The year of viewing dangerously

Television in 2020 has been prescient, poignant and palliative

That’s entertainment

‘Vast swathes of the television production community stopped working overnight. Any television show involving camera crews, studio audiences, the general public, travel, or proximity of any kind, was, at best, postponed indefinitely; at worst, cancelled outright’

Murdering reality: the spurious spies of fiction

Hollywood lacks the wit and the will to convey the complexities of the secret world

A hunger for the truth

A film about the the Holodomor’s exposure should prompt debate on the famine-denialist Walter Duranty

The lost boys of the Villa Bencistà

Boys who survived the Holocaust were scattered by chance and design, often finding curious refuges

The delusions of literary dystopias

Anti-Christian bile may be inventive, but it stems from dangerous misunderstandings

The joy of virtual sex

Can society stand by and allow the technology that allows people to simulate sex with their neighbour?

Extremism is good business

Promoting demagogues of Left and Right makes for increased ratings but is bad for democracy

Moral cowardice of conservatives

Eurosceptics lacked the integrity to acknowledge the consequences of leaving the EU’s single market

You too, Polanski

Hollywood has finally washed its hands of a sexual predator, a mere 40 years after his conviction

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"