Actor Tobias Menzies, 47, was born in London and skilled at Rada. He was Golden Globe-nominated for his roles within the Jacobite drama Outlander and as Prince Philip in The Crown, a efficiency for which Menzies was additionally Bafta-shortlisted. He’s an skilled stage actor, with acclaimed roles in lots of Chekhov and Shakespeare productions, and is a daily performer on the Almeida theatre. On TV, he has additionally starred in Rome, The Terror and Recreation of Thrones. He performs Richard within the second sequence of Aisling Bea’s comedy This Means Up, at the moment on Channel 4.
I’ve been enjoying this an enormous quantity. They’re a Bristol band who’re a superb mixture of rage and wit. It’s exhausting to not be offended about a number of the stuff that’s happening, so it feels acceptable for Brexit Britain. The lyrics are whip-smart, the riffs are propulsive and so they’re an genuine voice. They’re punk but additionally write very stunning songs: one observe, A Hymn, is completely attractive. In addition they have an incredible line in art work and movies. The opposite music I’m listening to on a loop is Old Peel by Aldous Harding – she has an incredible voice.
I did an occasion final week with Helena Bonham Carter at Charleston competition, studying the letters between John Maynard Keynes and his spouse, the Russian ballerina Lydia Lopokova. So in preparation, I delved into this weighty tome and it’s fascinating. What a unprecedented man. He was arguably the dominant economist of the twentieth century however was additionally a part of the Bloomsbury set and instrumental in establishing the Arts Council. I had no concept he was such a polymath. It’s not for the faint-hearted as a result of it’s a terrifyingly massive e-book, but it surely’s a really attention-grabbing examine a really attention-grabbing life.
This seems on the British felony justice system and whether or not it’s match for objective. Presenter Josie Bevan is even-handed however reveals some stark truths. We have now a number of the highest incarceration and recidivism charges in Europe, so one thing isn’t working. It’s an illuminating, stirring meditation on punishment and rehabilitation. I’d advocate it as a companion piece to Jimmy McGovern’s sensible drama Time. Podcasts have been an enormous a part of my pandemic life. One other favorite is Talking Politics: History of Ideas, the place David Runciman traces the historical past of political pondering. We haven’t had sufficient of specialists. Come again, specialists, all is forgiven.
He’s a Japanese artist and composer, and that is an immersive exploration of sunshine and sound. The ambition and chutzpah was thrilling. It’s largely underground in a sequence of multi-sensory rooms; there is likely to be an unnerving repetitive sequence of neon lights or audio system enjoying a not totally nice sound. On the coronary heart of it was one room with a video triptych referred to as Knowledge-verse on large hi-res screens: it mixed visualisations of genomic information with planetary maps and scans of the human mind. It was monumental, barely overwhelming however unusually calming. One of the stunning issues I’ve seen in a very long time.
I’ve been binge-watching this French spy drama and I’m at the moment on season three of 5. It’s the anti-Bond, digging into the quotidian, procedural nature of espionage. None of it’s quick or horny. No one wears a bow tie. It’s about day-to-day paperwork in drab places of work, but it surely’s fantastically written and carried out. I like the way in which that long-form TV, when performed correctly, can play out what it has to say over time with a slow-building, assured narrative. I’d like to be in it however my French is appalling so I’d should play some Englishman on secondment.
I’ve just lately been discovering the work of Federico Fellini and my favorite to date has been 8½. It’s a wierd and exquisite factor. It follows Guido, a celebrated director and a model of Fellini himself, attempting to make a movie as he struggles with inventive block and a midlife disaster. It’s a stunning combination of autobiography, dreamscape and meditation on the inventive course of. It was additionally thrilling to find the appearing of Marcello Mastroianni, who’s astoundingly fashionable as Guido. He’s the refined, nuanced and deeply charismatic centre to this fluid and visionary movie.