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Blue Lights recap: series two, episode one – a blistering comeback

Blue Lights, big city. Here’s your blow-by-blow breakdown of the Belfast police drama’s blistering comeback episode, titled This Too Shall Pass … The story so far Ex-journalists Declan Lawn and Adam Patterson’s pacy, pulsating series followed three probationary recruits at…

Blue Lights series two review – last year’s breakout police hit is as beautifully tense as ever

Is it a stretch to call Blue Lights, which is back for season two, the United Kingdom’s answer to The Wire? Well, yes. In all honesty that would be a bit much – it’s more like a cross between The…

Jamie’s Air Fryer Meals review – the din of barrel-scraping is deafening

I don’t really know what to tell you about Jamie Oliver’s new series Jamie’s Air Fryer Meals. It’s presented by Jamie Oliver, who first bounded on to our screens as The Naked Chef (no, he wasn’t) in 1999. He cooks…

Knife by Salman Rushdie review – a story of hatred defeated by love

A couple of nights before he was almost killed by a stranger with a knife, Salman Rushdie dreamed about being attacked by a Roman gladiator with a spear. He’d had similar dreams ever since Ayatollah Khomeini’s fatwa following publication of…

‘They even got a real jetpack in there!’: Todd Howard and Jonathan Nolan on Fallout

If you had asked director Jonathan Nolan what his favourite film of the year was in the late 00s, more often than not he would have given you the name of a video game instead. “Having grown up with the…

The big idea: are we about to discover a new force of nature?

Modern physics deals with some truly mind-boggling extremes of scale. Cosmology reveals the Earth as a tiny dot amid an observable universe that is a staggering 93bn light years across. Meanwhile, today’s particle colliders are exploring a microcosmic world billions…

Poem of the week: Sea Rose by HD

Sea Rose Rose, harsh rose,marred and with stint of petals,meagre flower, thin,sparse of leaf, more preciousthan a wet rose single on a stem —you are caught in the drift. Stunted, with small leaf,you are flung on the sand,you are liftedin…

Mania by Lionel Shriver review – we need to talk about stupidity

Lionel Shriver’s new novel, a hymn to inclusivity and kindness – just kidding – takes place in a parallel recent past as western civilisation withers under the grip of the Mental Parity movement (“the last great civil rights fight”), which…

Exploring why we photograph animals – in pictures

Park ranger and a school of bigeye trevally, Cabo Pulmo, Mexico, 2015 ‘Once in a while, I get an email from people telling me that, thanks to a photograph that they saw somewhere, they began scuba diving. Some mentioned the…

Travels Over Feeling: Arthur Russell, a Life review – down the rabbit hole with a musical maverick

A secret hero of the dancefloor, the avant garde producer and musician Arthur Russell occupies a strange and silvery slot in the annals of music. He was a low-key cult figure in his lifetime, but one who has been increasingly…