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What's the worst wig you've ever seen on stage or screen? – open thread

14 June 2013 6:28 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Kim Cattrall has been coming in for some criticism for her 'Garfield'-like hairpiece on stage in London. Is this really the worst wig of all time?

Critic Mark Shenton suggested she looks "like a cross between Lucille Ball and Marj Proops"; Quentin Letts of the Daily Mail asked, a little ungallantly, "is that Garfield, sat on her head?". The reviews for the London Old Vic's new production of Tennessee Williams's Sweet Bird of Youth have been good, on the whole – but the same can't be said of Kim Cattrall's hairpiece, which Shenton went on to dub "the worst wig".

Which got us thinking: is that (reproduced above in all its Garfield glory) really the most awful wig of all time? Worse than Tommy Lee Jones's roiling, terminally unstable black coils in Lincoln?

Worse than Rory Kinnear's Matted Old-Testament Hermit Hair in The Revenger's Tragedy?

Worse than »

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Is it wrong for a person to change their accent?

20 April 2013 4:09 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

So David and Victoria Beckham have been caught polishing their vowels for American audiences. Insufferable pretension or acceptable aspiration?

Quentin Letts, columnist and sketch writer at the Daily Mail

Good on David Beckham for poshing up his accent. Since moving to America the footballer has reportedly gone upmarket in the way he speaks. Some will accuse a good Essex boy of selling out, of ditching his glottal stops for something more dollified and grand, but what is wrong with that? One of my heroines is Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced Bouquet) from TV's Keeping Up Appearances. She is socially ambitious and, all right, laughably snobbish, but one woman's snobbery is another's aspiration. Aspiration is essential to good manners and social mobility.

Margaret Thatcher poshed up her accent. The sometime Lincolnshire yellowbelly Margaret Roberts ended up sounding like a female Norman St John-Stevas (with perhaps a hint of Windsor Davies). Wonderful! It showed »

- Quentin Letts, Kevin Maguire

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The Book of Mormon – reviews roundup

22 March 2013 10:09 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

From 'toothless' to 'Mormonumental' – the much-hyped musical by South Park's creators meets a mixed response among UK critics

There's been a whole heap of hype surrounding The Book of Mormon, the Broadway smash-hit musical from the creators of South Park that has just landed in London, trailing nine Tony awards behind it. But for the most part the British critics have gone out of their way to be unimpressed. In fact, who knew there were so many different ways to express disenchantment?

First in line to exhibit his boredom is Charles Spencer, who acknowledges that his colleagues on the other side of the Atlantic have greeted Mormon ecstatically – but only in order to demonstrate that he has no intention of following suit. He found it "hard to warm to the show", he admits, and didn't respond well to its "foul-mouthed irreverence and outrageousness". Also, although he admired its cleverness, »

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Not Everyone Loves 'The Book Of Mormon'

22 March 2013 7:25 AM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

London — Broadway sensation "The Book of Mormon" has landed in London, to a warm reception from theatergoers and mixed notices from critics

Reviewers delivered their verdicts on the show Friday, after an opening night that counted celebrities including "Homeland" star Damian Lewis and Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon among the audience.

The exuberantly profane show by "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and "Avenue Q" composer Robert Lopez tells the story of two Mormon missionaries sent to spread the word in Uganda.

Most critics praised the production's skill and energy, though the Daily Telegraph's Charles Spencer said "its mixture of satire and syrup ultimately proves repellent."

Daily Mail critic Quentin Letts was even less enthusiastic: "I tired of it after 10 minutes."

And the Guardian's Michael Billington judged it "mildly amusing. ... a safe, conservative show for middle America."

Reviewers were full of praise for stars Gavin Creel and »

- AP

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This Morning's Duchess Catherine apology

13 February 2013 9:05 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

UK TV Show 'This Morning' has been forced to apologise after the photographs of the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge were shown today (13.02.13). The ITV show presented the original cover of Italian gossip magazine Chi - which published photographs showing the royal beauty's baby bump while she relaxed in a bikini with her husband Prince William on the private island of Mustique - during a discussion with Daily Mail sketch writer Quentin Letts in the news review section and co-host Eamonn Holmes later expressed his apologies for the 'deeply regrettable' error made by the popular programme. Eamonn, who presented the show with his wife Ruth Langsford, said: 'Earlier during today's news review we were discussing photographs of the Duke and »

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