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Stephen King will release new crime novel next year

Stephen King will release new crime novel next year

New novel involves a boy with an unnatural ability, tasked with stopping a dead killer threatening to strike from beyond the grave Read full article: Stephen King will release new crime nove...→

Watch North Shields to Quayside video journey out to whet tourists' appetite

Watch North Shields to Quayside video journey out to whet tourists' appetite

A new series of promotional videos aims to help to reignite the North East hospitality and tourism industry Read full article: Watch North Shields to Quayside video jo...→

Newcastle DJ Patrick Topping to play outdoor Gosforth Park show

Newcastle DJ Patrick Topping to play outdoor Gosforth Park show

Geordie favourite is the latest big act revealed for new city arena and tickets are up for grabs this week Read full article: Newcastle DJ Patrick Topping to play out...→

Vanessa Redgrave joins 300-strong protest against NT and Southbank job cuts

Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the National Theatre on August 1 in what was the largest public event yet in opposition to job cuts in the arts Read full article: Vanessa Redgrave joins 300-strong protes...→

Supermarkets issue urgent product recalls on rice and seafood

Supermarkets issue urgent product recalls on rice and seafood

Supermarkets urgently recall food products - here's what you need to do if you've purchased the items Read full article: Supermarkets issue urgent product recall...→

Newcastle's Taco Bell offers free tacos every Tuesday in August

Newcastle's Taco Bell offers free tacos every Tuesday in August

City favourite launches Tuesday give-away with thousands of free crunchy tacos up for grabs throughout August - and here's how easy it is to claim one Read full article: Newcastle's Taco Bell offers free tacos ...→

Boots selling new type of tampon - and shoppers are desperate to try them

Boots selling new type of tampon - and shoppers are desperate to try them

The pharmacy giant operates multiple stores across Birmingham and throughout the wider West Midlands area Read full article: Boots selling new type of tampon - and s...→

Alnwick Music Festival goes virtual amid coronavirus pandemic

Alnwick Music Festival goes virtual amid coronavirus pandemic

Thousands of events across the country have been cancelled because of coronavirus, but the Alnwick Music Festival is one of many finding innovative ways to tak [...] Read full article: Alnwick Music Festival goes virtual amid...→

How should the Edinburgh Festivals "build back better"?

To kick off our coverage of this unusually quiet, reflective August, we invited five people to respond to the same question: ‘When the Edinburgh festivals retu [...] Read full article: How should the Edinburgh Festivals "buil...→

DW Sports collapses into administration with 1,700 jobs at risk

DW Sports collapses into administration with 1,700 jobs at risk

DW Sports, which was founded by former Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan, operated 73 gyms and 75 retail sites across the UK Read full article: DW Sports collapses into administration ...→

Ryan Breaux, brother of musician Frank Ocean, reportedly dies at 18

Ryan Breaux, brother of musician Frank Ocean, reportedly dies at 18

‘You were just getting started and ready to show the world who you were,’ wrote Pierce Brosnan’s son Paris on Instagram Read full article: Ryan Breaux, brother of musician Frank O...→

Bullring owner trying to raise cash in bid to survive coronavirus

Bullring owner trying to raise cash in bid to survive coronavirus

The business, which has suffered from unpaid rents during the coronavirus pandemic, confirmed press reports from over the weekend Read full article: Bullring owner trying to raise cash in b...→

Eat Out To Help Out scheme begins today - here's where to get cut-price meals

Eat Out To Help Out scheme begins today - here's where to get cut-price meals

The offer, which is only available between Mondays and Wednesdays, will be capped at £10 per diner and does not apply to alcohol Read full article: Eat Out To Help Out scheme begins today ...→

Lyn Gardner: Covid-19 has exposed flaws in ticketing practices – it’s time for a rethink

Lyn Gardner: Covid-19 has exposed flaws in ticketing practices – it’s time for a rethink

Now is an ideal moment for theatre to ditch outdated models and consider offering audiences refunds and exchanges, says Lyn Gardner Read full article: Lyn Gardner: Covid-19 has exposed flaws ...→

Appalled dad's holiday park trip lasted five minutes

Appalled dad's holiday park trip lasted five minutes

Mark Woodbine booked for a three-night stay at the Pontins Brean Sands holiday park in Somerset Read full article: Appalled dad's holiday park trip lasted ...→

Liverpool shops, bars and restaurants that have closed this year

Liverpool shops, bars and restaurants that have closed this year

While some closed for good at the start of the year, many have suffered as a result of lockdown Read full article: Liverpool shops, bars and restaurants th...→

Earlier this month, we took a trip to a newly reopened nail salon to see what it [...]

Earlier this month, we took a trip to a newly reopened nail salon to see what it [...]

Earlier this month, we took a trip to a newly reopened nail salon to see what it was like, and now we’ve done the same with a Liverpool hairdresser.... All pay [...] Read full article: Earlier this month, we took a trip to a ...→

'I shopped locally for a week and this is how it went'

'I shopped locally for a week and this is how it went'

We set our reporter Lucy John the task of swapping Tesco for local and independent stores for a week Read full article: 'I shopped locally for a week and this i...→

Culture Clinic review, Kings Place: live performance doesn't get more intimate than this

Culture Clinic review, Kings Place: live performance doesn't get more intimate than this

Audience members can enjoy "bespoke" one-on-one performances from a variety of musicians at London's Kings Place - and it's a small delight Read full article: Culture Clinic review, Kings Place: live...→

The Sopranos and Goodfellas writers join forces for new mafia drama series

The Sopranos and Goodfellas writers join forces for new mafia drama series

Project between Terence Winter and Nicholas Pileggi is reportedly inspired by the latter’s chronology of organised crime in the US Read full article: The Sopranos and Goodfellas writers join...→

The sexual politics of Twilight

The sexual politics of Twilight

Imagine for a moment you’re in a town in a North-Westerly corner of the US. The vibe is not quite Twin Peaks, though not far off — the taste is more blackened [...] Read full article: The sexual politics of Twilight...→

Cocoon star and face of Quaker Oats Wilford Brimley dies aged 85

Cocoon star and face of Quaker Oats Wilford Brimley dies aged 85

Actor, who was also a talented singer and harmonica player, appeared in a number of TV and film roles during his career Read full article: Cocoon star and face of Quaker Oats Wilf...→

Two thirds of Edinburgh hotel rooms set to lie empty in city's 'worst month ever' for tourism

Fears are growing over the prospect of widespread job losses in Edinburgh tourism industry as it emerged that two-thirds of the city’s hotels rooms may be left [...] Read full article: Two thirds of Edinburgh hotel rooms set ...→

We've been cooking bacon wrong for decades as chef shares correct way

We've been cooking bacon wrong for decades as chef shares correct way

Bacon and sausages on a plate teeming with fried mushrooms, tomatoes, buttered toast and black pudding Read full article: We've been cooking bacon wrong for decad...→

On record: pop, rock and jazz — August 2

On record: pop, rock and jazz — August 2

ALBUM OF THE WEEKTAYLOR SWIFTFolkloreRepublicSwift may not have expected to complete her eighth album in lockdown, but signposts for its swerve from her try-ha [...] Read full article: On record: pop, rock and jazz — August 2...→

Will government funding help the UK’s grassroots music venues?

Will government funding help the UK’s grassroots music venues?

In case you hadn’t heard, gigs are back on. Yesterday music venues of all sizes were able to reopen. Tomorrow the hottest tickets since lockdown go on sale whe [...] Read full article: Will government funding help the UK’s gr...→

Children’s book of the week: Annie Lumsden, the Girl from the Sea by David Almond

Children’s book of the week: Annie Lumsden, the Girl from the Sea by David Almond

Annie Lumsden, the Girl from the Sea by David Almond, illustrated by Beatrice AlemagnaWalker £10.99, age 7+This short, lyrical tale is about Annie, a girl who [...] Read full article: Children’s book of the week: Annie Lumsd...→

On record: classical — August 2

On record: classical — August 2

ALBUM OF THE WEEKHANDELSemeleCast, Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, cond John Eliot GardinerSDG 733For this live recording from Alexandra Palace, Ga [...] Read full article: On record: classical — August 2...→

Act of Grace by Anna Krien review — living in the long shadow of war

Act of Grace by Anna Krien review — living in the long shadow of war

Many novels are described in the puff quotes on their covers as “ambitious” — it’s one of those book review buzzwords, like “evocative” or “lyrical”. But when [...] Read full article: Act of Grace by Anna Krien review — livi...→

You say: readers’ views on Beethoven, The Joy Of Painting and more

You say: readers’ views on Beethoven, The Joy Of Painting and more

How can the BBC have made such a lacklustre series on one of the world’s greatest composers? Being Beethoven (BBC Four) had all the impression of a pandemic ma [...] Read full article: You say: readers’ views on Beethoven, Th...→

I Survived by Victoria Cilliers review — the parachutist whose husband tried to kill her

I Survived by Victoria Cilliers review — the parachutist whose husband tried to kill her

What does it feel like to discover that your spouse has tried to kill you? That the person who has pledged to protect you has engaged in the ultimate violation [...] Read full article: I Survived by Victoria Cilliers review —...→

The Craft: How the Freemasons Made the Modern World by John Dickie review

The Craft: How the Freemasons Made the Modern World by John Dickie review

In 1885 the French Catholic Church celebrated a spectacular propaganda coup. One of its fiercest critics, the anticlerical writer Léo Taxil, had at last seen t [...] Read full article: The Craft: How the Freemasons Made the M...→

TV review: A Suitable Boy; Indian Matchmaking; Anthony; Prodigal Son

TV review: A Suitable Boy; Indian Matchmaking; Anthony; Prodigal Son

Much has been made of A Suitable Boy, and the fact it is the first primetime BBC period drama to contain an overwhelmingly Asian cast. There is an Indian direc [...] Read full article: TV review: A Suitable Boy; Indian Matchm...→

Edinburgh Book Festival: Alexander McCall Smith on his new short story collection, Tiny Tales

From Ron, the first Australian Pope, to Isabel Dalhousie, the Merchiston philosopher and amateur sleuth, Alexander McCall Smith has a knack for dreaming up unl [...] Read full article: Edinburgh Book Festival: Alexander McCal...→

Fashion fan saves £500 on her online clothing shop using a sales hunting hack

Fashion fan saves £500 on her online clothing shop using a sales hunting hack

A bargain hunter at heart, Noorie found the sales site through Google, where she was searching for a new designer handbag Read full article: Fashion fan saves £500 on her online clo...→

Best 50% off deals at McDonald's, Burger King, KFC, Nando's, Costa

Best 50% off deals at McDonald's, Burger King, KFC, Nando's, Costa

With the government's Eat Out to Help Out scheme people can get half price food on the high street Read full article: Best 50% off deals at McDonald's, Burger...→

Anne Odeke – The buzz when we can bring something together for an audience will be astronomical

Anne Odeke – The buzz when we can bring something together for an audience will be astronomical

Anne Odeke was set to perform in The Winter’s Tale with the Royal Shakespeare Company before theatres closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. She tells Giverny Ma [...] Read full article: Anne Odeke – The buzz when we can bring ...→

38 staff at Theatre by the Lake to be made redundant

Theatre by the Lake has confirmed 38 staff will be made redundant following a consultation process Read full article: 38 staff at Theatre by the Lake to be ma...→

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society launches online hub

A virtual hub has been launched by the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society and will host more than 30 free events during August Read full article: Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society launch...→

Theatre job losses rise by 2,000 in one month, BECTU figures reveal

Theatre job losses rise by 2,000 in one month, BECTU figures reveal

Theatre job losses have increased from 3,000 to 5,000 in a month, according to figures from entertainment union BECTU.... Figures published by the union on Jul [...] Read full article: Theatre job losses rise by 2,000 in one ...→

The Empty Space: What should have opened this week – The Pillowman

The Empty Space: What should have opened this week – The Pillowman

Lyn Gardner talks to Matthew Dunster, director of The Pillowman, which was due to open at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London Read full article: The Empty Space: What should have opened...→

Is sarcasm really the lowest form of wit?

Is sarcasm really the lowest form of wit?

This week we investigate whether comedy’s evergreen trope is the mark of the mardy teen or a sophisticated way of dealing with 2020 Read full article: Is sarcasm really the lowest form of wit...→

Cast members sacrifice Christmas to allow Sevenoaks panto to go ahead

Performers have agreed to “giving up their Christmas” in order to allow a pantomime to be staged in a Sevenoaks theatre this year Read full article: Cast members sacrifice Christmas to allo...→

The Phantom of the Opera stars team up for outdoor musical theatre show

Musical theatre performers John Owen-Jones and Earl Carpenter have joined forces to star alongside each other for a new outdoor production.... The former Phant [...] Read full article: The Phantom of the Opera stars team up f...→

Pride Cymru is calling for people to get involved for their digital event

Pride Cymru is calling for people to get involved for their digital event

A video will feature in the organisations digital event next month, asking people 'What does pride mean to you?' Read full article: Pride Cymru is calling for people to get...→

Jet2 hopes to resume flights to Spain within weeks

Jet2 hopes to resume flights to Spain within weeks

Routes from the UK to destinations in the Balearics and Canaries could restart before the end of summer, boss claims Read full article: Jet2 hopes to resume flights to Spain wi...→

Kate Garraway tried to give Derek her blood after surviving Covid

Kate Garraway tried to give Derek her blood after surviving Covid

Doctors had told Kate to be grateful her husband has not taken a step back, following his ongoing battles health problems caused after suffering from Coronavir [...] Read full article: Kate Garraway tried to give Derek her bl...→

Couple quoted £3,200 for wall feature decide to build it themselves for £270

Couple quoted £3,200 for wall feature decide to build it themselves for £270

Sujitha Uppalapati, 29, and her husband Siddhartha, 29, who are both software developers in Austin, Texas, were quoted $4,200 Read full article: Couple quoted £3,200 for wall feature de...→

John Oliver condemns 'shockingly reckless' Trump over coronavirus misinformation

John Oliver condemns 'shockingly reckless' Trump over coronavirus misinformation

‘Recklessness is abounding right now, heightening the need for strong leadership but unfortunately, we’re getting the exact opposite of that’ Read full article: John Oliver condemns 'shockingly reckles...→

Tom Savini: ‘My work looks so authentic because I’ve seen the real thing’

Tom Savini: ‘My work looks so authentic because I’ve seen the real thing’

The 73-year-old master of prosthetics and gore in films such as Dawn of the Dead and Friday the 13th tells Thomas Hobbs some of his secrets and how being a pho [...] Read full article: Tom Savini: ‘My work looks so authentic ...→

Find the places near you using the Eat Out to Help Out discount

Find the places near you using the Eat Out to Help Out discount

The Eat Out to Help Out discount scheme will get diners 50% per person off food and non-alcoholic drinks when they eat in at participating establishments durin [...] Read full article: Find the places near you using the Eat O...→

The Scotsman Sessions #78: James Grant & Ursula Grant

Welcome to The Scotsman Sessions. With the performing arts world shutting down for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video perform [...] Read full article: The Scotsman Sessions #78: James Grant &...→

Cineworld reopens ready to give Harry Potter fans the 'shakes'

Cineworld reopens ready to give Harry Potter fans the 'shakes'

After being closed for more than four months, Cineworld is reopening and offering Harry Potter fans the chance to see him in a seat-shaking fourth dimension Read full article: Cineworld reopens ready to give Harry Po...→

Slipknot's Corey Taylor expresses concern for Kanye West over public outbursts

Slipknot's Corey Taylor expresses concern for Kanye West over public outbursts

‘It’s one thing to laugh about it from afar; it’s another thing to watch a breakdown happening in real-time,’ Slipknot frontman says Read full article: Slipknot's Corey Taylor expresses concer...→

11 myths we have been believing about our hair all this time

11 myths we have been believing about our hair all this time

People are flocking back to their hairdressers but here's what we've been getting completely wrong about our locks Read full article: 11 myths we have been believing about ou...→

Sunflower maze opens but you need to be quick to see it

Sunflower maze opens but you need to be quick to see it

Due to the length of the flowering season being determined by British weather, the farm is encouraging people not to leave it too late to see them Read full article: Sunflower maze opens but you need to be ...→

The last days of Brick Lane

The last days of Brick Lane

In 1974, the first licensed “Indian” restaurant opened on Brick Lane, in east London. The Clifton was named after a seaside suburb of Karachi, Pakistan, where [...] Read full article: The last days of Brick Lane...→

‘Fear will not fill our bellies’: Why Indian waste collectors are risking their lives on coronavirus debris

‘Fear will not fill our bellies’: Why Indian waste collectors are risking their lives on coronavirus debris

Sifting with bare hands, hundreds of scavengers including children expose themselves to a disease that has infected more than 17 million people Read full article: ‘Fear will not fill our bellies’: Why In...→

The Glass Hotel by Emily St John Mandel review — the new novel by the Station Eleven author

The Glass Hotel by Emily St John Mandel review — the new novel by the Station Eleven author

Earlier this year we were all swept up in a colossal plot twist, one that very few people saw coming. We still don’t know how the story will end. But collectiv [...] Read full article: The Glass Hotel by Emily St John Mandel ...→

Film review: Unhinged; The Fight

Film review: Unhinged; The Fight

Russell Crowe has reached that stage of his career, attained by only the most venerable and esteemed of film stars — Tom Cruise, Denzel Washington, Michael Dou [...] Read full article: Film review: Unhinged; The Fight...→

Opera review: Opera Holland Park embraces the summer spirit with gala concert

Opera review: Opera Holland Park embraces the summer spirit with gala concert

One of the issues for UK opera companies wanting to “get back to normal” – the outlook is not good until at least spring 2021 – is whether audiences, and parti [...] Read full article: Opera review: Opera Holland Park embrace...→

A Dominant Character: The Radical Science and Restless Politics of JBS Haldane by Samanth Subramanian review

A Dominant Character: The Radical Science and Restless Politics of JBS Haldane by Samanth Subramanian review

Even if there had been no scientific legacy, the rich and at times outrageous life of JBS Haldane would justify a biography. This was a bull of a man, a polyma [...] Read full article: A Dominant Character: The Radical Scienc...→

CRITICS' CHOICESemi-Detached (BBC Two, 10pm) It is one of the many jobs of an ex [...]

CRITICS' CHOICESemi-Detached (BBC Two, 10pm) It is one of the many jobs of an ex [...]

CRITICS' CHOICESemi-Detached (BBC Two, 10pm) It is one of the many jobs of an executive producer to hype their product, but Neil Webster makes a bold claim of [...] Read full article: CRITICS' CHOICESemi-Detached (BBC Two, 1...→

Gbemisola Ikumelo interview: ‘You find yourself having to fight’

Gbemisola Ikumelo interview: ‘You find yourself having to fight’

It took Gbemisola Ikumelo a good few weeks to get her head around her two Bafta nominations. “Every win I get, as a black woman, I question,” she says over Zoo [...] Read full article: Gbemisola Ikumelo interview: ‘You find y...→

Flash Gordon’s makers on the film’s 40th anniversary this year

Flash Gordon’s makers on the film’s 40th anniversary this year

Flash! Ah-ahh!” goes the chorus of Queen’s theme tune to the 1980 film, but “Flash! Argh-argh!” might have been a more suitable line, given the film’s chaotic [...] Read full article: Flash Gordon’s makers on the film’s 40th...→

John Carey’s poem of the week — The Owl by Edward Thomas

John Carey’s poem of the week — The Owl by Edward Thomas

Edward Thomas became a poet only by chance. He had married young and scraped a living writing potboilers about the English countryside. “Me? I couldn’t write a [...] Read full article: John Carey’s poem of the week — The Owl ...→

Titian exhibition: watch Waldemar Januszczak’s tour of the National Gallery’s masterly show

Titian exhibition: watch Waldemar Januszczak’s tour of the National Gallery’s masterly show

“Gods don’t answer letters.” John UpdikeAnyone looking for proof that we mortals are the playthings of the gods has two routes to stride down in the search for [...] Read full article: Titian exhibition: watch Waldemar Janusz...→

Cineworld Broad Street fans say they would wear a mask to watch a film

Cineworld Broad Street fans say they would wear a mask to watch a film

Some of the first guests back at the reopened Cineworld Broad Street said they would happily wear a mask to watch films again Read full article: Cineworld Broad Street fans say they wou...→

Johnny Depp's A Nightmare on Elm Street to be shown at Dudley cinema

Johnny Depp's A Nightmare on Elm Street to be shown at Dudley cinema

Actor Johnny Depp's libel court case has been making all the headlines, but the soft reopening of cinemas is giving fans a chance to see where his journey to H [...] Read full article: Johnny Depp's A Nightmare on Elm Street ...→

Full list of McDonald's and Nando's prices under new Eat Out to Help Out scheme

Full list of McDonald's and Nando's prices under new Eat Out to Help Out scheme

Thousands of restaurants across the UK have cut dine-in prices this month - and it includes our fast-food favourites Read full article: Full list of McDonald's and Nando's pric...→

Native American writer Larissa FastHorse: ‘I want to to push indigenous and white audiences together’

Native American writer Larissa FastHorse: ‘I want to to push indigenous and white audiences together’

With a background in ballet and British TV sitcoms among her influences, Larissa FastHorse tells Howard Sherman why there’s still a way to go before Native Ame [...] Read full article: Native American writer Larissa FastHorse...→

Theatre public relations: ‘We are translators for journalists, artists and people on the street’

Theatre public relations: ‘We are translators for journalists, artists and people on the street’

Five theatre PRs speak to Lyn Gardner about how their companies are coping and the role PRs will play in supporting theatres post-pandemic Read full article: Theatre public relations: ‘We are transl...→

Boots is now selling a brand new type of tampon for just £2.25

Boots is now selling a brand new type of tampon for just £2.25

High-street retailer Boots has added plant-based applicator compact tampons and menstrual cups to its shelves Read full article: Boots is now selling a brand new type of...→

Lunchtime concerts to be broadcast into Princes Street Gardens under Edinburgh International Festival revival

A dramatic reboot of this year’s Edinburgh International Festival will see lunchtime concerts will broadcast into Princes Street Gardens, a dramatic light show [...] Read full article: Lunchtime concerts to be broadcast into ...→

Qdos pantomimes in doubt as August 3 deadline missed

Leading pantomime producer Qdos Pantomimes has given its strongest indication yet that this year’s festive productions are in jeopardy following inaction from [...] Read full article: Qdos pantomimes in doubt as August 3 dea...→

Brian Ferguson's Festival Diary: When is a Fringe show not a Fringe show?

Is the festival taking place in an alternative reality this year? Why would a live theatre show happening in Edinburgh in August want to opt out of the Fringe? [...] Read full article: Brian Ferguson's Festival Diary: When is...→

Drayton Manor fans 'heartbroken' as theme park faces administration

Drayton Manor fans 'heartbroken' as theme park faces administration

Drayton Manor has around 1.5 million visitors a year but reported a loss of £1.8 million in the year to February 2019 Read full article: Drayton Manor fans 'heartbroken' as them...→

Festival to go ahead in 'bitesize' form

Festival to go ahead in 'bitesize' form

A music and theatre festival has been scaled down and become an open-air event so that it can go ahead in a smaller form this summer. Read full article: Festival to go ahead in 'bitesize' form...→

Kate Maltby: Now is a time for development – let’s not rush to completion

Now is a time for development and recovery in the industry. Theatre is a work in progress – let’s not rush to completion, says Kate Maltby Read full article: Kate Maltby: Now is a time for developme...→

The myth and reality of the Parisian woman

The myth and reality of the Parisian woman

There is now a whole literary genre devoted to her mysterious allure. So what is the true essence of the Parisienne – asks Paris born-and-bred Agnès Poirier – [...] Read full article: The myth and reality of the Parisian wom...→

What’s on TV and radio tonight: Monday, August 3

What’s on TV and radio tonight: Monday, August 3

For full TV listings for the week, see thetimes.co.uk/tvplannerViewing guide, by Ben DowellThe DeceivedChannel 5, 9pmThe Cambridge student Ophelia Marsh (Emily [...] Read full article: What’s on TV and radio tonight: Monday, ...→

BBC defends decision to air teenage same-sex kiss on The Next Step after complaints about episode

BBC defends decision to air teenage same-sex kiss on The Next Step after complaints about episode

Statement posted to the BBC website revealed some people had complained about the moment, which received widespread praise from other viewers Read full article: BBC defends decision to air teenage same...→

BBC criticised over Lucy Worsley use of n-word in historical show

BBC criticised over Lucy Worsley use of n-word in historical show

Broadcast comes less than a week after a BBC news reporter said the word on air without being censored, as she described language used in a racist attack on an [...] Read full article: BBC criticised over Lucy Worsley use of ...→

Edinburgh Book Festival: Ali Smith discusses new novel Summer

As writer Ali Smith – who has been described “Scotland’s Nobel laureate in waiting” – brings her dazzling Seasonal Quartet to a close, David Robinson asks her [...] Read full article: Edinburgh Book Festival: Ali Smith discu...→

The scary movies that have triumphed during lockdown

The scary movies that have triumphed during lockdown

The pandemic has cultivated a movie ecosystem in which low-budget horror thrives, writes Annabel Nugent. In what other climate would a dirt-cheap, vlogger-cent [...] Read full article: The scary movies that have triumphed dur...→

Summer reflection: Call of the flycatcher

Summer reflection: Call of the flycatcher

This summer, reorganising cupboards, washing walls, and laundering clothes have sometimes let me forget what is going on, for I learned long ago that compulsiv [...] Read full article: Summer reflection: Call of the flycatche...→

32 reasons there's far more to Trafford than the football

32 reasons there's far more to Trafford than the football

Parks, shopping, outdoor activities and plenty of places to eat - it's not just all about football in Old Trafford Read full article: 32 reasons there's far more to Trafford ...→

Britney Spears' father responds to #FreeBritney 'conspiracy theory'

Britney Spears' father responds to #FreeBritney 'conspiracy theory'

Fan campaign claims pop star is ‘trapped’ under rules of her conservatorship and is being ‘exploited Read full article: Britney Spears' father responds to #Free...→

New reality for restaurants, pubs, and cafés as they open indoors

New reality for restaurants, pubs, and cafés as they open indoors

Customers will be asked to clock in and out, staff and patrons face temperature checks, and tables will be blocked off or moved to enable social distancing Read full article: New reality for restaurants, pubs, and c...→

Radio picks of the week — August 2

Radio picks of the week — August 2

SUNDAYMemphis And Martin Luther King (Radio 2, 2am; BBC Sounds)The first episode of a fine four-part documentary on Martin Luther King, pictured, a repeat from [...] Read full article: Radio picks of the week — August 2...→

TV and radio picks of the week: Little Birds; Dangerous Liaisons; Nazi Sa Gaeltacht; Radio Five

TV and radio picks of the week: Little Birds; Dangerous Liaisons; Nazi Sa Gaeltacht; Radio Five

PICK OF THE WEEKLittle Birds (Tuesday, Sky Atlantic, 9pm/10pm)It is 1955 and Lucy Savage (Juno Temple), a cloistered American debutante, packs up her trousseau [...] Read full article: TV and radio picks of the week: Little B...→

Soft Power by Robert Winder review — Max Hastings on a new method of global dominance

Soft Power by Robert Winder review — Max Hastings on a new method of global dominance

I once spent a grim morning in Gaza, hearing a procession of Palestinians denounce the iniquity of the United States for indulging Israel’s occupation policies [...] Read full article: Soft Power by Robert Winder review — Max...→

Sisters by Daisy Johnson review — gothic horror tale by the youngest person to make a Booker shortlist

Sisters by Daisy Johnson review — gothic horror tale by the youngest person to make a Booker shortlist

Daisy Johnson is the youngest novelist to have been shortlisted for the Booker prize. She made it to the final half dozen in 2018, aged 27, with her debut, Eve [...] Read full article: Sisters by Daisy Johnson review — gothic...→

Theatre A second life in the pandemic for Nottingham Playhouse’s excellent live  [...]

Theatre A second life in the pandemic for Nottingham Playhouse’s excellent live [...]

Theatre A second life in the pandemic for Nottingham Playhouse’s excellent live Zoom family show Noah and the Peacock, about a peahen and peacock trying to get [...] Read full article: Theatre A second life in the pandemic fo...→

Edinburgh Fringe: Arthur Smith, Richard Herring, Bridget Christie and others remember their finest festival moments

Edinburgh Fringe: Arthur Smith, Richard Herring, Bridget Christie and others remember their finest festival moments

The midlife crisis that afflicted me in 1994 was made worse by my failure to do a new show in Edinburgh that August. As I mooched around at home I hated myself [...] Read full article: Edinburgh Fringe: Arthur Smith, Richard ...→

More film reviews: Make Up; Summerland; The Vigil; Proxima

More film reviews: Make Up; Summerland; The Vigil; Proxima

Make UpCinema release and Curzon Home Cinema15, 86 mins★★★Claire Oakley’s film, a debut feature, is a coming-out drama that takes a while to reveal itself. Sta [...] Read full article: More film reviews: Make Up; Summerland; ...→

Radio review: Phil Williams; My Name Is . . . ; How They Made Us Doubt Everything; The Compass: The Senses

Radio review: Phil Williams; My Name Is . . . ; How They Made Us Doubt Everything; The Compass: The Senses

I am so glad to have Phil Williams properly back on air, with a Times Radio show of his own, not just cropping up as a holiday replacement or temporary fill-in [...] Read full article: Radio review: Phil Williams; My Name Is ...→

Why the future looks bright for science fiction

Why the future looks bright for science fiction

John Clute, the co-editor of the six million-word Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, is pleading with me.“Please don’t use it, it is deeply vulgar and very stupi [...] Read full article: Why the future looks bright for science ...→

Ellen DeGeneres ‘ready to quit show’ over claims of workplace bullying and harassment

Ellen DeGeneres ‘ready to quit show’ over claims of workplace bullying and harassment

‘She feels she can’t go on and the only way to recover her personal brand from this is to shut down the show,’ insider says Read full article: Ellen DeGeneres ‘ready to quit show’ ove...→

Interview: Fergus Linehan on his plans for the Edinburgh International Festival in 2020 and beyond

Fergus Linehan has spent lockdown thinking about the EIF’s future. He tells Joyce McMillan why outreach and climate change are on his mind Read full article: Interview: Fergus Linehan on his plans f...→

Urgent product recalls from Sainsbury's, Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Lidl and Co-op

Urgent product recalls from Sainsbury's, Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Lidl and Co-op

Some of the biggest supermarket chains have issued urgent food product recalls this week and this is what customers should do if they have purchased them Read full article: Urgent product recalls from Sainsbury's,...→

Scream 5 has been announced – here's what we know so far

Scream 5 has been announced – here's what we know so far

Scream fans are overjoyed to discover that a fifth film is happening. The news was announced on Instagram by original cast member Courteney Cox, who will repri [...] Read full article: Scream 5 has been announced – here's wha...→

Stephen King will release new crime novel next year

Stephen King will release new crime novel next year

New novel involves a boy with an unnatural ability, tasked with stopping a dead killer threatening to strike from beyond the grave Read full article: Stephen King will release new crime nove...→

Fashion fan saves £500 on her online clothing shop using a sales hunting hack

Fashion fan saves £500 on her online clothing shop using a sales hunting hack

A bargain hunter at heart, Noorie found the sales site through Google, where she was searching for a new designer handbag Read full article: Fashion fan saves £500 on her online clo...→

Full list of McDonald's and Nando's prices under new Eat Out to Help Out scheme

Full list of McDonald's and Nando's prices under new Eat Out to Help Out scheme

Thousands of restaurants across the UK have cut dine-in prices this month - and it includes our fast-food favourites Read full article: Full list of McDonald's and Nando's pric...→

Theatre public relations: ‘We are translators for journalists, artists and people on the street’

Theatre public relations: ‘We are translators for journalists, artists and people on the street’

Five theatre PRs speak to Lyn Gardner about how their companies are coping and the role PRs will play in supporting theatres post-pandemic Read full article: Theatre public relations: ‘We are transl...→

38 staff at Theatre by the Lake to be made redundant

Theatre by the Lake has confirmed 38 staff will be made redundant following a consultation process Read full article: 38 staff at Theatre by the Lake to be ma...→

Vanessa Redgrave joins 300-strong protest against NT and Southbank job cuts

Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the National Theatre on August 1 in what was the largest public event yet in opposition to job cuts in the arts Read full article: Vanessa Redgrave joins 300-strong protes...→

Theatre job losses rise by 2,000 in one month, BECTU figures reveal

Theatre job losses rise by 2,000 in one month, BECTU figures reveal

Theatre job losses have increased from 3,000 to 5,000 in a month, according to figures from entertainment union BECTU.... Figures published by the union on Jul [...] Read full article: Theatre job losses rise by 2,000 in one ...→

Boots selling new type of tampon - and shoppers are desperate to try them

Boots selling new type of tampon - and shoppers are desperate to try them

The pharmacy giant operates multiple stores across Birmingham and throughout the wider West Midlands area Read full article: Boots selling new type of tampon - and s...→

The Empty Space: What should have opened this week – The Pillowman

The Empty Space: What should have opened this week – The Pillowman

Lyn Gardner talks to Matthew Dunster, director of The Pillowman, which was due to open at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London Read full article: The Empty Space: What should have opened...→

Alnwick Music Festival goes virtual amid coronavirus pandemic

Alnwick Music Festival goes virtual amid coronavirus pandemic

Thousands of events across the country have been cancelled because of coronavirus, but the Alnwick Music Festival is one of many finding innovative ways to tak [...] Read full article: Alnwick Music Festival goes virtual amid...→

Qdos pantomimes in doubt as August 3 deadline missed

Leading pantomime producer Qdos Pantomimes has given its strongest indication yet that this year’s festive productions are in jeopardy following inaction from [...] Read full article: Qdos pantomimes in doubt as August 3 dea...→

How should the Edinburgh Festivals "build back better"?

To kick off our coverage of this unusually quiet, reflective August, we invited five people to respond to the same question: ‘When the Edinburgh festivals retu [...] Read full article: How should the Edinburgh Festivals "buil...→

Pride Cymru is calling for people to get involved for their digital event

Pride Cymru is calling for people to get involved for their digital event

A video will feature in the organisations digital event next month, asking people 'What does pride mean to you?' Read full article: Pride Cymru is calling for people to get...→

Kate Garraway tried to give Derek her blood after surviving Covid

Kate Garraway tried to give Derek her blood after surviving Covid

Doctors had told Kate to be grateful her husband has not taken a step back, following his ongoing battles health problems caused after suffering from Coronavir [...] Read full article: Kate Garraway tried to give Derek her bl...→

Bullring owner trying to raise cash in bid to survive coronavirus

Bullring owner trying to raise cash in bid to survive coronavirus

The business, which has suffered from unpaid rents during the coronavirus pandemic, confirmed press reports from over the weekend Read full article: Bullring owner trying to raise cash in b...→

John Oliver condemns 'shockingly reckless' Trump over coronavirus misinformation

John Oliver condemns 'shockingly reckless' Trump over coronavirus misinformation

‘Recklessness is abounding right now, heightening the need for strong leadership but unfortunately, we’re getting the exact opposite of that’ Read full article: John Oliver condemns 'shockingly reckles...→

Lyn Gardner: Covid-19 has exposed flaws in ticketing practices – it’s time for a rethink

Lyn Gardner: Covid-19 has exposed flaws in ticketing practices – it’s time for a rethink

Now is an ideal moment for theatre to ditch outdated models and consider offering audiences refunds and exchanges, says Lyn Gardner Read full article: Lyn Gardner: Covid-19 has exposed flaws ...→

The myth and reality of the Parisian woman

The myth and reality of the Parisian woman

There is now a whole literary genre devoted to her mysterious allure. So what is the true essence of the Parisienne – asks Paris born-and-bred Agnès Poirier – [...] Read full article: The myth and reality of the Parisian wom...→

Liverpool shops, bars and restaurants that have closed this year

Liverpool shops, bars and restaurants that have closed this year

While some closed for good at the start of the year, many have suffered as a result of lockdown Read full article: Liverpool shops, bars and restaurants th...→

Find the places near you using the Eat Out to Help Out discount

Find the places near you using the Eat Out to Help Out discount

The Eat Out to Help Out discount scheme will get diners 50% per person off food and non-alcoholic drinks when they eat in at participating establishments durin [...]