Diane Morgan: ‘It sounds mad that I wrote, directed and star in Mandy. Like I’m Orson Welles’

Bolton-born Diane Morgan, 44, went to acting school, then worked in a chip shop and in telesales before trying standup aged 30. She’s now best known for her deadpan portrayal of dimwit TV pundit Philomena Cunk on Charlie Brooker’s Wipe series and the spin-off Cunk mockumentaries. Morgan also appears in parenting sitcom Motherland and Ricky […]

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Poulenc: A Biography by Roger Nichols; Poulenc: The Life in the Songs by Graham Johnson

Imagine Roger Nichols and Graham Johnson at a dinner party, discussing the composer about whom they have each published an entertaining and learned new biography: Francis Poulenc (1899-1963). Nichols, an eminent and prolific scholar of French music, would, on the evidence of his book, be an admirable and slightly frustrating guest, refusing to gossip. Johnson, […]

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