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Murder on the Orient Express: why go to see remake when we know how it ends?

21st Century Fox Andrew Dix, Loughborough University For the distinguished crime novelist PD James, Agatha Christie’s distinctive contribution to the genre lies not in thematic complexity nor stylistic prowess, but […]

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Big Ben to chime for Remembrance

As part of the nation’s Remembrance Sunday commemorations, Big Ben will chime at 11 o’clock on Sunday 12 November, live on BBC One. The Remembrance Sunday chimes are a key […]

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What Martin Luther’s Reformation tells us about history and memory

Ferdinand Willem Pauwels/Wikimedia Commons Peter Marshall, University of Warwick The story we tell of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation 500 years ago is a window on how the past […]

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The impossible ideals of the British middle class: why Doctor Foster is gripping the nation

BBC, Author provided Helena Bassil-Mozorow, Glasgow Caledonian University It is fairly rare when a TV drama concerning entirely domestic issues such as marital cheating and lying to your spouse looks […]

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David Bowie, a latter-day Romantic, was a modern-day Lord Byron

Jean-Luc via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA Emily Bernhard Jackson, University of Exeter Before he died in January 2016, David Bowie was universally regarded as one of the seminal rock stars […]

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Stan Laurel was no Charlie Chaplin – he was far funnier

Laurel and Hardy. Publicity photo of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy from the 1930s David James, Manchester Metropolitan University Chaplin wasn’t the funniest. I wasn’t the funniest. Stan Laurel was […]

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How Elvis permanently changed American pop culture

David Anderson, Swansea University It’s been 40 years since Elvis Presley last swivelled his hips, before his untimely death in 1977 at the age of 42. To date, Elvis’s singles […]

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Small music venues are part of music’s heritage – we need to support them

John Schofield, University of York This year’s Glastonbury Festival saw a closing set to rival the very best. For two hours on a June evening, Radiohead seduced and energised a […]

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Casting a female Doctor Who wasn’t so bold – choosing another white male would have been really risky

Image courtesy of the BBC Matt Hills, University of Huddersfield The casting of Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor has been celebrated by some and condemned by others as overly […]

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Why we can’t resist the lure of mermaids

Siren song: Darryl Hannah as a mermaid in Splash (1984). Disney Sarah Peverley, University of Liverpool Mermaids are everywhere. In the past month alone they have surfaced in New Brighton, […]

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