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Boris Johnson couldn’t bag a top job for Carrie but nepotism in politics is doing nicely

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Not least because of the exceptional effort that went into suppressing the story, it’s looking increasingly likely that the prime minister has, as alleged, been moonlighting – with mixed success – as Carrie Johnson’s ...

Of course theatre critics should speak their mind, but not with cheap shots

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Remaining evening performances of Legally Blonde, showing at the Regent’s Park Open Air theatre, are, at the time of writing, sold out. While terrific for the production, this does limit opportunities for theatregoers...

The royal kids are now part of the show. But is it healthy to make such a spectacle of them?

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With the Queen absent and her immediate heirs scarcely a novelty, Britain’s child royals emerged as a precious asset over the jubilee – and were still generating loyal clicks and content days after being temporarily d...

What did Depp v Heard teach us? That justice and reality TV are incompatible

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Asked on CBS about losing Depp v Heard, Amber Heard’s lawyer, Elaine Bredehoft, put much of the blame on the courtroom cameras and the brutal atmosphere they generated. “It was like a Roman colosseum.” Actually, for t...

Hard Cell review – Catherine Tate’s first attempt at a sitcom is lacklustre

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Nearly 20 years ago now, two feckless teenage girls ruled the comedy zeitgeist: Matt Lucas’s Vicky Pollard, an obnoxious young mother who once swapped one of her many children for a Westlife CD, and Catherine Tate’s r...

If you can’t see the problem with Andrew, ma’am, perhaps it’s time to hang up the crown

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It’s six weeks since Prince Andrew settled out of court with his accuser, Virginia Giuffre, for a sum estimated at £12m. Cheap at the price, it was suggested, if the money (source unexplained) prevented sexual assault...

Four years on from #MeToo, the Oscars’ feminism has gone backwards

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If this year’s Oscars had a spirit animal, you’d have to say it was Les Dawson. An uncharacteristically aggressive and unfunny Dawson, perhaps. But the 94th Academy Awards proved to be an evening unexpectedly rich in ...

Catherine Tate’s The Nan Movie: when sketch characters run out of road

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‘Brutally unfunny.” “Lacking in charm and good jokes.” “As interminable as it is revolting.” The reviews have not been kind to The Nan Movie, which stairlifts Catherine Tate’s alter ego to the dizzy heights of the big...

Catherine Cohen: The Twist…? She’s Gorgeous review – wickedly funny

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When Catherine Cohen’s The Twist …? She’s Gorgeous played the Edinburgh fringe in 2019, I fell hard for its charisma and swagger, its wickedly funny songs laying bare the troubled soul of an Insta-addled, personality-...

John Bercow is rightly damned as a bully and liar. But he was not alone in the Commons

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One of John Bercow’s unfortunate subordinates, recalling how “spectacularly” the former Commons Speaker lost his temper, compared the transformation to “Jekyll and Hyde”. Although Bercow has objected to her account (“...

Comedian Catherine Bohart: ‘When Covid hit it was, “there goes my next six months earnings’

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You thought you had a challenging lockdown? Imagine this scenario. The onset of a global pandemic coincides with your first experience of living alone. You have just separated from your partner and are heartbroken. Yo...

Grilled by ‘girly swots’: what poetic justice for a man as misogynistic as Boris Johnson

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“Just pat her on the bottom and send her on her way.” When, as rarely happens, Boris Johnson is forced to cooperate with women in authority, it may help that, as he’s occasionally mentioned, he possesses a fair few in...

What luck for the royals that next to the Tory party they look like paragons of virtue

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Whatever the damage to his party, his country and dependent relations – should the crowdfunding start now? – the premiership of Boris Johnson increasingly looks, for the royal family, like an unprecedented blessing. I...

UK as a leader in animal welfare? Well, some animals are more equal than others

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With a zillion images of themselves to choose from, many taken by a reverent state photographer, Boris and Carrie Johnson used a picture of their dog, Dilyn, for their recent Christmas card. If unlikely to appeal to t...

Lighten up the satire? That’s a tall order when life is out-crazying the most vivid fiction

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In 1944, George Orwell got a letter from TS Eliot, a director at Faber, rejecting his political satire, Animal Farm. There were several reasons. First, it was not the right time. Also, said the creator of The Waste La...

Big families sound great, Elon Musk. But who’s going to take care of the kids?

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Six children, seven – it could sound like a lot to take on. But the rocket and car entrepreneur and father of six Elon Musk, says it is imperative that humankind follows his example – likewise that of Boris Johnson an...

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