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Dull girl power speeches and wild sex do not make Bridgerton a feminist triumph

“We’re seeing this Regency romance through a feminist lens,” proclaimed actor Regé-Jean Page, who plays the hunky-but-tortured Duke of Hastings in Netflix’s bodice-ripper Bridgerton, in a recent interview. Co-star Phoebe Dynevor has also thrown around the F word, saying that … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: The Final

What an extraordinary end to the series. The Strictly final aired just hours after Boris Johnson made his latest screeching u-turn, announcing that millions of people would have to cancel their festive plans and spend Christmas separated from loved ones. … Continue reading

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Mesmerising Bill Bailey has last laugh as he seals Strictly Come Dancing victory

Coming into this series, many expected Bill Bailey to be pure comic relief. Well, he’s certainly had the last laugh, not only making it to the Strictly final, but lifting the Glitterball trophy. Read my full Telegraph article here

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Strictly Speaking: Week 8

Can we believe we’ve only got one show to go? Sob! Anyhow, this was – understandably – not a vintage semi-final. It feels like the celebs have barely begun, and yet here we are asking them to learn two dances. … Continue reading

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Drag is part of British culture – of course it belongs on Strictly

Talk about les misérables. A curmudgeonly 100 or so people have complained to the BBC about the Strictly professional dancers doing a performance in drag for Musicals Week. Read my full Telegraph article here

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Oliver Dowden should be saving the arts, not nit-picking The Crown

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden recently asked Netflix to add a disclaimer informing viewers that The Crown is not wholly factual – a request that the streaming giant firmly denied. Now Josh O’Connor, who plays Prince Charles in the hit series, has labelled Dowden’s … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 7

Well, that was a jolly Musicals Week. Although very strange to think it’s already the quarter-finals, when it feels like we’ve only just begun the series. Product of both a shorter Strictly, and time losing all meaning in 2020. I’m both … Continue reading

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JJ Chalmers’ Chitty Chitty Charleston was a quick-step too far for the Strictly charmer

Musicals Week requires the celebrities to convince in both dance technique and, crucially, performance. That proved too big an ask for JJ Chalmers, who has been coasting by on his Scottish charm, heroism and judicious use of Prince Harry, while racking … Continue reading

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Grayson Perry’s uplifting lockdown art exhibition cancelled – thanks to lockdown

The new, more restrictive tier system has created a high-stakes national lottery for arts venues. Land in tier 3, and your luck is out: no galleries or museums are allowed to open at all. Read my full Telegraph article here

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Arts leaders have barely heard from Oliver Dowden – how did he find time to watch The Crown?

The government’s new tiers system is wreaking havoc on the theatre industry. And what is Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden’s major priority? Picking a fight with Netflix over labelling The Crown a work of fiction. Read my full Telegraph article here

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