Don’t panic! There is an outside chance the film of Dad’s Army will not be a disaster. Toby Jones is a clever choice to play Captain Mainwaring, Bill Nighy a plausible Sergeant Wilson and the co-creator Jimmy Perry has given his blessing. Well, sold the rights anyway. At the age of 90, who can blame him?They stopped making Dad’s Army in 1977 and it is a period piece. Jonesey’s rants against the Fuzzy-Wuzzies would make Nigel Farage blush, and these days Pike would quickly work out that Sergeant Wilson is his Dad. But there is so much more to the show than all that. Dad’s Army is timeless, that’s why it still makes people laugh and even still moves them. Pay attention, shoulder arms and you can learn a lot from this comedy about the way men are – or rather how we should be – in a crisis. A column for Telegraph Men
Rowan Williams is a changed man. He was weary and weighed down towards the end of his time as Archbishop of Canterbury, wounded by the press and exhausted by the effort of trying to hold together a Church tearing itself apart. Today he is warm, welcoming and even seems to be walking taller at his surprisingly modern home in the grounds of Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he is Master. Is this life easier? “Yes,” he says, laughing. “What do you think?” An interview for the Sunday Telegraph
The Archbishop of Canterbury was lost for words as he stood beside a mass grave. The bodies of two dozen murdered men and women lay at his feet in bags. The stench of death was in his nostrils, in 40C heat. Those who loved the slain were in tears. “All you could really do was to weep with them,” says the Most Revd Justin Welby, describing the most harrowing moment of a five-day trip to Africa that he made with his wife, Caroline, earlier this year. “It was hugely painful.” A report for the Sunday Telegraph
Cole Moreton gains exclusive access to the studio used by Queen. Self-shot on iPhone.
The secret of a long and healthy life is somewhere in these hills. Maria Pio Fusi looks out over the olive groves and vines owned by her son in the Chianti region of Tuscany and smiles. “Our doctors tell us to drink a little wine every day, one or two glasses for our health,” she says, as a pensioner in a place where life expectancy is among the highest in Europe. “Wine is the secret of life.”
Scientists have agreed with this notion for the past 20 years, and even identified a miracle ingredient in red wine that makes people healthier. But now a paper has been published insisting that resveratrol – as it is called – actually has no effect at all. “Red wine will not make you live longer,” screamed one headline, only months after different scientists said it could help us live to 150. This is confusing enough to make anyone reach for the bottle. So which is true? Is red wine good for you or not? A fearless investigation for The Telegraph.