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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

The Interceptor, BBC One

The Interceptor began as it didn’t mean to go on. A young boy of mixed race walked home through an estate and saw two men in a violent altercation. One, who was white, shot the other, who was black,...

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Does anyone know the way to blockbuster?

There’s a lot of Seventies revivalism in the ether. Fleetwood Mac are back as a famous five after many years asunder. 10cc have on at the Albert Hall, although one astutely remarked that they really...

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The Truth About Your Teeth, BBC One

Teeth. Who’d have them? This documentary about the state of the nation’s gnashers came along at a timely moment for your reviewer. Earlier in the week I suffered my first ever extraction. Didn’t feel...

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When Pop Ruled My Life, BBC Four

A long time ago I went out into the field to research a feature about the three ages of obsessive fandom. At the entry level was a bog-standard legion of young teenage girls who simply hung around...

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Fleetwood Mac, Reunion Tour, O2 Arena

To begin at the very bizarre ending. Fleetwood Mac, finally reunited as a five-piece with Christine McVie stage right on luscious vocals and keyboard, had just thrashed out a show of great finesse...

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1864, BBC Four

They must have run out of contemporary Danes to bump off, or coalition governments to form. 1864 is something completely different from Danish national broadcaster DR, and it’s safe to presume it...

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The Secret Life of Tinder, Channel 4

Lucky old us. We are now living “in a techno-sexual era”. So claimed this documentary about dating apps which radar-guide you to the nearest available groin. If groins are your thing, that is, and...

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DVD: National Gallery

A heretical thought. Films released on the big screen are designed to be devoured in one swallow. But if ever a three-hour epic was made for consumption in bite-sized chunks, it is National Gallery,...

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Britain's Greatest Generation, BBC Two

You can’t move for the World Wars on the BBC. Gallipoli (100 years ago) and VE Day (70) are this month’s on-trend anniversaries, and they’ll soon budge up for VJ Day and the Somme. And let’s not...

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DVD: The Duke of Burgundy

In a quirk of film scheduling, The Duke of Burgundy was out in cinemas the week after Fifty Shades of Grey. While it’s doubtful there will have been much audience overlap, the bigger beast gobbled up...

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Samba

A French romantic comedy about immigration? Seeing Samba in election week may not be on Nigel Farage’s to-do list, but that should not deter anyone else. Based on a novel by Delphine Coulin, this is...

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24 Hours in the Past, BBC One

The past is a foreign country. Celebrities do things differently there. Programmes which put people in time machines and whizz them back to a less centrally heated era have been around for a while....

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W1A, Series 2, BBC Two

Should the BBC take the piss out of itself? Of course we must all laugh at our own failings, but the function of satire is to laser in on the faults of others for comedic ends. Isn’t it? The satirist...

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Percy Sledge: 'When a man loves a woman he can't even think right'

No soul singer has been associated with one hit in quite the same way. Percy Sledge, who died last week at the age of 74, recorded “When a Man Loves a Woman” in 1966 and launched himself as a tearful...

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The Decent One

Remember the Hitler diaries? Stern and the Sunday Times were so eager for them to be true they went ahead and published even after historian Hugh Trevor Roper had changed his mind about their...

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Code of a Killer, ITV

DNA: there’s a lot of it about. Random Googling reveals that, just in the past few days, a new study claims arachnophobia may be programmed into our DNA, that the British share 30 percent of their...

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