Peder Balke at the National Gallery

Nige is blown away by Norwegian painter Peder Balke's masterly seascapes, in an exhibition currently showing at London's National Gallery... I admit I'd never heard of Peder Balke before reading about this exhibition. Balke was a Norwegian painter (1804-87) whose mature style was so heavily criticised in his day that he ... Read More...

The Dabbler’s Guide to Spiral (BBC Four)

If you're following the latest series of Spiral on BBC Four, or wondering whether to start watching from the beginning, here's Brit's introductory guide to the French cop show... The first thing to say about Spiral (in France: Engrenages, meaning not in fact ‘Spiral’ but ‘Gears’) is that it offers the ... Read More...

Giovanni Battista Moroni at the Royal Academy

The Royal Academy's exhibition of paintings by Giovanni Battista Moroni is the first large-scale survey of his works to be staged outside Italy. Nige reports... I only knew Moroni from the handful of his intriguing portraits in the National Gallery - including the famous Portrait of a Tailor (top) - and I was eager ... Read More...

Cabins by Philip Jodidio

Worm sets off into the wilderness to review 'Cabins', a stunning new photographic book published by TASCHEN… I'm slightly embarrassed to say this in public, but I must confess to being something of a Grand Designs addict. My little addiction enables me to re-watch every episode again and again, despite being repulsed by ... Read More...

Retroworld or, The EU in Space

Daniel Kalder on a space adventure that would really annoy Nigel Farage... I’ve never been much of a Star Trek fan. It’s not because I don’t like Science Fiction- Star Wars and alien invasion B-movies were a big part of my childhood, I grew up reading 2000AD, and I wrote my ... Read More...

London on Film: message in a capsule

A collection of archival clips puts to shame a seedy corner of today's TV... I just caught a wonderful programme on BBC4. That's a sentence I could write a few times a week: the channel's worth the licence fee alone, unlike that nice Mr Attenborough who used to be, but has ... Read More...