My Picture of the Week

Vanessa Redgrave went well beyond the call of duty last night when she accepted the BAFTA Fellowship from its new President, Prince William. Not just a nod of the head, but a sweeping courtsey…    For some of us, knowledge of the political leanings of an actor can get in the way of a performance. I recall James Delingpole once commenting that he could not watch Sean Connery as Bond any more without thinking “that horrible Scottish nationalist”. While I understand this completely, I think one should try to resist it. Vanessa Redgrave is still one of the greatest instinctive actresses of our time; I love watching her despite, well, everything. 

An autumn note

“For many, the end of this uneasy year cannot come quickly enough”

An ordinary killing

Ian Cobain’s book uses the killing of Millar McAllister to paint a meticulous portrait of the Troubles

Greater—not wiser

John Mullan elucidates the genius of Charles Dickens