War

An important story but not for the faint-hearted: Deadliest Day podcast reviewed

13 July 2019 9:00 am

One of the advantages that podcasts have over the scheduled array of programmes is the space that can be given…

Apocalypse now: ‘Wood near My House, Somerset’, c.1991, by Don McCullin

Few soldiers have seen as many terrible sights as Don McCullin

23 February 2019 9:00 am

Diane Arbus saw mid-20th century New York as if she was in a waking dream. Or at least that is…

The Somme battlefield today. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

Radio 3 had the most simple yet effective way of reflecting on war’s impact

17 November 2018 9:00 am

Amid all the remembrance, Radio 3 came up with a simple yet effective way of reflecting on war’s impact. Threaded…

The dumbing down of the Reith Lectures

30 June 2018 9:00 am

It’s been a heavyweight week on Radio 4 with the start of the annual series of Reith Lectures and a…

From the archive: the future of Scandinavia

16 June 2018 9:00 am

From ‘The Baltic question’, 15 June 1918: The future of Scandinavia and the Baltic must depend on the outcome of…

In rebel-held territory, two boys contemplate the rubble of Daraa, September 2017

The tragedy of Syria: how protest spiralled into savagery

28 April 2018 9:00 am

The fateful day five years ago began like any other for the family. A pot of black tea with cardamon…

BBC2’s Civilisations seems unable to decide what civilisation is

10 March 2018 9:00 am

The presenters of the BBC 2 programme on civilisations seem unable to decide what civilisation is. Socrates would therefore wonder…

Ratings war

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Planning for the ‘war of the future’ is something generals and politicians have been doing for the past 150 years.…

High life

9 September 2017 9:00 am

After the heat in Greece, the Alps are cool and green and very comfortable. My sensei Richard Amos is over…

Russia’s revolutionary soul

8 July 2017 9:00 am

From ‘The Russian awakening’, 6 July 1917: M. Kerensky, the Russian Minister of War, has kept his word. He promised…

Ernest Shackleton and other South Georgia ghosts

30 January 2016 9:00 am

The terrible news that Henry Worsley had died just 30 miles short of crossing the Antarctic continent unsupported reached me…

Archive: Motoring as a hobby should be discouraged

23 January 2016 9:00 am

From ‘The Conscription of Wealth’, The Spectator, 22 January 1916: At recent race meetings streams of motor-cars have proceeded from…

From the archive: On compelling shirkers to do their duty

16 January 2016 9:00 am

From ‘The Position of the Government’, The Spectator, 15 January 1916: Any man who knew the nature of Englishmen, or…

The edible woman: Lily James as Natasha Rostova in ‘War and Peace’

War & Peace is actually just an upmarket Downton Abbey

9 January 2016 9:00 am

Gosh what a breath of fresh air was Andrew Davies’s War & Peace adaptation (BBC1, Sundays) after all the stale…

'The tide is turning': Justin Welby interviewed by Michael Gove

12 December 2015 9:00 am

There was, of course, something very special about the House of Commons debate on Syria earlier this month. The moral…

It is time to join the fight against IS in Syria

5 December 2015 9:00 am

The Islamic State is as monstrous an enemy as we have seen in recent history. It crucifies and decapitates its…

Charles Moore’s Notes: Jeremy Corbyn, fanatic

21 November 2015 9:00 am

When Jeremy Corbyn says it is better to bring people to trial than to shoot them, he is right. So…

Agincourt was neither necessary, nor great. We’re mad to celebrate it

29 October 2015 9:00 am

Can anyone explain this sudden enthusiasm for Agincourt, that unexpected victory over the French, now being celebrated, or rather commemorated,…

Frederick strolls with Voltaire through the palace of Sans-Souci

Atheist and gay, Frederick the Great was more radical than most leaders today

3 October 2015 9:00 am

Reacquaintance with Germany is long overdue for most English people. Before 1914 it was at least as familiar as France…

‘Early Morning at the Kumbh Mela, Allahabad, India’, 1989, by Don McCullin

Don McCullin interview: ‘I take more than I bring. That’s not a role I’m proud of’

26 September 2015 8:00 am

The thing that the photojournalist Don McCullin likes best of all now, he tells me, is to stand on Hadrian’s…

Late Night Woman’s Hour assumes that all women think about is dating, desire and drinking

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Late Night Woman’s Hour has created a Twitter storm with its twice-weekly (Thursdays and Fridays) doses of ‘mischievous and unbridled…

‘Doorways to the unknown’: Clive James’s Latest Readings

22 August 2015 9:00 am

In the preface to his great collection of essays The Dyer’s Hand, W.H. Auden claimed: ‘I prefer a critic’s notebooks…

We Are Many reviewed: does anyone think this anti-Iraq War film will change anything?

23 May 2015 9:00 am

Big-screen documentaries never change the world. Blackfish has not shortened the queues to see maltreated killer whales leap through hoops…

Rosie Kay’s 5 Soldiers: brutishly physical and powerfully striking

9 May 2015 9:00 am

In dance, it’s usually the moment the boys start fighting that challenges your suspension of disbelief. Synchronised fencing (MacMillan’s Romeo…

RAMC stretcher-bearers from the South Eastern Mounted Brigade enter the Field Ambulance dressing station at Y Ravine. Picture courtesy of Stephen Chambers

The other trenches: the Dardanelles, 100 years on

4 April 2015 9:00 am

In August 1915, in his tent at GHQ on the Aegean island of Imbros, General Sir Ian Hamilton, commander-in-chief of…