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Civilisations, review, BBC2, Kenneth Clark, Simon Schama, Mary Beard, National Gallery

Civilisations on BBC2

Last updated on January 3rd, 2020 at 03:07 pmIn 1939, the Director of the National Gallery was tasked with the critical job of moving the museum’s monumental art collection from London to a disused mining cave in Wales. In its cavernous outpost, this priceless stockpile would be safe from the nocturnal bombs raining down on…

India, Film, Viceroy's House, London

FILM REVIEW: Viceroy’s House

Last updated on October 22nd, 2020 at 03:53 pmGurinder Chadha is dressed up to the nines and a little breathless: she’s just arrived from an audience with HM the Queen at Buckingham Palace. She’s at the Curzon Mayfair to talk about her new film, Viceroy’s House, which has been two generations and seven years in…

Midnight in London

Last updated on June 2nd, 2021 at 07:17 amCome with me on a flight of fancy just for a moment. Imagine that the film director Woody Allen had set his film “Midnight in Paris” in London. In which period of British history would Allen have time-travelled: what moment in time represents London as its most…

A Life in Movies

Last updated on June 2nd, 2021 at 06:45 amI wasn’t born with a silver spoon but rather into the silver screen and into a life in movies. Darryl F. Zanuck, the flamboyant 20th Century Fox movie mogul, was barking on the phone to my mother, moments after I catapulted into the world, checking in to…