Culture

Forget the BBC – it’s Netflix and Amazon that are ‘woke’

Despite what its critics say, the Beeb’s rivals are just as guilty of liberal bias.

18 Mar 2020
Westerlund 2 - from the Hubble telescope (NASA/ESA), all images are open to the public to browse.

The best exhibitions and concerts to experience online

With theatres and galleries in lockdown it’s time to tap into the internet’s vast pool of culture.

18 Mar 2020

The best sci fi films on Netflix

Fans of Stranger Things will love these futuristic films.

17 Mar 2020
British actor and satirist John Bird at the typewriter at his home in Chiswick, London,

An expert’s guide to working from home

Like many writers, I have a warm up ritual. I make a fresh pot of coffee, open a window, and attempt to read the entire internet.

17 Mar 2020
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) and US President Donald Trump shake hand

Will the handshake outlast coronavirus?

This age-old sign of trust and agreement should not be shelved for good.

16 Mar 2020

Word of the week: Self-isolate

Spectator Life’s satirist Andy Shaw brings you a dictionary of era-defining words.

12 Mar 2020

The best Gangster shows to binge-watch this weekend

From mafia bosses to drug kings, James Delingpole brings you his top picks.

12 Mar 2020

The worst sports injuries to be caught on camera

These shudder inducing incidents show that professional sport is not for the faint hearted.

12 Mar 2020

Word of the week: Left-wing

Spectator Life’s satirist Andy Shaw brings you a dictionary of era-defining words.

6 Mar 2020

The best pandemic films to watch while you self isolate

Film makers love to capitalise on our paranoia about disease.

6 Mar 2020

Six famous men who won’t change nappies

The Prime Minister dithered dangerously over the question of whether he’d be changing nappies but who else has been shirking their fatherly duties?

5 Mar 2020

Gas masks and foie gras: How to survive the coronavirus pandemic

Turn your mask into a must-have accessory and indulge in some luxury stockpiling.

5 Mar 2020

Why French cuisine is the latest victim of woke culture

Can French food survive the narcissism of modern diners?

7 theatre shows to see this spring

A Broadway classic crosses the Atlantic for its West End debut while award-winning playwright Lucy Prebble sees her play The Effect revived.

3 Mar 2020
Tony Blair plays tennis

The secret hobbies of Prime Ministers

Switching off from the red box comes in many forms – from painting buses to playing grand pianos.

3 Mar 2020

Word of the week: right-wing

Spectator Life’s satirist Andy Shaw brings you a dictionary of era-defining words.

28 Feb 2020
Emma Stone in Maniac, Netflix

The best underrated shows on Netflix

We delve into the Netflix back catalogue to bring you seven hidden gems.

28 Feb 2020
The Winklevoss Twins are graduates of Oxford's Said business school (Getty)

How Oxbridge PhDs became the preserve of the super-rich

Attend a PhD mixer at an Oxbridge college and it’s like a United Nations for the 1 per cent

28 Feb 2020
Woman's Hour editors Sandra Chalmers (1940 - 2015) and Wyn Knowles (1923 - 2010) (Getty)

Is it time to cancel Woman’s Hour?

The programme’s very title seems anachronistic and faintly ridiculous.

26 Feb 2020

8 TV shows you can’t discuss in the office

From Love Island to Dr Who, be careful what you bring up at the water cooler.

26 Feb 2020

Storm in a teacup: six times politicians wrecked food brands

Rishi Sunak’s run-in with Yorkshire tea isn’t the first time a political endorsement has backfired.

25 Feb 2020

Word of the week: hate speech

Spectator Life’s satirist Andy Shaw brings you a dictionary of era-defining words.

21 Feb 2020

The unsavoury truth behind Oxbridge admission figures

Why disadvantaged Oxbridge applicants are still missing out

21 Feb 2020

A handy guide to climate vandalism

Extinction Rebellion have much to teach us about digging for victory.

19 Feb 2020

The best Oscar-winning films to watch on Netflix

Choose from these six award-winning flicks that have stood the test of time.

19 Feb 2020

That’s Life with Julia Hartley-Brewer

The journalist and TalkRadio host joins us for a sideways look at the news agenda.

18 Feb 2020