The Critics

Adam LeBor delves into The Bureau, the utterly absorbing French spy thriller series

Christopher Silvester on the essential, and undervalued, part editors play in film and documentary creation

Anne McElvoy on writers and players who can transfer skills to the small screen from the big stage

A good Bond song should include swooning strings, stabbing horns and a chorus the size of the moon, explains Sarah Ditum

Works by Michelangelo, Velázquez, Rodin, Rothko and Mondrian have all been vandalised for reasons of mental instability or political activism or both, informs Michael Prodger

Opera was the tinder of Renaissance Venice, says Robert Thicknesse

Wagner’s sexual ambiguity spoke to Oscar Wilde, Aubrey Beardsley and Thomas Mann, says Norman Lebrecht

Spitting Image (BritBox)

After Dame Judi Dench’s resignation as a “national treasure”, Romeo Coates considers the runners and riders for the role

Following a brief loss of balance in a London watering hole I ‘took the knee’ – but that doesn’t detract from the symbolism