Sinclair McKay

The crime of passion that kept the nation enthralled

10 August 2019 9:00 am

No matter how exquisitely English —gobbets of blood amid the fireplace ornaments — murder annihilates meaning. Even when the motive…

The desolate beauty of the Thames Estuary

1 June 2019 9:00 am

We ought to cherish the haunted landscape of the Thames Estuary while we can. The grey hulks of old power…

Freedom of movement isn’t an EU invention. Victorian London thrived on it

25 August 2018 9:00 am

Here’s a bracing lesson from Victorian history that might possibly help to slice some impossible Brexit knots. In the 19th…

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

How EastEnders became a positive reflection of Tory values

Alan Turing's last victory

13 December 2014 9:00 am

The story of how we cracked Enigma was top secret, then misrepresented. Now it’s a worldwide cult

Why Doctor Who is secretly Tony Benn

10 August 2013 9:00 am

Through the ages, the Time Lord has been a political weathervane