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18 Oct 8:00am The secret world of diary hunters
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Would you mind if someone read your diary? And what if it was then sold on eBay? From the unvarnished to the salacious, Amelia Tait dips into a private world where people trade the diaries of strangers
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18 Oct 6:30am Carmilla review – blood lust and mystery mark a superior gothic drama
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Jessica Raine stars in this atmospheric adaptation of a Victorian novella An atmospheric gothic-tinged period drama, this adaptation of an 1872 novella by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu flirts with vampiric blood lust but is most satisfying when it delves into the superstition and repression that squeeze the breath out of life for young women like Lara (Hannah Rae) and her uptight governess Miss Fontaine (Jessica Raine). When Carmilla (Devrim Lingnau), a mysterious young woman injured in a carriage crash, joins the household, she unleashes something that could be evil, or could just be female sexuality. But in the eyes of Miss Fontaine and the rural community, the two are pretty much interchangeable. Earthy candlelit interiors and closeups of squirming bugs play tricks on the audience – we are not quite sure whether we are watching something budding or decaying as Lara falls deeper into Carmilla’s thrall.
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18 Oct 6:00am Rebecca review – perfectly watchable romp
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Kristin Scott Thomas is a flawless Mrs Danvers in Ben Wheatley’s conventional take on the Du Maurier classic It’s not an obvious meeting of material and film-maker, but
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18 Oct 5:30am Uncle Vanya review – coronavirus gives Chekhov a shot in the arm
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The pandemic supercharges the atmosphere in this film version of Ian Rickson’s recent stage production Here is an extraordinary, transfiguring leap from stage to screen.
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18 Oct 4:45am Detective who busted John and Yoko lifts the lid on corrupt 1960s policing
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Norman Pilcher, who made some of the decade’s biggest arrests and was jailed for perjury, says he is setting the record straight He was the detective who busted John Lennon, George Harrison and Dusty Springfield, the officer who was told by an Old Bailey judge that he had “poisoned the wells of British justice”, and the man
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18 Oct 3:00am Time review – poetic documentary about a family torn apart by prison
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Garrett Bradley uses home movies and a lyrical style to tell the story of watching a loved one locked away The idea that the mass incarceration of African Americans is in effect a modern form of slavery has been explored in several powerful documentaries, ranging from Sam Pollard’s 2012
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18 Oct 3:00am Thirty books to help us understand the world in 2020
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The climate crisis, gender, populism, big tech, pandemics, race… our experts recommend titles to illuminate the issues of the day A distinguished climatologist and geophysicist,
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18 Oct 2:00am The big picture: my mum was a mail-order bride
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Diana Markosian captures the dissonance between the California her mother knew from American soap operas and what she found when she arrived In 1996 Diana Markosian’s mother, Svetlana, decided she had to abandon her life in Moscow. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the collapse of her marriage she had been dreaming of a new start in California, which she mostly knew from the soap opera
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