British identity and society

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Beyond disco: the Pakistani Brummie siblings who made a lost 80s synth-pop classic
Nermin Niazi and Feisal Mosleh were teenage immigrants blending their Pakistani musical heritage with Pet Shop Boys and Depeche Mode – and their punchy disco LP has been rescued from obscurity

Michael Lawson

09, Feb, 2021 @9:00 AM

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The problem is not the flag but the left’s needless anxiety over patriotism | Sunder Katwala
As Labour debates whether to become ‘more patriotic’, it’s worth emphasising that for most Britons, including ethnic minorites, a sense of pride in their country is a given

Sunder Katwala

07, Feb, 2021 @8:30 AM

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Birmingham library brings Shakespeare to life in dozens of languages
The largest Shakespeare collection in a public library is launching Everything to Everybody, with films and readings in most of the city’s 93 languages

Jessica Murray Midlands correspondent

04, Feb, 2021 @11:39 AM

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How we made: Rising Damp
‘I based Miss Jones on a puritanical aunt of mine who claimed her husband had never seen her naked’

Interviews by George Bass

25, Jan, 2021 @3:45 PM

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Noel Clarke: 'Would I play Doctor Who? There's a conversation to be had'
He has played a pivotal role in bringing black drama to British screens – but Noel Clarke must still battle for recognition. As his hit cop show Bulletproof returns, he talks about fighting prejudice, returning to the Tardis – and saying no to America

Toby Moses

18, Jan, 2021 @6:00 AM

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James Graham on his uplifting 2020 musical: 'We want to look forward'
The playwright has collaborated with the Guardian and the National Theatre on a new short film, We Begin Again, looking back at – and beyond – this turbulent year

Lanre Bakare

17, Dec, 2020 @12:06 PM

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'I love the unknown!' Dance sensation Salomé Pressac's boldest move yet
The striking dancer rose up with Rambert but is going freelance despite the chaos caused by Covid in order to take on new challenges

Nuria Cremer-Vazquez

14, Dec, 2020 @9:00 AM

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The 50 best albums of 2020, No 8: J Hus – Big Conspiracy
The rapper keeps his signature upbeat melodies and humour, while urgently pursuing a deep take on the systemic checks that mar Black British life

Tara Joshi

09, Dec, 2020 @6:00 AM

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Britain still makes things? Who knew? | Adrian Chiles
I’ve been trying to eat, wear and use goods that were produced in the UK. Marmite hits the spot, but I’m not so sure about the flat cap

Adrian Chiles

25, Nov, 2020 @4:57 PM

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Lost in the thick Sheffield fog: Johny Pitts' best photograph
‘My grandad worked in a steel factory after fighting in Burma. After work one day, he got lost in fog on the way home, sat down on a bench and cried’

Johny Pitts

18, Nov, 2020 @3:00 PM

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'I feel joy': how Bisha K Ali went from struggling standup to Marvel maestro
She was living on beans. Now she’s in LA writing Ms Marvel, the eagerly awaited TV series starring MCU’s first Muslim superhero. The writer talks about joyriding premiers and how to silence trolls

Poppy Noor

16, Nov, 2020 @6:00 AM

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David Lammy: ‘You can be critical of your country and still love it’
The Labour MP talks about belonging, Brexit and Caribbean comfort food

Tim Adams

15, Nov, 2020 @1:30 PM

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