Issue 1268

07 Jan 2019
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About this issue: Overview

A class act
As Sheridan Smith plays a zero hours cleaner who scams the stock market in ITV’s Cleaning Up, she tells Dan Whitehead why she now prefers drama that has something to say.

A cruel game of waiting
As a tiny number of refugees crossing the Channel by boat is inflated into a “migrant crisis”, Julie Ward, North West MEP, describes the terrible conditions she encountered recently when she and her staff visited a Paris refugee camp.

On nature’s stage
Photos from a new book about the wonders of the natural world.

Government is urged to do more to promote renewable energy after a record year for the sector when it contributed nearly a third of the UK’s electricity generation.

Arts and entertainment
A new exhibition about the internet of things at Bradford’s National Science and Media Museum, plus TV, on demand, album and board games reviews, previews of independent cinema and our Select what’s on page.

Plus A round-up of highlights from 2018’s Letter to my Younger Self, columnist Roger Ratcliffe on the anniversaries to look out for in 2019 (plus some Brexit), crossword, Sudoku and more.