10 TV shows to watch in 2018

From Patrick Melrose to Alan Partridge

John Paul Getty: a life of miserliness, mistresses and hotel hopping

To prepare for her role in All the Money in the World, Olivia Grant followed in the footsteps of the famously frugal billionaire

10 most read stories of 2017

From Rees-Moggs’ millions to Gogglebox, here’s a run down of Spectator Life’s most popular pieces from the last 12 months

What’s in a surname?

The history of British surnames offers a fascinating insight into our collective heritage

The best books of 2017

Paul Auster, Philip Pullman and Jennifer Egan produced the landmark literature of the last 12 months

The Amateur Drinker: Baileys is the Fairytale of New York on ice

After a lifetime of not drinking, Paul Burke has decided to hit the bottle and find out what he’s been missing.  This week, feeling festive, he tries Baileys.

The best crime novels of 2017

The finest blood-spattered fiction of the last 12 months

The Last Jedi review: a wisecracking comedy hurtling through space

The verdict on the latest episode of the Star Wars saga

The best podcasts of 2017

Adam Buxton, S-Town and Burnt Toast are among the year’s most enjoyable listens

Where fine art meets high-end living

Across the world, luxury property developments are making modern art part of the furniture

Films to watch in December

The Last Jedi, The Disaster Artist and the Muppets are on the way

From left: Royal Ballet principals Yasmine Naghdi and Francesca Hayward, and first soloist Melissa Hamilton

Dancing queens: Meet Britain’s next great ballerinas

For years, dance lovers have waited impatiently for the next great British ballerina. Now three have come along at once

ILLUSTRATION BY JAMIE JONES

How the Gibraltar Open is rocking the chessboard

Chess is no longer a mind gym for badly dressed men

Triggered by Bregret? Your guide to the new word order

Get out of your bubble and into your safe space, you hashtag activist. We mansplain the latest lexicon

ILLUSTRATION BY SAM BREWSTER

Trial by Twitter

Yes, my behaviour was poor — but being lumped in with Harvey Weinstein is hard to take

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Meet Emma Dent Coad, Kensington’s class warrior

In six months, the MP has had to deal with enough drama for a whole career

How shaving became a cut-throat business

Mail-order shaving companies have found a way to make serious money from male grooming

Gallery: Royal weddings through the ages

A look back at some right royal occasions

Jacob Rees-Mogg: a sartorial standard-bearer

The MP for North East Somerset is the best dressed man in the House of Commons – but has room for improvement

Gallery: Ferrari exhibition at the Design Museum

Under the Skin celebrates the past, present and future of the legendary sports car company

The painting that inspired Finnish independence

A new exhibition at the National Gallery marks 100 years of Finland’s independence

Gallery: 10 Leonardo da Vinci masterpieces

A selection of the Italian master’s greatest paintings

Gerald Scarfe interview: ‘Donald Trump is fantastic to draw, but Brexit is boring’

The great cartoonist reflects on the art of satire, drawing in war zones and the gentler side of his work

My great-grandfather, the World War I hero

Tales of individual heroism and sacrifice are at the heart of Remembrance Day