Sinclair McKay

Cockney comfort food: eel, pie and mash to the sound of Bow bells

31 March 2018 9:00 am

Cockney feet mark the beat of history, sang Noël Coward, as if he had ever been east of Holborn. Yet…

What on earth was The Prisoner all about?

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Now, if someone were to spray stun gas through the keyhole of my front door, and I were to collapse…

Finally tired of London

2 September 2017 9:00 am

Iain Sinclair is leaving London — like the croakiest of the ravens taking flight from the Tower. It is a…

Spies in the spotlight

7 November 2015 9:00 am

Spying is a branch of philosophy, although you would never guess it from that expression on Daniel Craig’s face. Its…

Turing, Snow White and the poisoned apple

9 May 2015 9:00 am

As a young student, the atheist Alan Turing — disorientated with grief over the death of his first love Christopher…

EastEnders wanted to show Thatcher’s Britain. These days it would make Maggie proud

14 February 2015 9:00 am

Albert Square full of Thatcherites? You ’avin a larf? No, it’s true. EastEnders, conceived 30 years ago partly as a…

Alan Turing's last victory

13 December 2014 9:00 am

‘So were you levitating with rage by the end?’ I asked her. She — a veteran of Bletchley Park —…

Why Doctor Who is secretly Tony Benn

10 August 2013 9:00 am

Who inspired Who? Leave aside for one moment the hyperventilating BBC enthronement of Peter Capaldi, though we shall return to…