They’ll keep making The War of the Worlds until aliens do actually invade earth. HG Wells’ 1898 novel is one of those science-fiction ur-texts that has to be redone every few years so we can keep track of what audiences and filmmakers are worried about. The original book is a Victorian fable about the perils of imperialism, an exciting story with a simple but effective, if slightly unsatisfactory, twist ending.For all the Martians’ technological superiority, they fail to anticipate the microbes that eventually bring the aliens down when they try to leave their tripods. The moral anxieties change with the adaptations. Orson Welles’ 1938 radio play, against a backdrop of Nazi aggression, famously spooked some of its listeners into thinking it was real. Stephen Spielberg’s mega-budget 2005 version had a contemporary setting, with an emphasis on parenthood and the preciousness of the human relationship with the environment.
Migrants are using social media to teach people how to enter the UK illegally in refrigerated lorries as in the Essex container tragedy, as police chiefs demand tech giants crackdown on the posts.
Former world champion Damon Hill has accused Ferrari’s drivers of behaving like children.Sebastian Vettel collided with Charles Leclerc in the final laps of Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix as they vied for track position. Both cars suffered punctures and were forced to retire.
Airbus and Boeing fought to save billions of dollars of jet deals on Sunday as host airline Emirates kept the Dubai Airshow in suspense over dozens of tentative orders designed to fine-tune the world's largest international airline network. The world's top jetmakers are trying to win final approval for more than $30 billion in orders from Emirates that have been on ice for up to two years as Emirates protests about industrial delays. Interlocking deals involving a total of 110 Boeing 787 and Airbus A330neo and A350 are up for grabs, but it remains unclear whether there was room for all them in Emirates' revised fleet, delegates said.
Muslim voters could swing 31 marginal seats, research finds. List of constituencies is released as mosques launch voter registration drive
China says a 55-year-old man has been diagnosed with bubonic plague after killing and eating a wild rabbit, adding to two plague cases already discovered in the capital Beijing.
A Republican congressman involved in the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump has admitted new information he has heard as part of the investigation is “alarming”.Mike Turner, a Republican who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, was asked about testimony which alleges Mr Trump directed Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the EU, to pressure Ukraine into announcing an investigation into Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
Hong Kong police used tear gas and water cannon on Monday against protesters who tried to break through cordons and reach a university at the centre of a week-long standoff between demonstrators and law enforcement. The black-clad protesters hurled petrol bombs as they tried to get to the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, occupied by activists during a week that has seen the most intense violence in five months of anti-government demonstrations. "We have been trying to rescue them all day," said a young man in a blue T-shirt, cap and spectacles, running down Nathan Road, the Kowloon district's main commercial street.
Prince Harry was all smiles as he presented an award for inspirational young people in the Royal Albert Hall in London tonight, marking his final public appearance before his six-week break. .
Labour has cut the Conservatives’ lead to just eight points in the second week of the general election campaign, according to a poll for The Independent.Jeremy Corbyn’s party has gained ground and is now on 29 per cent, with the Tories on 37 per cent, the BMG survey found.
The third instalment of His Dark Materials, the giga-budget BBC/HBO adaptation of Philip Pullman’s fantasy children’s novels, is a classic “builder”, which is to say, not much happens. There are some good scenes: the fistfight in Mrs Coulter’s (Ruth Wilson) lavish hallway, and the Gyptians’ western king, Jon Faa (Lucian Msamati) building them up for their mission to the north. But in general the mood is very much sleep-well-for-tomorrow-we-ride-at-dawn. The pace can only pick up.In the episode’s defence, there is quite a lot of plot to build. The manhunt for Lyra (Dafne Keen) is in full swing. At the start, she is in the Gobblers’ van, having been captured soon after escalating from Mrs Coulter’s flat. The Gyptian boys ambush the van and take her to their barges.
The girl suffered serious wounds in the attack in Lisnaskea, County Fermanagh and is now in critical condition at a nearby hospital.
The Guardian view on political turbulence in Germany: can the centre hold?The country’s traditional powerhouses on the centre-left and the centre-right face a moment of reckoningGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel. ‘The main parties, which formed a “grand coalition” in 2018 to run Gremany, are each divided and dispirited.’ Photograph: Michael Sohn/AP
Farage accuses Tories of covering up ‘corruption’ over inducementsConservatives deny offering jobs or peerages to Brexit party candidates to stand downNigel Farage arriving at the BBC on Sunday to appear on Pienaar’s Politics on Radio 5 Live. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters
Although some of us may not want to admit it, the festive season is fast approaching.If you haven’t already, it’s time to start thinking about your Christmas shopping, especially if you have a lot of people to buy for, including children.
A 26 year-old man has been charged with a terrorism offence after being deported to the UK from Turkey.Mamun Rashid, from east London, was arrested on Thursday after he arrived on a flight to Heathrow Airport.
Is your home constantly set to a 'sexist' temperature? You're not aloneA new study finds men tend to get their way in household temperature discussions while women must compromiseTemperature is about more than just comfort. Photograph: Andrew_Howe/Getty Images
The War of the Worlds review – doom, dystopia and a dash of DowntonThis new adaptation of HG Wells’s classic space odyssey marries a thrilling tale of Martian-themed terror with period drama twists, for a solid Sunday night sagaApocalypse wow ... Amy (Eleanor Tomlinson) and Frederick (Rupert Graves) in War of the Worlds. Photograph: Ben Blackall/BBC/© Mammoth Screen 2018