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Jasper Rees

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Jasper has written about the arts, books, the media and sport for many broadsheets and magazines. He currently writes for the Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph and Intelligent Life. In the 1990s he also wrote about football for The Independent on Sunday. He is the biographer of Arsène Wenger, the author of I Found My Horn and co-author of the play of the same name. Bred of Heaven, his book on Wales and Welshness, was published in August 2011 and read on BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week.

Articles by Jasper Rees

24 Hours in Police Custody, Channel 4

“Your law is too soft. Make it more strict.” An Albanian illegal immigrant suspected of handling stolen goods was unimpressed by the courtesy extended to him by Bedfordshire Police. Too many pleases...

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Downton Abbey, Series 5 Finale, ITV

On and on the stately galleon sails. The fifth wodge of Downton Abbey has been light on utter knuckle-gnawing preposterousness. Plots conjured up at random from thin air have been in slightly shorter...

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Broadmoor, ITV

Broadmoor is not a prison. It just looks like one, as reiterated by umpteen craning shots which prowled around the Victorian red-brick exterior, assessing its brute institutional heft from every...

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The Missing, BBC One

Given the long shadow cast by the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, it’s sort of surprising that no drama department has commissioned something like The Missing before. It’s not the same story of...

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Grayson Perry: Who Are You?, Channel 4

The night before he was locked up, Chris Huhne had that Grayson Perry round for tuna steaks. Who knew? Perry was embarking on a series of portraits about identity at a crossroads, and can there be a...

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Serena

If you make a film about logging, you better be sure the audience can see the wood for the trees. When Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper lead a cast, usually they can do no wrong. Alas, where...

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DVD: Camille Claudel 1915

There is no other actress on the planet like Juliette Binoche. For the latest proof watch Camille Claudel 1915. Most screen actors, even the very best ones, can never quite obliterate themselves from...

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Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination, British Library

We all romanticise the olden times. Those we think of as belonging to them are no different. The Castle of Otranto – by common consent, the first Gothic novel – was published a quarter of a...

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The Paedophile Hunter, Channel 4

In a house in Nuneaton, a man calling himself Stinson Hunter lures paedophiles towards exposure, shame and possible prosecution. “We set the profile that is like the rope,” he explained. “And then if...

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Marvellous, BBC Two

Marvellous reviews itself in its title. The story of Neil Baldwin starring Toby Jones was – and is, because you should catch it while you can on iPlayer – simply marvellous. As a dramatic character...

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We Made It: Woodhead Horns

A few years ago I wrote a book about the French horn which was made into a stage play. The play had a minimal set design, so we decided to hang some horns from the lighting rig over the playing area...

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10 Questions for Musician Gruff Rhys

It hardly sounds like the springboard for an album, a film, a book and an app. In the 1790s a young Welsh explorer called John Evans journeyed across the unmapped North American continent in search...

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This World: Ireland's Lost Babies, BBC Two

We think we know the story. As recounted in Philomena, in the 1950s and ‘60s the Irish state and Catholic Church colluded in putting children born out of wedlock up for adoption. A small minority was...

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Don't Stop the Music, C4 / The Motorway: Life in the Fast Lane, BBC Two

The act of learning music, in a choir or an orchestra, rounds out a young person. What are the benefits again? All together now: improved social skills, concentration, discipline, self-esteem,...

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10 Questions for Playwright Nicholas Wright

This year the nation has been spirited back to 1914. Every aspect of the First World War has been explored - its causes debated, the horrific conditions on the front revisited. And yet there has been...

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theartsdesk Q&A: Actress Sofie Gråbøl

Sofie Gråbøl as Danish royalty: it hardly stretches credulity. The face of Nordic noir has been a star in her home country ever since appearing in Bille August's Pelle the Conqueror in 1987, but is...

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