If you haven’t read My Family and Other Animals, do so – preferably with a child

It’s great that ITV is showing The Durrells so a new generation can meet this family of talented oddballs but read the book before you watch it Growing up in America, my only association with the ...

10 things we learned about 'Bob's Burgers' at its PaleyFest panel

10 things we learned about 'Bob's Burgers' at its PaleyFest panel New York's Paley Center for Media is in the middle of its TV-centric PaleyFest, which includes several panel discussions with the casts and crews of critically beloved shows. Last night, EW caught one ...

Olivier Deriviere Scoring Upcoming Remember Me Game

Remember Me will release on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC on June 4th. Composer Olivier Deriviere known for his work on Alone in the Dark and Of Orcs and Men has conduced an interactive musical score for ...

Christopher Walken's A Late Quartet is a beautiful sunset-minuet

It takes itself very seriously and is completely shorn of humour but that doesn't stop A Late Quartet from being a very touching film, says John Patterson The minute you hear Christopher Walken ...

Best Classical Reissue Box Sets of 2012

There's nothing quite like the sustained pleasure of immersing one's self in a huge chunk of a top-notch artist's output for a significant period of time. This was easily accomplished in 2012, because ...

Winter arts calendar 2012-2013

The Observer's critics pick the season's highlights, from the Misanthrope to Johnny Marr, Lulu to Lichtenstein, H7steria to Hitchcock. What are you most looking forward to? Add your comments below and ...

Richard Robbins obituary

Composer who scored nearly every Merchant Ivory film from The Europeans onwards and was an integral part of the brand The Guinness Book of Records notes that the 44-year collaboration between the ...

Wamg Interview: Yaron Zilberman – Director of A Late Quartet

Interview conducted by Tom Stockman November 9, 2012 A Late Quartet, the first fiction film from director Yaron Zilberman, follows the lives of four longtime colleagues who play in a celebrated fugue ...

Anniversaries: Claude Debussy Born 150 Years Ago

Born August 22, 1862 in St.-Germaine-en-Laye, France, Claude-Achille Debussy was a child prodigy pianist who was admitted to the Paris Conservatory at age 10. Now generally considered to have been the ...

Sviatoslav Richter's Teldec Recordings Reissued

Sviatoslav Richter: The Teldec Recordings (Teldec/Warner Classics) This three-cd set returns to print some fairly fascinating items from the discography of the most venerated pianist of his ...

This week's cultural highlights: Mary Shelley and the Civil Wars

Our critics' picks of this week's openings, plus your last chance to see and what to book now • Which cultural events are in your diary this week? Tell us in the comments below Opening this ...

Israel Baker

Virtuoso violinist heard on a string of classic Hollywood movie scores The American violinist Israel Baker, who has died aged 92, was renowned among his fellow musicians but unknown to most of the ...

Anniversaries: Anton Bruckner Died 105 Years Ago

Despite circumstances that would make most men bitter, Anton Bruckner (Sept. 24, 1824 – Oct. 11, 1896) in his mature symphonies and choral works wrote some of the most spiritual music since Bach's. ...

Guardian young arts critic competition 2011: Our critics' picks

From an illicit Pixies gig to a Mesopotamian ziggurat, Guardian critics recall their biggest moment of inspiration in their respective fields How to enter this year's competition Pop: Alexis ...

Guardian young arts critic competition 2011: Our critics' picks

From an illicit Pixies gig to a Mesopotamian ziggurat, Guardian critics recall their biggest moment of inspiration in their respective fields How to enter this year's competition Pop: Alexis ...

Ken Taylor obituary

Screenwriter who created wonderful parts for women, as in his TV adaptation of Paul Scott's The Jewel in the Crown The screenwriter Ken Taylor, who has died aged 88, had his first radio play ...

Ken Annakin: 1914-2009 -- An Appreciation

Director Ken Annakin. I knew there was something familiar about the name when I read it: "Deborah Annakin-Peters." I had been corresponding with Debby via email for nearly a year after she had ...