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Interview: BJ Novak

Steve Martin has done it, so has Madonna. Even John Lithgow and Whoopi Goldberg have had a go. Famous folk have frequently found a sideline in children’s books, and as much as BJ Novak is having fun with The Book With No Pictures, he recognises the eyeroll aspect of...

January 5th Redux

  The original version of this post was published three years ago on an old blog and I’ve expanded it a little. It’s now 12 years later and I’m still healthy and er, here.  If I’m ever tempted to wallow in January blues, I think of this...

On the seasonal appeal of the Ghost Story…

If 100 people were surveyed Family Fortunes style about the best time of year to read ghost stories, the “top answer” stampede would be for October 31st. Me? I’d be trailing behind (with that trademark incorrect “X” on the screen) for suggesting Christmas,...

Interview: Beau Willimon

In the deeply competitive, ever-changing world of television drama, there is no one route in, but Beau Willimon avoided the obvious options of media production, or interning. The 36-year-old is currently one of the youngest showrunners (an umbrella term for a role...

Interview: Sharon Horgan

‘These days female comedy sells, and people want to watch it’ –  In the old days there was ‘French and Saunders’. Now there’s Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, not to mention Horgan herself, with ‘Psychobitches’ and ‘Catastrophe’. Does comedy need quotas? In 2006 the TV...

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