Stephen Smith

‘We can really slow down and live with the characters, understand what they’re thinking and feeling’: a scene from the BBC’s adaptation of ‘War and Peace’

‘It’s good to chop out the boring bits!’: Andrew Davies on adapting War and Peace

23 January 2016 9:00 am

Like Black Rod and the Poet Laureate, screenwriter Andrew Davies occupies one of the most colourful and arcane offices in…

Marilyn Chambers at Raymond Revuebar, 1979

A paean to the fleshy delights and tacky excess of Soho at Christmas

12 December 2015 9:00 am

The other evening, surrounded by Christmas shoppers in the West End of London, I happened to glance up at the…

The eyes have it: Andy Warhol’s gift for second sight was preternatural

What I learned from reshooting the dullest film ever made

15 August 2015 9:00 am

It’s one thing to make the most boring film in cinema history — at least you can kid yourself at…