Mark Lawson

Conspiracy theories

IN an early scene of the new drama Utopia on Channel 4, an academic rejects a student’s proposal for a PhD on conspiracy theories: “I mean, conspiracies aren’t very now, are they?” The line is winking inwardly because

When TV goes too far

LONDON The revelation that Britain`s Channel 4 television has made a drama-documentary imagining the kidnapping of...

A frustrating future

IT has been a good week for monarchists compiling scrapbooks of the lives of the younger Royals Prince William, in a...

Ban on pics of celebrities smoking

A QUIZ question what is the link between ex-President Jacques Chirac, the composer Rachmaninov and the British...

Nobel problems with US literature

CULTURAL commentators searching online bookstores last week for English-language translations of books by Jean-Marie...

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LONDON: Most of us, it seems, were born too late; we’ve missed the best of Britain. The head of the UK’s teaching...

A golden age that never was

LONDON: Most of us, it seems, were born too late; we’ve missed the best of Britain. The head of the UK’s teaching...

Front-page thrillers

IN April, the writer Gordon Burn will publish a book called Born Yesterday The News as a Novel, which, according to...

Culture is not an industry

LONDON: The financial power of the creative industries in the UK — comparable, we’re told, to the financial-services...

Should Prince Harry be sent to Iraq?

LONDON: On the phone-in programmes on Friday morning, the Go Harry vote was running far ahead of the No Harry...

Reality show crosses an ethical line

LONDON: In discussions over what broadcasting’s ultimate depravity would be, the consensus has usually settled ...

The futility of holding inquiries

LONDON: The default response of an opposition party is to call for a public inquiry, but we’ve finally reached a...

Bush enters gesture politics phase

LONDON: The 1980s movie The Ploughman’s Lunch took its title from an early example of what we have now come to know...

Can Bush survive the speculation?

LONDON: Pictures may be worth a thousand words but the weakness of photography is that the meaning of an image ...

Can Bush survive the speculation?

LONDON: Pictures may be worth a thousand words but the weakness of photography is that the meaning of an image ...

Harrison’s art of being a Beatle

LONDON: We do not expect pop stars to die in their beds after a long fight to survive into old age. Belonging to a...