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Books, articles, podcasts, TV, radio, movies that Graham has recently enjoyed

Reading

‘The Age of Surveillance’ by Shoshana Zuboff
‘Lanny’ by Max Porter
‘Heroic Failure’ by Fintan O’Toole – fit to stand alongside ‘Democracy Hacked’ by Martin Moore, ‘WTF’ by Robert Peston, and ‘How Democracy Ends’ by David Runciman
‘The Divine Comedy’ by Dante is currently Graham’s long-term reading project, benefiting from Prue Shaw’s ‘Reading Dante’ and Ian Thomson’s ‘Dante’s Divine Comedy’
Quanta Magazine – Graham’s favourite online science reading. The site gives us a steady stream of lucid, well-informed reports about contemporary research into physics, mathematics, biology and computer science.

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Listening

Favourite political podcasts:
Brexitcast (BBC), ‘Coffee House Shots’ (Spectator), ‘For The Many’, featuring Iain Dale and Jacqui Smith, ‘Rock ‘n Roll Politics’ featuring Steve Richards, and ‘Political Thinking’, featuring David Runciman

Much enjoying the Tidal streaming service (though its search facility could do with an overhaul)

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Tidal Streaming Service

Seeing

Loved the movie ‘Capernaum’ – close runner-up to ‘Roma’ for title of best movie release in 2018, in my view

‘The Renaissance Nude’ exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, is terrific

Can’t wait to see ‘All the Rembrandts’ and the Van Gogh/Hockney show in Amsterdam. Thank heaven for the Eurostar.

Fascinated by ‘Filmworker’, the movie about Leon Vitali, actor and long-serving assistant to Stanley Kubrick. Recently broadcast on Film 4, the film is a disturbing insight into price paid by people close to obsessive perfectionists.

‘Fleabag’ series 2, on BBC3 iPlayer, is quite wonderful – well up to the stratospheric standard of the first series.

Much looking forward to the final series of ‘Veep’ on HBO, and to the next series of ‘Line of Duty’ on BBC1.

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‘Capernaum’
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‘Fleabag’ BBC

Remembering the favourites of last year

10 favourite books of 2018
‘Debussy’, Stephen Walsh
‘Democracy Hacked’, Martin Moore
‘Dramatic Exchanges’, Daniel Rosenthal (ed.)
‘Fire and Fury’, Michael Woolf
‘How Democracies Die’, Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
‘Maker of Patterns’, Freeman Dyson
‘Milkman’, Anna Burns
‘On the Future’, Martin Rees
Third Thoughts’, Steven Weinberg
‘Thomas Cromwell: a Life’, Diarmaid MacCulloch

Book of the Year: ‘Maker of Patterns’, by Freeman Dyson

10 favourite movies of 2018
‘BlacKkKlansman’, dir. Spike Lee
‘Cold War’, dir. Pawel Pawlikowski
‘First Reformed’, dir. Paul Schrader
‘Phantom Thread’, dir. Paul Thomas Anderson
‘Roma’, dir. Alfonso Cuarón
‘Shoplifters’, dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda
‘A Star is Born’, dir. Bradley Cooper
‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’, dir. Martin McDonagh
‘Wildlife’, dir. Paul Dano
‘You Were Never Really There’, dir. Lynne Ramsay

Movie of the Year: ‘Phantom Thread’, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

10 favourite podcasts of 2018
‘The Allusionist’, Helen Zaltzman
‘The Daily’, Michael Barbaro, New York Times
‘Coffee House Shots’, Fraser Nelson et al, The Spectator
‘For the Many’, Iain Dale and Jacqui Smith, LBC
‘Fortunately…’, Fi Glover and Jane Garvey, BBC
‘How to Invent a Country’, Misha Glenny, BBC
‘Pod Save America’, Jon Lovett, Tommy Vietor and Jon Favreau, Crooked Media
‘Talking Politics’, David Runciman, London Review of Books
‘Two Shot Podcast’, Craig Parkinson
‘Why is This Happening?’, Chris Hayes

Podcast of the Year: ‘For the Many’ – Iain Dale and Jacqui Smith

10 favourite theatre productions of 2018
‘Antony and Cleopatra’, National Theatre
‘Company’, Marianne Elliott company, London
‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’, Apollo Theatre, London
‘The Ferryman’, Royal Court production, dir. Sam Mendes
‘Hamilton’, London production
‘Lehman Trilogy’, National Theatre
‘Macbeth’, Globe Theatre
‘Network’, National Theatre
‘Pinter at the Pinter Theatre’, dir. Jamie Lloyd
‘Summer and Smoke’, Almeida Theatre

Theatre production of the year: ‘Antony and Cleopatra’, National Theatre

10 favourite TV programmes of 2018
‘A Dangerous Dynasty: House of Assad’ (BBC)
‘Cunk on Britain’ (BBC)
‘Dynasties’ (BBC)
‘Grenfell’ (BBC)
‘Informer’ (BBC)
‘Killing Eve’ (BBC)
‘King Lear’ (BBC)
‘The Little Drummer Girl’ (BBC)
‘Mum’ (BBC)
‘Stephen – The Murder That Changed a Country’ (BBC)
‘A Very English Scandal’ (BBC)

TV series of the year: ‘Informer’ (BBC)

10 favourite exhibitions of 2018
‘All Too Human – Bacon, Freud and a century of painting’, Tate Britain
‘Andy Warhol – from A to B and back’, Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC
‘Charles I – King and collector’, Royal Academy of Art, London
‘The Charterhouse of Bruges’, Frick, NYC
‘Edward Burne-Jones’, Tate Britain, London
‘Fashioned From Nature’, V&A, London
‘It’s Alive! Frankenstein at 200’, Morgan Library and Museum, NYC
‘Mantegna and Bellini’, National Gallery, London
‘Monet and Architecture’, National Gallery, London
‘Picasso 1932’, Tate Modern, London

Exhibition of the year: ‘Charles I – King and collector’ at the Royal Academy of Art

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