Alistair Sim gives the performance of his career as Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol.
Shot on location in London, it has the ultimate feel of the Dickens' classic, a brilliant cast, and is sure to please everyone. Steve Hayes
"In short, what we have in this rendition of Dickens' sometimes misunderstood 'Carol' is an accurate comprehension of the agony of a shabby soul. And this is presented not only in the tortured aspects of Mr. Sim but in the phantasmagoric creation of a somber and chilly atmosphere. These, set against the exhibition of conventional manifests of love and cheer, do right by the moral of Dickens and round a trenchant and inspiring Christmas show." (New York Times, November 1951)
Real life father and daughter, Ryan and Tatum O’Neal, make an unforgettable comic couple in Peter Bogdanovich’s fast paced and extremely funny Paper Moon (1973).
Shot in black and white and set in the mid-west during the Depression, O’Neal plays a Bible salesman/con artist who is called upon to deliver an orphan, Tatum, in an Oscar winning role, to her relatives and their mutual antagonism leads from one hysterical scene to another. It also stars Madeline Kahn in an Oscar nominated role as "good time girl" Trixie Delight, John Hillerman in duel roles as a sheriff and a bootlegger and the hysterical P.J. Johnson as Trixie’s put upon maid Imogene. Fast paced, brilliantly written and acted, it’s the perfect after dinner Thanksgiving delight! Steve Hayes
The last taboo. "Why pop culture just can’t deal with black male sexuality."
Fourteen LGBT heroes who saved the day. Above, Tori Johnson, the Lindt Chocolate Café manager who in 2014 gave his life trying to save the lives of other hostages taken during a 16-hour siege in Sydney.
Human rights group Witness has warned of the videos of attacks on LGBT people trending on social media sites.
Christine Leinonen's son - Christopher Andrew “Drew” Leinonen (above right, with his boyfriend Juan Ramon Guerrero, who was also killed) - was murdered at Pulse Orlando. She's trying to prevent similar tragedies.
The chameleon. "The Spanish police believed he was a missing American teen. So, seemingly, did the Texas family who had lost him three years prior. Who they had actually found was Frédéric Bourdin, was a 23-year-old Frenchman on the run." (August 2008)
Whirl. "For 60 years, the weekly Evening Whirl attacked the drug lords, whoring preachers, and hypocritical bourgeoisie of St. Louis’ black community, sometimes in rhyming Iambic couplets." (November 2006)
How Essex became London's dumping ground. "The decision to re-bury 3,000 skeletons from the old Bedlam hospital at a cemetery in Essex is nothing new. From dead bodies to sewage, factories to holiday homes for the underclass, Essex has long been a receptacle for what genteel London finds too dirty."
The reality of being black in today’s Britain. "David Olusoga grew up amid racism in Britain in the 70s and 80s. Now, in a groundbreaking new book and TV series, he argues that the story of black Britons, from Afro-Roman times to the present, is key to showing the depth of their Britishness. And, while we exult in black Britons’ success in culture, fashion and sport, discrimination still blights their lives."
UGANDA Meet Bibe Kalalu, a former chief of the Barega tribe in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Now he's an LGBT activist. Here he is with members of the Angels Refugee Support Group (below), the safe space for gay refugees he founded in 2009.
HAITI Queer Haitians find a refuge in Vodou. "Feared and denigrated by members of other faiths, Haitian Vodou is a far cry from the zombie-raising cult of a thousand horror films — and it’s also the only welcoming place for many LGBT Haitians."
GRENADA U.S. troops invade following the killing of left-wing Prime Minister Maurice Bishop. (November 1983)
Guerdwich Montimere, the kid who wasn't there. "A 16-year-old named Jerry Joseph, a basketball player at Permian High School of Friday Night Lights fame, has been found out as an impostor. Joseph isn't really a Haitian orphan, and the tales he has spun for an eager town are lies; he's really a 22-year-old from Fort Lauderdale, named Guerdwich Montimere." (May 2012)
On the set of Apocalypse Now. "It was the middle of the day in the steamy Philippine jungle and the sun was merciless. Director Francis Ford Coppola, dressed in rumpled white Mao pajamas, was slowly making his way upriver in a motor launch." (June 1977)
How the rise of Pixar killed family-friendly horror. "From The Goonies and Gremlins to TV classics Goosebumps and Are You Afraid of the Dark?, watching kids deal with the supernatural used to be a thing. I used journalism to investigate the genre's early-2000s death."
Why is TV so obsessed with Catholicism? "From Tony Soprano’s moral agonies to Lost’s island purgatory, the drama of sin and damnation fits the small screen perfectly. Now The Young Pope takes a startlingly strange look inside the Vatican."
On sexism in Westworld: "A nude man lies silently at Logan’s side, stroking his arm and chest, as Logan busies himself more directly with two women. And… that’s it. If this is the closest we’ll come to seeing a male host engage in sexual activity with a guest (or the closest we’ll come to seeing two men having sex at all), I’ll be disappointed in Westworld, in which the female hosts are rarely depicted as anything but sex objects. It’s as if anything that doesn’t directly conform to the heterosexual male gaze is an afterthought, which is especially ironic considering this is supposed to be a place where guests can live out their every fantasy."
The month in soaps. "Vehicular nastiness in Emmerdale and Corrie, and poisoned sandwiches in Hollyoaks." WATCH Here's the latest episodes of Willology; Fallacies; Steel River; Street Behavior; GayTerns; the trailer for Raising Eli;
Cakes Da Killa speaks. “I just read that the supply of estrogen for trans women is low,” says Cakes. “That’s not pushed to the forefront [of] the gay agenda. I hate that phrase. Whatever people assume is the ‘gay agenda’ is just gay white males.” He pauses to sip his drink. “They’re at the front of the lunch line; I’m just in the back having a tequila.”
"Patient zero" Gaétan Dugas was not the source of the HIV/Aids outbreak, boffins decide. "New technique allows reconstruction of route by which HIV/Aids arrived in North America, confirming Dugas was not the source of subsequent pandemic."
Dear technology, please could you stop being so needy. "TV dramas such as Black Mirror and Westworld might be scaring us with a dystopian vision of technology, but the real problem is that Facebook is too chirpy, fitness apps fuss over our food intake, and our browsers bombard us with targeted ads."
WATCH This 4K video from the International Space Station.
A death in Yellowstone. "A hiker was found dead in Yellowstone National Park... based on a preliminary investigation, 'an adult female grizzly and at least one cub were present' at the hiker's death, and that, if found, bears involved in human fatalities are generally euthanized." (April 2012)
And Whilst You're Thinking About That, Think About This...
"I would also like to take this opportunity to squash the persistent rumours about mysterious 'disappearances' and emphasize that rural and urban areas are now enjoying a life of harmony and peace. I'm sure you're glad to hear this. And I'm happy you're glad."