3 items from 2012
If you were for some reason in any doubt that the financial crisis has consequences for individuals, here is the documentary series to put you straight. Focused around a pawnbroker's – a business one imagines as pretty much the same in boom times and bust – the show meets the shop's customers, ranging from the relatively wealthy (a factory owner hocking diamonds to avoid laying off staff) to those at the sharp end of things (a woman seeking to pay off a high-interest loan before the waters close over her head). John Robinson
In wife Sylvia's estimation, Christopher Tietjens is both "a paragon of honourable behaviour" and "the cruellest man I know". She's got a point, which is what makes him so fascinating as the adaptation of Ford Madox Ford »
During the Paralympics, Hills will front a nightly comedy show for Channel 4 called The Last Leg. But can disability and comedy work on TV?
Adam Hills thinks "mutant" is a much better word than "disabled". "It sounds so much cooler," he says with a broad smile. At a press launch earlier in the year for Channel 4's coverage of the Paralympics, he introduced the minister for disabilities as "the minister for mutants". "And then Channel 4 came out with its Meet the Superhumans ad campaign. Superhumans! I think it stole it from me … it took mutant and made it sound even cooler." The problem with the word disabled is that it has so many negative connotations, he says. "And I don't think people who are considered disabled think about themselves as being disabled. Even when people talk about my disability, for a number of reasons I feel weird. »
- Emine Saner
After more than a few false dawns, the Cultural Olympiad finally spluttered into life this week, with the unveiling of the full lineup for the London 2012 festival, which will take place from 21 June to 9 September. Many of the events have already been announced and some of them (rather confusingly) have already begun (such as the World Shakespeare festival, which kicked off last Monday). But new acts include comedians Tim Minchin and Stephen Fry, who will both perform as part of the event.
Awards season in full swing
In the Us, meanwhile, theatre awards season kicked off, with the Drama League announcing the nominations for its awards. They often serve as a fairly good indicator for what might fare well at »
- Alistair Smith
3 items from 2012
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