Review: Sparks – What The Hell Is It This Time

Review: Sparks – What The Hell Is It This Time

I went to the BFI on Tuesday to see the world premiere of the Sparks’ concert movie What The Hell Is It This Time directed by Edgar Wright, with an introduction by the director himself. It seemed a little ill-publicised,…

Sign up to get my Tokyo 2020 daily briefing for the Guardian

I’ve been pretty much live-blogging either US politics or the global coronavirus pandemic every weekday now since something like March last year, so I’m absolutely thrilled that I’ve got a bit of a change of pace coming up. Starting later…

Dawn Foster

Dawn Foster

I find myself absolutely grief-stricken today after the news broke yesterday that Dawn Foster had died. She was just 34. I tweeted yesterday: “Other people will say more profound things but one of the nicest things about working with Dawn…

Do my quiz! Euro 2020 version

I’ve had so much fun putting together a Euro 2020 football anthems quiz for the Guardian today that it seems a shame not to share it with you. When else am I ever going to be able to write three…

A one-line review of every #TimsTwitterListeningParty I joined in June 2021

A one-line review of every #TimsTwitterListeningParty I joined in June 2021

Nobody has asked for this. It is more for my benefit than yours. It’s a monthly series. I’ve marked LPs that I’d never heard the whole way through before with a 🆕 icon. The links (mostly) go to the album…

Mel's departure in Dragonfire

Thoughts on…Doctor Who: Dragonfire (1987)

[This is the second in an occasional series where I ramble at length and without much focus about an old episode of Doctor Who what I have just watched on my tellybox although in this case the tellybox was the…

Doctor Who: Time Fracture spoiler-free review

I went to one of the preview nights for the Doctor Who: Time Fracture immersive theatre production last week, and this is my absolutely 100% spoiler-free thoughts about it. Mostly, you get out of immersive theatre what you put into…

A one-line review of every #TimsTwitterListeningParty I joined in May 2021

A one-line review of every #TimsTwitterListeningParty I joined in May 2021

Nobody has asked for this. Tough luck. It’s a monthly series now. I’ve marked LPs that I’d never heard the whole way through before with a 🆕 icon. The links (mostly) go to the album on Spotify. Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids…

Letters never sent

Friday Reading has gone on a break. That’s often how it goes and how a season abruptly ends. I’ve been so busy with work that I haven’t had a chance to write it for a fortnight now, so I hereby…

Living the Eurovision dream

No Friday Reading this week afraid because I have been too busy living the Eurovision dream. Not only have I put together the Guardian’s fiendish Eurovision quiz, but I am absolutely thrilled that for the first time on Saturday I…