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 …

Emilia Clarke: I didnt want people to think of me as sick’

As she stars in this years Christmas feelgood movie, Emilia Clarke talks about the intense scrutiny of Game of Thrones, how she coped with the brain haemorrhage that almost killed her and why we all need to escape reality sometimes Emilia Clarke had a headache. It was 2011, just before Valentines Day and just after shed wrapped on the first series of Game of Thrones, playing Daenerys Targaryen, Breaker of Chains, Mother of Dragons. She didnt yet know, as she crawled into the locker room of her local gym in north London and vomited bile into the toilet, that Game of Thrones would run for seven further seasons, break Emmy-award records for most wins for a scripted television series and …

Why Mrs Fletcher is the most underrated show on TV right now

The HBO limited series starring Kathryn Hahn provides a fascinating commentary on sex, online porn and existential uncertainty Mrs Fletcher is not a show likely to inspire a rabid fanbase. The HBO miniseries, based on the 2017 Tom Perrotta novel of the same name, is a small show, in the vein of Ramy, Shrill or Fleabag: half-hour series whose worlds revolve around one deep, rich well of a character surrounded by a knockout supporting cast. But where, say, Shrill rocket-launches one millennial womans self-acceptance (and writing career) and Fleabag shatters, well, everything, Mrs Fletcher is decidedly more understated, indecisive, moody. Its namesake, Eve Fletcher (Kathryn Hahn), is a mid-40s single mother in suburbia whose attempts to bond with and discipline …

We spend so much time staring at our phones. What do we miss when we don’t look up? | Mel Campbell

The deeply corny film Last Christmas was maligned for its main characters look up philosophy. But perhaps its the philosophy we need right now In Paul Feigs romantic comedy Last Christmas, jaded Londoner Kate (Emilia Clarke) notices a handsome stranger, Tom (Henry Golding), outside the Christmas-themed shop where she works. Look up, he tells her. She follows Toms gaze and spots a peregrine falcon on a high ledge. However, she immediately cops an eyeful of bird shit just as she later stumbles into a pile of rubbish while looking up at a delightful old shop sign. So far, so screwball. Critics have well and truly looked down on Toms whimsical, chin-lifting philosophy, branding it so very annoying and vigilantly perching …