan?
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In buying Fox, Lucasfilm and Pixar, the film studio is on the way to controlling the movie universe - drawing parallels to Avengers’ evil overlord Thanos Unless you’ve been living in a communications black hole for the past decade, you’ll know that the forthcoming
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16 Apr 4:00am The One Who Wrote Destiny by Nikesh Shukla review – funny and fascinating
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This tale about a British-Asian family tackles trauma and intergenerational relationships with wit and wisdomNikesh Shukla has recently risen to prominence as a diversity champion for literature, setting up various initiatives that offer opportunities for underrepresented writers. But we mustn’t forget that, first and foremost, he is a powerful chronicler of British lives with Asian roots. In his fabulously funny 2014 novel,
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R Lee Ermey, Full Metal Jacket actor, dies aged 74 16 Apr 3:28am R Lee Ermey, Full Metal Jacket actor, dies aged 74
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Former marine known for playing tough military roles in film and TV dies
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Ponti by Sharlene Teo – review 16 Apr 3:00am Ponti by Sharlene Teo – review
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A much-lauded debut novel featuring a faded movie star is a lesson in the limitations of a creative writing course
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Arts industry report asks: where are all the working-class people? 16 Apr 2:00am Arts industry report asks: where are all the working-class people?
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Film, broadcasting, publishing and performing sectors nowhere near representative of UK Working-class people continue to be hugely under-represented in the arts, and the people at the top – mostly well-paid, middle-class white men – are least likely to see it. This conclusion was reached in a new report published today, billed as the first sociological study on social mobility in the cultural industries.
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Monday’s best TV: The Queen’s Green Planet; Building Giants 16 Apr 1:20am Monday’s best TV: The Queen’s Green Planet; Building Giants
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Sir David Attenborough teams up with Her Majesty to talk trees, while the geniuses behind Venice’s sea barrier get the respect they deserve
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Daniel Kalder picks five books that get inside the minds of dictators 16 Apr 1:00am Daniel Kalder picks five books that get inside the minds of dictators
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Stalin’s claustrophobic life at the Kremlin, Mussolini’s failed campaign against Mickey Mouse, and how Jean-Paul Sartre became one of Mao’s ‘useful idiots’ Although Stalin was for decades the supreme leader of the largest country on Earth, he saw little of his empire, rarely venturing beyond the walls of the Kremlin. Instead, he experienced the USSR primarily as a series of texts that landed on his desk each day. In
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