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Strangers on a train, until she gave me her pink jumper

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As simple unexpected acts of kindness go, this one will take some beating. I was on a train from London to Plymouth last Friday afternoon, on my way to a reunion of some university friends, among them people I’d not c...

Strangers marrying on TV? I think it’s fair to say I’m hooked

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A friend of mine recently told me that he thought Married At First Sight Australia was incredible television. He has a flair for overstatement, so when I asked him to qualify that, he conceded that it wasn’t as good a...

The Snow Line by Tessa McWatt review – strangers at a wedding

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Four people arrive for a wedding in Pathankot, Punjab, one year on from the 2008 financial crash. They are an elderly white man, Jackson, and three others: Yosh, a yoga teacher; Monica, a Canadian-born amateur photogr...

Call for Spain to regularise immigration status of man who twice saved strangers

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More than 1,800 people have backed a call for Spanish officials to regularise the immigration status of an undocumented Senegalese man after his second rescue of a stranger from drowning in the main river in Bilbao. ...

A perfect disaster: what went wrong with Nine Perfect Strangers?

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There are several reasons to commit hours of your life to a TV series: to be provoked, to laugh, to explore universal elements of the human condition, to become totally absorbed, to be turned on by voyeurism, fashion/...

Nine Perfect Strangers review – forget Nicole Kidman … Melissa McCarthy steals this show

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Isn’t it just typical? You wait years for a miniseries about rich Americans pitching up at a luxury retreat to try to find bliss, then two turn up at once. The White Lotus put its assortment on Hawaii in a five-star h...

Nine Perfect Strangers review – Nicole Kidman leads a tantalising trip into wellness

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Secluded location: check. Secondary road in and surrounding Sylvan woodland: check. Low-rise, vaguely bunker-like Architectural Digest accommodation: check. Expensive-looking curved cane outdoor furniture and vibrant ...

Strangers on a Pier by Tash Aw review – memories of a Malaysian outsider

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The novelist Tash Aw was 15 when he noticed the difference. He knew that his classmates at school weren’t all ethnically Chinese like him. There were Tamil kids who played hockey, “Malay rocker boys” who cut out pictu...

We Are Each Other review – strangers become friends in interactive comedy

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What did we miss most during the pandemic: the entertainment or the audiences? We still had box sets and online concerts; what we lacked was the interval chat and the closing applause. Whether we liked football or fil...

The week in TV: The White Lotus; Nine Perfect Strangers; Children of 9/11: Our Story; Ladhood

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The White Lotus (Sky Atlantic/Now TV) | sky.comNine Perfect Strangers (Amazon Prime) | amazon.co.ukChildren of 9/11: Our Story (Channel 4) | channel4.comLadhood (BBC One) | BBC iPlayer The White Lotus is a pitch-black...

Strangers on a Pier by Tash Aw review – an intimate family portrait

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Years ago I was queueing in a fruit and veg shop in Cornwall with my half-Chinese dad when an elderly woman came up and asked him: “Where are you from?” “Liverpool,” he said. “But where are you really from?” she pers...