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Freelance Journalist and Presenter, BBC Front Row and NewsWatch — BBC, Freelance
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Presenter BBC Front Row&Newswatch.Freelance Journo,Visiting Prof Kingston Uni.Spiritual Berliner,ex-LosAngeleno,movie connoisseur,especially Westerns&SF.

Samira Ahmed: The Oscars should reward talent, regardless of colour or creed — It was one of the most exciting and original nights out I've had at the theatre in years - Molière's 17th-century French satire, Tartuffe, about a swindling conman of a priest making fools of a degenerate aristocratic family, transposed to modern Atlanta and the world of gospel preachers and African-American millionaires.

Hollywood's reputation on the line over diversity — Last year they were making jokes about the lack of any black or Latino performers in the acting categories at the Academy Awards ceremony. Host Neil Patrick Harris opened the ceremony with a joke about honouring "Hollywood's best and whitest. Sorry, brightest".

To suburban British-Asian kids like me, David Bowie was an unexpected hero — "It is a sign of our times that a man with a painted face and carefully adjusted lipstick should inspire adoration from an audience of girls aged between 14 and 20. An ex-art student from Brixton whose dad worked for Dr Barnardo's homes has turned himself into a bizarre self-constructed freak."

David Bowie - from kitchen sink to Starman — "Why am I so exciting? What makes me dramatic?" - lyrics to "That's motivation" Absolute Beginners soundtrack In all the Bowie content being churned out on social media, what jumps out for me is his 2013 list of 100 favourite books posted on his facebook page.

The Danish Girl: What does a ‘real’ woman look like? — A new year beckons, and a chance to reassess who we are and want to be. Watching The Danish Girl reminded me how much fun it is being a woman. Especially wearing bright red lipstick. But it was a rare moment of fun in watching the film.

Work ahead on the long road to realistic casting — It's just a small clip in a trailer for a comedy, but Benedict Cumberbatch's cameo as an apparent transgender model, All, in Zoolander 2 has stirred up an angry social media protest for alleged transphobia. With growing public awareness and news stories about transgender people, an online petition to boycott the film had gathered 10,000 signatures by Tuesday morning, saying the "cartoonish mockery...

Samira Ahmed: Our treasured values may not be the ones our daughters want — For years my mother kept an entire cupboard where she used to save up things for my trousseau, the old-fashioned concept of a bride's personal belongings collected to take to her new life.

Samira Ahmed talks Bay City Rollers: the band that represent an innocence lost — Three ageing rockers are holding up big glasses of milk in a toast. There's always something poignant about seeing how teen stars have aged but the Bay City Rollers really were angelic-faced teeny boppers, and I am stung by a feeling of something darker when I see the image all over news websites announcing their (partial) reunion.

Newsround, racism and me — There is a story I tell journalism students about how I got my first break and award at the age of 10. I wrote a letter to Newsround in 1978 when it had seven million viewers.

Samira Ahmed: Most refugees are men - we should be asking why — One of the strange realisations of being on the Channel 4 series It Was Alright in the 1970s was, when they showed me clips, how much I'd blanked from my memory. Star Maidens? I LOVED that TV show (pictured).
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Apr 28, 2016

@BriW74 But Spartacus isn't a privileged posh bloke, I guess. And to be fair he does die too, so it's not quite yuppie redemption.

Apr 28, 2016

Tonight's @BBCFrontRow: @Markgatiss on DoctorWho novelisations, Opera North's Pleasure,Brideshead Revisited on stage

Apr 28, 2016

@AdamRutherford I remember that. And how hilarious that she was so childishly young, as well. All his friends found it v amusing.

Apr 28, 2016

@AdamRutherford Thankyou! yes manic pixie dream girl came up very fast when i searched for "emotionally repressed white man" and "kooky"

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