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Samira Ahmed

Sarf London
Freelance Journalist and Presenter, BBC Front Row and NewsWatch — BBC, Freelance
As seen in: BBC, Freelance, The Guardian

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

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."

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...
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Aug 25, 2016

Worth checking out @timothy_stanley's timeline on Hillary Clinton's latest speech on Trump, Farage & the "alt-right"

Aug 25, 2016

&Thomas Ostermeier on his Schaubuhne Berlin Richard III - Richard the young Rockstar?  All on @BBCFrontRow 715pm R4

Aug 25, 2016

Plus The Hangover for ladies? Verdict on #badmoms. Still mulling over whether to discuss the complexities of the penis jokes. @BBCFrontRow

Aug 25, 2016

Also on @BBCFrontRow: Beware kindly old chaps on step ladders with a chainsaw. It's the 30th anniversary of Casualty 

Aug 24, 2016

@joshspero Mild drizzle was the stuff of panicked breaking tv news flashes in pre-drought LA which amused Brits no end.

Aug 24, 2016

In an age of mollycoddled childhood "There's no doubt that kids love dystopias." says Arthur C Clarke's niece at the #clarkeaward for SF.

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