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Recommendation Engine: Thief at the British Museum

Plus D-Day, personal history and a sprinkling of politics

10:00 AM GMT+1 on June 12, 2024

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    Fiona Sturges in the FT 

    • Pack One Bag - “There is another unexpected appearance here: that of actor Stanley Tucci, who plays the part of Giulio in dramatised segments that give voice to Modigliani’s forebears. In lesser hands, these segments might have felt awkward and superfluous, but are in fact humanising and evocative.”

    Miranda Sawyer in the Observer 

    • Thief at the British Museum - “There are Agatha Christie elements – an eccentric foreign detective, missing precious gemstones, a potential thief whose story appears to crumble through proper sleuthing – all enhanced by a suspenseful orchestral soundtrack.”
    • Memories from the Dance Floor - “For series two, we’re off to the gay scene in Wales and, for this opener, back to the 1970s and 80s.”
    • The John Dredge Nothing to Do With Anything Show - “He makes best use of the medium by creating a madcap space that you can picture in your imagination but would cost thousands if it were a film set.”

    Patricia Nicol & Clair Woodward in the Sunday Times

    Plus James Marriott took a look at the best general election podcasts in the Times.

    The Guardian’s Hear Here column recommends

    • Everything to Play For - “Just in time for the Euros, Elis James and Colin Murray start their sporting heroes podcast with the 20th anniversary of Wayne Rooney’s Euro debut.”
    • Memories from the Dancefloor - “Damian Kerlin is off to Wales for a new season of the hidden history of LGBTQ+ clubbing, with evocative stories about smoky pubs and secret bars.”
    • Come By Chance - “Host Luke Quinton tells the incredible story skilfully, with the realisation that their discovery is just the beginning.”
    • Caught in the Crossfire - “When Anthony Campbell was killed, he was doing an honest day’s work as an apprentice plumber but he was caught up in the shooting of drug kingpin Martin ‘Marlo’ Hyland.”
    • Making Magic - “It starts by asking if ‘the most famous vibrator in the world’ lived up to the hype and if it is capable of closing the orgasm gap.”

    In the Guardian’s Guide newsletter

    • Pop Culture With Chanté Joseph - “Chanté and Guardian writer Elle Hunt consider Swift’s journey to global ubiquity and ask a pertinent question: is Taylor Swift actually good for the music industry?”

    Highlights from the Radio Times

    • Past Present Future - “Does a useful service in pointing out that there was a time when otherwise sane, quite prominent people held views that you would be immediately cancelled for holding these days.”
    • Your History - “Dressed up as an exploration of ‘the lives of people who have shaped your own’, all it actually consists of is voices reading out recent obituaries from the pages of The Times.”
    • Unearthed: Nature Needs Us - “Just into her 20s, Mya-Rose Craig continues to work to change the way we think about the planet.”

    Heat’s Top of the Pods

    Scott Bryan in Great British Podcasts

    • Thief at the British Museum - “Of course, some people think that the theft of ancient treasures are a bit meta considering how some of the artefacts ended up in the British Museum in the first place.”
    • D-Day: The Tide Turns - “You’ll hear about the daring risks, the astonishing levels of preparation and logistics and the sacrifices that were made, with contributions from historians and experts.”
    • The John Dredge Nothing To Do With Anything Show - “What momentous event happens every four years? The Olympics? The World Cup? The Euros? No no… it is a new series of the slick and surreal sketch show by the comedian John Dredge.”
    • Trendy - “They both crunch the latest polling numbers and work out what really matters.”
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