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Blog | Feb 21, 2018

Arrives at news-stands on February 28th

Dad’s Army turns 50

Ian Lavender fondly remembers his days as Private Pike, serving alongside his adorable comrades

It’s wicked to play an EastEnders villain

William Boyde rejoices in his comeback as TV’s posh Mr Nasty, James Willmott-Brown

Paddy Leigh Fermor, my hero

On the eve of a British Museum exhibition devoted to the great travel-writer, John Julius Norwich recalls his friend’s dazzling charm. He speaks to Harry Mount about his tremendous spirit and incredible intellectual curiosity on the Oldie podcast – listen here.

The Frankie Dettori diet

Get fat in the winter, starve in the spring, says the top jockey

Rachel Johnson on the hell of the Big Brother house

No mobiles, no newspapers and, worst of all, no music 

GO AWAY! 32-page guide to British festivals 

PLUS Jilly Cooper on gorgeous Tony Blackburn, Michael Beloff on the Oxford don who wanted to kill his colleague and Anne Robinson tries on Meghan Markle’s dress

See the full table of contents here, with all our regulars, book and arts reviews.

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You can also listen to Michael Wooldridge, a professor of computer science and head of the department of computer science at the University of Oxford, talk about his new Ladybird Book on Artificial Intelligence, which will be published on 22nd March. He talks to Annabel Sampson, our digital editor, about writing the book, and how you take something as complex as AI and make it understandable.

He also reveals that his very eminent colleagues, distinguished holders of chairs at the University of Oxford, have asked, ‘How’d do you do that? – I’d like to do one too.' Listen to the conversation here.

Catch up on the latest Literary Lunch recordings; as well as the recent Oldie of the Year awards – hosted by a vivacious Gyles Brandreth – here.

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