Culture

Sally Dynevor: ‘It’s about time people got to know who I am’
Letter To My Younger Self

Sally Dynevor: ‘It’s about time people got to know who I am’

They’ve both survived cancer and raised families, but this Corrie veteran is nothing like her namesake character.

The Responder writer Tony Schumacher: ‘Suddenly all I had was my car and my dog’
TV

The Responder writer Tony Schumacher: ‘Suddenly all I had was my car and my dog’

The writer of new police drama The Responder shares the story of how he became homeless after his police career ended.

Martin Freeman: ‘I’ve never been a copper, but The Responder felt authentic to me’
The Responder

Martin Freeman: ‘I’ve never been a copper, but The Responder felt authentic to me’

New BBC police drama The Responder draws on the real-life experience of writer and former cop Tony Schumacher. For star Martin Freeman the gritty storylines are a world away from Sherlock.

Evangeline Lilly: ‘If you lined up all the characters I’ve played, it would be hard to identify me’
Film

Evangeline Lilly: ‘If you lined up all the characters I’ve played, it would be hard to identify me’

Scream: The genre-defining meta movie refuses to be killed off
Film

Scream: The genre-defining meta movie refuses to be killed off

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Charles Mingus: The angry man of jazz
Jazz

Charles Mingus: The angry man of jazz

The French horn maestro who plays using his feet
Music

The French horn maestro who plays using his feet

Screw creator Rob Williams: ‘We don’t always look at prisoners as individuals’
TV

Screw creator Rob Williams: ‘We don’t always look at prisoners as individuals’

Sir Kenneth Branagh: ‘I relived many painful and beautiful days making Belfast’
Letter To My Younger Self

Sir Kenneth Branagh: ‘I relived many painful and beautiful days making Belfast’

Mass review: Compelling drama faces every parent’s worst nightmare head-on
Film review

Mass review: Compelling drama faces every parent’s worst nightmare head-on

‘We are turning into a corrupt country’: Jeremy Irons and Robert Harris on their new Netflix film
Film

‘We are turning into a corrupt country’: Jeremy Irons and Robert Harris on their new Netflix film

Actor Danielle Deadwyler: ‘The caring Black women do for community is motherhood beyond biology’
Film

Actor Danielle Deadwyler: ‘The caring Black women do for community is motherhood beyond biology’

Rose Ayling-Ellis: ‘Suddenly it became quite cool to be deaf’
Strictly Come Dancing

Rose Ayling-Ellis: ‘Suddenly it became quite cool to be deaf’

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Changemakers 2022: The arts
Changemakers 2022

Changemakers 2022: The arts

Hollywood mourns Sir Sidney Poitier, ground-breaking Black actor and activist who has died at 94
Film

Hollywood mourns Sir Sidney Poitier, ground-breaking Black actor and activist who has died at 94

Plants are still running the world… but new David Attenborough series The Green Planet shows they need our help
Green Planet

Plants are still running the world… but new David Attenborough series The Green Planet shows they need our help

Maxine Peake on Hillsborough drama Anne: ‘The criminal justice system can be a very hostile place’
Hillsborough

Maxine Peake on Hillsborough drama Anne: ‘The criminal justice system can be a very hostile place’

The films you need to see in 2022
Film

The films you need to see in 2022

Star Trek, Doctor Who and Street Cat Bob: The Big Issue’s top culture stories of 2021
Top stories 2021

Star Trek, Doctor Who and Street Cat Bob: The Big Issue’s top culture stories of 2021

Peter Dinklage: ‘Who says beautiful white people own the rights to romantic stories?’
Letter To My Younger Self

Peter Dinklage: ‘Who says beautiful white people own the rights to romantic stories?’

David Harewood on 2021: ‘The Sewell Report was a kick in the teeth to a lot of Black people’
David Harewood

David Harewood on 2021: ‘The Sewell Report was a kick in the teeth to a lot of Black people’

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The best live acts to look forward to in 2022
Live Music

The best live acts to look forward to in 2022

Street Cat Bob, Line of Duty, Jonathan Pie, Gloria Steinem: Our top 13 videos of 2021
Video

Street Cat Bob, Line of Duty, Jonathan Pie, Gloria Steinem: Our top 13 videos of 2021

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York and its poignant discussion of homelessness
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York and its poignant discussion of homelessness

The best indie books of the year 2021
Books of the Year

The best indie books of the year 2021

Lin-Manuel Miranda: ‘There are lessons in chasing what scares you’
Musicals

Lin-Manuel Miranda: ‘There are lessons in chasing what scares you’

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders: The Big Issue Book of the Year 2021
Books of the Year

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders: The Big Issue Book of the Year 2021

tick, tick…BOOM! star Alexandra Shipp: ‘If I’m not challenging myself I’m not doing myself justice’
Film

tick, tick…BOOM! star Alexandra Shipp: ‘If I’m not challenging myself I’m not doing myself justice’

The Big Issue’s best children’s books of the year
Books of the Year

The Big Issue’s best children’s books of the year

Bullseye was more than just speedboats – it was a record of the working-class being left behind
James McMahon

Bullseye was more than just speedboats – it was a record of the working-class being left behind

Priyanka Chopra enters the Matrix: ‘I love reading the speculations of the fans’
The Matrix Resurrections

Priyanka Chopra enters the Matrix: ‘I love reading the speculations of the fans’

What happened when Sam Fender helped out at his local foodbank?
Music

What happened when Sam Fender helped out at his local foodbank?

Strictly’s Greg Wise has a plan to solve the housing crisis
Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly’s Greg Wise has a plan to solve the housing crisis