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The January 6 hearings are a brilliant spectacle. That’s also their danger

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You have to say this for America in 2022. They know how to put on a show. The January 6 hearings in Washington have made for riveting viewing. Someday the last days of Trump will be turned into a movie, and it will ma...

All together now: six brilliant recipes for meals to share with family and friends

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This dish is inspired by the red spinach dish of Bengal. It uses kale as the texture is closest to the hardy red spinach we have in Kolkata. I try to substitute Indian vegetables with local British alternatives where ...

Heartstopper is dazzlingly brilliant TV – I wish my lonely younger self could have seen it

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No one came out as LGBTQ+ at my comprehensive in the north of England in the late 1990s for a very straightforward reason: it would constitute social death. Homophobia was the background hum of school life, a crude in...

Walter Sickert review – serial killer, fantasist or self-hater? This hellish, brilliant show only leaves questions

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Was Walter Sickert the Victorian serial killer Jack the Ripper? This grimily realist painter has been fingered for the Whitechapel murders by Ripperologists including Patricia Cornwell. But I didn’t expect to find dam...

My brilliant brother has Down’s syndrome. Is it wrong to fear getting pregnant myself?

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Until three years ago, I thought I was brave. After all, I’m a girl who has trekked all the way across the Andes without a map. But there’s one thing that scares the hell out of me: getting pregnant. It’s late 2018 an...

My Brilliant Friend review – this gorgeous drama is television at its best

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My Brilliant Friend (Sky Atlantic) is the most beautiful drama on television, and, considering how consistently excellent it has been, it remains sorely underrated. This third season adapts the third of Elena Ferrante...

Newcastle’s brilliant Labour leader has been ousted, but his work was no failure

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Political talent is in short supply. So is a willingness to step up and take the burdens and the blows of office. The leader of Newcastle city council, Nick Forbes, has been toppled as a result of destructive tribal s...

‘Really, actively, surprisingly brilliant’: the Top 5 interactive shows on Netflix

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Charlie Brooker’s Cat Burglar has plenty going for it. As a celebration of maximalist mid-century, Tex Avery-style animation, it’s just about as genuine as love letters get. In terms of animation – and especially in t...

The Guardian view on Jan Pieńkowski: funny, frightening, brilliant

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Like all great children’s storytellers or illustrators, the Polish-born artist Jan Pieńkowski instinctively understood that fear is an unavoidable and necessary part of childhood – and that how a child’s emotions are ...

The Curse review – a sublime crime caper with an unfeasibly brilliant cast

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It’s worth prioritising The Curse just to hear the voice Tom Davis does in it. He has written himself the part of hulking weirdo Mick, a grimy, pie-stealing cartoon of a man whose tank tops are four inches too short a...

Bernie: Jack Black soars in Richard Linklater’s brilliant true-crime comedy

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Turns of phrase like “the role they were born to play” or “no actor could do it better” invariably sound a little twee, but by god they apply to Jack Black’s breathtakingly good performance in Bernie. Playing a Texan ...

Why does my husband think he would be a brilliant bouncer? I blame Liam Neeson

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What with the shortage of abattoir workers posing an existential threat to the pig industry, and the dearth of HGV drivers a threat to the supply of everything, the critical bouncer shortage seems less terrifying, as ...

What’s our message to outer space? We are not so brilliant here on Earth

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You might think of poets as poor – starving in their garrets, receiving tiny sums for their occasional slim volumes of verse and all that. Not so Leyla Aliyeva, one of whose works was printed in school books in her ho...

Nintendo Switch OLED review – a luxury upgrade to a brilliant console

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I will be for ever grateful to the Nintendo Switch for saving my sanity during the two most trying periods of my life: my first year of parenthood, during which I learned to breastfeed lying down so that I could sneak...

Ninjababy review – uncompromisingly brilliant comedy about unwanted pregnancy

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This hilarious and sneakily brilliant comedy from Norway begins like half a dozen unwanted-pregnancy movies you might already have seen. Rakel (Kristine Kujath Thorp) is a 23-year-old graphic design dropout who has no...

Gossip Girl: a trashily brilliant reboot that might make you feel ancient

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If you wanted to launch an overt attack on 30-year-olds, I could think of little better than rebooting Gossip Girl (Wednesday 25 August, 10.35pm, BBC One; all episodes on iPlayer), a series that ran for five years bet...

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