3 items from 2016
It’s lunchtime in a London park on the warmest day of the year, so naturally Patrick Marber has ordered porridge for breakfast. He sits in the sun with the tub of hot gruel placed next to his e-cigarette. His shoulders are hunched as though he’s chilled to the bone or braced for invisible storms. Who cares what time it is? Who cares what season? He wants what he wants and he brings the weather with him.
What an iconoclastic career Marber has had, which is another way of saying that it’s been confounding, erratic and prone to bouts of self-sabotage. We’ve known him as a spluttering clown, a mainstay of BBC’s The Day Today and as a respected man of letters, »
- Xan Brooks
How do you shave raspberries? What’s a Bakerloo bell jar? How do you make sulphagne? The mysteries of the universe are revealed in these hilarious spoof ‘educational modules’
Many of us will remember teachers clumsily battling with VHS players as they tried to put on videos of old and outdated science experiments. These would invariably feature close-ups of pencils pointing at circuitry, and be boringly narrated by expressionless men with sideburns. It’s these vintage Open University broadcasts that are targeted by Look Around You, a series of 10-minute curios that first aired on BBC2 14 years ago. They’re as hilarious and colourful a lampooning as The Day Today was of Newsnight.
Created by Robert Popper (who went on to make Friday Night Dinner) and Peter Serafinowicz (who had just provided the voice of Darth Maul in Star Wars), Look Around You was O-level science reshaped by anarchists. Its »
- George Bass
Cheer on local talent with these potentially great UK films from 2016, including drama, comedy, action, horror, fantasy & more…
While Batman Vs Superman, Captain America: Civil War, X-Men Apocalypse and other mega franchises are expected to dominate cinemas in 2016, let’s hear it for the films below. None are sequels, few have titanic budgets, all of them are British and each of them has the potential to be great.
2016 looks to be a particularly strong year for UK crime drama, with Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire, Adam Smith’s Trespass Against Us and Michael Apted’s Unlocked on their way. Military thrillers are also well represented this year, with Gavin Hood’s Eye In The Sky, Fernando Coimbra’s Sand Castle, and Simon West’s Stratton incoming. There’s also comedy, fantasy, drama, horror and even a musical waiting for you below.
A Street Cat Named Bob (dir. »
3 items from 2016
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