Culture In

19th October 2015

Our picks of the latest books, DVDs, music and television to enjoy at home.

TV: SHERLOCK SPECIAL

You may have to wait until Christmas to see the hugely anticipated Sherlock Special, but you can whet your appetite now online by watching the trailer. This latest instalment transports Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman’s Dr Watson back to Victorian times, where the iconic pair face a seemingly impossible case. No mobile phones can help them this time round.

www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer

DVD / BLU-RAY: MAD MEN SEASON SEVEN, PART TWO

Enjoy the sophisticated antics of Don Draper et al for the last time with the release of the second part of the final season of Mad Men on DVD and Blu-ray. It’s the 1970s now and perhaps the show had to end before we saw the enigmatic Don disco dancing. This final goodbye should be viewed with a glass of hard liquor on your hand at all times.

www.amazon.co.uk

BOOK: THE HEART GOES LAST

Margaret Atwood’s latest novel, The Heart Goes Last, tells the tale of Stan and Charmaine. The pair, who are living in a car and surviving off tips from Charmaine’s bar job, chooses to sign up to the Positron Project, a social experience where they spend one month in a suburban paradise and one month in a prison cell – with darkly comic results.

www.bloomsbury.com

CD: Mercury Rev

American alternative rock band, Mercury Rev, spent two turbulent years in the studio to record The Light In You, their eighth studio album. The result is a mix of uplifting kaleidoscopic arrangements with more muted, reflective tones, in a record that is the critically acclaimed band’s first entirely self-produced and recorded album.

www.mercuryrev.com

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