Guardian columnist, writes books, comes late to technology.

Louis Theroux: By Reason of Insanity review - it may have been his finest hour

theguardian.com — Louis Theroux: By Reason of Insanity (Sunday, BBC2) concluded with an attempt to chart the almost infinitely subtle gradations between sanity and insanity, trying to pinpoint the moment when criminal actions shade into clinical symptoms. On these impossible judgments rest such things as competence to stand trial - meaning the difference between a punitive, finite prison term and a rehabilitative but potentially lifetime stay in hospital.

Coalition review - the bloodless freaks began to swell with life and humanity

theguardian.com — The main problem I had with Saturday night's drama Coalition (Channel 4), the story of the formation of the government after the 2010 election, had nothing to do with the drama itself. The problem was that I don't believe in politicians as people.

Things We Won’t Say About Race That Are True review - an odd and welcome sense of being talked to as an adult

theguardian.com — Trevor Phillips, the former chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, prominent Blairite supporter and a man referred to so often as an astute self-publicist I'm beginning to wonder if it's an official job title, has had an epiphany.

Dangerous liaisons

theguardian.com — As most teenage girls in Britain will already know, Twilight - a tale of love between a young woman and a vampire - has now been made into a movie. It will no doubt be a huge hit. But what a shame it's not more like Buffy, writes Lucy Mangan

Wolf Hall review: an ending so great we forgot we knew it was coming

theguardian.com — Six hours and a single sword swipe, and the king's Great Matter is finally resolved. Last night saw the end of Anne Boleyn, and the TV adaptation of Hilary Mantel's books Bring up the Bodies and Wolf Hall (BBC2).

Shakespeare’s Mother: The Secret Life of a Tudor Woman review: ‘another fascinating view of the Wolf Hall era’

theguardian.com — It's Wolf Hall's world now, and we just live in it. Which is excellent. I am all for this, especially if we maintain a gateway into a parallel universe where we can still access modern medicine, cleaning products and meals whose recipes don't begin "First catch your sheep's head".

Jacqueline Wilson interview: ‘People say my books are all sex and drugs, but I can’t remember any’

theguardian.com — There is a package on the table in front of Jacqueline Wilson that is almost bigger than the author herself. It is a bundle of the emails that have arrived since the last time she was here at her publisher's office - a fraction of the 200 or so letters a week sent in by fans around the world.

David Starkey’s Magna Carta review - he’s a far better history teacher than political pundit

theguardian.com — What IS the verb for my relationship with David Starkey? I don't know him. I don't like him. I don't admire him (beyond the usual admiration I have for anyone who has mastered History-with-a-capital-H). I ... enjoy him. Yes, that's it. I enjoy him. He's a turn.

If you don’t understand how people fall into poverty, you’re probably a sociopath

theguardian.com — Last week, I took part in a comedy night to raise money for the charity Refuge, which supports women and children who have experienced domestic violence.

The Eichmann Show review - full of good actors and good intentions

theguardian.com — The Eichmann Show (BBC2) was full of good actors and good intentions. In last night's docudrama about the televising of the 1961 trial of Nazi Adolf Eichmann for war crimes, Martin Freeman was, as you would expect, utterly convincing as beleaguered producer Milton Fruchtman, constantly firefighting practical, commercial and ethical problems before and during the four-month trial.
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Mar 30, 2015

@urchinette For the first time ever I had to keep pressing pause in order to cope. Must be weakening in my old age :(

Mar 30, 2015

I may never recover from that finale. Please send gin, tablets and short-handled knives. #TheWalkingDead

Mar 30, 2015

@SarahMillican75 @jojomoyes Tell me you are still watching The Walking Dead? That finale. Was. Immense.

Mar 30, 2015

@vintagebooks "It's this shape" He drew a rectangle in the air.

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