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21 Sep 4:17pm Strictly Come Dancing 2019: week one – as it happened
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Welcome back, sparkle squad! Tonight the couples took to the floor for the first time – but who shone the brightest? We followed every step
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21 Sep 4:03pm Updated Strictly Come Dancing 2019: week one – live
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Welcome back, sparkle squad! Tonight the couples take to the floor for the first time – but who will shine the brightest? Follow every step along with us
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21 Sep 11:00am Antony Gormley; Maurizio Cattelan – review
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Royal Academy, London; Blenheim Palace, Woodstock
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21 Sep 10:00am Vaclav Smil: ‘Growth must end. Our economist friends don’t seem to realise that’
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The scientist and author on his latest book – an epic, multidisciplinary analysis of growth – and why humanity’s endless expansion must stop.
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21 Sep 10:00am The Farewell review – beautifully bittersweet Chinese-American family drama
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Awkwafina impresses in Lulu Wang’s moving and witty culture clash tale The push and pull between the bonds of blood and the ties of culture are explored with a light touch and a perceptive eye for detail in this delightful, semi-autobiographical family drama from writer and director Lulu Wang. Chinese American Billi (Awkwafina, building on her zesty comic turn in
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21 Sep 8:00am Damian Lewis: ‘The great thing about James Bond is how bad a spy he is’
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Actor, tipped as the new Bond, tells of his new docudrama series Spy Wars – and his take on Ian Fleming’s heroHis award-winning performances have included the hit espionage drama series
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21 Sep 7:00am Bearmouth by Liz Hyder review – a captivating YA debut
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A distinctive voice propels this coming-of-age fable set in the harrowing confines of a coalmineThere’s nothing like a dose of darkness and claustrophobia to give a story intensity, and Liz Hyder’s excellent fantasy debut has plenty of both. We learn early on that its young protagonist Newt Coombes last saw daylight at the tender age of four. In the years since then, Newt has worked in the labyrinthine coalmine of the title, ruthlessly exploited in appalling conditions and a virtual prisoner for life. The tale is told by Newt in the first person, the spelling phonetic because Newt is being taught to read by an older mentor – “Thomas is my best frend tho hes twice my age an more.” It could be a tricky device, making it difficult for readers to get into the story. But an idiolect gives a young character a distinctive, idiosyncratic voice – think
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21 Sep 6:00am From Beyoncé covers to indie shoots: the new generation of black fashion photographers
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Why Tyler Mitchell, Nadine Ijewere and others are shaking up the industry Tyler Mitchell was only 23 when he was invited to photograph Beyoncé for American Vogue’s September 2018 issue. In one of the two covers, she smoulders at the camera, wearing barely-there makeup and balancing a halo of colourful flowers on her head. In the other, she stands outside in an Alexander McQueen tiered dress with pan-African coloured lace, lifting white material above her natural braided hair. There is a raw beauty to both, casting the almost superhuman pop star in an unusually intimate light. But that wasn’t the only noteworthy thing about the pictures: Mitchell had made history, as the
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21 Sep 6:00am Strictly Come Dancing is in full swing – and still entirely baffling
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Still camp, still just on the edge of true glamour, and still entirely baffling to the lay viewer
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21 Sep 5:00am The Goldfinch: would it have worked better as a TV show?
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The film distills the odyssey of the novel into a movie. Its cast and director discuss making the ‘daunting’ adaptation As it arrives on the big screen, The Goldfinch becomes a test case for what we might call “prestige literary cinema”. It is the kind of serious, contemporary, non-genre literary adaptation that merits top talent, a large budget and, ideally, awards consideration. This used to be a studio staple but recently it has become a territory strewn with failures:
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21 Sep 4:00am Breaking and Mending by Joanna Cannon review – a superb medical memoir
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Admirable intentions run up against an NHS starved of cash in a doctor-novelist’s moving chronicle of life on the wards Stories are what medicine and novel writing share, says
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21 Sep 3:13am Updated The 20 photographs of the week
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The burning Amazon, Greta Thunberg in Washington, protests in Hong Kong and fashion week in Milan – the past seven days, as captured by the world’s best photojournalists
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21 Sep 3:00am The 100 best books of the 21st century
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Dazzling debut novels, searing polemics, the history of humanity and trailblazing memoirs ... Read our pick of the best books since 2000
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