Guardian columnist, writes books, comes late to technology.

Russell Brand and Neil Gaiman’s childhood reinventions

theguardian.com — When it comes to Russell Brand, it always seems to me that the guardians of our media outlets get temporarily possessed by a rogue Johnsonian spirit. "A man with a cockernee accent using long words! It is not done well, but you are surprised to find it done at all.

Britain’s Bloodiest Dynasty; Nigel Slater’s Icing on the Cake; The Fall - review

theguardian.com — Yeah, sure he looks like he only passed his history GCSE 10 minutes ago - albeit with an A**, for which I hope he got an ice-cream, an extra go on the Playstation or whatever it is the kidz get these days - but once you have got over this disconcerting fact, Dan Jones is a presenter who always gets you where you need to be got.

Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia; The Fall - review

theguardian.com — As long as you are at peace with the fact that a documentary made by a friend of the subject's nephew and executive produced by that nephew is probably not going to be a forensic examination of the man's dark side or give the same attention to his critics as it does to his admirers, Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia (Sky Arts 1) was 90 minutes of pure joy.

Ebola Frontline - Panorama; Dancing Cheek to Cheek: An Intimate History of Dance - TV review

theguardian.com — Patients arrive at the Médecins Sans Frontières treatment centre in Sierra Leone 10 to an ambulance. The overcrowding means that by the time they get there, even those whose original symptoms may not have been Ebola will have been sufficiently exposed to catch it on the way in.

Broadmoor; Secrets of the Universe: Great Scientists in Their Own Words - TV review

theguardian.com — After five years of negotiations, a documentary team received permission to film for a year inside Britain's most famous high-security psychiatric hospital. The result is two hour-long episodes of Broadmoor (ITV).

24 Hours in A&E review - a measured, moving series that doesn’t mess with the formula

theguardian.com — "Twenty-four hours, seven days a week," says the receptionist, before putting the phone down and turning to her colleague. "I love that question, 'When's your opening hours?'" So begins the seventh series of 24 Hours in A&E (Channel 4).

Could you live in a tiny house?

theguardian.com — Hello and welcome to Part 1,285,746 in our occasional series: I Think It's Time To Start Taking My Tablets Again. For a house is on sale in Islington for £275,000. "How very reasonable," you might think, if you had been sealed in a lead-lined bunker for the past 40 years and hadn't heard anything about the London property market.

Rome: the World’s First Superpower review - when in Rome, don’t faff around

theguardian.com — Sometimes you just don't want any fannying about. Sometimes you want big chunky facts marking a wide, boldly slashed path through the thickets of your ignorance and to worry about the details later. And if you can find a cheerful guide to accompany you, so much the better.

The Spaceman of Afghanistan; Gotham review - origins of a spaceman, and of Batman

theguardian.com — By the grace of a God I have often wrongly condemned as unbenevolent, the BBC did not put Ten Years of The Apprentice up on their previews site in time for me to watch or write about it.

Inside Charlie's Chocolate Factory : The Complete Story of Willy Wonka, the Golden Ticket and Roald Dahl's Most Famous Creation

teenreads.com — INSIDE CHARLIE'S CHOCOLATE FACTORY explores the unique appeal and lasting cultural impact of Roald Dahl's beloved classic. This non-fiction book looks at the development of the original story and characters, its social history, and the varying film and stage adaptations.
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Nov 28, 2014

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Nov 28, 2014

@neilhimself It's a shame PPH had to be reviewed at all and then that they had to be reviewed together, for many reasons.

Nov 28, 2014

@neilhimself @rustyrockets @guardianreview It's a fair review of a bad book. I've got no reputation for or interest in hatchet jobs.

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