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Adam Sweeting

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Former features editor of Melody Maker, Adam has written on rock, classical music and television for the Guardian, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph, Independent on Sunday, Uncut, Classic FM and Gramophone, and on motor-racing for Motorsport. He co-founded The Virtual Television Company, which made Mr Rock'n'Roll (Channel 4), Pavarotti: The Last Tenor (BBC2 Arena) and Imagine - Nigel Kennedy (BBC One)

Articles by Adam Sweeting

Mr Selfridge, Series 3, ITV

Mercifully not preceded by a Broadchurch-style hype-tsunami, the new series of Mr Selfridge has slipped neatly back into the Sunday 9pm slot as if it's the rightful owner just back from a year of...

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The Eichmann Show, BBC Two

Part of a series of programmes marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, The Eichmann Show was a 90-minute account of how the 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann, one of the SS's most...

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Spiral, Series 5, BBC Four

It's a poignant moment for the return of this superior French police drama. With the Paris terrorist crisis the top story across all media, we rejoin our fictional police captain Laure Berthaud to...

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Broadchurch, Series 2, ITV

You can see why writers and TV companies like the idea of creating sequels to successful series, but trying to make lightning strike twice has obvious drawbacks. In the case of the original...

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Foyle's War, Series 9, ITV

Writer Anthony Horowitz has imbued Foyle's War with longevity by anchoring it among some lesser-known and frequently shameful occurrences in the margins of World War Two, and this ninth series opener...

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Best of 2014: TV

Apologies in advance to fans of The Missing, The Honourable Woman, The Fall, Game of Thrones or House of Cards, none of which feature in the list below, but might well have done. So might The Good...

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Last Tango in Halifax, Series 3, BBC One / Homeland, Series 4 Finale, Channel 4

Back for its third series [***], Sally Wainwright's saga of Yorkshire folk continues to tread a precarious line between syrupy soapfulness and a family drama with sharp little teeth. Its excellent...

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Exodus: Gods and Kings

I wish Mel Brooks had directed this, but instead we've got the sort of stodgy techno-epic that has become all too common from the auteur-ial hand of Ridley Scott. Ridley's 150-minute rehashing of the...

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Album of the Year: Jack White – Lazaretto

Jack White (the former John Anthony Gillis) was born in Detroit and now lives in Nashville, a geographical progression you can hear in his music. He loves rude, dirty rock'n'roll but also has a fine...

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Guys and Dolls

This newly-restored version of one of MGM's most hallowed musicals is making the seasonal rounds with a run at the BFI and selected cinemas around the country. Directed by Joseph L Mankiewicz in 1955...

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Steph and Dom Meet... Nigel Farage, Channel 4 / Bullseyes and Beer - When Darts Hit Britain, BBC Four

The idea of having a politician crossing the threshold of one's own home is enough to send most citizens diving for the Prozac (or the taser), and Nigel Farage provokes responses at the extreme end...

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Wolf Hall comes to BBC Two

You read the book, you saw the play, and in January you can see the BBC's new six-part dramatisation of Wolf Hall. Cunningly adapted by screenwriter Peter Straughan and directed by Peter Kosminsky,...

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Karajan's Magic and Myth, BBC Four

There have been legendary conductors, and then there was Herbert von Karajan. He was a colossus of post-World War Two classical music, equipped with fearsome technical mastery allied to a vaguely...

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Black Sea

Despite the presence of Jude Law as a disillusioned old underseadog, the real star of Black Sea is the 50-year-old Russian submarine on which most of the action takes place. Now called Black Widow,...

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CD: AC/DC – Rock or Bust

The future's uncertain and the end is always near, as Jim Morrison put it, and you wonder how long Oz's antique rockers can keep cranking it up. After 41 years, most of them vastly successful, they'...

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Miloš Karadaglić, 'the guitar player of the people'

Compared to grand divas, virtuoso pianists or stupendous fiddlers, legends of the classical guitar have been few in number. Once you've ticked off Segovia, Julian Bream and John Williams you're...

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Mr Selfridge, Series 3, ITV

Despite the ravages of the Great War, the retailing saga bounces back looki...

Julian Cope, Glee Club, Birmingham

An intimate evening with the Arch Drude and cheerleader for 'the psych...

Jan Garbarek Group, Stormen, Bodø

The saxophone titan's many sides revealed as he opens north Norway’s B...

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Franco-Finn duo embrace electropop with unremarkable results

Rubens and His Legacy, Royal Academy

Study of the Old Master's reputation visits a neglected corner of arti...

Holocaust: Night Will Fall, Channel 4

Memories of the Holocaust, and Alfred Hitchcock's attempts to sum up i...

CD: Renegades of Jazz – Paradise Lost

Curious, ambitious blend of breakbeats and distorted brass proves compellin...

Reissue CDs Weekly: Tyrannosaurus Rex

Marc Bolan’s confident advance to superstardom is tracked over his first th...

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From Throbbing Gristle to pandrogyny: Genesis Breyer P-Orridge reflects

Beyond Clueless

Charlie Lyne's enjoyable documentary celebrates the teen movie but lac...