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12 Oct 5:30pm Drama Out of a Crisis: A Celebration of Play for Today review – when the play really was the thing
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Britain in the 1970s and 1980s was reflected, energised and transformed by the scintillating one-off dramas that the BBC put out. They still have plenty to teach us The most disconcerting aspect of the BBC Four documentary Drama Out of a Crisis: A Celebration of Play for Today is that it makes it sound as if the 1970s and 1980s were history. Of course they weren’t – I was there, I remember them. They were … just life. But “the consensus politics that had governed the UK since the end of the second world war was unravelling”, Martina Laird’s voiceover informs us. “Britain was struggling with the end of empire.” Time makes fools of us all, especially when you don’t notice it passing. Forty or fifty years ago is the past and, although we’re still technically in the same country, they did do things very differently there. They put on an original (usually) play every week on one of three mainstream channels, for a start, which garnered audiences of millions.
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12 Oct 12:00pm Welcome to the Blumhouse: Nocturne/Evil Eye review – dark desires
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Twin sisters vie for musical supremacy and an arranged marriage gets the supernatural treatment in the horror company’s collaborations with Amazon Kicking off the second batch of Welcome to the Blumhouse, the horror outfit’s collaboration with Amazon,
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12 Oct 11:03am My streaming gem: why you should watch Beauties of the Night
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The latest in our series of writers highlighting under-appreciated films is a recommendation for a compassionate Mexican documentary Goddesses of the stage and the screen, the Mexican vedettes or showgirls of the 1970s and 1980s were the embodiment of the era’s female beauty ideal and versatile talent. They sang, acted, danced and undressed for their clamoring fans night after night with abandon. Leading lives of dazzling opulence, sexual freedom and excessive indulgence, these women were rock stars of their day who reveled in their hard-earned success and became timeless.
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12 Oct 10:19am Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer: how we made Location, Location, Location
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‘I was telling two girls how safe an area was – when a policeman came up and said there’d been a murder round the corner’
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12 Oct 8:20am Furlough fraud, snooping and firings: architects speak out over lockdown exploitation
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Endless hours, home-surveillance, fear of reprisals – complaints in this already stressful industry have soared during Covid-19. We speak to distraught workers For Maria Gomez, the nightmare began when she couldn’t get her boss out of her bedroom. “It felt like he was in there 24/7,” she says, “always watching my every move.” She was used to architecture’s punishing lifestyle, working late nights and weekends, and she had adjusted to the additional stresses of working from home during lockdown. But she hadn’t expected to be monitored via her computer webcam all day every day, with her meetings with clients secretly recorded by her bosses. “I only realised I was being monitored when something I said was later quoted back to me in a team meeting,” she says. “And another recording of me was used in a presentation. It was completely insane. It felt like being back at school, with added hyper-surveillance.”
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12 Oct 7:24am Margaret Nolan - actor, artist and Goldfinger title sequence star - dies aged 76
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Actor who began as a glamour model went on to appear in the James Bond film before taking numerous roles in 1960s and 70s TV
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12 Oct 7:23am The Wanted singer Tom Parker diagnosed with inoperable brain tumour
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Singer who topped UK chart twice is being treated with radiotherapy and chemotherapy to help prolong life Tom Parker, singer with chart-topping British boyband the Wanted, has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.
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12 Oct 7:00am Lovecraft Country recap: season one, episode nine – the Tulsa massacre sets stage for gripping finale
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The hunt for the Book of Names meant travelling back in time to the day of the city’s 1921 race massacre – and revisiting some painful memories You often get the sense, watching Lovecraft Country, of a show that knows tomorrow is never guaranteed and a second season is even less bankable. These guys are determined to give it their all in whatever time remains. To that end, we have had a haunted house episode, an Indiana Jones-esque episode, body-swapping, erotic K-horror and afrofuturism meets The Jetsons. This week, though, it was time to go back to the future in Hiram’s time machine. Sorry, make that “multiverse machine”. We stand corrected, Hippolyta. Yes, Hippolyta (Aunjanue Ellis) was back. How could she remain absent when her daughter Dee (Jada Harris) was at death’s door following last week’s run-in with that Capt Lancaster-conjured Topsy. We didn’t find out where she had been all this time and my hunch is we probably won’t. There is already so much to catch each other up on. At least Hippolyta didn’t require any long-winded exposition, because, after her mind-expanding interdimensional voyage, she knows it all already. (Didn’t I say waaaaay back in
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12 Oct 4:00am The Trial of the Chicago 7: is Aaron Sorkin living in a liberal fantasy land?
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The West Wing creator has attracted scorn for his rose-tinted view of American democracy in the age of Trump. But maybe his idealism isn’t such a bad thing Rarely has Aaron Sorkin looked so out of step with reality. Speaking last month, the poet laureate of idealised political discourse outlined how he would write election night 2020: “Trump does what we all assume he will do, which is not concede defeat, claiming the election’s rigged and the Democrats cheated. For the first time, his Republican enablers march to the White House and say: ‘Donald, it’s time to go.’ I would write the ending where everyone does the right thing.” As many were quick to point out, sadly we are not living in an episode of
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12 Oct 4:00am The Contradictions by Sophie Yanow review – on the road with a raging bore
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This funny story of a student’s trip abroad with her new anarchist friend will resonate with anyone who has been a fresher This comic, the original web version of which has already received an Eisner award, arrives with high praise both from
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12 Oct 3:00am Ultraviolence: the shocking, brutal film about deaths in police custody
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Two decades ago the police tried to silence Ken Fero’s fearless documentary Injustice. Twenty years later, his follow-up is filled with even more pain and outrage It has taken 19 years for Ken Fero to complete the follow-up to Injustice,
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12 Oct 2:00am Flickers and Fukushima: Japanese and Korean talent at Photo London – in pictures
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Depopulated cherry blossom landscapes and embroidered fingers feature as Japan’s Kana Kawanishi Gallery goes under the spotlight at Photo London
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