Want TV without (much) product placement? Then watch Mad Men

They’re bringing Sexy Back. Or, to give it its other name, Mad Men. With Jon Hamm, January Jones, Christina Hendricks, Elisabeth Moss and John...

If only Charlie Sheen had played the old Glasgow Empire

Detroit. Home to the “Black Bottom” area where Aretha Franklin’s father opened his first church and where Ella, Ellington and Basie played. Home of...

Meet me tonight in Atlantic City: Boardwalk Empire ends series one

With the billboards, TV ads and assorted hooplah over Sky Atlantic’s blue chip signing in a big-money purchase of HBO’s shows, a backlash was...

The strange case of the casting directors who lost their Marples

Isn’t it obvious? The ancient sleuth based on Agatha Christie’s granny is to be played by Her Out of Alias. Disney’s take on Miss Marple starring...

From equal pay to reality TV: two very different Essex Tales

Up the workers. Particularly if the alternative is the spongers of so-called reality television. Watching Made in Dagenham, the BAFTA-nominated 2010 film about the strike...

Elizabeth Taylor, 1932–2011: the first all-purpose star

The passing of Dame Elizabeth Taylor has seen the dusting down of that obituary standard, “The end of an era.” We shall not see such...

Neds, narky chefs and T in the Park – a new wave of Scottish...

In the world of fashion, two’s a coincidence, three’s a trend. Right now, 2011 sees a decided trend of Scottish directors making films in...

Red noses all round for the parliamentary sketch-writers

From Ronnie Reagan to The Governator to Law & Order star Fred Thompson, actors have always been able to enter stage-right to the top...

Arise, Sir Kenneth Loach? Well, perhaps not, but he deserves it

Birmingham must feel left out. Liverpool is the setting of the latest movie from Ken Loach, Route Irish, which arrives in cinemas this weekend. Loach...

Twitter ye not: why Charlie Sheen should lay off the 140 characters

“Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice,” Polonius advises Laertes before he leaves for Paris. A good trick if you can manage it....