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  1. August 13, 2014

    Robin Williams: mentor to a generation

    Teachers, football coaches, youth workers, probation officers. Whenever a male figure of authority got a little too...

  2. August 13, 2014

    Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall: an appreciation

    With uncanny regularity it happens. The death of the famous in duplicate. Robert Mitchum and James Stewart died on...

  1. August 12, 2014

    Actor Robin Williams remembered

    Robin Williams, 1951-2014 Robin Williams, the comic actor whose manic, fast-paced delivery made him instantly familiar to...

  2. November 14, 2013

    Review – The Butler

    The Butler is like some bonkers Advent calendar of American history. Every time a White House window opens, a film star’s...

  3. October 11, 2012

    A vehicle that’s not roadworthy

    It is 64 years since the trans-American trip that inspired On the Road. Time to ask, of that founding work of beat fiction,...

  4. July 5, 2012

    Murder on the narrative express

    Episode movies. Portmanteau features telling separate stories. Don’t they drive you up the wall? For the filmgoer they are...

  5. December 28, 2011

    Comics have last laugh from podcast profits

    After being sacked from his nationally syndicated radio show in the US, Adam Carolla sat on his couch with a microphone and...

  6. December 9, 2011

    The Diary: Sir David Frost

    The Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams was back in London last week. He and I have been friends since his first...

  7. November 18, 2011

    You Deserve Nothing

     You Deserve Nothing, by Alexander Maksik, John Murray, RRP£16.99, 320 pages William Silver is a 33-year-old English teacher...

  8. May 5, 2011

    Correction: Jonathan Williams

    ● The editor of Money, a History was Jonathan Williams, not Robin Williams as wrongly stated in an article on April 15. We...

  9. April 14, 2011

    Ancient Greek lessons for bank reform

    As expected, the UK’s Independent Commission has provided a thorough analysis of the deficiencies of the banking system and...

  10. April 5, 2011

    Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Richard Rodgers Theatre, New York

    Beastly: Robin Williams The arrival on Broadway of Rajiv Joseph’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo provides at least three...

  11. December 17, 2009

    Watford at odds with shareholders

    Watford Football Club is caught up in a feud involving the main shareholders of its parent company, including Tory peer Lord...

  12. April 13, 2009

    Dan Zanes and Friends

    It is common for rock musicians to claim to be "doing it for the kids" but few mean it as literally as Dan Zanes. The...

  13. April 12, 2009

    Dan Zanes and Friends, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

    It is common for rock musicians to claim to be “doing it for the kids” but few mean it as literally as Dan Zanes. The...

  14. November 29, 2008

    TV films

    In Nashville (BBC2 Saturday 12.45am) Robert Altman served up an acerbic, ironic bicentennial celebration by presenting a...

  15. October 4, 2008

    TV films

    Having been forced to leave Kevin Costner's role in The Big Chill on the cutting room floor, director Lawrence Kasdan made...

  16. August 23, 2008

    TV films

    The highlight of a Saturday packed with various 1960s-themed movie treats is the seminal Bonnie and Clyde (ITV3 10.30pm),...

  17. January 19, 2008

    FILM - Karl French

    Red Dragon (ITV1 Saturday 10.00pm) is the third outing for Anthony Hopkins as the thinking man's cannibal, Hannibal Lecter....

  18. December 8, 2007

    Amanda Craig's most memorable fictional nannies

    Nannies have had a mixed press ever since the goddess Demeter looked after the baby Demophon in the course of searching for...

  19. November 24, 2007

    FILMS ON RELEASE NIGEL ANDREWS

    August Rush Kirsten Sheridan 112 mins (PG) All fawn and no content. The Bambi eyes and perky innocence of Freddie...

  20. August 20, 2007

    Canada's conservative man of action

    Stephen Harper will today be host to US president George W. Bush and Mexican president Felipe Calderon at the third North...

  21. August 17, 2007

    In the Spotlight: Stephen Harper – Canada’s conservative man of action

    Stephen Harper will on Monday be host to US president George W. Bush and Mexican president Felipe Calderon at the third...

  22. July 21, 2007

    FILM

    Insomnia (Saturday BBC1 10.45pm), Christopher Nolan's atmospheric follow- up to Memento, should be seen rather later at...

  23. June 16, 2007

    Armistead Maupin

    Armistead Maupin was born in Washington, D.C., in 1944. After serving in the US Navy, he moved to California. There, he...

  24. June 15, 2007

    Small Talk: Armistead Maupin

    Armistead Maupin was born in Washington, D.C., in 1944. After serving in the US Navy, he moved to California. There, he...

  25. April 7, 2007

    Awkward sessions on the couch

    You may not care that much for celebrities but the prospect of watching them run their most intimate secrets past a...

  26. January 2, 2007

    Old media comes out fighting against titans of tech

    Silicon Valley schmoozed with the stars of Hollywood at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in 2006 but the...

  27. January 1, 2007

    Old media fights against titans of tech

    Silicon Valley schmoozed with the stars of Hollywood at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in 2006 but the...

  28. December 7, 2006

    Soft-paw shuffle hides an environmental kick

    It is time we sorted these penguins out. They have never been the same since falling over backwards while watching planes...

  29. December 7, 2006

    Soft-paw shuffle hides an environmental kick

    It is time we sorted these penguins out. They have never been the same since falling over backwards while watching planes...

  30. November 3, 2006

    Keeping a handle on the hellish hand basket

    From Mr Alan Rohrbach. Sir, Richard Lambert, your former editor, exhibits one of those traits that make the British a great...

  31. October 13, 2006

    How green is your green?

    I can see the point of golf. I mean, you can’t have world leaders getting to know each other over a mud wrestle, can you?...

  32. October 12, 2006

    Dead Parrots Society? Not quite

    Turning a stage play into a film is like letting a bird out of a cage. Will it escape? Will it be happy merely to fly round...

  33. October 11, 2006

    Dead Parrots Society? Not quite

    Turning a stage play into a film is like letting a bird out of a cage. Will it escape? Will it be happy merely to fly round...

  34. July 7, 2006

    The healthy wealthy cycling roadshow

    Jonathan Vaughters was enjoying a tour of the New York Stock Exchange’s trading floor when a stranger tapped him on the...

  35. July 4, 2006

    CRITICS' CHOICE

    Gus Van Sant has quite a thing about doomed youth, a fascination enhanced by his relationship with River Phoenix, to whom...

  36. June 3, 2006

    Karl French film

    Wilde (BBC2, Saturday 10.40pm) is by some distance the most distinguished and moving of the Oscar Wilde biopics, not least...

  37. May 28, 2006

    AmfAR Aids benefit hits new record

    The 13th annual Cinema Against Aids AmfAR (www.amfar.org ) benefit dinner in Cannes hosted by actress Sharon Stone and...

  38. April 21, 2006

    Dead Poets Society

    Dead Poets Society (BBC1 11.35pm) is for much of its duration a warm, likeable film, a hymn to the joys of artistic...

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