• 2 May 2018

    The poet, musician and actor Benjamin Zephaniah is the son of Windrush migrants and has just published his autobiography.

  • 1 May 2018

    There’ll be no more cheap booze in Scotland from today: it’s just become the first country in the world to impose a minimum price for alcohol. Health campaigners have described it as the biggest public health breakthrough since the smoking ban.

  • 29 Apr 2018

    We speak to American author Jesmyn Ward about the gritty realities of life in the Deep South portrayed in her new novel ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing’. It is an intimate portrait of a Mississippi family in crisis taking in race, drugs and poverty.

  • 30 Mar 2018

      The actor, Michael Balogun is currently starring in Macbeth at the National Theatre in London – but his journey there has been anything but straightforward. He spent his early life yo-yo-ing in and out of prison for serious crime and in one of his lowest moments behind bars, he resolved to turn things around.…

  • 17 Feb 2018

    It was the scandal which rocked the Winter Olympics 24 years ago. When U.S. gold medal hopeful Nancy Kerrigan was attacked by a masked stranger, her rival – and friend – Tonya Harding was implicated, and barred from skating. But Harding’s life was far more complex than the cartoon-villain image that emerged. We talked to…

  • 14 Feb 2018

    Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut has already made her an Oscar contender. Her new film Lady Bird, a coming-of-age story set in her home town of Sacramento, California has been universally acclaimed, with five Academy Awards nominations, including Gerwig as best director.

  • 12 Feb 2018

    Last week, the Freemasons took out a full-page advert in several newspapers claiming that its members felt “stigmatised”. It followed news reports about the fraternal organisation, questioning their influence in policing and politics. In response, the Freemasons called for a change in attitudes and highlighted their extensive charity work. But do their arguments stack up?

  • 10 Feb 2018

    Andrey Zvyagintsev is a household name in Russia. One of the country’s most acclaimed film directors his portrayals of life in Putin’s Russia are unflinching, unremitting and unforgettable. No wonder the authorities have fallen out of love with him. They refused to help fund his latest film Loveless about a divorced couple in a bleak…

  • 29 Jan 2018

    What do you do when you begin to lose your most precious memories at just 58 years old? Wendy Mitchell was a busy NHS manager when she was diagnosed with early onset dementia. Now she has written a memoir like no other, recording the creeping loss of her independence and her ability to remember.

  • 19 Jan 2018

    He’s been making music seriously for barely two years …yet 21 year old Yxng Bane from East London has already been nominated for a prestigious MOBO award, and his music videos regularly gain tens of millions of views.

  • 13 Jan 2018

    Now to an up and coming band who didn’t let the fact that they lived on different continents stand in the way of writing songs. Infact, Superorganism first got together via the internet despite their origins in Japan, New Zealand, Australia and…Lancashire. Now the eight members have converged to live in a terraced house in…

  • 5 Jan 2018

    He has knobbly knees and turned-out toes and a poisonous wart at the end of his nose. Ringing any bells? Well, if you’ve had children in the last quarter of a century, you’ll recognise that as a quote from Julia Donaldson’s best-selling children’s book The Gruffalo, illustrated by Axel Scheffler. The German-born illustrator’s picture books…

  • 3 Jan 2018

    Rapper Nadia Rose talks to Channel 4 News about being a woman in grime.

  • 17 Dec 2017

    They are women challenging the stereotype of the body beautiful, by revealing and embracing their scars. A photography project features women whose bodies have been through unbelievable challenges. Now, they say, it is time to stop hiding.

  • 9 Dec 2017

    Paris came to halt today as hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets of the French capital for the funeral of rock star Jonny Hallyday. President Emmanuel Macron led tributes to the singer at a special service in the city’s Madeleine church. Ed Howker reports.