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Book review - Endless Forms: The Secret World of Wasps by Seirian Sumner
A wasp
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Book review - Endless Forms: The Secret World of Wasps by Seirian Sumner

An ‘exuberant guide’ that will make you think again about these oft-overlooked creatures
23 Jun 2022
Good Luck to You, Leo Grande film review
Emma Thompson and Daryl McCormack in Good Luck to You, Leo Grande
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Good Luck to You, Leo Grande film review

Emma Thompson and Daryl McCormack star in this ‘riveting’ and ‘important’ film
23 Jun 2022
That Is Not Who I Am: a play that divided opinion from the outset
Photo from That Is Not Who I Am play
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That Is Not Who I Am: a play that divided opinion from the outset

The Royal Court’s latest production is ‘brilliantly tricksy’
23 Jun 2022
Feminine Power: the divine to the demonic
Feminine Power exhibition at the British Museum
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Feminine Power: the divine to the demonic

This exhibition’s vast theme sees feminist readings ‘thrust’ onto ‘unruly ancient art’
23 Jun 2022
Book review: The Facemaker by Lindsey Fitzharris
The Facemaker book cover
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Book review: The Facemaker by Lindsey Fitzharris

This ‘engrossing’ biography provides a ‘hugely enjoyable’ portrait of a brilliant surgeon
17 Jun 2022
Theatre review: The Gunpowder Plot
Audience members with VR headsets
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Theatre review: The Gunpowder Plot

This ‘camply thrilling’ adventure sets the ‘gold standard’ for immersive shows
17 Jun 2022
Glyn Philpot: Flesh and Spirit – a show with a ‘particular, piquant flavour’
Glyn Philpot painting
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Glyn Philpot: Flesh and Spirit – a show with a ‘particular, piquant flavour’

‘Comprehensive’ exhibition in Chichester seeks to re-evaluate painter’s career
16 Jun 2022

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Pistol review: Danny Boyle’s sanitised but watchable punk drama
Still from the TV show of the band in front of a bus
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Pistol review: Danny Boyle’s sanitised but watchable punk drama

Disney+ is show ‘so lacking in anarchic spirit it could be a Coldplay biopic’
16 Jun 2022
Jurassic World Dominion: ‘dismal’ script stifles Dern-Neill-Goldblum reunion
Jurassic World Dominion
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Jurassic World Dominion: ‘dismal’ script stifles Dern-Neill-Goldblum reunion

Disappointing sixth instalment of the dinosaur franchise is an ‘extinction-level event’
16 Jun 2022
Men: a twisted country house horror 
Jessie Buckley and Rory Kinnear star in Men
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Men: a twisted country house horror 

Jessie Buckley and Rory Kinnear star in a ‘playfully twisted affair’ set deep in the English countryside
10 Jun 2022
When the Dust Settles by Lucy Easthope
Lucy Easthope
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When the Dust Settles by Lucy Easthope

Easthope’s memoir of her experiences as a disaster manager is ‘gripping and filled with compassion’
10 Jun 2022
Borgen: Power & Glory – the return of Birgitte Nyborg
Johanne Louise Schmidt and Sidse Babett Knudsen in Borgen: Power & Glory
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Borgen: Power & Glory – the return of Birgitte Nyborg

The hit Danish political drama is back with a ‘gripping reboot’
9 Jun 2022
Edvard Munch: Masterpieces from Bergen
Evening on Karl Johan Street (1892) by Edvard Munch 
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Edvard Munch: Masterpieces from Bergen

This must-see show features 18 paintings covering a crucial period when Munch’s work shifted markedly
9 Jun 2022
TV review: Everything I Know About Love
Photobooth images of characters from Everything I Know About Love
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TV review: Everything I Know About Love

This ‘love letter to female friendship’ may make older viewers feel like ‘an anthropologist on Mars’
8 Jun 2022
Russia: Revolution and Civil War 1917-1921 by Antony Beevor
Black and white photo showing Vladimir Lenin on a podium
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Russia: Revolution and Civil War 1917-1921 by Antony Beevor

This is an ‘unceasingly agonising, yet always irresistible’ work
3 Jun 2022
Podcasts of the week: from true crime to a true-crime drama
Podcast app on a phone
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Podcasts of the week: from true crime to a true-crime drama

Featuring Killer Book Club, RedHanded, Criminal, Radioman and Lady Killers With Lucy Worsley
2 Jun 2022
Radical Landscapes: a ‘rich and often superbly strange’ exhibition
Radical Landscapes Tate Liverpool
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Radical Landscapes: a ‘rich and often superbly strange’ exhibition

This Tate Liverpool show offers ‘social and political history by other means’
2 Jun 2022
Legally Blonde on stage: ‘far wittier’ than the film
Still from Legally Blonde on stage
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Legally Blonde on stage: ‘far wittier’ than the film

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is host to this ‘smart show about brains as well as beauty’
1 Jun 2022
Elizabeth: A Portrait in Parts – an elegant tribute to the Queen
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip wave from Buckingham Palace balcony
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Elizabeth: A Portrait in Parts – an elegant tribute to the Queen

Directed by the late Roger Michell, this documentary is ‘insightful, mischievous and assembled with panache’
1 Jun 2022
The Westminster: a rather enjoyable modern hotel in London
The Westminster Suite at The Westminster Hotel in London
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The Westminster: a rather enjoyable modern hotel in London

With its splendid location, this is a comfortable base to explore the best of the capital
31 May 2022
Louie London: a saucy New Orleans-style restaurant in Covent Garden
Louie London’s glitzy bar
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Louie London: a saucy New Orleans-style restaurant in Covent Garden

The Creole dishes at this jazzy hot-spot are a delight – we urge you to dip in
31 May 2022
Tried and tasted: 50 of the world’s best whiskies
Investing in whisky
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Tried and tasted: 50 of the world’s best whiskies

Take a global tour of the whisky world – from Scotland and Romania to Finland and France
31 May 2022
My Fair Lady at the London Coliseum: a ‘daringly sumptuous’ show
Amara Okereke as Eliza Doolittle
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My Fair Lady at the London Coliseum: a ‘daringly sumptuous’ show

This ‘Rolls-Royce of a revival’ gives the classic musical a modern feel
27 May 2022
Five Love Affairs and a Friendship by Anne de Courcy: a ‘racily enjoyable book’
Nancy Cunard
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Five Love Affairs and a Friendship by Anne de Courcy: a ‘racily enjoyable book’

Nancy Cunard’s ‘roller-coaster life’ is the focus of this biography
27 May 2022
Top Gun: Maverick - Tom Cruise makes a thrilling return
Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick
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Top Gun: Maverick - Tom Cruise makes a thrilling return

This ‘absurdly’ entertaining sequel is an ‘edge-of-your-seat, fist-pumping spectacular’
26 May 2022
The Time Traveler’s Wife: a ‘problematic’ adaptation of the hit novel
Theo James and Rose Leslie
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The Time Traveler’s Wife: a ‘problematic’ adaptation of the hit novel

Book was made into a 2009 film – and now Apple TV+ has had a go
26 May 2022
Reframed: The Woman in the Window – a thoughtful and ‘tightly structured’ exhibition
Image of Tom Hunter painting of woman
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Reframed: The Woman in the Window – a thoughtful and ‘tightly structured’ exhibition

Dulwich Picture Gallery show mixes bona fide masterpieces with ‘intriguing oddities’
26 May 2022
Podcasts of the week: war reporters, hard news and big interviews
Podcast app on a phone
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Podcasts of the week: war reporters, hard news and big interviews

Featuring The Line of Fire, The Ezra Klein Show and The Backstory with Andrew Neil
20 May 2022
The Premonitions Bureau by Sam Knight: an ‘endlessly readable’ book
People walk in the cemetery
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The Premonitions Bureau by Sam Knight: an ‘endlessly readable’ book

Story explores psychic ‘precognition’ surrounding 1966 Aberfan disaster
20 May 2022
Inspiring Walt Disney: a ‘scholarly’ show that raises the stakes for curators everywhere
Rapunzel from Tangled side by side with Fragonard’s The Swing
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Inspiring Walt Disney: a ‘scholarly’ show that raises the stakes for curators everywhere

Exhibition pairs drawings from Disney’s animations with rococo works from the Wallace Collection
20 May 2022
Film review: Everything Everywhere All at Once
Michelle Yeoh in Everything Everywhere All at Once
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Film review: Everything Everywhere All at Once

The multiverse is back in this divisive cult hit
19 May 2022
Conversations with Friends: a disappointing adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel
The cast of Conversations with Friends
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Conversations with Friends: a disappointing adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel

Story follows a ‘love square’ between four millennials, who inhabit arty circles in Dublin
19 May 2022
Roti King Battersea: a masterful Malaysian eatery
The menu at Roti King in Battersea is ‘glorious’
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Roti King Battersea: a masterful Malaysian eatery

This casual roti restaurant outclasses its developed-to-death Power Station home
18 May 2022
Mercure Gloucester, Bowden Hall Hotel: an impressive country house
Mercure Gloucester, Bowden Hall Hotel in Gloucestershire
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Mercure Gloucester, Bowden Hall Hotel: an impressive country house

Set in 12 acres of its own parkland, the hotel’s location is hard to beat
18 May 2022
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