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Jessie Thompson

Jessie Thompson is Deputy Arts Editor at the Evening Standard, covering theatre, exhibitions, comedy, dance, opera and classical across print and digital. She also writes interviews, theatre reviews and occasional columns.

Culture

Why are we still so obsessed with the Mitford sisters?

As Nancy Mitford’s The Pursuit of Love comes to the BBC, we look at how the legacy of the Mitford sisters continues to fascinate

Insider

An appreciation of Andrew Scott: the greatest actor of our generation

He’s all anyone can talk about in the BBC’s The Pursuit of Love. From Hot Priest to Hamlet, here’s why Andrew Scott has us bowing down

TV

The Pursuit of Love review: A mischievous Mitfordian delight

Emily Mortimer’s adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s greatest novel is the best period drama we’ve had in years

Books

In pursuit of Nancy: the story of the wittiest Mitford sister

Nancy Mitford is not the frothy romance novelist that many think, but an accomplished writer who understood how dark life can be

TV

The best British period dramas, from Pride and Prejudice to Downton

Romance! Gorgeous costumes! Brooding glances! As we await the BBC’s new adaptation of The Pursuit of Love, we pick our faves

Film

Leo Bill interview: We don’t like male romance stars to look British

He plays Billie Piper’s love interest in her debut film – but Leo Bill has bigger ambitions than ‘romantic lead’

TV

This Time with Alan Partridge review: Rejoice! Alan is back

A second series of This Time should make us all very happy if the first episode is anything to go by

TV

All our burning questions ahead of Line of Duty’s series six finale

What’s on Gail Vella’s laptop? Are we really going to be robbed of a Jimmy Nesbitt cameo? And is time running out for Ted?

TV

Line of Duty recap: A foreboding teaser for the series finale

The penultimate episode of the series suggests there’s more trouble in store for AC-12... *spoilers ahead*

Culture

Helen McCrory: a towering, irreplaceable figure of stage and screen

McCrory’s death from cancer at just 52 has floored us all - her talent, charisma and spirit connected her to many

TV

Why Are You Like This review: the first great Gen Z comedy?

This abrasively acerbic Australian comedy is full of lines that feel like ready-made memes

TV

Line of Duty recap: A truly internet-breaking episode

OK, breathe everyone - here’s our guide to the fourth episode of Line of Duty *Spoilers ahead*

Theatre

Why teen movies are the queen bees of musical theatre

Heathers the Musical is returning to the West End this summer... how very

TV

Line of Duty’s Adrian Dunbar has good news for Hastings superfans

He’s like the battle, but is Ted Hastings an arch-villain? *Warning! spoilers ahead*

TV

The best new TV and film arriving on Amazon Prime this month

Our guide to what’s new this month, including a spooky series, Bafta-nominated films and a silly rom-com

Theatre

The best theatre, dance, comedy and classical music to stream online

Missing your theatre fix? We’ve rounded up the best shows to watch online

TV

Line of Duty episode recap: The AC-12 glory days are back

The lowdown on the latest Line of Duty episode - and all of our burning questions (*spoilers ahead*)

Insider

Prince Harry and James Murdoch’s wife team up to fight misinformation

The Duke of Sussex’s latest gig is fighting misinformation as part of a left-wing think tank project with Kathryn Murdoch

TV

Kate Garraway - Finding Derek review: The cruelty of long Covid

Kate Garraway charts a hellish twelve months with brutal honesty and a sense of humour

TV

Mother of God! It’s our Line of Duty bluffer’s guide

Series six is on its way, so remind yourself of the sacred art of nicking bent coppers

TV

‘Nobody’s safe’ in Line of Duty, teases Jed Mercurio - even the top 3

Mother of God - could series six be the end of AC-12 as we know it?

TV

UK Hun? The best (and most bonkers) moments from Drag Race UK series 2

Drag Race UK has been the only thing getting us through lockdown 3.0 - not a joke, just a fact

Theatre

How Giles Terera turned Soho coming back to life into a song cycle

Theatre star Giles Terera watched London under lockdown from his window - and wrote a musical response

TV

Caroline Flack, Her Life and Death review: almost too painful to watch

This depressingly topical documentary begs the question: why does being a famous woman have to be so traumatic?

TV

Framing Britney Spears review: Gripping but upsetting viewing

Finally airing in the UK today, the Framing Britney Spears documentary is a must-watch

Future Theatre Fund

How theatre will rebuild: we talk to producer Francesca Moody

Our How theatre will rebuild series will bring you a new conversation each day about why the future of theatre matters

Future Theatre Fund

How theatre will rebuild: we talk to writer Travis Alabanza

Our How theatre will rebuild series will bring you a new conversation each day about why the future of theatre matters

TV

Bent coppers and beyond: Line of Duty’s most shocking moments

The past five series have certainly been a wild ride for AC-12 and co...

Future Theatre Fund

How theatre will rebuild: we talk to Six’s Toby Marlow & Lucy Moss

Our How theatre will rebuild series will bring you a new conversation each day about why the future of theatre matters

Future Theatre Fund

How theatre will rebuild: we talk to &Juliet star Miriam-Teak Lee

Our How theatre can rebuild series will bring you a new conversation each day about why the future of theatre matters

Future Theatre Fund

What theatre means to me: actor Michael Balogun

As we count down to our Future Theatre Fund, some of the most exciting people working in theatre tell us why it means so much to them

Future Theatre Fund

What theatre means to me: actor Sophie Melville

As we count down to our Future Theatre Fund, some of the most exciting people working in theatre tell us why it means so much to them

Future Theatre Fund

My 21st-century touchstone play: theatre stars on life-changing shows

We asked London’s theatre stars about the shows that left them feeling completely electrified