Start the Week

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Francis Bacon revealed

Francis Bacon is one of Britain’s greatest twentieth century artists – a painter who captured and exposed...

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Scotland and the Union

The Acts of Union 1707 brought together England and Scotland, ‘United into One Kingdom by the Name of Great...

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Nicholas Hytner

2020 has been disastrous for the arts in Britain and many people have lost their jobs as Covid-19 has swept through...

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Thomas Becket and the rift between church and state

As the 850th anniversary of the murder of Thomas Becket approaches Andrew Marr explores the dynamic between church...

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Inspiring awe – from the heavens to the oceans

Look into the night sky in the coming days and Jupiter and Saturn will appear closer than they’ve been since...

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Laughter

Why do we laugh? This is the question the evolutionary ecologist Jonathan Silvertown sets out to answer in his latest...

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Human ingenuity and shared inheritance

Amol Rajan explores different ways of thinking, and how far humans can be seen as unique for their ability to invent....

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Human ingenuity and shared inheritance

Amol Rajan explores different ways of thinking, and how far humans can be seen as unique for their ability to invent....

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Derrida, Woolf, and the pleasure of reading

‘A text is not a text unless it hides from the first comer, from the first glance, the law of its composition...

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Landscapes real and imagined

Ireland itself is a main character in Kevin Barry's new short story collection, That Old Country Music. He brings the...

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Physics in all its glory

Sir Roger Penrose was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in physics this year for his ground-breaking work on black...

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Great women of the classics

The Latin scholar Shadi Bartsch has written a new translation of Virgil’s The Aeneid. She tells Kirsty Wark how...

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China and the global order

The pandemic has exposed serious weaknesses in Western governments, according to John Micklethwait, editor-in-chief...

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Fake news and data lies: how to win an election

Fake news, conspiracy theories, and weaponising data to influence elections are all aspects of contemporary politics....

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Care and compassion

We are facing a crisis in care that could prove disastrous, according to the journalist Madeleine Bunting. Over five...

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Contested histories

Europeans and Africans have been encountering one another since as early as the 3rd century, according to the...

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Faith in the modern world

The prize-winning writer Marilynne Robinson and the former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams discuss belief,...

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Claudia Rankine and Margaret Atwood

Claudia Rankine, one of America’s leading literary figures, and the double-Booker Prize winner Margaret Atwood...

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The Radical Agenda

Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour movement promised radical change but ended disastrously with the 2019 general election....

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Meritocracy and inequality

As inequality continues to rise and political and social divisions become more entrenched, Amol Rajan discusses what...

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