Gore Vidal

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Best of Enemies review – stylish staging of a landmark TV clash
The 1968 debate between Gore Vidal and William F Buckley Jr is depicted with verve and feels uncomfortably up-to-date

Arifa Akbar

29, Nov, 2022 @11:51 AM

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Best of Enemies review – James Graham’s superb study of media and politics
David Harewood and Charles Edwards go head-to-head as William F Buckley Jr and Gore Vidal respectively in an enthralling play based on a 1968 TV debate

Mark Lawson

10, Dec, 2021 @1:58 PM

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Playwright James Graham: ‘Was I too easy on Dominic Cummings? I go back and forth’
He has written powerful dramas about the likes of Rupert Murdoch and Dominic Cummings. The playwright explains why he’s now tackling 11 vitriolic TV debates that gripped America

Dorian Lynskey

15, Nov, 2021 @6:00 AM

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He played Martin Luther King. Next up: a fiery white rightwinger
David Harewood cast as William Buckley in James Graham’s new play of fiery 1968 debates with Gore Vidal

Vanessa Thorpe

31, Oct, 2021 @8:15 AM

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Don’t judge a Waitrose customer by their choice of newspaper | Brief letters
Brief letters: The 50 best UK pubs | Philip Green | Waitrose | Brexit slogans | Gore Vidal | Pumpkin seeds


29, Oct, 2018 @5:07 PM

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The Best Man review – Gore Vidal's brutal political dogfight
Martin Shaw and Maureen Lipman star in an entertaining 1960 drama set during a Democratic party convention

Michael Billington

06, Mar, 2018 @12:00 PM

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Netflix fires Kevin Spacey from House of Cards
Company also declines to release biopic starring and produced by Spacey, who has been accused of inappropriate sexual behaviour

Pádraig Collins and agencies

04, Nov, 2017 @6:08 PM

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‘Not amused’: Princess Margaret’s misadventures in bohemia
Picasso wanted to marry her, Gore Vidal defended her, but most writers and artists she met were spiteful about her behind her back – and, explains Craig Brown, she didn’t really like them much either

Craig Brown

23, Sep, 2017 @11:00 AM

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Why has Hollywood put Ben-Hur back in the closet?
Gore Vidal always hinted at a sexual element between the Jewish prince and his Roman betrayer, but the remake seems uninterested in exploring gay subtext

Ben Child

17, Aug, 2016 @5:36 PM

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My sailing trip with Gore Vidal and Leonard Bernstein
A great argument over lunch – including plate smashing – to waltzing in the street with the author Jay Parini’s wife

Jay Parini

27, Sep, 2015 @9:30 AM

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Every Time a Friend Succeeds Something Inside Me Dies: The Life of Gore Vidal by Jay Parini review – prurient and patronising with a touch of tenderness
Cod psychology is not the only fishy aspect of this portrait of Gore Vidal

Rachel Cooke

23, Aug, 2015 @6:00 AM

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‘Don’t call me a crypto-Nazi!’ The lost heart of political debate
A documentary about the famous TV clash of US intellectuals Gore Vidal and William F Buckley Jr reminds us what is often lacking in modern politics: true passion

Ed Vulliamy

01, Aug, 2015 @11:05 PM

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