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23 Oct 11:22am Are we nearly there yet? How Margaret Calvert steered Britain into the fast lane
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Her revolutionary road signs upset the old guard – but the design doyenne put her foot down and made history. At 84, can she reinvent our railways? It is almost impossible to escape Margaret Calvert. She’s standing at every motorway junction, beaming out in bold, bright letters, and at the corner of every street, warning of potential hazards ahead. Now aged 84, and still busy in her studio, the designer jointly
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23 Oct 10:00am Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful review – not-so fawning fashion doc
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Director Gero von Boehm’s fascinating film includes the famed fashion photographer’s muses but also asks questions about his misogynist images The intelligence and even-handedness of this documentary about the provocative fashion photographer Helmut Newton makes a change from the fawning tone you get in a lot of fashion films. It’s a flattering “authorised” portrait, featuring interviews with famous Newton muses Charlotte Rampling, Grace Jones and Claudia Schiffer. But director Gero von Boehm deserves points for not ignoring the “porno chic” controversy surrounding his more extreme fetishistic images of naked women. There’s a brilliant clip of Newton appearing as a guest on French TV alongside Susan Sontag, who accuses him to his face of being a misogynist.
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23 Oct 9:00am Rosie Jones: ‘My funniest outfit? A fully inflatable Mr Blobby costume’
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The comedian, writer and standup on the things that make her laugh the most
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23 Oct 8:05am Ariana Grande: Positions review – pop royalty cleans up the White House
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The video makes some fine jabs at Trump and the standards expected of women – but the song itself is rather more low-key Given the timing of its release – it’s 11 days, in case you need reminding, until America goes to the polls – and the accompanying video, you would be forgiven for thinking Ariana Grande’s Positions is a direct statement about the upcoming elections, in the vein of
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23 Oct 8:00am Rapper SL: ‘When I was coming up, there was nobody else on my level’
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The Croydon drill artist became a star while he was doing his GCSEs. Now, he has his sights set on making it Stateside You would be hard-pressed to find someone who raps more clearly than the 19-year-old
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23 Oct 6:00am Quick bye: I watched all of Quibi’s ‘quick bites’ so you never have to
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The streaming service offered nuggets of TV fit for the commute – and then we stopped going to the office. Now it’s folding, but were any of its shows worth watching?
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23 Oct 2:30am Exit Management by Naomi Booth review – how to survive in London
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This compelling tale of people scrabbling for purchase in the capital is peculiarly appropriate to our current crisis Londoner Callum is struggling to stay afloat both mentally and financially. While his brother has left home and started a family, Callum still lives in Croydon with his mum and dad. His good looks and personable manner have landed him a job with GuestHouse, a bespoke service that pairs super-rich clients with luxury temporary accommodation. He finds the work amenable but oddly discomfiting, a world of half-lives that appears to mirror his personal feeling of stasis. Of all the clients he has to deal with, only Joszef provides him with something approaching fulfilment and a moral centre. Joszef is a Hungarian art dealer who came to London as a refugee following the 1956 uprising. He has made a good life for himself, but with his health in decline he finds himself retreating into the realm of memory, and has no one else to share his stories with but Callum. Into their world comes Lauren, a young woman fleeing from an abusive background in the north of England and desperate for security and validation. Her cramped bedsit in Deptford is her escape hatch from the deprivations of her childhood, but it is a symbol of them, too. Lauren knows she deserves better, and as she scrabbles for purchase on the career ladder she becomes ever more determined to claim her share of life, no matter the cost to others. Lauren works in the HR department of a City trading company and specialises in “exit management”, which consists mainly in informing troublesome employees that they are fired. (If you happen to have seen the George Clooney movie
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