MONSTAS SHORTLIST: Best TV/Film Actor of the year: 2018

It’s almost Christmas and what would the festive season be without some recognition of the best of 2018? Over the next 3 weeks we’ll shortlist five nominees in each of 14 categories for our Oscars, or monstas if you will, of 2018.

  • Read on for nominees for the monsta for TV/Film Actor of the year. 2017 winner: Sacha Dhawan (The Boy With The Topknot)

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MONSTAS SHORTLIST: Best TV/Film Actress of the year: 2018

Screen Shot 2018-10-26 at 13.16.56It’s almost Christmas and what would the festive season be without some recognition of the best of 2018? Over the next month we’ll shortlist five nominees in each of 14 categories for our Oscars, or monstas if you will, of 2018.

  • Read on for nominees for the monsta for TV/Film Actress of the year. 2017 winner: Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale)

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THEATRE REVIEW: Nine Night at Trafalgar Studios

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE? Trafalgar Studios RUN TIME: 105 minutes (usually, with no interval)

WHEN?: 10/12 (press ticket) runs to 23/2/19

They say the show must go on but it doesn’t always and it didn’t the last time we saw a cast member taken ill during a performance.

  • Read on for reasons including how understudy Jade Hackett deservedly won a standing ovation at the show’s close

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THEATRE REVIEW: Snow White starring Julian Clary, Dawn French & Charlie Stemp at the Palladium

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE? Palladium RUN TIME: 2 hours and 45 minutes (including 20-minute interval)

WHEN?: 9/12/18 (matinee), press night 12/12/18, runs to 13/1/19

This year this annual pantomime extravaganza at London’s iconic Palladium won the Best Entertainment and Family Olivier Award.

  • Read on for reasons including how king of innuendo Julian Clary is once again the show’s star

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GIG REVIEW: Cardigans at the Eventim Apollo

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE? Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith

WHEN?: 7/12, last night of the current tour

SETLIST: Paralyzed; Erase/Rewind; Explode; Starter; Hanging Around; Higher; Marvel Hill; My Favourite Game; Do You Believe; Junk Of The Hearts; Nil; Live And Learn; For What It’s Worth; And Then You Kissed Me; Don’t Blame Your Daughter (Diamonds); You’re The Storm; I Need Some Fine Wine and You, You Need To Be Nicer; Communication; Iron Man; Carnival; Lovefool; 03.45: No Sleep

We last saw Sweden’s The Cardigans in Bristol in 1996 as Lovefool hit number 2 after featuring in Baz Luhrmann’s film Romeo + Juliet and years before the Gran Turismo album, which is played in its entirety here.

  • Read on for reasons including how the set twice included moments that had never affected the band before

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GIG REVIEW: Claire Richards at the Union Chapel

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE? Union Chapel

WHEN?: 6/12/18, last night of current tour

SETLIST: 7 Billion; End Before We Start; My Wildest Dreams; One For Sorrow; These Wings; All Out Of Love; Ruins; Deep Water; I’ll Never Love Again; Brave; Deeper Shade Of Blue; Liar; In My Blood; Don’t Leave Me In This Love Alone; Shame On Your; River Deep Mountain High; On My Own

While Steps bandmate Faye Tozer is kicking up a storm on Strictly Come Dancing, Claire Richards has completed a 4-date UK taster tour for a debut album that appears to be (almost) strictly power ballads.

  • Read on for reasons including which cover started it all for Claire in her Steps audition over 20 years ago

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