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Kinshasa Makambo review – gripping account of Congo’s fight for democracy

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Chronicling what was supposed to be the final chapter of Joseph Kabila’s presidency in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, this is a stark and gripping portrait of a country in the throes of a major political crisis...

Bobby & Amy review – gripping drama about foot-and-mouth disease

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The new BBC Two documentary Blair and Brown: The New Labour Revolution features the prime minister’s first re-election on 7 June 2001. An historical oddity is that Blair was never meant to win then. Polling had been s...

W Series gears up for gripping finale for co-leaders Powell and Chadwick

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The Formula One world championship will not be decided at the US Grand Prix this weekend but another tightly-fought battle for a title will. The Circuit of the Americas will play host to the climactic finale to the W ...

British diver relives gripping Thai cave rescue

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In October 2020, Rick Stanton readied his wetsuit, dive harness, cylinders and regulators. He was preparing to plunge into the underwater filming stage at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire: a six-metre deep tank, su...

Missing Julie review – gripping take on Strindberg simmers with tension

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‘What do you know about magnificence?’ asks Christine the cook of John the valet as a pan is slowly brought to simmer above a burning flame. Presented in a strong north-east Welsh accent, Kaite O’Reilly’s Missing Juli...

Streamline review – emotionally gripping swimming film that breaks the sports movie mould

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The talented athlete, the tough-love coach, the upcoming championship or tryout that will test the protagonist’s resolve. You know this story; you’ve seen it before. Providing any innovation in the highly templated sp...

The Saviour review – gripping two-hander tackles lifelong effects of abuse

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Deirdre Kinahan’s new play for Landmark Productions tackles the subject of the emotional and physical abuse of young women in church-run institutions in Ireland over decades, and its impact on one woman for the rest o...

The Human Factor review – gripping account of three decades of Middle East peace talks

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It’s barely conceivable now, with the conflict between Israel and Palestine at its most destructive in years, but for a while at least, an accord in the Middle East was a tantalising possibility. This fascinating, bal...

The Human Factor review – bearhugs and murder: Bill Clinton’s Middle East peace deal in gripping detail

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In the last days of his presidency Bill Clinton took a call from the Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak. “You are a great man,” Barak told him. Clinton replied angrily: “I’m not a great man. I’m a failure. And you made...

From gripping drama to edgy style: how Line of Duty smartened up

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Line of Duty has had many of us yearning to be back to work, if only to flaunt our work wardrobe again. This season of BBC One’s gripping crime thriller has, more than previous ones, felt sleek and chic. The outfits o...

Bright Burning Things by Lisa Harding review – gripping quest for self-knowledge

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Like Masha in The Seagull, Sonya, the heroine of Lisa Harding’s intense and unnerving second novel, is in mourning for her life. Her Chekhovian name seems apt when we learn that “failed actress, failed mother” Sonya o...

Judas and the Black Messiah review – truly gripping Black Panther drama

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In the Oscar-tipped current release The United States vs Billie Holiday, a federal agent with deeply divided loyalties is dispatched to infiltrate and undermine a powerful voice of civil rights. That scenario is echoe...

Parenthesis by Élodie Durand review – gripping graphic memoir about the joy of recovery

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There are so many good graphic memoirs about illness: when it comes to ill-defined symptoms, and to the way that time contracts and expands in the sickroom, comics seem to reach places that words cannot. But Élodie Du...