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The Welshman behind Nasa’s Apollo 11 moon landing mission

The Welshman behind Nasa’s Apollo 11 moon landing mission

The grainy black and white images of Neil Armstrong’s giant leap on the moon are a defining moment in human history. Yet the millions who watched live – and ever since – on TV, have a Welsh engineer from a tiny village on Anglesey to thank. Tecwyn Roberts was instrumental in the Apollo missions as […]

Emmys 2019: Game of Thrones leads race with record 32 nominations

Emmys 2019: Game of Thrones leads race with record 32 nominations

Game of Thrones leads this year’s Emmy nominations with a record 32 nods, with The Marvelous Mrs Maisel and Chernobyl close behind. The final season of HBO’s fantasy hit received mixed reviews from critics but America’s television academy placed it at the top of this year’s long list of shows, with recognition for actors Kit Harington […]

Screaming? Crying? Confessing? How will Big Little Lies end?

Screaming? Crying? Confessing? How will Big Little Lies end?

It’s quite possible that the coming second season finale of Big Little Lieswill be the last time we’ll check in with the Monterey Five. Earlier this year, HBO’s president, Casey Bloys, said that the prospect of a third season was “not realistic”. “I love this group of people – I would do anything with them,” […]

Archie Panjabi: ‘Not getting on EastEnders didn’t turn out too badly’

Archie Panjabi: ‘Not getting on EastEnders didn’t turn out too badly’

Rejected by the soap three times, the British star was told an ‘Indian actress’ wouldn’t make it in Hollywood. Now she’s in demand both sides of the Atlantic … just don’t ask about The Good Wife  ‘Every journalist asks me about The Good Wife. It amuses me’ … Archie Panjabi. Photograph: Linda Nylind/The Guardian It […]

War and Peace recap: episode one – ‘costume drama at its most lavish’

War and Peace recap: episode one – ‘costume drama at its most lavish’

Well, I know that must have cost a bomb, but it was worth every kopeck. That was utterly fabulous. Balls at the Winter Palace! Men in full military uniform galloping forth on white chargers! Stolen kisses in the conservatory! Dancing bears in drunken flashback scenes! Cavorting ladies drinking champagne! Pass me a magnum of your […]

Deutschland 83: ‘A lot of people were happy in East Germany’

Deutschland 83: ‘A lot of people were happy in East Germany’

Abedroom on the outskirts of Berlin. At first glance, the details look unremarkable: sports posters, a radio, magazines and board games. But then you notice that the radio is a Prominent Automatik 2000, that the magazines are issues of Sputnik, and on the bookshelf sits The Life And Times Of Nikita Khrushchev. This is the […]

Dickensian review – a labour of love obscured by too much fog and too many hats

Dickensian review – a labour of love obscured by too much fog and too many hats

Christmas Eve, and old Mr Havisham is dead. His daughter, Amelia (Miss Havisham) and her half-brother Arthur are doing the stuff people do when a parent dies – mourning, funerals, wills etc, the last of which doesn’t go well for Arthur, inheritance-wise. Ebenezer Scrooge and Jacob Marley (not dead – not yet), the Wonga of […]

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