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Recognition at last for Gentleman Jack, Britains first modern lesbian

Anne Lister has been honoured in the church where she wed, and her tales of passionate affairs are now the subject of a TV drama She was a 19th-century pioneer in many fields: business, travel, mountaineering. But 178 years after her death, Anne Lister is best known for her string of female lovers, with their erotic encounters explicitly chronicled in a coded diary stretching to 27 volumes. Last week, the woman often referred to as the first modern lesbian was honoured with a blue plaque at Holy Trinity church in…

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Patrick Melrose review a brilliant portrayal of addiction

Benedict Cumberbatch had long wanted to play Edward St Aubyns character and David Nichollss adaptation shows the actors deep understanding of the role The phone rings, one of those telephones from my childhood, with a curly wire connecting the receiver. A stripy-shirted arm reaches for it tentatively. Hello? says a voice deep, aristocratic, lugubrious and woozy, but unmistakably Benedict Cumberbatch (confirmed when the camera eventually looks higher). There is a delay and an echo on the line (remember that?). Sad news from New York: his father has died. Patrick Melrose,…

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David Chase to make Sopranos prequel movie The Many Saints of Newark

The Emmy-winning creator of the hit crime drama series will revive the franchise with a 60s-set film featuring some familiar characters David Chase is set to return to the universe of The Sopranos with a big screen-prequel. The script, with the working title of The Many Saints of Newark, has been purchased by New Line and will be set against the backdrop of the Newark riots of the 1960s. It was written by Chase and Lawrence Konner, who has previously written for The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire. David is a…

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The Wire, 10 years on: We tore the cover off a city and showed the American dream was dead

David Simons anti-cop show struggled to find an audience before being lauded as a classic and making stars of Idris Elba, Michael B Jordan and others. Here, some of its writers and stars look back at a series that changed TV for ever When, in 2001, the actor Frankie Faison accepted the role of deputy commissioner Ervin Burrell in a new HBO drama called The Wire, he thought he was signing up for a cop show. I was expecting it to be more about wiretapping, he remembers with amusement. It…

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Michelle Dockery: ‘I consider myself a widow’

After five years in Downton Abbey, Michelle Dockery is back playing a gun-toting rancher and a ruthless TV exec. She talks typecasting, the Weinstein effect and the sudden death of her fiance If Michelle Dockerys latest role had been written in the last 12 months, the part might look like a lazily drawn cliche. She is about to appear at the Faye Dunaway in Bryan Cranston, playing an ageing presenter with plummeting ratings, about to be fired by his failing TV station. With nothing to lose, the anchor goes rogue…

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Lady Macbeth review brilliantly chilling subversion of a classic | Peter Bradshaw’s film of the week

Florence Pugh is lethally charismatic in William Oldroyds daring journey into the darkest corners of the world of bonnets and bows William Oldroyds fierce feature debut feels like Victorian noir, a twist on a genre probably invented by Shakespeare in the first place. It could well open up a dark new avenue in the bonnets-and-bows world of classic literary adaptation. His movie does an awful lot with a limited budget. It is smart, sexy, dour: qualities that are weaponised by a lethally charismatic lead performance from Florence Pugh as the…

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