Guardian columnist, writes books, comes late to technology.

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.

Before Google, what did we want to know? Ask the New York Public Library

theguardian.com — The New York Public Library recently shoved aside its copy of the Gutenberg Bible and illuminated Renaissance manuscripts and unearthed an even greater treasure and testament to humanity's ingenuity and questing spirit: a cache of questions asked of librarians by a curious - in all senses of the word - public from an age before the internet made interaction with informed human beings obsolete.

Cyberbully - review: part gothic horror, part An Inspector Calls for the digital age

theguardian.com — Just in case you hadn't resolved to make 2015 the year you finally gather up your stockpile of guns, gold and ammo and move into your share of that bunker in Montana your survivalist friend secured for you with what seemed like risible hysteria a decade ago but has now come to look like preternatural precautionary insight, last night's Cyberbully (Channel 4) should have given you that last little shove over the decision-making precipice.

Supercars Vs Used Cars: The Trade Off review - lost in Mayfair, struggling in Bridgend

theguardian.com — O wad some Pow'r the giftie gie us To see oursels as ithers see us! It was frae mony a blunder free us An' foolish notion - Robert Burns There were only two revealing moments in the otherwise entirely vapid Supercars Vs Used Cars: The Trade Off (BBC2).

Esio Trot review - Dench sparkles, Hoffman is perfect; World’s Strongest Man

theguardian.com — I need another four hearts to contain all my love for last night's Esio Trot (BBC1) - an utterly, completely, inescapably beguiling adaptation of Roald Dahl's book by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer, directed by Dearbhla Walsh, narrated by James Corden and starring Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench.
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