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The friend zone: art, music, films and more about platonic love
From Michelangelo’s male muse to Sex Education’s best pals, we pick five passionate but ultimately chaste partnerships

Jonathan Jones, Rebecca Liu, Sam Jordison, Jason Okundaye and Jenessa Williams

03, Oct, 2022 @9:00 AM

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‘I didn’t cry until I knew I was going to live’: Monty Python’s Eric Idle on surviving pancreatic cancer
Three years after being diagnosed, the 79-year-old has been given the all-clear. He reflects on losing his friends George Harrison and Robin Williams – and how he still manages to always look on the bright side of life

Simon Hattenstone

03, Oct, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Simone Lia: Image makeover – cartoon
Even the Evil Empire needs a little PR spin sometimes

Simone Lia

02, Oct, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Martin McDonagh: ‘No one really tries to make sad films any more’
The London Irish writer-director on his bad early plays, enjoying a quiet home life with Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and his latest film – a friendship breakup movie starring In Bruges’ Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson

Miranda Sawyer

02, Oct, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Why a brush with Japanese calligraphy was exactly what my life needed | Jennifer Wong
I find myself daydreaming about writing next week’s word, and that first contact the brush has with the paper

Jennifer Wong

01, Oct, 2022 @7:00 PM

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On my radar: Phelim McDermott’s cultural highlights
The actor and theatre director on a thrilling cabaret show, Alan Garner’s potent new novel and being a secret believer in fairies

Killian Fox

01, Oct, 2022 @2:00 PM

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What links Jeff Bridges to Kendall Roy and Jerry Seinfeld?
The actor’s new Disney+ show The Old Man ignites a chain of circumstance that includes his father, Lloyd Bridges, a clothing line and a mysterious wife

Larry Ryan

01, Oct, 2022 @12:00 PM

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Standup Jim Gaffigan: ‘I never wanted to do us-and-them comedy’
The Grammy-nominated US comedian with a nice-guy reputation has warmed up for the pope and doesn’t swear on stage. But since he called out Trump on Twitter, are we seeing a new, spikier side to the ‘king of clean’?

Brian Logan

01, Oct, 2022 @11:00 AM

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From Flux Gourmet to Björk: a complete guide to this week’s entertainment
Whether you’re after director Peter Strickland’s descent into the decadently weird or the Icelandic conjurer’s latest aural opus, our critics have you covered

01, Oct, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Cool, candid and sometimes angry, New Zealand’s laureate wants to make poetry pop
After years of forging his own path on the literary scene, Chris Tse doesn’t mind taking poetic licence with expectations

Charlotte Graham-McLay in Wellington

30, Sep, 2022 @7:00 PM

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Stephen Colbert: ‘Our hearts go out to the people of Florida right now’
Late-night hosts discuss Hurricane Ian and Ginni Thomas, and Trevor Noah announces plans to step down from The Daily Show

Guardian staff

30, Sep, 2022 @2:47 PM

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English Heritage to host ghost story tours at five monasteries
Tours at sites in north of England aim to be academically rigorous and shed light on the ruins’ deeper histories

Mark Brown North of England correspondent

30, Sep, 2022 @11:00 AM

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