A mathematician devises a series of fiendishly inventive murder mysteries. Thirty years later a young editor comes to visit the author with a view to republishing them.
Project Power was the subject of a bidding war between various companies before Netflix won the rights to turn it into a movie.
It's modern. It's fresh. It's sexy. It's visually stunning. It's superbly acted. It's daring. It's different. Enough to be getting on with?
'Could we have a photo?' the Dutch fans pleaded. 'Of course! I'll get Piers to take it. Do you know him?' The children peered at me with total uninterest. 'No. Who is he?'
The human body is two-thirds oxygen. We grow about eight metres of hair in a lifetime. In the past 10,000 years, the brain has shrunk by an amount equivalent to the volume of a tennis ball.
A concrete car park near Chingford, a North London outpost best known for being Norman Tebbit's old constituency, is nobody's idea of theatrical glamour.
When he was nine, John von Sothen visited France for the first time. Like a million other American kids on family holidays, he was bored by the cafés, the bateaux-mouches, the sights.
A quiz question for you. Alanis Morissette's last album, released in 2012, was called... what? The answer turns out to be Havoc And Bright Lights. It reached No. 12 in the UK chart.
Last month Prince William appeared on this popular podcast to talk about mental health, and ended up being drawn down all sorts of jollier rabbit holes.
A Suitable Boy is the BBC's much-anticipated adaptation of Vikram Seth's 1,349-page, 592,552-word novel, which is one of those big books I always said I'd read but never have
The final instalment of Smith's seasonal quartet dovetails the bang up-to-date story of a brother and sister during the Covid-19 lockdown.
In 1985, when Natasha Trethewey was 19, her former stepfather shot and killed her mother at point-blank range at their home in Atlanta.
For months, anyone who cares about the future of British cinema has been looking forward to Unhinged.
For those missing live theatre, BritBox has come to the rescue. They have made 25 RSC productions of Shakespeare plays available in its Centre Stage collection.
This show, about the vagaries of English, was crowned best entertainment podcast at this year's British Podcast Awards.
Dame Joan Collins has been enraged about the way older people have been treated during the coronavirus crisis
Three American teenagers are off to do their basic training on a prestigious military course. But it's not West Point. It's Fort Salem - and this is special forces with spells.
Everywhere she looks, Olive sees babies. Except in her own future - an admission that yields incredulity, mistrust and a devastating break-up.
Changing sex used to be vanishingly rare, and then suddenly it wasn't. Over the past decade, there has been a 1,000 per cent increase in gender dysphoria among American adolescents.
Like Jeremy Thorpe, Alan Clark, Jonathan Aitken, Lord Lucan, Captain Hook and our current Prime Minister, Bob Boothby was an Old Etonian renowned for his wit and charm
The lockdown has made a king of Joe Wicks, the fitness instructor who has been teaching us how to stay healthy. Now, inevitably, he has a perky BBC podcast.
You'd think, by now, we'd be done with Miriam being wheeled out here, there and everywhere and I'm aware that some people can't stand her, but I fall in love with her every time
Cinemas - at least in England - have been open for three weeks now, sustained by a mix of classics, recent films that had their run curtailed by coronavirus and some low-profile new releases.
Taylor Swift's Instagram is quite something. While following nobody herself, she has 137 million followers. Even if half of those accounts were fake, she would still have a vast audience.
Eerily topical, Donoghue's new novel reads like an episode of Call The Midwife set during a pandemic. The main character is a nurse on a Dublin maternity ward in 1918.
What does your Amazon purchase history say about you? An uncomfortable amount, it turns out. In this weekly podcast Tom Price asks guests to submit their Amazon accounts to his ruthless judgement...
Movie superstar Will Smith and his actress wife Jada Pinkett Smith have sparked worldwide shock and bemusement by publicly discussing their turbulent 22-year marriage
An act called JARV IS… who could that possibly be? At a time when millions of people are facing up to wearing masks, Jarvis Cocker has opted for something fairly transparent.
The 12-parter, which concluded this week, was created and written by Michaela Coel, who also stars mesmerisingly as Arabella
In 2014, Caitlin Moran's novel How To Build A Girl became a bestseller.
The publisher's blurb claims that Splash! is 'as refreshing as jumping into a pool on a hot summer's day'. This is overdoing it. It is good in parts, but somehow always feels tied to the ground
All around the world, statues are falling. In Britain it's slave traders and colonialists who have found themselves at the bottom of rivers, or boarded up for their own safety.
Riesling, from its spiritual home in Germany, is one of the greatest treasures of the wine world - and this month I'm delighted to raise my glass to '31 Days of German Riesling'.
Eight people complained to Ofcom, the TV regulator, because I took one sip of a pint of beer at 6.42am, to mark pubs being able to reopen at the weekend after 104 days of lockdown
I could listen to Julie Andrews read the side of a packet of Pringles. In her new podcast, she settles down with her daughter Emma to read their favourite children's books.
There's a puzzle about The Pretenders. Why are they not as big as they used to be? In a lockdown sort-out way, I came across a ticket for their show at Wembley Arena in 1987.
The Secrets She Keeps is one of those television thrillers that has enough twists to hook you in but will ultimately prove forgettable
Although not exactly unknown before I May Destroy You - her E4 comedy series Chewing Gum was much admired - Michaela Coel is now being hailed as a TV superstar.
When I review a book, I mark interesting pages with Post-its.
For those of us who were born before the arrival of smartphones and video games and all-day telly, this splendid book rings bells galore.
Our devices are spying on us - but whose side are they on? Daisy's smart fridge is tired of harvesting marketing data on her toxic food and dating choices.
The surge of elation when wine is piped to my door feels like a geyser of liquid treasure erupting from the postman's sack.
On the cover, the publishers have given this book a racy subtitle: 'Harold Shipman To Operation Midland: 17 Cases That Shocked The World.'
American movie tycoon Steve Bing has tragically jumped to his death from the 27th floor of a building in Los Angeles - prompting moving tributes
Just when children - and, let's face it, many adults - finally got the catchy tune Let It Go out of their heads, along came this sequel.
I needed non-harrowing, but it also had to be non-familiar. So I settled for the M25 and dogs with cameras on their backs
I am full of admiration for the sports podcasts that have ground on through the pandemic. But with football starting up again, now's the time to return to this wonderful podcast, presented by Ala...
Things went rapidly south the last time Tom Hanks was in charge of an ocean-going vessel - in Captain Phillips. Now he's heading into choppy waters again as a newly promoted US Navy officer.
When Dean, late of the group Battleship Potemkin, teams up with Elf, Jasper and Griff to form a new band, another triumph of hope over experience looks inevitable.
There is nothing in these pages about conjuring tricks, sawing women in half, muggles, rabbits or wands.
There are bands that become well established while remaining a mystery to many music-lovers.
Ex-Bond girl Britt Ekland appeared on GMB and said the 007 'fantasy has been ruined' by rumours the spy discovers he has a son in the upcoming movie, No Time To Die
This portrait of Brexit Britain reveals a country hopelessly divided by class and geography. London ad strategist Hannah's marriage has collapsed and she's cleaning houses to feed her daughter.
It is so much to the credit of this memoir that its dissonant materials of family tragedy and Hollywood gossip make an apparently seamless whole.
This weekend, the world's greatest festival should have turned into a giant 50th birthday party, with Paul McCartney and Diana Ross as guests of honour.
We all need Sandi Toksvig in our lives right now. Thankfully she has noticed and is churning out a soothing daily podcast from her home's 'room of books'.
One or two readers have been less than enthusiastic about this big, fat Washington memoir
The Luminaries is an adaptation of Eleanor Catton's Man Booker prize-winning novel, set in New Zealand during the gold rush
June 24 1981 is probably a date that doesn't immediately make you think of wine. It was the day that the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only was released.
At the grand old age of 79, Bob Dylan is still hungry. The minute lockdown happened, he released the longest song of his never-ending career.
The Salisbury Poisonings was way over the top, honestly. It was all extremely far-fetched and ridiculous and couldn't happen. Except, of course, that it did
The books in Slaughter's series featuring detective Will Trent and medical examiner Sara Linton have deservedly become bestsellers.
How To Feed A Dictator offers a beguiling mix of the dark and the comic, combining fancy cuisine with torture and genocide
This year's competition fell by the wayside due to Covid-19, leaving a huge Eurovision-sized gap in our hearts. Thankfully Will Ferrell is here to fill it.
Gavanndra Hodge appears to be the standard, posh, glossy-mag girl: a blonde Cambridge graduate who grew up in West London and became deputy editor of Tatler.
As Freddie said when we wandered back to the clubhouse at the end: 'Just nice to be out having a laugh again with some mates, isn't it?' God, yes.
Fathers' Day will be different this year. While we've been parted from our loved ones, it presents a poignant opportunity to share the love by sending a terrific gift to make your Dad's day.
From the creators of Glee and American Horror Story. Each season of this campy satire revolves around a political campaign by Payton Hobart (Ben Platt).
Ten weeks ago, on March 31, Good Morning Britain's editor rang me with the awful news that our colleague Kate Garraway's husband Derek Draper had been rushed to hospital with Covid-19
You won't believe what happened the other night. I went to a concert. Laura Marling's show at the Union Chapel was the first lockdown gig by an established artist at a leading London venue.
A pure joy - that is, a pure, pure joy and, quite possibly, heaven - is the new comedy series, Staged. So so soooooo funny. It stars actors David Tennant and Michael Sheen as themselves
Jamie is an amiable slacker in his late 40s, working in a coffee shop and enjoying his commute on the Thames river bus.
What is meat? An odd question, you might think, for we are all familiar with steaks, chops and sausages and the animals from which they come.
Nowadays, climate change has taken over from nuclear war as the main focus of angst, but if you don't believe in climate change, there are plenty of other fears to fall back on
Sharing wine with friends is among my favourite things - only pipped to the post by sharing wine with friends on holidays.
Eoin Colfer's best-selling fantasy novels feature 12-year-old criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl and the Lower Elements, which is the world of the fairies.
A few years ago, I was seated next to Barbra Streisand at a private dinner party in Malibu thrown by music producer David Foster
A few years ago, broke, bereaved and emotionally adrift, Jini Reddy decided to spend a year searching for magic. She had a hunch that the British landscape might help heal her heart and soul.
It is 1289 and a motley group of English pilgrims set out on the long journey to Rome. All medieval life is here: a guilty adulteress, a landlord who has punched an abbot and a converted Jew.
The Colony Room Club's principal attraction was that it was open in the afternoons, when ordinary pubs were obliged to close
Philharmonia is a French thriller, and I thought I'd give it one episode to see how we go, but one became two, and two became three, and you can guess the rest, I think
I've recently tuned back in to WTF, the hit interview podcast hosted by Marc Maron. His girlfriend, Lynn Shelton, died suddenly last month.
The Camino Island series, featuring bookseller Bruce Cable, is a chance for Grisham to have fun. This time the Florida barrier island is struck by a hurricane and amid the chaos a writer is kille...
Rosé sales are rocketing. I love a glass of the chilled pale stuff when the sun has got his hat on, but I adore the wild stuff even more.
'Your legacy is every life you've touched,' says Oprah Winfrey during this new biographical series. Inspired by the Dear Apple adverts, it profiles a number of public figures.
Long ago, in the days of Duran Duran and Culture Club, Smash Hits magazine used to say that the biggest stars were in their imperial phase. Back then, the term nearly always applied to men.
Nicola Benedetti has been such a feature on the classical music scene for almost two decades, it's hard to remember she's still only 32. She's crammed a lot in.
When Brian Dumaine set out to write a book about how Amazon and its creator Jeff Bezos were conquering the world, even he could not have imagined its prescience.
Curtis Sittenfeld grows too engrossed in her 'What if?' parlour game. The real story is both more complicated, and, I'm afraid, more interesting
It's hard to think of a plane that has captured a nation's imagination more than the Spitfire. The story of how these planes helped win WWII is stirringly told in this new BBC series.
Channel 4's latest reality competition is Britain's Best Parent? , although you do have to wonder whether the first rule of being Britain's best parent is: don't appear on a show like Britain's B...
Reporter Jack McEvoy first appeared in Connelly's 1996 breakthrough thriller, The Poet. The newspaper industry is no longer what it was, and nor is Jack.
The dish of choice in lockdown lately seems to be burgers.
Just how many Kennedys are there? And are there really enough curses to go round?
A few years ago Patrick Laurie bought a tumbledown smallholding in his native Galloway, and set about turning it into a paying prospect. So far, so clichéd.
Simon Armitage, the nation's bard, is spending lockdown holed up in a shed in the Pennines and working on a translation of a medieval poem.
Once a big comedy star, Tony Slattery now lives in a rented two-up, two-down in Edgware and, once so handsome, I think it's fair to say he is unrecognisable today
Last week, when President Trump proudly unveiled the flag for Space Force, there must have been high-fives all round at Netflix HQ because here comes its excellent comedy drama of the same name.
In Colgan's third novel set in the village of Kirrinfief, another burnt-out Englishwoman finds balm on the banks of Loch Ness.
'Shall I cut your hair?' asked Celia, eyeing my increasingly overgrown lockdown locks. 'Have you ever done it before?' I replied nervously. 'No, but I've watched a YouTube tutorial,' she replied
'Of course I am aware I am the subject of gossip and scandal, but I cannot let it bother me. I live my life. I work. I play jazz. I watch sports. I see my friends. I don't look up and I don't rea...
What a bizarre book this is: three parts funny to one part stark, staring horror
Chilling reds is common on the continent and when the weather starts to sizzle it can be such a cooling enriching experience that we should be celebrating far more often.
Springwatch is back, just as we're all falling in love with nature again during lockdown - but the massively popular British wildlife show is also being forced to change
William Leith's The Trick represents a bizarre combination of two genres - a get-rich-quick book written by a misery-guts pauper
The name Eve Babitz may not mean much, if anything, these days, but half a century ago she swept her way through Los Angeles like a bush fire.
'Breathlessness, cough and lethargy are all possible symptoms of Covid-19,' the consultant said. 'You should get a test as soon as possible.'
Actress Cressida Bonas is still best known for having gone out with Prince Harry. Yet her new podcast reveals her to be a thoughtful interviewer too.
A classy adaptation of the best-selling novel about family secrets, motherhood and race, co-produced by and starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington.
My father was 96 and would not have wished for treatment if it meant someone else would go without, but could we have kept him going for a few more years?
One of the most searched-for recipes on the BBC Food website during lockdown is pizza.
My wife is wearing an orange wig, beaming into her laptop and sipping a glass of cool beer.
Every week Fearne Cotton asks famous guests to tell her what happiness means to them. Cotton is no bulldog interviewer but she has twinkle in spades and gets the best from her interviewees.
The author of The See-Through House, Shelley Klein, was born and brought up in a modernist home. Comfort was sacrificed to the peculiarly unforgiving aesthetics of modernism
Dr Timothy Leary was the godfather of the psychedelic 1960s. Turn on, tune in, drop out: that was his catchphrase. If everyone took LSD, he said, there would be no more wars.
Jeff Pope's Isolation Stories is a great technological achievement but not so much a dramatic one. But the imposed story arcs didn't ring true
When the Spanish crime drama Money Heist became a global hit, Netflix shrewdly signed up creator Álex Pina to make another show. This ten-episode series is the result.
Gabriel Fauré wrote some toothsome melodies in stuff such as his Requiem, or the Cantique De Jean Racine, and the delicious Pavane. Fauré's real claim to fame, though, is his piano music.
A gig on your laptop sounds like a contradiction in terms. It won't be the same consuming thrill, but it can still be a treat of a different kind - cooler, calmer, more intimate. And easier to ge...
Dr James Darke first appeared in Gekoski's 2017 debut novel, and this welcome follow-up finds our irascible, bibliophilic protagonist the subject of an ongoing police investigation.
Out of this strange suspended spring, patterns are emerging. If an album isn't postponed, it's quite likely to be special. Music, like the sky on a sunny day, seems brighter, sharper, deeper.
Normal People is terrific, absolutely gorgeous, up there with the best TV dramas of recent years, like Patrick Melrose and My Brilliant Friend, but possibly not Belgravia
Shostakovich's 11th Symphony here receives a performance of exceptional eloquence from the Manchester-based BBC Philharmonic under their chief guest conductor, the Finn John Storgårds.
When we think of Vikings, we immediately conjure up a vision of hairy men in pointy helmets with nothing but pillage and slaughter on their mind. But what about the women?
Doyle follows an ever-increasing line of academics who attempt to sanctify pop music with stuffiness. In so doing, they extinguish its fire in a great whoosh of homogenous jargon
Identity politics, extreme exercise and tattoos are among the fads skewered in Shriver's tale of ageing Boomers. It centres on Serenata and Remington, whose marriage is rock-solid.
In his new podcast series, the cult documentary-maker Louis Theroux calls up people that he finds interesting and wouldn't necessarily get to interview in normal life.
The Eddy is a jazz club in an unfashionable part of Paris. It's owned by Elliot, an American musician who's fighting to keep the place running while trying to get his relationship with his daught...
President Trump unfollowed me on Twitter overnight, which, given that he follows only 47 accounts, was not an insignificant moment
With many of us experiencing uncertainty and pressure on household bills, this week's column is dedicated to finding you the best bottles on UK shelves for under ten quid.
The streaming service's first British series looks like being one of its best shows to date. The series' pedigree is certainly impressive.
Captain Tom Moore passed his 100 laps but vowed to keep going: 'I'll continue walking as long as people are generous enough to donate to the NHS.'
Alexandra Shulman is British Vogue's longest-serving editor. Between 1992 and 2017 she oversaw the magazine's rise to a record circulation.
In a fascinating, fitful career, Fiona Apple has often felt like a one-woman band - singing, playing the piano, perhaps throwing in some rudimentary percussion.
Comedian Katherine Ryan admits to being a late adopter who didn't think podcasts would take off. Now she's launched her own, and it's kookily addictive.
I've given this (a generous) three stars because I know those who like this sort of thing will like this, so it works in that sense, but there's nothing new here
Comedian and memoirist Webb tries his hand at fiction in this romance about a widowed tech expert who travels back to 1992 to warn her future husband about his fatal brain tumour.
We don't see much of Berlin-based Daniel Hope these days, but an album like this shows us what we are missing.
I've been banging the drum for Austrian wine so loudly for so long that I sometimes worry my enthusiastic zeal for their liquid loveliness turns me into Animal, the drummer from the Muppets.
Like the Führer he served with unblinking loyalty, Otto Wächter was an Austrian.
With this, her first novel, Naoise Dolan proves she is a wonderfully sharp, comic writer, adept at making wisecracks in the caustic, knock-'em-off, knock-'em-down tradition of Dorothy Parker
Quite a few albums that should have come out now have been postponed till the autumn. You can understand why, but it's no use to the fans who have time to kill and a thirst for new music.
The title piece in King's latest collection of supernatural tales serves up a vivid metaphor for the media's unhealthy relationship with violent crime.
Quiz, which told the story of Charles Ingram, who was convicted of cheating on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? in 2001, was a joy and a hoot. And also deeply fascinating
For better or worse, the pandemic has sent many of us back to our family units, and this podcast could be a lifeline to those looking to detoxify dynamics at home.
On hearing that his dark and, at times, almost unbearably moving comedy had been recommissioned, Ricky Gervais said, 'I have never had a reaction like this before. It's been insane.'
Honor Blackman, my favourite Bond girl as sassy Pussy Galore, died, aged 94, at her home in Lewes, East Sussex, three miles from my village of Newick
Sometimes hype is just that; hype. But occasionally it's true.
Like many people, I'm now facing the possibility of several weeks confined with my four-year-old, a prospect only marginally less alarming than being cooped up with Frankenstein's monster
This is modern Indian cooking at its best, pure but never prissy, with the most eloquent understanding of spice