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The Big Picture (1 mn)

Andy Warhol and Diana Vreeland, New York City, 1976, by Annie Leibovitz. Photograph courtesy of the artist and Taschen Andy Warhol and fashion writer Diana Vreeland share a drink in New York Andy ...


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On my radar (3 mn)

Britain’s foremost documentary photographer, Martin Parr was born in Epsom in 1952 . He studied at Manchester Polytechnic and has spent his career chronicling subjects such as class and tourism . ...


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Planet earth calling the new time lady: Save us (5 mn)

Illustration by David Foldvari Last week, there was really only one story. And it wasn’t that a children’s television science-fiction character , who never reproduces or has sexual relations with a...


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Agenda : The grid (1 mn)

A series of dynamic photos captures the drama of postwar civic buildings The postwar years, says photographer Rob Clayton, were a unique period for architecture in Britain. Growing up in the 60...


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Q&A Chris Stein, Musician and photographer (5 mn)

Chris Stein: ‘Now Debbie and I are in old age, we feel closer in a way. We have so much shared history.’ Photograph by Dave J Hogan/ Getty Imagez The Blondie guitarist talks about his new photogra...


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The next generation : New takes on the human condition (19 mn)

How do you say something original in our imagesaturated world? We asked five globally renowned photographers – Alec Soth, Dayanita Singh, Tom Hunter, Takashi Homma and Vanessa Winship –to recommend...


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The experts' guide to photography (17 mn)

Once the preserve of enthusiasts, photography has become a staple of modern culture. But how do you start a collection? Where can the best work be seen? And what books are required reading? Here, s...


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One man’s search for truth in theland of the grievingand disappeared (9 mn)

A makeshift memorial commemorating the massacre of Tamil civilians at the hands of the Sri Lankan army near the end of the war. A mother and her daughter hold a photograph of their son and brothe...


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Photography in the Instagram age (15 mn)

Every day hundreds of millions of images are uploaded, liked and reposted online. Some photographers fear for the future of the art form; others are galvanised by it. Sean O’Hagan investigates how...


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Science&Tech, No sex please, we’re trying to make a baby... (9 mn)

Illustration by Anamaria Stanley Human sperm and eggs may soon be created from our skin cells – good news for some, but an ethical headache for society. Forty years ago, couples suffering from inf...


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Opinion : The tech giants, the US and the Chinese spy chips that never were... or were they? (4 mn)

Are spies lurking in our circuit boards? Science Picture Co/ Getty Images On 4 October , Bloomberg Businessweek published a major story under the headline “The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip ...


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Here’s looking at you too... (7 mn)

Federico García Lorca and Salvador Dalí in Cadaqués, 1927. Courtesy Fundación Federico García Lorca A huge survey of artist couples gets neither to the heart of their relationships nor their work....


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Film of the week : "First man", an inner space odyssey (8 mn)

Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong in Damien Chazelle’s ‘explicitly allegorical’ First Man. Universal Pictures/AP First Man (141 mins, 12A) Directed by Damien Chazelle; starring Ryan Gosling, Claire ...


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Legends in their own launch time (3 mn)

Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin in the ‘riveting’ In the Shadow of the Moon. Rex First Man is in cinemas now, in all its crashing, whooshing, non-flagwaving glory, reminding audienc...


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Critics, Pop : Album of the week, That’s how you razzle dazzle ’em... (9 mn)

‘Working the crowd into a lather’: MNEK and his dancers, the KiKi, at Gorilla in Manchester. Photograph by Gary Calton for the Observer Known for his hits with Beyoncé and Rudimental, 23-year-old ...


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One to watch (1 mn)

The Homesick This eccentric Dutch trio bring a sense of humour – and some unusual transportation – to their scratchy, eclectic post-punk Driving around in a vintage, bright orange Unimog – a monst...


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Critics, Classical : All together now... (3 mn)

‘Spatial grandeur’: James MacMillan conducts the world premiere of his All the Hills and Vales Along at Cumnock Old Church. Photograph by Robin Mitchell The Cumnock Tryst Cumnock, East Ayrshire ...


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Home listening (2 mn)

Classical music on CD, on air and online The Hyperion label continues its Romantic piano concerto series with works by Hans August Alexander Bronsart von Schellendorf (or just plain Hans von Bronsa...


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Critics, Theatre : Power ballads for the bard (4 mn)

Twelfth Night at the Young Vic – Kwame Kwei-Armah’s debut production as artistic director. Photograph by Johan Persson ‘Generous brilliance’: Jonathan Pryce and Eileen Atkins in Florian Zeller’s T...


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Short (1 mn)

Mother Courage and Her Children Albion Electric Warehouse, Leeds ; until Sat Red Ladder is 50 this year. For a company that sprang from the radical socialist theatre movement of 1968, it makes sen...


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Oblique encounters (5 mn)

Clockwise from above: the Dark Tent of the V&A’s new photography centre, designed by David Kohn; a CGI of the rooftop terrace of his Lützowufer apartment block, Berlin; and a new quad for New Col...


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Stuck in the middle with you (3 mn)

‘Tigerish virtuosity’: Cesar Corrales, far left, in Mayerling Natalia Osipova and Ryoichi Hirano, ‘at odds’ as Mary and Rudolf. Photographs by Tristram Kenton; Helen Maybanks Mayerling Royal O...


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The Doctor will see you now (6 mn)

‘The first episode I’ve understood for about five years’: new Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker, centre, with assistants Mandip Gill, Tosin Cole, Bradley Walsh and Sharon D Clarke. BBC Jodie Whittaker ma...


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Audio, Podcasts & radio : A symphony for the Somme (4 mn)

Patrick Hawes’s The Great War Symphony being performed at the Royal Albert Hall. PA Classic FM Live: The Great War Symphony Classic FM The Documentary: Everyday Americans BBC World Service I do...


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Critics, The week ahead : Our cultural highlights (1 mn)

Film Halloween Another rehash of John Carpenter’s seminal screamer? Yes, but David Gordon Green’s smart, loving sequel rises above the rest, and went down a storm at last month’s Toronto film fes...


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Books, Law : The woman in search of a gender-blind justice (5 mn)

Helena Kennedy, photographed at her chambers in central London last month by Alicia Canter for the Guardian. In this disturbing follow-up to her groundbreaking Eve Was Framed, emiment QC Helena Ke...


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Fiction : In this bleak house... (3 mn)

Barbara Kingsolver is on solid ground in this powerful lament for the American dream Unsheltered Barbara Kingsolver Faber , £20 , pp480 Unlike the incompetent architect of the house in her lates...


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Books, Global warming : More power to the ground force team (3 mn)

A tornado tears through a residential area in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, May 2016. Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty An ex-Irish president’s lucid manifesto argues that grassroots activists offer hope in the face ...


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Fiction : After the crash (2 mn)

A child in an Afghan refugee camp in Islamabad, October 2017. Reuters Mohammed Hanif’s satirical tale of a lost American fighter pilot and a teenage refugee is a high-wire act Red Birds Mohamme...


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Books, Biography : He’s just a complicated guy (4 mn)

‘Nobody ever thought of me as cuddly’: John Lennon with Yoko Ono, England, 1968. Bob Thomas/ Getty Images A fascinating biography of John Lennon captures his contradictory traits, Being John Lenn...


In brief (1 mn)

Murder by the Book Claire Harman Penguin, £14.99, pp224 The murder of Lord William Russell in 1840 sent a wave of hysteria across London . When Russell’s valet, François Courvoisier , was arreste...


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Books, Comedy : Beyond a joke and into our brains (3 mn)

‘The process of testing his hypotheses is a joyfully entertaining ride’: Robin Ince. Rex Comedian Robin Ince uses his profession as a springboard to explore the human mind I’m a Joke and So Are Y...


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Browse a bookshop... (1 mn)

A weekly look at what’s selling around the country The Stripey Badger Bookshop, Grassington The bookshop opened in the Dales village this year. Co-owner James Firth says: “My co-owner is my mothe...


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Books : Kamal ahmed, ‘We find it hard to talk about prejudice’ (5 mn)

The books interview ‘Dual is good’: the BBC’s economics editor, Kamal Ahmed, photographed last month by Katherine Anne Rose for the Observer New Review. The BBC journalist on his Sudanese roots, ...


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Books, Man Booker prize : Eyes down for another round of posh bingo (6 mn)

It’s a strong final six, writes Alex Preston, if not quite the brave new world the Booker longlist had suggested It’s hard not to feel that the cull from Man Booker longlist to shortlist was a calc...


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Books, Graphic novel of the month : Now you see her, now you don’t... (2 mn)

‘What truly sets this book apart is its extraordinary illustrations.’ Jonathan Cape A tech pioneer loses control of her creation in this striking, intoxicating book Square Eyes Anna Mill and Lu...


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Book clinic (1 mn)

A weekly series answering reader's questions Q: What books should I read to prepare me to quit work, take my kid out of school and travel the world? Anonymous charity worker, 40, London Horatio ...


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Television : The week’s highlights (14 mn)

Today Pick of the Day Butterfly ITV, 9pm Eleven -year -old Max is a shy, awkward child who yearns for his parents, Vicky and Steve (Anna Friel and Emmett J Scanlan, both very good) to reconcile....