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Rylan Clark: ‘I’m finding a new me’

After bursting on to our screens a decade ago, Rylan Clark became a ‘national treasure’. But last year the TV personality disappeared. Here, for the first time, he talks about his rise to fame, his breakdown and recovery – and why he will always love Barbara WindsorAt the end of 2021, Rylan had his teeth knocked out. During two operations under general anaesthetic, then a third under local, his teeth, £25,000 veneers which had become both a trademark and a punchline, were hammered, then chiselle...
Tags: London, Television, Celebrity, Life and style, Culture, Television & radio, Essex, Rylan, Ross Clark, Rylan Clark, Barbara WindsorAt, Ry Union


Ann Dowd: ‘My closest brush with the law? Stealing lamb chops from a Chicago supermarket’

The Handmaid’s Tale actor on her crush on Clint Eastwood and selling frozen food over the phoneBorn in Massachusetts, Ann Dowd, 65, appeared in the films Lorenzo’s Oil and Philadelphia, and had various roles in the TV series Law & Order. She received award nominations for her performances in the 2012 film Compliance and the HBO series The Leftovers. Since 2017, she has played Aunt Lydia in the drama series The Handmaid’s Tale, winning an Emmy. Her more recent movies include Hereditary and Rebecc...
Tags: Hbo, Television, Film, Massachusetts, Life and style, Chicago, Rebecca, Culture, Television & radio, Clint Eastwood, Philadelphia, Ann Dowd, Lydia, Lorenzo, The Handmaid's Tale, Lawrence Arancio


You be the judge: should my daughter stop hogging the television?

He likes drama series; she loves reality TV. We air both sides of their domestic disagreement – and ask you to deliver a verdictFall out over housework? Don’t like your partner’s pet? If you have a disagreement you’d like settled, or want to be part of our jury, click hereAnnabelle commandeers the front room for her trashy TV when I want to relax with a good drama Continue reading...
Tags: Family, Television, Life and style


Invisible headphones to chameleon cars: standout tech from CES 2022

Mobile phone, TV, carmakers and other major players tout what’s new at the annual Las Vegas tech showcaseFrom colour-shifting cars to digital art TVs and stress-predicting watches, the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which opened on Wednesday, offered its usual mix of wacky, visionary and desirable goods. Here are some of the highlights. Continue reading...
Tags: Gadgets, Business, Technology, Television, Life and style, Ces, Watches, Mobile Phones, Art and design, Telecoms, Virtual Reality, Automotive Industry, Motoring, Las Vegas, Electric, Hybrid And Low-emission Cars


The Doctor Who treasure trove in a Northumberland village cellar

Neil Cole’s Museum of Classic Sci-Fi, hosted in cellar of his Allendale townhouse, holds costumes and props from numerous TV classicsAt first glance the Northumberland village of Allendale, with its pub and post office and random parking, is like hundreds of sleepy, charming villages across the UK. It’s the Dalek that suggests something out of the ordinary.Behind the Dalek is a four-storey Georgian townhouse. In the cellar of the house is a remarkable and unlikely collection of more than 200 cos...
Tags: UK, Television, Doctor Who, Life and style, UK News, Culture, Television & radio, Museums, Collecting, Northumberland, North Of England, Blake, Allendale, Fantasy TV, Science fiction TV, Museum of Classic Sci Fi


From stand-in stars to tech titans: The Observer’s faces to watch in 2022

We look at who will be making headlines this year, in both a positive and negative lightToby Helm Continue reading...
Tags: Fashion, Politics, Science, Technology, Television, Film, Sport, Life and style, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Television & radio, Focus


On my radar: Moses Sumney’s cultural highlights

The singer-songwriter on Balenciaga’s visions, the mountains of North Carolina, and the haunting power of Eve’s BayouSinger-songwriter Moses Sumney, 29, grew up between Ghana and California and studied creative writing and poetry at UCLA. His piercing falsetto and genre-defying music have brought him critical acclaim, starting with his self-recorded 2014 EP Mid-City Island, followed in 2017 by his debut album, Aromanticism, and the 2020 double album Græ. Sumney has collaborated with musicians in...
Tags: Books, Fashion, Music, Television, California, Life and style, Sufjan Stevens, Culture, Pop and rock, Television & radio, Solange, North Carolina, Ghana, Bon Iver, Ucla, Moses Sumney


The person who got me through 2021: Miss J and America’s Next Top Model transported me to carefree times

Three years after it ended, scandal surrounds the show, but its familiarity and formula provided a comfort blanket. I really hope they bring it backIt sounds troublingly shallow, but when I saw the tweet that said “Holy shit, ANTM [America’s Next Top Model] is on Amazon Prime” my heart soared. I am not one who can pretend the pandemic isn’t still raging but, in that fleeting moment, I felt a spiritual lightness I hadn’t experienced since 2019.I dropped everything to binge the episodes, then fell...
Tags: Television, America, Life and style, Television & radio, LGBT rights, Next Top Model, YouTuber Oliver Twixt


The person who got me through 2021: Sofie Gråbøl as Sarah Lund felt like a brilliant old friend

In The Killing, Lund’s incredible brain inspired me when mine felt like mushroom soup. She was a solace and an inspirationThroughout 2021, I have accepted some important truths: I sometimes feel loneliness like an anvil on my chest; exercising really does, annoyingly, make me feel better; I am lost without a murder drama series on the go. This has been the year of the re-watch – Happy Valley, The Bridge, Unforgotten and The Killing. These shows are richly different and should not be reduced to b...
Tags: Television, Drama, Women, Life and style, Mental Health, Culture, Health & wellbeing, Television & radio, The Killing, Sofie Gråbøl, Sarah Lancashire, Lund, Sarah Lund, TV crime drama, Coronavirus, Catherine Cawood Nicola Walker


The person who got me through 2021: Awkwafina made me hopeful for success in dark days

In Nora from Queens, Awkwafina’s adorable loser alter ego was inspiring. Faced with constant failure, she kept going, with wit and warmthDuring the past 20 months I’ve become addicted to TV shows about women trying and failing to make it. Broad City, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, 2 Broke Girls: it’s like looking in a mirror, if I could be bothered to do even that. But the absolute fabulous queen loser of all is Awkwafina, in her self-created show Nora from Queens.Awkwafina plays a bizarro-reverse-m...
Tags: Television, Life and style, Culture, Queens, Kimmy Schmidt, Nora, Awkwafina, Queens Awkwafina


The TV quiz of the year: from It’s a Sin to Squid Game

How’s your 2021 TV knowledge? Test how much love you’ve been giving your favourite shows with our brain-tickling end-of-year quiz. Continue reading...
Tags: Television, Life and style, Culture, Television & radio


You Need to Delay Gratification

In this article Harrison explains how long-term enjoyment of life requires that we delay gratification until a later time. The most successful people in the world show the ability to delay... By Harrison Barnes
Tags: Featured, Television, Careers, Success, Selling, Goal Setting, Procrastination, Rewards, Warren Buffett, Stock Market, Career Advice, Harrison, Getting Ahead, Job Search Guru, Psychotherapists, Careers And Jobs


John Torode: ‘The kitchen is a great place to find yourself’

The celebrity chef, 56, shares his secrets for a happy relationship and the best sausage rollsLiving with my grandmother is probably my earliest memory, realising my mother had died and not really understanding it. Then, discovering food with my grandmother and learning to cook by her side. The most vivid memories are of standing in the kitchen and the smell of food. That stayed with me, the comfort of it.I’ve still got the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car my mother gave me for my fourth birthday. It...
Tags: Food, Television, Life and style, Culture, Television & radio, Food TV, Chefs, Masterchef, John Torode


Punks, Goths, and Mods on TV (1983)

The Rivethead preoccupation with fashion is inescapably related to their anxiety over being confused for subcultures they profess to hate: Goths, Punks, Metalheads, Death Rockers… The fact that so many subcultures claim black as their color of choice contributes to the confusion. There are two points upon which theorists of post-industrial British subcultures generally agree: 1) No matter the music or the fashion, the boundaries between one subculture and another were rigorously, even v...
Tags: Facebook, Fashion, Music, UK, Television, College, Angels, Britain, Josh Jones, University of Reading, Jean Genet, Genet, Punk Rock, Durham NC Follow, Hebdige, Dick Hebdige


Louis Theroux: ‘I’ve always found anxiety in the most unlikely places’

The broadcaster, 51, talks about his first memories, last meal, lockdown resets and his brainier older brotherI always felt like the second fiddle to my older brother Marcel, who I thought was impossibly brilliant and mature and seemed to be reading more or less from the womb, although I’m two years younger, so I wouldn’t have known that first-hand. I was the sideshow: the funny one, the ridiculous one my grandparents said was “good with my hands”, which at five or six I embraced. It was only as...
Tags: Television, Life and style, Culture, Television & radio, Marcel, Louis Theroux, Ssouth London


‘The women are cannon fodder’: how Succession shows the horrors of misogyny

Season three of the daddy issues drama speaks volumes about the monstrous Man Club that rules society – and even billionaire’s daughter Shiv Roy can’t escape its sadistic clutchesEveryone eats their share of dung beetle surprise on Succession – HBO’s unrepentant daddy issues drama – but the women’s portions come heavily seasoned with the patriarchy’s favourite ingredients: sexism and misogyny. Even billionaire’s daughter Shiv Roy (played by Sarah Snook) can’t escape it. “It’s only your teats tha...
Tags: Hbo, Television, Women, Life and style, World news, Culture, Television & radio, Sarah Snook, Succession, MeToo Movement, Kendall Jeremy Strong, Shiv Roy, Man Club


The 20 best gadgets of 2021

From smartphones to folding skis, the year’s top gizmos selected by tech experts from the Guardian, iNews, TechRadar and WiredCutting-edge tech is often super-expensive, difficult to use and less than slick. Not so for Samsung’s latest folding screen phones. The Z Fold 3 tablet-phone hybrid and Z Flip 3 flip-phone reinventions are smooth, slick and even water-resistant, packing big screens in compact bodies. The Fold might be super-expensive still, but the Flip 3 costs about the same as a regula...
Tags: Apple, Games, Music, Technology, Television, Fitness, Samsung, Life and style, Smartphones, Headphones, Smartwatches, Mobile Phones, Cycling, Skiing, Computing, Sony


The stars with Down’s syndrome lighting up our screens: ‘People are talking about us instead of hiding us away’

From Line of Duty to Mare of Easttown, a new generation of performers are breaking through. Meet the actors, models and presenters leading a revolution in representationIn the middle of last winter’s lockdown, while still adjusting to the news of their newborn son’s Down’s syndrome diagnosis, Matt and Charlotte Court spotted a casting ad from BBC Drama. It called for a baby to star in a Call the Midwife episode depicting the surprising yet joyful arrival of a child with Down’s syndrome in 60s Lo...
Tags: Health, Fashion, London, Television, Film, Theatre, Life and style, Society, Bbc, Culture, Television & radio, Models, Stage, Broadway, Down's Syndrome, West End


Let’s talk about sex: how Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s WAP sent the world into overdrive

A cultural ‘cancer’, soft porn … or the height of empowerment? A revealing documentary examines the debates around one of the raunchiest – and most talked about – rap records aroundAs winter forces many of us to ditch nights out with friends in favour of nights in on the sofa, Belcalis Alamanzar’s iconic words ring out across the digital ether: “A ho never gets cold!”. In a clip that went viral in 2014, the rapper better known as Cardi B parades up and down a hotel corridor, clad in a plunging, ...
Tags: Music, Television, Documentary, Sex, Race, Women, Rap, Culture, Television & radio, Fox News, Factual TV, Cardi B, Meg, Megan, Cardi, Candace Owens


Sheila Atim: ‘Six wings, chips and a drink. That’s my guilty pleasure’

The actor, 30, talks about learning tenacity, gaining an MBE, meeting Tom Hanks and her pole-dancing addictionIt’s fun to write MBE after your name occasionally. I got the honour in 2019 for services to drama. I have complex feelings about it and it hasn’t made any tangible difference to my career, but it solidified my sense of responsibility. I’m a big advocate for youth arts access and young people often ask me about the MBE, so it’s cool to show them what’s possible. It’s almost an ambassador...
Tags: Television, Drama, Film, Life and style, Tom Hanks, Culture, Television & radio, Ferrero Rocher, Sheila Atim, Drama films, Essex Immigrants


Alan Cumming and Forbes Masson: ‘People say double acts are like marriage without the sex’

The actors recreate their Victor & Barry comedy duo – and recall their unique creative sparkAlan Cumming and Forbes Masson met at Glasgow’s Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 1982. Together, they created Victor & Barry, a double act who became legends of the Scottish comedy scene. They went on to present several TV shows, and starred in the BBC sitcom The High Life, as two narcissistic air stewards. Appearing in series such as Catastrophe and EastEnders, Masson has since become a celeb...
Tags: Comedy, Television, Film, Theatre, Life and style, Bbc, Culture, Television & radio, Stage, Broadway, Glasgow, Alan Cumming, Macbeth, Goldeneye, Tony, CUMMING


Word of the week: Revenge dress

Revenge dress was all over the celebrity/entertainment news last week, capping a year notable for its revenge compounds. On November 8, photos from the set of Season 5 of the Netflix series The Crown showed actress Elizabeth Debicki wearing a copy of the clinging, shoulder-baring black silk dress worn by the princess to a 1994 dinner at the Serpentine Gallery in London. Elizabeth Debicki (left) in The Crown, wearing a copy of the dress worn by Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1994 (right...
Tags: Fashion, England, London, Television, Taylor Swift, Wales, Mexico, China, Wikipedia, History, Chinese, Atlantic, Linguistics, Davis, Retail, Khloe Kardashian


Don’t believe everything you read: the pleasures and perils of TV subtitles

Young people are increasingly watching television with the captions on. But the accuracy of the on-screen text can leave a lot to be desired. Just ask Benedict Couple Beer Batch …Name: Subtitles.Age: During the silent movie era “intertitles” or “title cards”, boxes of text between film sequences, were used in lieu of speech, so that viewers had some idea of what was going on. So about 115 years, let’s say. Continue reading...
Tags: Television, Film, Life and style, Squid Game


Word of the week: Revenge dress

Revenge dress was all over the celebrity/entertainment news last week, capping a year notable for its revenge compounds. On November 8, photos from the set of Season 5 of the Netflix series The Crown showed actress Elizabeth Debicki wearing a copy of the clinging, shoulder-baring black silk dress worn by the princess to a 1994 dinner at the Serpentine Gallery in London. Elizabeth Debicki (left) in The Crown, wearing a copy of the dress worn by Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1994 (right...
Tags: Fashion, England, London, Television, Taylor Swift, Wales, Mexico, China, Wikipedia, History, Chinese, Atlantic, Linguistics, Davis, Retail, Khloe Kardashian


Fake views: why most of us lie about the TV shows we’ve seen

No one likes to admit they’ve missed a major cultural event. Which is why 52% of us falsely claim to have watched the likes of Stranger Things or Game of ThronesName: TV bluffing.Age: It probably dates back to the first regular BBC broadcasts in 1936. Continue reading...
Tags: Breaking Bad, Television, Life and style, Bbc, Culture, Game Of Thrones, Stranger Things


Rob Delaney on love, loss and married life: ‘No, my wife is not having an affair with her karate teacher’

The star of Catastrophe and Home Sweet Home Alone answers your questions on everything from family tragedy to the value of comedyRob Delaney – comedian, actor, writer, tweeter, activist – co-wrote and co-starred in the Channel 4 sitcom Catastrophe with Sharon Horgan. Now he has a starring role in the film Home Sweet Home Alone. He has also written and spoken movingly about the death of his two-year-old son, Henry. Here, he answers questions from readers about all of this, as well as being an Ame...
Tags: London, Television, Life and style, Culture, Television & radio, Stage, Sharon Horgan, Rob Delaney, Delaney, Henry Here, Bernard Hautecler


Sex and the City effect roars back to make its mark on our wardrobes

Designers hope that the outfits worn by Sarah Jessica Parker in the forthcoming TV sequel will boost fashion salesIt was the show that made Manolo Blahnik a byword for achingly cool after the designer’s shoes played a starring role on Sarah Jessica Parker’s feet in the early noughties. Now fashion brands and retailers are hoping that the “Sex and the City effect” will strike again with And Just Like That, the much-anticipated sequel series.Last week, the latest image circulated of Sarah Jessica ...
Tags: Fashion, New York, Television, Film, Life and style, Culture, US television, Sex And The City, Sarah Jessica Parker, Manolo Blahnik


Olivia Colman: ‘Portraying a murderer? It was less pressure than playing the Queen’

From supporting parts on TV to Hollywood stardom to her darkest role yet: the Oscar winner reveals why even the toughest jobs can’t compare to her role in The Crown Olivia Colman’s husband has written his first TV drama, a true crime series starring his wife, and I have so many questions about this that she says she can bring him downstairs to join in if I like. Ah, the possibilities when interviewing someone over Zoom. “Eddy!” she shouts up the stairs, while I peer into their comfy sitting room...
Tags: Hollywood, Television, Celebrity, Drama, Film, Life and style, Culture, Television & radio, Olivia Colman, Colman, Alfred Lord Waggyson


‘Cobwebs are more exciting’ – a dog reviews DOGTV

The world’s first streaming service for pooches promises to stimulate and educate, but Lyra soon got bored and started licking her bits – and it almost sent her owner to sleepAfter an hour of trying to cajole my dog Lyra into watching DOGTV – which launched in the UK and Europe this morning – I had some pressing questions: “What am I doing with my life?” and “why is this starting to feel like that scene in A Clockwork Orange?”DOGTV has a number of short videos explaining why it exists and how yo...
Tags: Europe, UK, Television, Dogs, Animals, Pets, Life and style, World news, Culture, Television & radio, Lyra


Your Weekend Justice #295: Thanks, Madge!

Not in front of the baby, though! Dom This episode was recorded October 5, 2021. Middle names have been changed to protect the innocent. So…that was pretty pointless, I must admit. Agenda: RUN-DMC and some confusion as to whose house everyone is inMTV is still a thing?Old people talking about how they watched and listening to thingsThe original zombieThe Waititi/Colman ConspiracyFree GuyHow DeSantis saved the old people (allegedly)A new angle on Folk HorrorRox explains Folk Horr—OMFG B...
Tags: Toys, Music, Hbo, Television, Podcasts, Horror, Sex, Weekend Justice, Marvel, Zombies, Walking Dead, Mtv, Andy Serkis, Olivia Colman, Anime, Ryan Reynolds



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