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Olivia Williams: The actor on poor pay for women in Hollywood, Bill Murray, and Bolivian spectacled bears

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 22:30:00 +0000

Hilary Swank recently said men get paid 10 times more than women – is that something you've experienced?

Amal Clooney: Making headlines for all the right reasons

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:41:23 +0000

There is no doubting George Clooney’s eye for beautiful women, but until October 2013 his relationships followed a certain pattern.

Sir David Attenborough interview: The one question about life that still baffles him

Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:21:21 +0000

“I think the most alarming animals I have encountered are really poisonous snakes,” Sir David Attenborough says, his gaze fixed on an imaginary point somewhere on the ceiling. His arm forms the body of an upright snake; his hand its snapping mouth.

Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000

I've played a lot of piano bars I sound like Humphrey Bogart, but you don't begin at the Royal Albert Hall. I started playing at about 15. You have to work very hard to be a jazz musician and you've got to do some things [you might not want to], as in any job. I was sent to Europe and I was like a human jukebox, playing six hours a night.

Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Russell T Davies, 51

Mark Rylance: King of stage claims small screen

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:19:45 +0000

That four million people tuned in to watch Wolf Hall this week – an astonishing figure for a costume drama – was testimony to the place that Hilary Mantel’s Tudor court-set novel, and its sequel, Bring Up the Bodies, occupy in the literary and wider cultural landscape.

Anton Corbijn: The photographer and film director on working with Philip Seymour Hoffman and the distortion of trailers

Sun, 18 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Philip Seymour Hoffman acted with every inch of his body I could watch him on film for an hour just smoking or drinking. I've watched almost everything he's been in. On the set of [Corbijn's new film] A Most Wanted Man, he sometimes looked a little worn out, but I had no idea about the extent of his difficulties. [Hoffman died last February of a drug overdose.] The day I first went to chat to him about the film, back in 2011, his trousers needed adjusting as he was due for a Vogue shoot [also shot by Corbijn] later that day, so he just sat there in his underwear as we chatted. He had no vanity, which was why he was an incredible actor.

Martin Freeman interview: The actor on hobbits, Cumbermania and his Nazi-hounding role in The Eichmann Show

Sun, 18 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000

These are strange, head-spinning days for doughty Martin Freeman.

With Isis, Assad and Putin exposed, who's next on citizen journalist Eliot Higgins' list?

Sun, 18 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000

In a bare white-walled box room at the very end of a corridor in a Leicester office block, Eliot Higgins is at his laptop, chuckling to himself as he shamelessly roots around in the social-media accounts of Russian soldiers. In the global information war, Vladimir Putin's propaganda chiefs have an unlikely nemesis.

Michael Pennington & Dame Judi Dench: 'Once he ate a lot of garlic before a love scene; I think I punched him for that'

Sun, 18 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Dame Judi Dench, 80

Goodluck Jonathan: Nigeria's head of state has bumbled in response to Boko Haram. With elections close, his demise may be imminent

Fri, 16 Jan 2015 18:04:30 +0000

Lawrence Ebele Jonathan was a canoe-maker, struggling to survive in the Delta region of southern Nigeria.

Kit Harington interview: This Game of Thrones heartthrob is ready to get serious

Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Vera Brittain wasn't going to settle for any old chap. Long before she was the author of perhaps the greatest memoir of the First World War era and the generational carnage it wrought on early-20th-century Britain, she was a spirited young woman, out of step with her time and her position.

Bam! Pow! Scream! Novelist Shelley Harris dons a mask, cape and boots to become an everyday superhero on her local high street

Sun, 11 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000

A windy Tuesday morning in High Wycombe, and I am dressed as a superhero. I'm freezing-cold because – as I now discover – superhero costumes function best in warm weather. They certainly aren't designed for this temperature, or this wind, which tugs my cape about, sometimes flaring it behind me (in a way which is, if I'm honest, pretty satisfying), sometimes spinning it round my neck till it resembles a monogrammed bib. I'm wearing a mask, a pair of DMs and a skirt in the same red satin as my cape.

Baroness Shreela Flather & Anita Anand: 'She'd act like a typical Indian auntie, haranguing me to find the right man and settle down'

Sun, 11 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Anita Anand, 42

Richard Linklater: The director on the humour in Raging Bull, rearing chickens, and why the older he gets, the less he cares

Sun, 11 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000

You need motivation. I was OK at school, then I got worse I had a high aptitude and low grades, which was frustrating for everyone who knew me. They kept saying, "You're smart; why are you doing so poorly?" I was always thinking of other things.

Bruno Loubet: 'I am not vegan or vegetarian, but beef is out'

Sun, 11 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Bruno Loubet, the Michelin-starred French chef famed for his classical meat dishes, is banning beef from the menu at his restaurant Grain Store.

Life after The Killing: Sofie Gråbøl is set to star in new Sky Atlantic drama Fortitude

Sat, 10 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000

The last time I interviewed Sofie Gråbøl, which was also the first time, was in the autumn of 2012, soon after the final series of The Killing had finished production and she had already begun shooting an independent Danish movie, The Hour of the Lynx, in which she swapped Sarah Lund's weirdly famous sweater for a priest's dog collar. Lund mania was still at fever pitch in the UK at the time, but Gråbøl herself was busy shaking off the character that had made her a star for Britain's subtitled-drama-watching classes. We spoke then near her home in Copenhagen and although she was perfectly friendly and attentive, she also seemed drained. "Yes, I remember," she says now. "That was just before I became ill."

Caroline Lucas: The Green Party's first MP on getting arrested, the atmosphere at PMQs, and agreeing with Russell Brand

Sat, 10 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000

How do you spend the weekends?

Neil MacGregor: The director of the British Museum is acclaimed and coveted the world over. How long can we hang on to him?

Fri, 09 Jan 2015 19:53:35 +0000

The overshadowing of Angela Merkel’s visit to the British Museum on Wednesday was inescapable.

Comedy writer Dan Swimer: 'I'm in awe of Jack Whitehall and Sacha Baron Cohen'

Wed, 07 Jan 2015 23:30:00 +0000

You may not know Dan Swimer's name, but you will have laughed at his jokes. The unassuming 41-year old from Cheadle is behind some of the most popular television comedies of the past decade, his name lurking in the credits for everything from Bad Education to Catherine Tate's Nan. He's written speeches for Sacha Baron Cohen, sketches for Jack Whitehall, scripts for James Corden and any number of jokes for panel shows from 8 Out of 10 Cats to Have I Got News for You. He is best known, though, for his work with Simon Amstell, a collaboration that began on Popworld, carried on through the very best years of Never Mind the Buzzcocks and culminated in two series of the family sitcom Grandma's House.

Katja Hall interview: 'People must start to feel the difference in their pockets'

Sun, 04 Jan 2015 20:41:03 +0000

“Shall I start talking?” asks Katja Hall, as soon as she spies the red light on my recording device. Never let it be said that the Confederation of British Industry, the top employers’ body, doesn’t have something to say, especially with a general election looming.

Hugh Dennis: The comedian on drinking in daylight hours, finding humour in deadly situations, and why he could never be a spy

Sun, 04 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000

I've resolved to drink more in the daytime and increase my intake of processed sugar That's the trick to a New Year's resolution; finding one where it'd be much better if you didn't stick to it, because, frankly, you won't.

Lesley Manville & Peter Duncan: 'Being with him and his family feels like a safe haven. I'm happy soaking it all up - though I'm secretly jealous'

Sun, 04 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Lesley Manville, 58

Ron Jeremy: The world's most prolific porn actor on his friendship with Mo Mowlam, and why he'll always be torn between sex and food

Sat, 03 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000

You're promoting a new rum. What's your tipple of choice?

Remembering Peter Cook: Family and friends - including Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, and Bruce Forsyth - share their stories

Sat, 03 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000

'My first memory of Cook," mulls Richard Ingrams, "is him walking into The George pub in Seven Dials in the early Sixties, dressed in a beautiful suit, and telling my wife Mary, 'I have reason to believe there is a very rare bee lodged in your knickers and I wonder if I could investigate further'. Later he helped Mary – who adored him – with her own alcoholism and manic depression, although Peter had issues with AA's [Alcoholics Anonymous] higher power aspect. He'd refer to 'God's blessed gift of cancer'. Which was perfectly fair, I think."

Alexei Navalny: The greatest threat to Putin

Fri, 02 Jan 2015 17:56:34 +0000

Alexei Navalny has never held political office, and is barred from ever seeking it. Vladimir Putin has never so much as uttered his name, and the president’s allies dismiss him as a ‘hamster from the social networks’. But he is Putin’s most formidable political opponent and the most famous activist in the country, having galvanised the biggest anti-Putin protests ever seen. And this week the struggle between the two men entered a new and perhaps critical phase.

Olivia Jacobs & Ben Caplan: 'Ben thought the play was called 'Christian Love'. It was 'Christie in Love' - about a necrophiliac serial killer'

Sun, 28 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000

Ben Caplan, 40

Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

Sun, 28 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000

New Year's Eve is not about having a big party for me It's a time of reflection and I often go on spiritual retreats. This year I'm going to Glastonbury with friends, to a retreat there. It's not about counting down the minutes and celebrating with champagne; it's about being around people I enjoy.

Alexander Armstrong: The comedian on insulting Mary Berry, his love of 'Bargain Hunt', and life as a llama farmer

Fri, 26 Dec 2014 17:00:00 +0000

Pointless has been a huge success. How do they come up with the ideas for these quiz shows?

The Unluckiest People of the Year 2014 (and one very unlucky giraffe)

Fri, 26 Dec 2014 17:00:00 +0000

Who: Viktor Yanukovych's chandelier maker

David Mellor's taxi rant: It was an unfortunate incident – but it didn't ruin my big day, says wife Lady Cobham

Sun, 21 Dec 2014 21:46:31 +0000

It should have been a glorious day out. Lady Cobham, receiving the insignia of her CBE for services to tourism from the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace last month, insists it still was.

Marian Keyes: The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment

Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000

I've bought my husband the same Christmas gift for 10 years It's a membership to a cheese club. It's not a mind-blowing present, but he loves cheese, and every month, four new cheeses are delivered to the house. This year he asked me, "So what am I getting you?" And I said, "It's grand, I've already bought it, but I need to wear it a couple of times before Christmas, then I'll give it back to you to put in a box and give to me on the day." We're pragmatic about it!

Anna Chancellor has a lineage worthy of Tatler but has had to scrap to establish herself as one of our finest actors

Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000

Anna Chancellor has taken hold of the print-out of her Wikipedia entry that I have brought along to our interview, and is muttering to herself as she pours over it: "I don't believe it... Who do you think wrote this?... Can I edit it?... God Almighty... I can't bear it." The subject of her horrified incredulity is a section headed 'Family', in which Chancellor's purported lineage is set out in considerable detail by Wikipedia's anonymous genealogist. And although she won't thank me for doing so, it's worth quoting in part.

Emilia Fox: The Silent Witness star on snoring corpses, and why her famous family won't be playing charades this Christmas

Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000

Did you spend much time with dead bodies as research for Silent Witness?

Raul Castro: Last of the great Communists

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:00:58 +0000

When Raul Castro came on the air to inform the nation in a characteristically brief speech that Cuba’s ancient quarrel with the superpower across the water was – hopefully – coming to an end, Cubans turned up their TV sets, clapped their hands and some even burst into tears.

Mark Carney interview: ‘We need to keep to tradition. At the same time we need to modernise’

Sun, 14 Dec 2014 23:58:53 +0000

The lights are twinkling on the impressive Christmas tree in the Bank of England’s central atrium, a few yards behind the pink-coated gatekeepers who usher visitors in from the blustery City streets.

Prince of Wales: Gruff Rhys on his rock odyssey, and the trouble with independence

Sun, 14 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000

With apologies to Sir Anthony Hopkins and Sir Tom Jones, and also to Michael Sheen OBE and Gareth Thomas, one might claim that Gruff Rhys is our greatest living Welshman.

Tom Burke & Marc Warren: 'We're cut from the same cloth: neither of us is ever going to be the loving father-next-door type'

Sun, 14 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000

Marc Warren, 47

Alan Titchmarsh: The gardener and broadcaster on Nelson Mandela, financial success and the curse of open doors

Sun, 14 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000

Gardening used to be what you did if you couldn't do anything else I became an apprentice gardener in 1964 and I used to say to people that I was in horticulture, as it sounded better. So it's been interesting to watch the situation change through the 1970s and 1980s, to a point in the late 1990s and early Noughties, when shows such as Ground Force were getting 12 million viewers, and gardening books outsold cookery books for the first time.

Wolfgang Puck: The celebrity chef and restaurateur on Barbra Streisand, catering at the Oscars, and what he'll be eating for Christmas

Sat, 13 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000

You have a very healthy lifestyle but 'tis the season for over-indulgence. When was the last time you let loose?

George Tenet: The torturer-in-chief?

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 18:51:45 +0000

If foreign travel is in George Tenet’s Christmas plans, he may want to reconsider. Human rights groups bayed last week for former top CIA and Bush-era officials to be tried, outside America if need be, for allegedly abetting the torture of terror detainees after 9/11.

Najiba Ahmadi: The quiet revolutionary working to end violence against Afghan women

Sun, 07 Dec 2014 17:59:30 +0000

Najiba Ahmadi is quiet and unassuming – mild-mannered even. She is far from your typical revolutionary. Last week, Ms Ahmadi was among the suited government officials gathered in Britain to discuss Afghanistan’s future.

Ed Harris: The actor on painting houses, smashing chairs and learning not to be so terse

Sun, 07 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000

Painting houses almost drove me insane I started doing it in Oklahoma when I was out of high school. And I carried on after I graduated from university. I had pride in my craft, but I was basically making 50 cents an hour, which was absurd. I almost lost my mind on one house; it was in really bad shape, and they didn't want to pay me any more money. I decided I wasn't doing it any more and left the job.

David Shrigley & Malcolm Middleton: "My wife hates his portrait of me. She says it's not very flattering. I might have to move it"

Sun, 07 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000

David Shrigley, 46

Karen Blackett: The most influential black person in the UK on growing up in 'Mini Barbados', ambition and her favourite ads

Sat, 06 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000

You grew up in Reading, which you've described as "Mini Barbados". That makes it sound quite glamorous...

W1A actor Jason Watkins to star in new ITV drama as the landlord falsely accused of Joanna Yeates' murder

Sat, 06 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000

I'd been wanting to interview the actor Jason Watkins for a long time. He pops up all over the place, his perkily distinctive presence enlivening shows as varied (in quality, as well as subject matter) as BBC3's vampire drama Being Human, Sky 1's supermarket sitcom Trollied, and BBC2's in-house satire W1A, as well as a movie repertoire which includes Tomorrow Never Dies and the nearest thing that contemporary British cinema has to the Norman Wisdom films of yore, the Nativity! series of seasonal comedies (Nativity 3: Dude, Where's My Donkey?! is currently showing in the nation's multiplexes).

Ed Sheeran: Boy next door who made it very big

Fri, 05 Dec 2014 18:28:06 +0000

At the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games in London 2012, the climactic song was Pink Floyd’s elegiac “Wish You Were Here”.

Annette Thomas interview: Cut out the middle man and bring science straight to the masses

Sun, 30 Nov 2014 22:15:08 +0000

When Annette Thomas joined Nature magazine fresh from Yale she swore she wouldn’t stay longer than a year.

Joseph Kosuth & James Lavelle: "He's incredibly sensitive. We're both emotional people"

Sun, 30 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000

James Lavelle, 40

Alexander McCall Smith: The author on the lie of 'failed' Africa, swearing in public, and travels with his teapot

Sun, 30 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000

I'm sometimes accused of being a utopian writer Well, with books such as the The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, I've never pretended to be a social realist, concentrating on the negative. A lot of writers do that very well: I live two doors down from [the crime writer] Ian Rankin, who writes about the harsh face of our times, which has to be reflected, too. But it's possible to portray positive lives.

Amir Khan: The two-time world champion boxer on Muhammad Ali, training during Ramadan, and why he loves Bolton

Sat, 29 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000

What did your mum say when you started boxing?

Al Sharpton: The spokesman for black America

Fri, 28 Nov 2014 18:12:22 +0000

Once upon a time, if you wanted to get an idea of the Rev Al Sharpton, a quick perusal of Tom Wolfe’s Bonfire of the Vanities would have sufficed.

Chris Saul interview: Slaughter and May purrs like a Porsche but that doesn’t mean we’re run by Buffy and Bertie

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 23:28:23 +0000

Chris Saul doesn’t do cut-price similes. Trying to explain what sets Slaughter and May apart from other City law firms, the car fanatic alights on the Porsche 911.

Morgana Robinson interview: 'I've been picked on all my life'

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 13:46:09 +0000

It is not easy interviewing Morgana Robinson. Ask the comedy actress/impressionist a question and there is no guarantee who will answer it. It might be Robinson, but it could just as well be Stephen Merchant, Daphne du Maurier, Sonya from EastEnders, Vic’n’Bob, Sophie Dahl or Robinson’s mother. These are just some of the people who crop up, vocally, during one exhausting, hour-long encounter. There are also stock characters – posh lady, luvvie, gay fan, critic, lad etc – who make themselves heard. Add to this the fact that for the whole hour, Robinson is having her hair and make-up done – all lovingly applied lashes and blond extensions – and you start to wonder, who is the real Morgana?

Lee Evans: Comedy's Duracell bunny is winding down after a frenetic 30 years

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:34:18 +0000

When popular entertainers announce their retirement ahead of a major tour, cynics often surmise that shifting tickets is the real motivation.

David Abraham interview: My baby, the sexy love child of Stephen Hawking and Steve Jobs

Sun, 16 Nov 2014 23:30:32 +0000

Listen to this: Channel 4 is “like the sexy love child of Steve Jobs and Stephen Hawking: entrepreneurial and commercial, but also intellectually restless and provocative”.

Peter Kassig death: ‘He just wanted to help people’ – a devoted humanitarian who embraced values of Islam

Sun, 16 Nov 2014 21:49:11 +0000

Peter Kassig, a Muslim convert who adopted the name Abdul-Rahman, was honourably discharged from the military after 15 months’ service, including the three-month stint in Iraq Isis referred to in today’s video. But he then retrained as a medical emergency technician, studied political science and found his calling helping the people of Lebanon, and later Syria.

Michael Buerk: The moralist with a microphone

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 18:28:09 +0000

Thirty years on from Band Aid and Sir Bob Geldof is rerecording “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” to fight another catastrophe in Africa, while the man who inspired that astonishing 1984 global charity effort is preparing for an altogether different challenge.

Sir Andre Geim interview: Father of graphene – 'I'm an alien among my own, and on my own among aliens'

Sun, 09 Nov 2014 23:15:05 +0000

He will forever be the father of graphene, the wonder material one-atom-thick and 200 times stronger than steel, but for a few days this summer, Sir Andre Geim was someone else entirely.

Bryan Adams: The singer-songwriter and photographer on falling asleep at the wheel, his vegan diet and his shots of wounded servicemen

Sun, 09 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000

I was surprised to learn I could sing I always wanted to be a guitarist, but when I was rehearsing with my first band, at 14, in my mother's basement, no one in the room wanted to be the singer, so I said I'd fill in until we found someone. So I became the singer.

Maxine Peake & Mike Joyce: "It's quite funny when one of your rock'n'roll heroes comes to your house with a box of his veg"

Sun, 09 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000

Maxine Peake, 40

How John Grant emerged from the booze and cocaine to find happiness (in Iceland...)

Sun, 09 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000

John Grant and I have been having a love affair for a couple of years before I meet him. He doesn’t know this, of course, and when we finally come face-to-face, he takes the news of our relationship with surprising good grace.

Kathy Lette: The bestselling Australian novelist on republicanism, women's humour and her interviewer's love life

Sat, 08 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000

Your new book centres on a mother-daughter relationship. What did you most enjoy about writing it?

Taylor Swift: The scourge of Spotify

Fri, 07 Nov 2014 18:19:43 +0000

On “Welcome to New York”, her latest hit single, Taylor Swift sings with wide-eyed enthusiasm about the experience of being a youthful, aspirational newcomer to the Big Apple.

Anne Rice: The Interview with the Vampire novelist on her daughter's death, living through her own funeral and the dangers of Oxford

Sun, 02 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000

I was a sad, broken and despairing atheist when I wrote 'Interview with the Vampire' [in 1973, after the death of her daughter from leukaemia]. I pitched myself into writing and made up a story about vampires. I didn't know it at the time but it was all about my daughter, the loss of her and the need to go on living when faith is shattered. But the lights do come back on, no matter how dark it seems, and I'm sensitive now, more than ever, to the beauty of the world – and more resigned to living with cosmic uncertainty.

Paul Kaye & Bertie Carvel: "We'd listen to a record over and over again like kids, squatting on the floor in our pants, eating meatballs"

Sun, 02 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000

Paul Kaye, 49

Comedy genius, rule-breaker, studio mogul: will we ever see a British Lucille Ball?

Sun, 02 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000

When the American stand-up Sarah Silverman spoofed Joan Rivers in a tribute to the late comedian last month on the US TV show Saturday Night Live (SNL), it was only right that Rivers's favourite comedian, Lucille Ball, also be part of the sketch: Silverman-as-Rivers turned to Ball (played by SNL regular Kate McKinnon) and croaked: "You stuffed more chocolates down your throat than the Kardashians."

Wilbur Smith: The bestselling author on the joy of reading his own books, boarding school and what keeps him awake at night

Sat, 01 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000

Why do you write?

Jack Ma: The man who took on eBay and won

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:47:19 +0000

In 1995, a young Chinese translator travelled to Malibu with a brief to persuade an American to pay his debts to an aggrieved Far Eastern business partner. Things did not go well.

Can kings of comedy Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong strike gold with a full series of Metropolitan Police serial Babylon?

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:00:00 +0000

In an inter-war semi on a north London street that five years ago might have been described as unremarkable, but which is now probably only affordable to Singaporean property investors, the ninth and final series of Peep Show is being plotted. The latest misadventures of Mark and Jeremy (played since 2003 by David Mitchell and Robert Webb – and never better, together or apart) are being thrashed out around Sam Bain's living room table by the 44-year-old and his writing partner, Jesse Armstrong. "We're just slowly talking about everything that could happen," says Bain, as I take a seat. The mantelpiece holds two comedy awards, both for Fresh Meat, of which more later.

Annie Hudson interview: 'If you go to a party you don’t tell people you’re a social worker'

Mon, 27 Oct 2014 23:15:49 +0000

Annie Hudson has no illusions about her profession’s reputation. The chief executive of the College of Social Work knows exactly what people’s image of a social worker is. And it isn’t flattering.

Baroness Kidron interview: ‘Children’s online safety is too vital to leave to Government’

Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:03:27 +0000

First, an outburst. Baroness (Beeban) Kidron, who directed Renée Zellweger in her second movie outing as Bridget Jones, is horrified at the fuss stirred up over the actress’s face.

David Cronenberg: The film director on his fascination with the human body, ageing gracefully and disasters on set

Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100

I got derailed by cinema for 50 years I've always wanted to be a novelist; my father was a writer and I used to fall asleep to the sound of his Underwood typewriter. I thought I'd be a novelist, too: at 16, I was writing stories for science-fiction and fantasy magazines. But it has taken me this long to finally write my first novel.

Christopher Green & Sarah Waters: "He does stage hypnotism, through song. He is so convincing: he has the most piercing gaze"

Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100

Sarah Waters, 48

Kate Stanners: Ukip is doing well because it talks to people in words they understand. Miliband needs to shrink his message to 'we reward work'

Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100

Making advertising was once a man’s job.

Shami Chakrabarti: The civil liberties campaigner talks Planet of the Apes, optimism and supporting Jon Gaunt

Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100

What's the book about?

Piers Morgan: A smooth talker whose words may come back to haunt him

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:52:41 +0100

When the concept of phone hacking first began to reach the public at large, Piers Morgan appeared almost beside himself to tell the world that he knew all about it.

Andrew Green: A divisive peer for a divided time

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:53:02 +0100

Peers do not barrack and jeer, so when Sir Andrew Green, founder and chairman of MigrationWatch, joins the red benches, he can expect to be received in respectful silence.

Sir Richard Leese interview: Devo Manc - city dreams of a northern renaissance

Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:33:07 +0100

Call it serendipity. Sir Richard Leese might have ended up on the other side of the Pennines when he returned to Britain as a young man from a teaching stint in Minnesota.

Joe Bonamassa: The Grammy-nominated blues guitarist on anger, Anglophilia, and his 300 axes

Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100

I'm not a rock star and I don't have hits After 25 years in the music business, I don't want to be defined by some three-minute song written by committee, tossed out and [endorsed] by music taste-makers who are failed musicians. I don't live and breathe what those numpties say – the kids can fight over the hit tunes; I'm just a blues guy.

Hugh Bonneville & Peter James: "He has a dash of James Bond derring-do. I lack his panache"

Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100

Hugh Bonneville, 50

Michael Howells: The film and fashion set designer on Instagram, working with John Galliano and Gary Cooper's nonchalant style

Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100

Is there a film that stands out in your career that was pivotal to inspiring you?

Rick Owens and the dark art of creativity: "I could just burn the whole f*****g place down"

Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100

'Creation is a drug I can't do without," said Cecil B DeMille. And of all the creatives working in fashion today – many of whom are, undoubtedly, intoxicated by something: the act of creation, perhaps; chemical substances, probably; their own sense of self-worth, most certainly of all – I can only imagine one making that statement.

From True Detective to Dolce & Gabbana: Matthew McConaughey's changing style

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:10:00 +0100

If you lost sleep over the intense, emaciated chain-smoker Rust Cohle in HBO's noirish hit True Detective, you may have Dolce & Gabbana to blame. Not that Rust's grubby shirt and beer-can ashtray carry the hallmarks of Domenico and Stefano's finest tailoring.

Nicola Sturgeon: Leader on slow road to her stone of destiny

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:01:57 +0100

Just a few streets away from the Perth kirk where the Reformation firebrand John Knox delivered a sermon in 1559 that sparked riots, Nicola Sturgeon will make her own history next month by becoming leader of the Scottish National Party and First Minister-elect of the Scottish Parliament.

Simon Segars: Looking forward to the future and the ‘internet of things’

Sun, 12 Oct 2014 17:59:34 +0100

Simon Segars slides what I assume is his business card across the bar. It isn’t. Instead, there is a tiny microchip glinting at the card’s centre that packs enough power to run a Fitbit sports device or Pebble watch.

Jennifer Lawrence: The star who fought back

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 18:22:47 +0100

When the FBI finally tracked down the man known as the Hollywood Hacker to his Jacksonville, Florida, home in October 2011, they found someone who utterly fulfilled the stereotype of an online creep.

Mick Cash interview: Disillusioned with Labour, RMT union chief plots a new party for the left

Sun, 05 Oct 2014 22:42:30 +0100

The north London headquarters of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union is replete with history.

Jonathan Hill: Grey eminence who has made Brussels see red

Fri, 03 Oct 2014 18:30:45 +0100

No one in modern politics has risen without trace quite like Baron Hill of Oareford.