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Five of the best ... films 1 The Death of Stalin (15) (Armando Iannucci, 2017, Fra/UK) 107 mins Soviet skulduggery in the style of The Thick of It. Iannucci’s comedy of shambles translates easily to 1950s USSR, where… Read more

As literature director of the Arts Council of Great Britain during one of its most turbulent periods, Charles Osborne, who has died aged 89, will be remembered by many for his coruscatingly witty memoranda and public… Read more

The theatre impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber has quit as a Conservative peer, saying his busy schedule is incompatible with the demands of the House of Lords with crucial Brexit legislation ahead. Lloyd Webber, whose… Read more

Five of the best ... films 1 The Party (15) (Sally Potter, 2017, UK) 71 mins This sharp chamber piece could almost be a lost 1960s play, with its old-school theatricality and middle-class savagery. Kristin Scott Thomas… Read more