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Game of Thrones gets back to brutal business

24 July 2017 17:14

A good measure of whether Game of Thrones is feeding you a placeholder episode is to imagine trying to spoil…

Why is there so much naked flesh on TV?

24 July 2017 10:28

The other day I frowned at Love Island. I dislike adding (in my tiny way) to such shows’ publicity, but…

Spectator competition winners: The world according to Larry, the Downing Street cat

23 July 2017 9:45

The invitation to submit a poem about Larry, the Downing Street cat, went down well, attracting a hefty postbag. Larry,…

How Game of Thrones gave Northern Ireland a £146 million boost

22 July 2017 9:00

I’m a huge fan of Game of Thrones, the epic television drama that has returned for a seventh season. This is a…

Books Podcast: Summer reads

20 July 2017 15:10

This week, with the holidays approaching, I’m joined by the critic Alex Clark and Damian Barr — memoirist and host…

Revealed: the BBC stars who earn more than the Prime Minister

19 July 2017 11:14

Oh to be a fly-on-the-wall at BBC Broadcasting House this morning. The broadcaster has had to publish the salaries of…

Would Jane Austen be amused or bemused by her £10 note quotation?

18 July 2017 14:55

So, the new tenner has been unveiled today. Two centuries after her death, Jane Austen replaces Charles Darwin, who has…

The Princess generation needs to grow up

18 July 2017 12:27

I never dreamed I’d see the day when I agreed with Miriam González Durántez – such a snob that she…

Game of Thrones returns with more of a whimper than a bang

17 July 2017 17:35

Like an ex-politician with a hot take on Brexit, Game of Thrones is back. The first episode of this seventh,…

Who cares that the new Doctor is female?

17 July 2017 16:25

Jodie Whittaker: what an inspired choice for the new Doctor. Not only is she a very fine actress, whether she’s…

Barenboim’s Brexit speech was out of order – the Proms are, and must be, politically neutral

17 July 2017 12:29

This post was first published on Slipped Disc On the first night of the BBC Proms, the German-based pianist Igor…

How Game of Thrones is shaping up as the new season begins

16 July 2017 14:45

After an agonising year-and-a-bit wait, Game of Thrones, the biggest TV show on earth bar none, returns in the early…

Spectator competition winners: Twists on Keats

16 July 2017 9:45

The latest challenge asked for a sonnet that takes as its opening line Keats’s ‘Why did I laugh tonight? No…

Books Podcast: Naomi Klein

13 July 2017 13:39

In this week’s Spectator Books podcast I’m joined by Naomi Klein, the activist journalist who gave articulate voice to the…

Spectator competition winners: The Book of Nicola Sturgeon

9 July 2017 9:45

Inspiration for the latest competition came from Anthony Lane’s terrific ‘The Book of Jeremy Corbyn’, an account of the general…

Tennis is the real loser at Wimbledon this year

8 July 2017 11:30

Twice in the first few days of this year’s Wimbledon, I have been left mystified by the optimism of the…

Unesco has enacted a grim piece of historical revisionism against Israel

8 July 2017 10:57

Until its liberation in the Six-Day War, Jews were not allowed to climb beyond the seventh step outside Ma’arat HaMachpelah,…

Books Podcast: The wisdom of the zombie apocalypse

6 July 2017 12:39

In this week’s books podcast, we’re talking about the lumbering hordes of the living dead. Yup: it’s Zombie Apocalypse time,…

Antony Gormley has no right to complain when the public interacts with his public art

5 July 2017 15:17

Antony Gormley is not amused. The artist who has installed hundreds of life-sized, cast-iron sculptures of his naked body in…

Hepworth Wakefield’s latest show is grossly irresponsible – the museum doesn’t deserve any sort of prize

4 July 2017 12:39

Last week the exhibition Painting India by the late Howard Hodgkin opened at the Hepworth Wakefield. Hodgkin started collecting Indian…

Why snobs love Love Island

3 July 2017 13:34

A certain sort of person likes to show how relaxed he or she is about sex. The current vehicle for such…

Spectator competition winners: Alice in Trumpland

2 July 2017 9:30

Kellyanne Conway’s alternative-facts interview earlier this year brought to mind Humpty Dumpty’s words from Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass (‘When…

Books Podcast: Jonathan Meades

29 June 2017 12:19

In this week’s Books Podcast I’m joined by the great Jonathan Meades. A man of many hats — food critic,…

Despite everything, I love Glastonbury – and I wasn’t the only one booing Jeremy Corbyn

26 June 2017 17:07

‘You don’t look like Radiohead fans, lads,’ said the old fashioned Northern lady as she served Boy and me our…

Spectator competition winners: ‘Alex Salmond/has been grilled, gutted and gammoned…’: clerihews about contemporary politicians

25 June 2017 9:45

Everyone loves a clerihew, its seems. The request for ones about contemporary politicians drew an enormous and excellent entry —…