About this issue: Overview
From Love Actually to the BT ads to Death in Paradise, Kris Marshall has had some big roles, even though he might not be a household name. In a letter to his younger self he looks back on a carefree childhood, turning up unforgivably late for his first shooting and becoming decidedly more professional thereafter.
Karl Bartos was a founder member of Kraftwerk, one of the most influential bands ever, until he left them in the early eighties, frustrated at the lack of opportunities to play live. With his first solo album recently re-released he warns that electronic music is now in danger of losing its soul and reveals he’d rather listen to Bach.
Experts believe there is a link between the behaviour of boys who commit male-on-male violence and those who go on to commit domestic violence. We report on a new programme, FreeUp, which is having some success in breaking that link by challenging boys’ behaviour at an early stage.
From Lancashire’s highest mountain to Last of the Summer Wine country, Roger Ratcliffe presents four great walks to get you outdoors in the new year.
We have news reports on the sad death of Deyika Nzeribe, the Green Party’s candidate for the Greater Manchester mayoral election, and on the Lancaster University scientist who witnessed what happened when a supermassive black hole met two colliding galaxies.
Plus all the best in arts and entertainment, including a major modern art exhibition at Tate Liverpool and a rare five out of five for Sohn’s new album Rennen, our crossword and Sudoku and much more.