• Keeping up with Kidman 11 Jan 19

    There is a level of consistency that has always accompanied Nicole Kidman’s work. From breakthrough brilliance (Dead Calm and Days of Thunder) to shimmering showtime magnificence (Moulin Rouge... Read More

  • Funny Money 7 Dec 18

    A career as a professional comedian is mostly a response to being driven by an innate – albeit odd – compulsion to get onstage and make people laugh. There’s the small matter of needing an... Read More

  • Writes… and Rights 12 Oct 18

    They say that life often mirrors art – and on the very day I interview Jodi Picoult about her latest novel A Spark Of Light (in which an armed man breaks into an abortion clinic), a Marie Stopes... Read More

  • A Joy-Ride in a Paint-box 28 Sep 18

    Even in his final years Winston Churchill was being lauded as the greatest Englishmen of his time, and more recently he has been described as the ‘greatest Briton ever to have lived’. When... Read More

  • Why So Serious? 14 Sep 18

    “As a child, it was always Sherlock Holmes with whom I was deeply in love, and whom I wanted really to be,” explains a wistful Emma Thompson on the character that has most fascinated her... Read More

  • Art and Nature 14 Sep 18

    Until recently, Robert Redford simply didn’t know when to stop. Well into his 82nd year, the actor, director, producer and founder of the Sundance Film Festival has been active in the movie industry... Read More

  • No Mean Achiever 31 Aug 18

    If veteran politician Ken Clarke were to sum up Jenni Murray’s latest book A History of the World in 21 Women and her earlier best-seller A History of Britain in 21 Women he might echo his 2016... Read More

  • Where's Your Head At? 3 Aug 18

    She’s been called a mixed-race mongrel, an immigrant-loving ****, a feminist hag and, my particular favourite, someone with only ‘a with sad collection of politically correct luvvies... Read More

  • Artist in Residence 20 Jul 18

    Down a sleepy country lane, close to Elstree village, lies a Victorian gatekeeper’s lodge, formally part of the Penniwells Estate, where a quirky giraffe sculpture peeps over tall hedges, and oak... Read More

  • A Life More Fabulous 23 Mar 18

    At the age of 65, self-confessed makeup junkie Tricia Cusden brought home an expensive selection of high end cosmetics after being convinced by the advertising message that they’d make her look... Read More

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