mon 24/10/2016


Aberfan: The Green Hollow, BBC Four

Tom Birchenough

Television is not a medium we much associate with any sense of the "sacred". It grapples with "momentous" frequently enough, in snatches of news tragically reported; it rings in, and out, the history that defines our lives. We may debate, equally, whether the small screen is replacing the big one as the bringer of what was once considered cinema art. But for that far most elusive thing, the miraculously elevated experience shared across a nation, and somehow revalidated by that breadth of...

Reissue CDs Weekly: The Undertones

Kieron Tyler

Although the reformed Undertones, with Paul McLoone replacing original singer Feargal Sharkey, have been a popular live draw since 1999, John Peel’s anointing of “Teenage Kicks” from their debut EP as his favourite recording suggests this is what they were about: a single, timeless song.Of course, it was not. The singles or lead EP tracks which followed – “Get Over You”, “Jimmy Jimmy”, “Here Comes Summer” and “You’ve Got My Number (Why Don’t You Use It)” – were as wonderful. So were their first...

Sunday Book: Alan Bennett - Keeping On Keeping On

Liz Thomson

To settle down on a darkening evening with a new volume of Alan Bennett is to be in the company of an old friend. Someone you don’t see as often as...

Loudon Wainwright III, London Palladium

Jasper Rees

Loudon Wainwright III, a going concern as a singer-songwriter since the start of the Seventies, has long since been occluded by the commercial...

Classical CDs Weekly: Leo, Martinů, Schubert

Graham Rickson

Leonardo Leo: Sacred Works Ensemble &cetera/Ulrike Hofbauer (soprano and direction) (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi)Leonardo Leo lived and worked in...

I, Daniel Blake

Nick Hasted

Ken Loach dramatises a nation's shame at the Department of Work and Pensions

A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer, National Theatre

Matt Wolf

Musical about 'the big C' soars after the interval

The Nose, Royal Opera

David Nice

Not quite as sharp as a pen, Kosky's Shostakovich has its funny moments

Ouija: Origin of Evil

Adam Sweeting

Less could have been more in horror prequel

Mafia III

Steve O'Rourke

An offer you can refuse

Rodin and Dance: The Essence of Movement, Courtauld Gallery

Alison Cole

Inspiring show highlights the sculptor's experimental studies of the female form in motion

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Adam Sweeting

Tom Cruise returns as the rootless hero, but he still hasn't found a personality

Billy Budd, Opera North

David Nice

Britten's drama of good and evil at sea lacerates in a strong, simple production

Ordinary Lies, Series 2, BBC One

Jasper Rees

Cardiff is a new setting for dark stories of office workers' secrets

Blue Heart, Orange Tree Theatre

Aleks Sierz

Revival of Caryl Churchill’s double bill is emotionally true and theatrically thrilling

The Red Barn, National Theatre

Aleks Sierz

David Hare’s latest is a superb adaptation of a Simenon thriller

Zehetmair, LPO, Jurowski, RFH

Peter Quantrill

A trio of modernist magpies sing in strident harmony

Paxman on Trump v Clinton: Divided America, BBC One

Marina Vaizey

Nightmare on Pennsylvania Avenue as acrimonious US election looms

One Night in Miami..., Donmar Warehouse

Veronica Lee

Engaging study of pivotal figures in modern African American history

Tutankhamun, ITV

Adam Sweeting

Edwardian derring-do on the trail of King Tut

Oil, Almeida Theatre

Matt Wolf

Ella Hickson's historical picaresque needs a lot more energy

MacMillan's Stabat Mater, The Sixteen, Britten Sinfonia, Barbican Hall

David Nice

Perfect world premiere of a spiritual masterpiece for choir and strings

Smith, Wyn-Rogers, Philharmonia, Pons, RFH

Gavin Dixon

Stand-in singer elevates Mahler, but Schubert disappoints

CD: Half Man Half Biscuit - And Some Fell On Stony Ground

Matthew Wright

Historic collection of scattergun gags

Sunday Book: I Am Brian Wilson

Adam Sweeting

Latest incarnation of the life of Brian

Sunday Book: Carlo Rovelli - Reality Is Not What It Seems

Peter Forbes

The author of 'Seven Brief Lessons in Physics' gives his expanded vision

Reissue CDs Weekly: Tim Buckley

Kieron Tyler

Indispensible collection of previously unheard 1967 tracks from the great singer-songwriter

Madama Butterfly, Glyndebourne Tour

David Nice

Vocally respectable, dramatically inept deflation of a Puccini masterpiece

Classical CDs Weekly: Batzner, Floyd, Mahler

Graham Rickson

Offbeat piano music, an operatic take on a Yorkshire love story and a bittersweet symphony


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