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Opinion: When our heroes go bad

21 Nov 2014

'Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?'

In the past year, my 12-year-old daughter has immersed herself in the back catalogue of Michael Jackson. It certainly marks a welcome relief from her fixations with X-Factor and hilarious YouTube ‘comedians’, but she can’t seem to see that ‘Billie Jean…

Remember Me

21 Nov 20144 stars

Old-fashioned ghostly fare with a modern twist from the BBC starring Michael Palin

While Christmas is traditionally viewed as the ideal time for retelling ghost stories, the BBC have sprung their spooks on us early with Remember Me. This three-part drama already contains an inherent rising from the crypt with the acting career of…

A guide to Christmas ice skating in Scotland

21 Nov 2014

Including rinks in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Motherwell and Perth

Princes Street Gardens Ice Rink The Princes Street Gardens Ice Rink has become a Christmas tradition in the city, with the stunning location beneath the castle hard to beat for setting the Christmas tone. Separate kids and adults ice discos are…

A guide to Christmas ice skating in Manchester

21 Nov 2014

Head to rinks in the city centre, Salford, Bolton and Tameside

Manchester Ice Rink This outdoor rink has a viewing terrace and onsite bar to keep everyone happy. There’s a big screen above the rink where Christmas films and music will be shown, as well as Christmas markets nearby. Spinning Fields, 10.30am–9pm…

Wintersong 2014 lineup to include RM Hubbert, Alasdair Roberts and Richard Youngs

20 Nov 2014

Also set to play are Howie Reeve, Horse Loom, Plinth and Louis Abbott of Admiral Fallow

‘Winter is my favourite season. It has such a desolate beauty to it,' says RM Hubbert, who'll be performing a specially composed set at Platform's Wintersong event. 'I’ve been thinking about the comparisons between those winter landscapes and the…

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Where to buy real Christmas trees in and around Glasgow

20 Nov 2014

Including locations, prices, delivery options and a guide to tree types

The festive season is nearly upon us and living in Glasgow doesn’t mean you can’t find a locally sourced real Christmas tree to decorate your home. As well as centres that let you hand pick trees, many now offer an online ordering system and home…

Where to buy real Christmas trees in and around Edinburgh

19 Nov 2014

Including locations, prices, delivery options and a guide to tree types

A real Christmas tree looks (and smells) prettier than its artificial counterpart, and this festive period there are plenty of locally grown trees to be sourced in and around the city. Plus, last year Edinburgh City Council made special arrangements for…

Ubre Blanca Terminal Island EP

19 Nov 20144 stars

An brilliantly unsettling adventure both escapist and inescapable from electronic synth duo

Oh Don Johnson, so much to answer for. Somewhere in the past two decades, the mulleted heart-throb’s 80s cop frolic Miami Vice has become shorthand for fast cars, Martini Girls, neon cocktails, rolled-up jacket sleeves, Reagan’s America, bronzed…

National Trust for Scotland's top five festive highlights for 2014

18 Nov 2014

Grab Christmas by the antlers at one of our events across Scotland

Trust properties from Inverurie to Castle Douglas are brimming with good cheer, season’s greetings and great family fun. Santa and Mrs Claus will be all over the place to hear Christmas wishes, plus there will be roof-raising carol concerts…

Christmas 2014: Glasgow's top theatre shows

18 Nov 2014

Featuring Peter Pan, A Christmas Carol and Miracle On 34 Parnie Street

Peter Pan Gavin Mitchell – recently part of the cast for the hugely successful Still Game revival at the SECC Hydro – has built a reputation in recent years as a pantomime villain. Taking up the role of Captain Hook, Mitchell will undoubtedly combine a…

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First details announced for the 2015 Glasgow Film Festival

18 Nov 2014

Festival from 18 Feb–1 Mar will celebrate Ingrid Bergman, Australian cinema and nerd culture

Nerd culture, Ingrid Bergman and Australian cinema are among the strands being celebrated in the 2015 Glasgow Film Festival, it’s been revealed. The festival will run for a day longer than previously – for 12 days, from 18 February to 1 March 2015…

NME Awards Tour 2015 headlined by the Palma Violets

18 Nov 2014

Fat White Family, The Amazing Snakeheads and Slaves also set for 11 date UK wide tour

The NME Awards Tour will mark 20 years next year, as it stops at venues across the UK in February and March 2015. This year’s headliners are the Palma Violets, who enjoyed a sell-out run on the 2013 tour with Django Django and Miles Kane. They will be…

What We Do in the Shadows

17 Nov 20144 stars

Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi helm a killer comedy about a vampire flat-share

'When you get three vampires in a flat obviously there’s going to be a lot of tension,' dryly observes 862-year-old Vladislav (Jemaine Clement), who shares a house with 18th Century dandy Viago (Taika Waititi) and self-proclaimed bad boy Deacon…

The Homesman

17 Nov 20144 stars

Striking, desperately sad western directed by and starring Tommy Lee Jones

Since Clint Eastwood hung up his holster those of us who love westerns thank Tommy Lee Jones for keeping the genre alive. That's not to say his second directorial effort, eight years after his fine debut The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, is any…

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

17 Nov 20144 stars

Jennifer Lawrence remains a girl on fire in the penultimate part of the dystopian saga

After Harry Potter and Twilight, carving two films from the final book in a series has become an unwelcome Hollywood trend. And so it goes with The Hunger Games, which stretches the last book in Suzanne Collins’ dystopian YA trilogy into a two part…

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Get On Up

17 Nov 20144 stars

Exhilarating James Brown biopic featuring a barnstorming Chadwick Boseman

One word perfectly describes Tate Taylor’s James Brown biopic: funky. The ‘Godfather of Soul’ was such a force of nature, anything less than a toe-tapping, booty-shaking, yeow of a movie would’ve done him a disservice. Thankfully, Taylor (who made The…

Christmas 2014: Edinburgh's top theatre shows

17 Nov 2014

Featuring Aladdin, Scotch and Soda and Wicked

Aladdin Allan Stewart, Andy Gray and Grant Stott are veterans of the pantomime game: they last performed Aladdin a decade ago, and they have become 'the dream team' for Edinburgh’s King's Theatre since 2010 when they teamed up for Jack and The…

The Vatican Museums 3D

17 Nov 20143 stars

Great art becomes an immersive cinematic experience in a novel documentary

Museum movies are so hot right now and The Vatican Museums 3D is one of the big daddies. Suitable for nearly all viewers, the only people who will find it offensive will be dyed-in-the-wool types who are staunchly anti-technology. Certainly, we’d all…

David Bowie Is

17 Nov 20143 stars

Docu-tour leading us through the V&A's acclaimed tribute to an incomparable performer

If you were one of the unlucky thousands who couldn’t get tickets for last year’s sublime David Bowie exhibition at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, this curio gives you a little taste of what you missed. In truth, it’s a bizarre idea – a docu-tour…

Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy

17 Nov 20144 stars

A Twitter inspired Thai love story from director Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit

'Love stories are hard to write,' muses the central character in Thai director Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit’s second film Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy. This is itself a love story of sorts, however, like Thamrongrattanarit’s highly impressive debut 36…

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No Good Deed

17 Nov 20142 stars

Derivative thriller starring, and squandering the talented Idris Elba and Taraji P Henson

A leaden entry in the home invasion stakes, No Good Deed's box office success in the US is presumably due to a lack of comparable cinematic competition, as there's nothing to distinguish TV director Sam Miller's pedestrian effort from scores of…

Final details for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2014 celebrations revealed

17 Nov 2014

Including a Torchligh Procession through city centre, mini-festival Scot:Lands and the Loony Dook

The final programme for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2014 celebrations were announced today. Opening proceedings is the much-loved Torchlight Procession (Tue 30 Dec), in which 8 000 torchbearers will take to the streets to walk from George IV Bridge through the…

Ariana Grande set for four UK concerts in June 2015

17 Nov 2014

Pop sensation will play in London, Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham

Fresh from her performance at the MTV EMA’s this month, Ariana Grande has announced that she is to return to Glasgow’s SSE Hydro in June 2015 when she brings her Honeymoon Tour to the UK. The Nickelodeon TV star turned pop sensation will play four UK…

Bette Midler announces UK tour for July 2015

17 Nov 2014

Singer will play concerts in Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Leeds and London

Bette Midler has announced that she is to tour the UK in July 2015 for the first time in 35 years. As well as songs from her new album It’s The Girls!, released today, the Grammy award-winning singer will play hits spanning the length of her career to…

From the archive: April 1993 – Interview with Clangers creator Oliver Postgate

14 Nov 2014

'All this talk of Iron Chickens, Soup Dragons, cosmic truths ... ‘What are they on?’'

With a new series of the 70s cult classic children’s TV programme The Clangers narrated by Michael Palin due to air this coming spring, we look back on Tom Lappin's interview with creator Oliver Postgate in April 1993