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Murder, intrigue and politics make Peaky Blinders great


Hit series gets its dramatic power from looking at world events. It doesn’t sugar-coat politics and it takes its audience seriously, argues Hope Ryan

Posters and photos reignite the visions of Russia’s revolt in Red Star Over Russia


A new design exhibition in London gives a graphic illustration of the impact of revolution and counter-revolution in Russia after 1917, writes?Nadia Sayed

In La Belle Sauvage Philip Pullman revisits the world of His Dark Materials


As the twentieth century wore to a close, Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy offered a vastly superior alternative to the interminable adventures of Harry Potter.

Reviews round-up: Mining art gallery and The Ward


This new gallery explores working life in the coalmines of County Durham through original artefacts and artwork from prominent mining artists such as Tom McGuinness and Norman Cornish.

Massacre of Mankind avoids butchering HG Wells’s masterpiece


 

For Your Grandchildren documents the battle to stop gas pipelines in the US


For Your Grandchildren is a film about the struggle against the Sabal Trail Pipeline in Florida. The film’s director Mike Tintner spoke to Kim Hunter

Grime MC’s new song is a grilling for the government


Dave’s new song Question Time voices the harsh reality many face under a Tory government.

Weak gags and tired cliches dog play on Marx’s early life


Lovers of toilet humour and references to the philosopher Hegel will adore Young Marx. Unfortunately for the rest of us, there is little that’s either edifying or funny about this odd choice of a maiden production for the new Bridge Theatre.

Reviews round-up: Winds of October


Plus: Portrait of Palestine, Pop Art from North Africa and Grime4Justice

I Am Not a Witch: The cruel humour behind a mix of tradition and money


In the film, a young girl is accused of witchcraft in Africa and is drawn into a world of corruption and sexism, writes Charlie Kimber

Labour of Love


Labour of Love is a new rom-com by fashionable playwright James Graham.

Warmly-written words shroud a bleak sketch of London


In his final book documenting London, the writer and walker Iain Sinclair chronicles the city he feels he is losing.

An inspiration and a warning from Belfast


United struggle can help beat sectarianism—but alone it isn’t enough. That’s the message of an important new book about the 1932 Outdoor Relief Riots in Belfast, writes Colm Bryce

Electrical Gaza—the hope and terror in a siege city


If Rosalind Nashashibi doesn’t win the Turner arts prize, then something’s gone wrong.

New Blade Runner film takes on ethics of artificial intelligence


With stunning cinematography and a powerful plot, Blade Runner 2049 is a sequel with everything that fans will want, writes Gabby Thorpe

Reviews round-up: The Sparsholt Affair


Also: Prophets of Rage, The Fred Hampton Appreciation Society

‘Rhodes Must Fall’ movement comes from Fringe to London


The Fall tells the story of the occupation that sparked a movement which challenged the legacy of apartheid in South Africa, writes Bruce George

Art exhibition makes an attempt to go beyond the binary


One of my favourite things about London is that there’s lots of creative people finding new and interesting ways to express themselves and their political views. An example of this can be found at the (X) A FANTASY exhibition at the David Roberts Art Foundation (DRAF) in Camden.

Vietnam—a graveyard for the US’s imperial ambitions


A new ten-part documentary sets itself up as the definitive account of the Vietnam War. It brings out new voices and footage, but obscures the truth

Le Carré’s legacy—A Legacy of Spies is both prequel and sequel to earlier work


The author of The Spy Who Came in from the Cold delivers a tightly written novel that’s perfectly tailored for his loyal fans, writes Simon Basketter

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