Ultimately! Get ready for a new cultural season | New

Ultimately!  Get ready for a new cultural season |  New

Over the past year and a half, with big releases delayed and live performances disappearing altogether, many of us have had the stealthy feeling that we were running out of new culture – and the Guardian’s reviews are no exception. . The music editor, Ben beaumont-thomas, could only dance around his living room to techno with a craft beer, TV writer Ammar Kalia delved into Neighbors and an 800-page history of the disintegration of the Soviet Union, and Arifa Akbar resorted to theater in the bath.

Now things are opening up again – and the wheels of the entertainment industry are starting to turn. In this episode, Nosheen Iqbal talks to Ben, Ammar and Arifa about what’s on offer in music, theater and television this fall, from Abba to Lil Nas X, Succession to Starstruck and Hamlet to Hairspray. What should you be excited about?

Archived / discussed in this episode:


Ed Sheeran – Bad Habits
The weekend – Take my breath
Lil Nas X – Montero
Abba – I still have faith in you / Don’t shut up
Kanye West – Donda
Drake – Certified Lover Boy
Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever
Olivia Rodrigo – Sour
Self-esteem – Prioritizing pleasure


Cinderella by Andrew Lloyd Webber (Gillian Lynne Theater)
Lacquer (London Coliseum)
Rockets and blue lights (National Theater)
White noise (Bridge Theater)
Constellations (Vaudeville Theater)
Under the Milk Wood (National Theater)
Paradis (National Theater)
Hamlet (Young Vic)
Hamilton (Disney +)

TV and streaming

Succession (HBO)
Gossip Girl (HBO / BBC)
Changing rooms (Canal 4)
Back to Life (BBC)
Starstruck (BBC)
Feel Good (Netflix)
The morning show (Apple TV +)
The Shrink Next Door (Apple TV +)

Photograph: Charles Sykes / Invision / AP

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