Culture

Six sports films to make up for missed fixtures

With live fixtures on hold, it’s time to turn to film for our sports fix.

1 May 2020

Word of the week: Zoom

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

1 May 2020

What will Boris call his baby? 11 names we hope make the cut

The PM has good form when it comes to eccentric baby names but here are a few future classics in case he’s running out of ideas.

30 Apr 2020

Six literary parties to brighten up your social isolation

If you can’t live it, read about it – from Jay Gatsby’s house parties to The Meryton Ball.

30 Apr 2020

Home school club: why did Chopin sleep with wooden wedges between his fingers?

Mark Mason shakes up home school with some fun subject-based facts.

30 Apr 2020

It could be worse…8 apocalypse films to watch this weekend

If the news headlines aren’t apocalyptic enough for you then these eight films will do the trick.

29 Apr 2020

The best “unwoke” comedy to watch during lockdown

Look no further for some much needed lockdown laughter.

28 Apr 2020

Ignore the lockdown snobs: quarantine culture is a triumph of populism

The cultural gatekeepers are at home pressing refresh on Ocado.com and the public are the new taste makers.

28 Apr 2020

The art of being alone: how Friedrich, Hopper and Gauguin paint isolation

These three artists probe the subtle difference between solitude and loneliness.

27 Apr 2020

Weekly trivia: whose dog inspired the character Chewbacca in Star Wars?

With ‘normal’ news on hold at the moment, it’s to the past that we have to turn for ‘take your…

25 Apr 2020

Word of the week: #claptheNHS

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

24 Apr 2020

The best biopics to watch this spring

The correlation between Oscar wins and biopics has always been strong – here’s our pick of the best star turns.

23 Apr 2020

The best music documentaries to watch online

From Bob Marley to Taylor Swift, the best documentaries dig beneath the public persona of your favourite musicians.

23 Apr 2020

Homework club: which mathematical term inspired the name Google?

Liven up home school with these fun facts.

22 Apr 2020
Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie as Jeeves and Wooster (Rex Features)

Golden oldies: Britain’s best vintage comedy

From Fry and Laurie to Victoria Wood, there’s a treasure trove of British classics to discover on YouTube.

21 Apr 2020

Back to home school: how to motivate your kids after the Easter break

Top tips from a teacher on how to shift gear from holidays to term time.

20 Apr 2020

The Ten Commandments of University Challenge

Relive some of the show’s best moments with these simple dos and don’ts.

20 Apr 2020
Once Upon A Time Premiere - 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Weekly trivia: which actor was on a flight on which terrorists rehearsed 9/11?

And why is Anthony Trollope to blame for the fact there are no NE or S postcodes? Mark Mason livens up lockdown with some weekly trivia.

18 Apr 2020

8 mini-series to watch over the weekend

Short and sweet is the way forward when it comes to streaming.

17 Apr 2020

Word of the week: PPE

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

17 Apr 2020

The 7 best podcasts to banish lockdown blues

Take your mind off all things Covid with some light-hearted listening material.

16 Apr 2020

Six film and cocktail pairings to liven up your nights in

Match your cocktail to your film choice for the perfect lockdown evening.

15 Apr 2020

The best crime novels to read during lockdown

Immerse yourself in a perfectly crafted plot by one of these five masters of the genre.

15 Apr 2020

The best comedies to watch on Netflix

Give yourself a laugh in lockdown with these six classics.

14 Apr 2020

The worst thing about lockdown TV? Wearing my wife’s makeup

People have asked me how it was performing with no laughter. Suffice to say, I’ve been there before.

14 Apr 2020

Homework club: why do flower petals follow the Fibonacci sequence?

Mark Mason livens up your lockdown learning with these fun facts.

14 Apr 2020