Guilt: Will Gompertz reviews BBC Scotland's crime drama ★★★★★

Guilt

There have been some really nasty mouths on TV and cinema screens over the years. Hannibal Lecter's springs to mind. Although, to be fair, the gimp mask didn't do him any favours. Batman's bete noire Bane (as played by Tom Hardy) suffered from the same indignity, poor chap. He probably had a lovely smile behind all that leather and metal. That's what his mother said, at least.

Albert Steptoe (remember him?) had a malevolent gurn so loaded it actually made you feel dirty. Not quite as filthy and rotten as Hessian Horseman's ghastly black gnashers in Sleepy Hollow, which made you retch (headlessness improved him no end).

For a more life-like mean mouth, pinched and bloodless and filled with nothing but venom, I always thought you need look no further than Begbie's cruel kisser in Danny Boyle's Trainspotting.

That was before watching Guilt on BBC Two, an Edinburgh-based four-part drama starring Mark Bonnar as Max McCall, a solicitor perpetually on the verge of losing it.

Big time.

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Image caption Robert Carlyle created menace with his mouth as psychopath Francis Begbie in the cult film Trainspotting
Image caption If looks could kill - Mark Bonnar plays short-tempered high-flying lawyer Max McCall

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Why BP rejection is giving the arts a headache

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Image caption BP protests have been going on for several years - this flash mob took place at the British Museum in 2012

And so the Scottish National Portrait Gallery has now added its name to growing list of arts institutions rejecting BP's corporate sponsorship money. The gallery made the reason clear: it is addressing the climate emergency.

BP had hoped the cold shoulder treatment from the arts sector had ended with the Royal Shakespeare Company's recent announcement that it was cutting ties after several years of partnership. It was not to be.

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Leonardo da Vinci's Virgin of the Rocks: Will Gompertz reviews immersive show at London's National Gallery ★★☆☆☆

Leonardo experience National Gallery

The boss of the National Gallery is a tall, physically imposing man with big bushy eyebrows and an easy charm, who, like all good museum directors, has an academic's mind and an impresario's spirit. His name is Gabriele Finaldi.

Dr Finaldi is a moderniser whose mantra appears to be not so much out with the old and in with the new, but more, stick with the old and think anew.

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The Morning Show: Will Gompertz reviews Aniston and Witherspoon's Apple TV drama ★★☆☆☆

The Morning Show

Apple has made some good products over the years, real game-changers like the original 1984 all-in-one Macintosh, as well as all those nifty "i" gadgets: the iMac, the iPod, the iPhone and so on.

Of course, there have been misses along the way.

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Will Gompertz reviews Lungs starring Matt Smith and Claire Foy ★★★★☆

Lungs

You can imagine the casting conversation down at the Old Vic theatre in London when they decided to reprise Duncan Macmillan's play Lungs: a two-hander featuring a right-on young couple thinking about settling down...

Senior Creative [SC]: So, we're after a box office pairing the public would love (pay) to see reunited.

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Booker Prize: Will Gompertz reviews Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo ★★★★☆

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Indecision is not a trait you'll find in any of the 12 female characters in Bernardine Evaristo's novel Girl, Woman, Other. They're a feisty bunch. Unlike this year's Booker Prize judges who bottled it when it came to their one and only job, which was to pick a single winner.

We all know arts prizes are a nonsense.

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The Irishman: Will Gompertz reviews Martin Scorsese's new mob movie backed by Netflix ★★★★☆

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Martin Scorsese says he couldn't get a Hollywood studio to back his three-and-a-half-hour mob movie The Irishman. "Nobody was interested in making a film with me and Bob [Robert De Niro] anymore," he said. "I just think they thought the audience wasn't there."

Possibly.

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Joaquin Phoenix's Joker: Will Gompertz reviews the film about Batman's arch-enemy ★★★★☆

Joker

They say people only go to the movies nowadays to see all-singing-all-dancing multi-million-dollar, computer-enhanced Hollywood franchises. They say there's no money to be made anymore with serious, gritty dramas. They say, that's what box sets on streaming services are for. The golden days of cinema are over. They say.

They say that.

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Will Gompertz resurrects Turner for a tour of the art prize in his name ★★★★☆

Turner Prize shortlist

If you happen to be walking along Oxford Street in London this week don't be too surprised if you detect a hint of patchouli and orange blossom mixed with the usual stench of diesel fumes.

The sweet smell of luxury perfume will have wafted down on a gentle northerly breeze from Regent's Park, where the world's wealthy elite will be en masse, shopping at the Frieze Art Fair.

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Still Undead: Will Gompertz reviews the Bauhaus show in Nottingham ★★★★★

Still Undead: Popular Culture in Britain Beyond the Bauhaus at Nottingham Contemporary

Happy birthday Nottingham Contemporary!

The Caruso St John-designed art gallery situated near the city's old lace-making district is celebrating its 10th anniversary: a first decade in which it has mounted in excess of 50 exhibitions and welcomed more than two million visitors. Impressive stuff. Especially when you consider its approach to putting on shows.

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