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Samira Ahmed

Sarf London
Freelance Journalist and Presenter, BBC Front Row and NewsWatch — BBC, Freelance

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

Daniel Radcliffe is on @bbcfrontrow tonight talking Nazis, corpses & what Harry Potter has in common with David Niven — This is "Daniel Radcliffe is on @bbcfrontrow tonight talking Nazis, corpses & what Harry Potter has in common with David Niven" by samiraahmed on Vimeo,...

Samira Ahmed: Like America, Britain should treasure its leaders

Deals: Swimming Lessons by Samira Ahmed Acquired by Soho Teen — Oh man. Here we go. Back in February, during one of the many publishing pitch events on Twitter (#PitMatch, a team up between the crew of #PitMad and #MSWL), I came across Samira Ahmed's query, which, and I've said it multiple times and in emails to editors, I favorited so fast I nearly broke my mouse.

Samira Ahmed on Cathy Come Home, 50 years on: 'Sadly all to relevant' — The other night I watched Ken Loach meet Cathy - or rather the young actress, Ellé Payne, playing Cathy (pictured below) in a Cardboard Citizens' staging of his 1966 landmark TV play Cathy Come Home (pictured left). The production featured many actors with experience of homelessness. It was deeply moving and beautiful to watch.

Arnold Bennett: The Edwardian David Bowie? — From the section Entertainment & Arts Arnold Bennett is probably the most successful and famous British celebrity you've never heard of, unless you've tried the omelette that bears his name. The dish was invented at London's Savoy Hotel, where this lover of the high life often stayed.

At York Art Gallery for BBC Front Row — Talking to artist Mark Hearld about his Lumber Room rehang of funds from the Castle Museum archive. The art gallery has been shortlisted for Museum of the Year

Samira Ahmed: What can superheroes do about real menace? — I love superhero comics, and they've never been handled with more love than by writers and film-makers who grew up on them too. And yet... and yet... in the latest Captain America: Civil War film, when a terrorist bomb goes off outside a UN meeting leaving a scene of devastation, I feel an increasingly familiar unease.

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."
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