The family in 2050: artificial wombs, robot carers and the rise of single fathers by choice

Technology and economics could radically change our understanding of the family in years to come and deepen inherited privilege In 2004, when the year 2020 sounded futuristic, most are low-earners, and the figures include single mothers. And we said that financial pressures on young adults would lead to people staying at home for longer. There has been a 46.3% increase in the number of young adults living with their parents in the two decades to 2019. But we overstated the attention we would be giving to the issue of how to care for an ageing population. By 2020, we predicted, we will be in the middle of the debate on the care deficit. The crisis is still there, and growing, …

Rob Delaney meets Sally Wainwright: People say, God, youve got a sick mind

The comedian and Catastrophe star, and the TV writer and director talk comedy, grief and parenting boys When Rob Delaney was asked to suggest a list of people he might like to speak to for this issue, it was short. It said simply: Sally Wainwright. Delaney, who grew up in Boston and moved to the UK five years ago, came to fame as a Twitter wit, after years as a standup comedian. Along with Sharon Horgan, he then created, wrote and starred in Catastrophe for Channel 4, lauded as one of the best original comedies of the last decade. This year it ended, after four seasons. A former London bus driver, Wainwright has written and created some of the best …

My grimly inappropriate boyfriend dumped me in the pub | Emma Beddington

I was 17. He was a thrillingly older twentysomething. I was heartbroken and drowned out the pain with Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine York, where I grew up, is picturesque at any time, but at Christmas its stupidly charming: a Dickensian vision of twinkling lights strung across narrow paved streets. Theres the soaring gothic minster, pale and intricate as a prize-winning ice sculpture, bells ringing and choristers singing, and there are six homemade mince pies for 1 in the market. What could be nicer than to wander through the bustle, ending up in one of the citys cosy pubs next to a crackling fire as the winter sun fades and the afternoon blue deepens into inky dusk punctuated with the …

Emma Thompsons ludicrous Last Christmas is the perfect Brexit festive movie

The success of this film says quite a lot about Britain 2019 So Ive finally seenMannequin, a charming romantic comedy about a man finding true love with a plastic doll. Or maybe its closer to very strong feelings about what constitutes a good Christmas movie, and I have similarly firm ideas about plot twists. A good twist will make everything in the movie come together. A bad one makes the entire film fall apart. Despite Last Christmas best attempts to copy the zeMacaulay Culkin in Home Alone 2. And yet, Last Christmas is the No 1 movie in Britain. Thats right, a film best described as The Sixth Sense, directed by Richard Curtis on ketamine is the one everyone wants …