2014

Martin Gayford’s five favourite exhibitions of 2014

3 January 2015 10:30

1. Late Rembrandt, National Gallery (15 Oct – Jan 18) (see image above) Some achievements, and some exhibitions, are virtually…

James Walton’s five favourite TV programmes of 2014

2 January 2015 10:30

1. Fargo, Channel 4 In a particularly strong year for thrillers (Line of Duty, The Missing and Homeland ­among them)…

The best of The Spectator in 2014

31 December 2014 14:00

2014 has been a fantastic year for the The Spectator online. Over the last 12 months, 13 million people have visited 40 million…

Michael Tanner’s five least objectionable opera performances of 2014

30 December 2014 12:12

1. Khovanskygate A typically brilliant and wayward production by the Birmingham Opera Company of this unfollowable opera, with stupendous choral singing…

Ismene Brown’s best of dance in 2014

30 December 2014 11:49

As the revels of the year end, here are my best memories. I think new was the word: new names, and…

Kate Chisholm’s radio top five from 2014

25 December 2014 9:00

1. My top gong would be shared by June Spencer and Patricia Greene for their brilliant character acting on Radio…

Lloyd Evans’s top five plays and musicals of 2014

24 December 2014 15:47

1. The play of the year, by a mile, was Fathers and Sons at the Donmar adapted from Turgenev’s novel.…

Deborah Ross’s top five films of 2014

23 December 2014 14:55

1. Mr Turner Mike Leigh’s infinitely superior biopic starring a sublime, if grunty, Timothy Spall. 2. 12 Years A Slave…

The Scottish Tories Cross Their Rubicon

26 March 2013 13:00

Alea iacta est. And not before time. More than a year ago and at the outbreak of this independence referendum…

Nicola Sturgeon is ready for her close-up - Spectator Blogs

4 December 2012 12:39

In the rabid hamster-eating-hamster world of Scottish politics Nicola Sturgeon is a rarity: a politician of obvious competence who’s respected…

Alex Salmond’s Inevitability Strategy

25 January 2012 17:04

Apparently it is all but compulsory for London-based observers to note that Alex Salmond is “wily”. Those possessing an Anglo-Scots…

Salmond: Scotland Free By 2016?

25 January 2012 16:16

So, the game is afoot. The Scottish government today published its consultation document on an independence referendum to be held…