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A temple to Athena

15 November 2009 2:01 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Wings of Love, Doisneau's The Kiss, Vettriano's Singing Butler… These prints have taken pride of place in millions of homes since the 70s. So what explains their enduring appeal? Miranda Sawyer celebrates the art that Britain took to its heart

Do you collect art? Of course you do. Not the bank-busting originals, the investment pieces bartered by hedge-fund analysts and arms dealers, secured by museums for the enlightenment of the nation. I mean the pictures you put on your wall to fill the space above the mantelpiece, to tone in with the sofa, to cover the stain and your first three attempts at drilling a hole to hang the thing up in the first place. Your art: the pictures and posters and objects that mean something to you, demonstrate your allegiances, history, hopes and taste, whether Sarah Beeny-approved or not.

It sticks to you, that kind of art, »

- Miranda Sawyer

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Collision and The Execution of Gary Glitter | TV review

9 November 2009 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Collison was totally gripping – and, so far, the giant car crash is the star of the show, says Sam Wollaston

I've never liked the A12 as a road – the one that goes through Essex or Suffolk, or to London, depending on which side you're on. It doesn't know what it is. Sometimes it thinks it's a motorway, with three lanes, even four. But then you'll come across a tractor, or a bicycle. There are roundabouts and – much more scarily – places where you turn right off it, from the fast lane, then across traffic coming the other way.

It is, then, the perfect road for Collision (ITV1). The crash itself, a multi-vehicle pile-up with fatalities, is brilliantly done and hellish. A man in a Rover is distracted, swerves and is hit in the side by a lady in a red Ford Ka. A young man in a white van ploughs into them, »

- Sam Wollaston

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Miranda Sawyer tired of 'clever' comics

28 July 2009 8:32 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Broadcaster Miranda Sawyer has complained about the number of "clever-clever" comedians working at the BBC. The journalist and TV host claimed that the corporation prefers to hire presenters with similar styles rather than providing a wide variety of approaches on its programmes. Speaking to the Radio Times, she commented: "Paul Merton, Billy Connolly, Michael Palin, it's always the same people. "Waltzing around (more) »

- By Daniel Kilkelly

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