What an eccentric and exhilarating treat to watch Secrets of British Animation (BBC4, 2 December). Ostensibly about the rich tradition of animated films in Britain since the turn of the twentieth century, it turned out to be a glorious celebration of ingenuity, resourcefulness and sheer bloody- minded patience.
I’ve been to rural northern Ireland a few times and reckon it must be one of the most beautiful places on Earth – well, certainly the bits of the Earth I’ve visited. Sea, rock, mountains, prickly yellow gorse and dry stone walls, all mossy stone, emerald green and azure blue.
Grayson Perry – potter, transvestite, Turner Prize laureate, Reith lecturer and cultural commentator – shows he 'gets' religion when he examines death, in the first of a four-part series on human rites of passage. Birth, coming of age, and marriage follow.
It’s impossible to underestimate now how important Angela Carter was to many girls growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, how her fantastical, blithe, dark, strange stories told us about independence and individuality and the carnivalesque adventure of learning to be yourself.