Why are period dramas so white?

Why are period dramas so white?

Have you ever noticed that in film and on TV, period dramas tend to have almost entirely white casts?
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Dealing with cabin fever during coronavirus isolation

Dealing with cabin fever during coronavirus isolation

Australian academic, psychologist and author Lea Waters has three handy hints to avoid cabin fever during the coronavirus crisis.
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Coronavirus: how to cope with anxiety and self-isolation

Coronavirus: how to cope with anxiety and self-isolation

The coronavirus pandemic is causing increased stress and anxiety, particularly people with existing mental health problems, practitioners and campaigners have said.
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Trump's changing reactions to coronavirus: from calm to closing borders

Trump's changing reactions to coronavirus: from calm to closing borders

On 17 March, Donald Trump told reporters he knew this coronavirus 'was a pandemic all along', but that is in stark contrast to many of his previous statements.
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Coronavirus, racism and solidarity, before and after Italy's lockdown

Coronavirus, racism and solidarity, before and after Italy's lockdown

Meet Sonia Zhou who runs a popular Chinese restaurant in Rome's Chinatown.
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Coronavirus: more than 100 million Europeans on lockdown

Coronavirus: more than 100 million Europeans on lockdown

More than 100 million Europeans are living under lockdown after Spain joined Italy in imposing a national quarantine to combat coronavirus, with a wave of further restrictions on travel coming into effect worldwide.
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Islamic call to prayer changes in Kuwait amid coronavirus fears

Islamic call to prayer changes in Kuwait amid coronavirus fears

The coronavirus pandemic has pushed countries around the world to take stringent measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and protect citizens.
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Joe Biden: six key policies from his 2020 presidential campaign

Joe Biden: six key policies from his 2020 presidential campaign

Joe Biden has pulled off one of the greatest political comebacks in US politics and is now the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination.
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Bernie Sanders: six key policies from his 2020 presidential campaign

Bernie Sanders: six key policies from his 2020 presidential campaign

A defiant Bernie Sanders has rejected mounting pressure from with the Democratic party to end his presidential bid.
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Football shuts down because of coronavirus

Football shuts down because of coronavirus

The Premier League, Football League Women's Super League and Scottish leagues have suspended all matches until the weekend of 3-5 April in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Harvey Weinstein: how a Hollywood mogul was undone

Harvey Weinstein: how a Hollywood mogul was undone

Harvey Weinstein, the titan of Hollywood turned convicted rapist, has been sentenced to 23 years in prison.
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Ireland's shock election: did a 'youthquake' really drive up the Sinn Féin vote?

Ireland's shock election: did a 'youthquake' really drive up the Sinn Féin vote?

Sinn Féin won the popular vote in Ireland's recent elections, shaking up a two-party system that has been dominated by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael for decades.
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Bigger than Trump: John Legend's guide to what matters in the US election

Bigger than Trump: John Legend's guide to what matters in the US election

This year's election is not just about the president.
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Fake babies, real love: the women who care for lifelike baby dolls

Fake babies, real love: the women who care for lifelike baby dolls

A growing number of collectors are cuddling, changing and caring for 'reborns' – individually crafted baby dolls that can cost up to $20,000.
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Should we edit our DNA? An imagined future of gene editing

Should we edit our DNA? An imagined future of gene editing

There are decisions being made right now that could have an effect on global populations for generations to come. As part of this fictional project, we commissioned an artist to investigate some of the themes raised in the podcasts.
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The fast and the furriest: inside the weird world of dog agility

The fast and the furriest: inside the weird world of dog agility

You've seen them on TV – the dogs who run, jump, balance and zig-zag on specially designed obstacle courses in the ultra-competitive sport of dog agility.
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Will green technology kill Chile's deserts?

Will green technology kill Chile's deserts?

The Atacama in northern Chile is the driest desert in the world, and may be the oldest.
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Wuhan's cat rescuer: the man saving pets abandoned during coronavirus outbreak

Wuhan's cat rescuer: the man saving pets abandoned during coronavirus outbreak

It is estimated that more than 30,000 pets have been left stranded after the Chinese government sealed off Wuhan following the coronavirus outbreak.
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Teranga: the migrant-run Afrobeat nightclub uniting Naples

Teranga: the migrant-run Afrobeat nightclub uniting Naples

Fata and Yankuba are two young Gambians with ambitious dreams, who fled dictatorship and poverty and landed in Naples.
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Coronavirus and the voices of Wuhan: 'My anxiety is increasing day by day'

Coronavirus and the voices of Wuhan: 'My anxiety is increasing day by day'

Wuhan, the Chinese city identified as the origin of the coronavirus outbreak, has been on lockdown since 23 January.
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'I had no idea hot summers could kill': how 'climate apartheid' divides Delhi

'I had no idea hot summers could kill': how 'climate apartheid' divides Delhi

As the Earth continues to break new heat records, the UN is warning of a 'climate apartheid' between those who can afford to keep themselves cool and those who must live, work, suffer – and sometimes die – in the heat.
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British resident of Wuhan: 'Government won't let my wife leave with me'

British resident of Wuhan: 'Government won't let my wife leave with me'

A Briton living in Wuhan with his mother and Chinese wife has deplored the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's handling of the coronavirus outbreak as 'abominable'.
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Have we reached peak filler?

Have we reached peak filler?

The UK has been going wild for cosmetic dermal fillers in recent years.
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Do face masks help prevent coronavirus?

Do face masks help prevent coronavirus?

The Guardian's health editor, Sarah Boseley, gives the lowdown on the effectiveness of wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus, explains how viruses are spread.
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'Should we go home?': Despair and defiance for Poles post-Brexit

'Should we go home?': Despair and defiance for Poles post-Brexit

In the 24 hours after Brexit, the Guardian visited members of the Polish community in Plymouth.
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The road to Brexit: the lols and the lows

The road to Brexit: the lols and the lows

From the referendum result via Brenda from Bristol's reaction to another general election to the final day of departure, the Brexit journey has been filled with drama and spectacle.
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Dramatic video shows bushfires turning day to night in Australia

Dramatic video shows bushfires turning day to night in Australia

Guardian Australia's Mike Bowers sends back footage from Yaouk Road as a fire front approaches on Saturday afternoon – more than three hours before sunset
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Prince Harry and Meghan's 'bombshell' plans explained – video

Prince Harry and Meghan's 'bombshell' plans explained – video

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced plans to step back as senior royals, earn their own money and still support the Queen with royal duties.
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Explainer: Why did Trump order the killing of Iran's Qassem Suleimani?

Explainer: Why did Trump order the killing of Iran's Qassem Suleimani?

Qassem Suleimani, who was killed in a US drone strike in Baghdad, was widely considered to be the most powerful man in Iran after the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei – and Iran's leading military figure.
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Can millennials get on the housing ladder without help?

Can millennials get on the housing ladder without help?

In the UK, only one in four middle-income millennials are on the housing ladder. Twenty years ago, 65% of this group owned homes. What's changed? Is it possible to buy a house without help?
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Plants before pandas: the young botanist tackling extinction in his own backyard

Plants before pandas: the young botanist tackling extinction in his own backyard

Almost as rare as the plants he protects, 24-year-old Josh Styles is not your average botanist. In 2017 he founded the North West Rare Plant Initiative, a conservation project in his local region.
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The veiled rapper breaking taboos for women in Senegal

The veiled rapper breaking taboos for women in Senegal

Mina La Voilée is a female rapper from Parcelles, Dakar, who is breaking taboos by rapping about women's rights
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How my near-death experience changed my life

How my near-death experience changed my life

After David Ditchfield was dragged under a moving train, the way he looked at death changed.
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How visualising death can help us accept it

How visualising death can help us accept it

Leah Green tries out a form of meditation which aims to help people who suffer from death anxiety.
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Play your part in the Guardian's charity appeal: a tree is for life

Play your part in the Guardian's charity appeal: a tree is for life

The 2019 Guardian and Observer appeal is supporting four charities that help to slow down the damage of the climate crisis - by harnessing the power of nature.
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Dying young: 'It's not what you think'

Dying young: 'It's not what you think'

Joe is 34 and is facing his own death. He was given a terminal cancer diagnosis and has already lived longer than doctors predicted.
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How Christmas was once made illegal

How Christmas was once made illegal

In the 17th century, Christmas was completely banned in England and its territories, for 17 years.
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My homeless brother died on the streets of Glasgow. Who will be next?

My homeless brother died on the streets of Glasgow. Who will be next?

Mark Starr died on the streets of Glasgow earlier this year; his family found out five weeks later on social media.
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Anywhere but Westminster: how Labour lost, and the hope that endures

Anywhere but Westminster: how Labour lost, and the hope that endures

John Harris and John Domokos finish their election road trip with a rain-sodden journey to Milton Keynes alongside enthusiastic young Labour activists, followed by a repeat visit to Stoke-on-Trent.
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Election night 2019: what to watch for

Election night 2019: what to watch for

At the stroke of 10pm on Thursday 12 December, the 2019 general election exit poll will be unveiled – producing the first tangible sense of where voters stand.
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Black Pete: why is the Dutch blackface tradition still going strong?

Black Pete: why is the Dutch blackface tradition still going strong?

Zwarte Piet or Black Pete has been a festive tradition in the Netherlands for generations – which sees thousands of people, who are often white, dress up as the character wearing afro-style wigs, red lipstick and full blackface makeup.
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Middle Earth: the fight to save the Amazon's soul

Middle Earth: the fight to save the Amazon's soul

In the heart of the Amazon rainforest, an alternative climate conference is taking place that brings together youth activists, indigenous leaders, scientists and forest dwellers.
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Anywhere but Westminster | Scotland: fear and Lothian on the campaign trail

Anywhere but Westminster | Scotland: fear and Lothian on the campaign trail

As election day nears, John Harris and John Domokos head for a SNP/Labour marginal and talk to people whose lives have been turned upside down by universal credit, a policy imposed by the Tories in Westminster.
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Inside the mission to create an army of Greta Thunbergs

Inside the mission to create an army of Greta Thunbergs

Melanie Harwood is an education entrepreneur and self-styled 'disruptor', who has partnered with the United Nations to educate teachers about climate change.
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The death doula: helping you prepare for the day you die

The death doula: helping you prepare for the day you die

What does it mean to have a good death? Leah Green meets with Aly Dickinson, an end-of-life doula.
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The last divided capital in Europe: 'Do they want us to believe we should be separated?'

The last divided capital in Europe: 'Do they want us to believe we should be separated?'

It is 45 years since the Turkish army came to blows with the Greek and Cypriot armies, and the island remains physically and politically divided - not least by a wall that cuts through the capital, Nicosia.
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What is the Green New Deal?

What is the Green New Deal?

The climate crisis is the biggest global threat that humanity faces.
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Is a winter election bad for everyone?

Is a winter election bad for everyone?

The Guardian's Kate Proctor dispels some winter election myths.
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