Etan Smallman

Etan is a London-based freelance journalist. He has written for The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, Daily Mail, Evening Standard and The Australian.
Etan Smallman
Etan is a London-based freelance journalist. He has written for The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, Daily Mail, Evening Standard and The Australian.

Latest from Etan Smallman

British designer Terence Conran: ‘I felt intensely depressed by how awful people’s homes were’

The man who introduced a nation to the duvet, garlic press and chicken brick is not afraid of anything – except retirement.

18 Mar 2019 - 10:40AM

The man who introduced a nation to the duvet, garlic press and chicken brick is not afraid of anything – except retirement.

British designer Terence Conran: ‘I felt intensely depressed by how awful people’s homes were’
Les Miserables to get modern retelling in BBC series starring Dominic West, Lily Collins and David Oyelowo

Even though Victor’s Hugo’s novel has been adapted for radio and film more times than any other, it is ripe for another revisit, says star Oyelowo. The historical drama will be brought up to date in Andrew Davies’ adaptation.

29 Dec 2018 - 9:01PM

Even though Victor’s Hugo’s novel has been adapted for radio and film more times than any other, it is ripe for another revisit, says star Oyelowo. The historical drama will be brought up to date in Andrew Davies’ adaptation.

Les Miserables to get modern retelling in BBC series starring Dominic West,  Lily Collins and David Oyelowo
Sex, violence, and family dynamics of animals in David Attenborough’s new BBC series

Sex, violence, politics, rivalries and family feuds – Dynasties: The Greatest of Their Kind, a Chinese co-production, delivers an intimate and intense look at the lives of five animal species, including chimpanzees, lions and penguins.

17 Nov 2018 - 10:04PM

Sex, violence, politics, rivalries and family feuds – Dynasties: The Greatest of Their Kind, a Chinese co-production, delivers an intimate and intense look at the lives of five animal species, including chimpanzees, lions and penguins.

Sex, violence, and family dynamics of animals in David Attenborough’s new BBC series
Shoe designer Lucy Choi follows in uncle Jimmy Choo’s famous footsteps

Having spent her formative years in Hong Kong, footwear legend Jimmy Choo’s British-born niece says the Asian city remains her creative muse

18 Oct 2018 - 10:44AM

Having spent her formative years in Hong Kong, footwear legend Jimmy Choo’s British-born niece says the Asian city remains her creative muse

Shoe designer Lucy Choi follows in uncle Jimmy Choo’s famous footsteps
Why British-born Chinese comedian swapped poker for writing jokes

More than 85 years after his playwright great-grandfather became a household name in Britain, Ken Cheng is wooing audiences with his own brand of humour … just don’t tell mum and dad

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

More than 85 years after his playwright great-grandfather became a household name in Britain, Ken Cheng is wooing audiences with his own brand of humour … just don’t tell mum and dad

Why British-born Chinese comedian swapped poker for writing jokes
Inspired by China, Britain’s communists dream of revolution for social and political change

Jeremy Corbyn’s ascendancy at home and China’s clout on the global stage have created a new spirit of left-wing optimism

10 May 2018 - 7:31PM

Jeremy Corbyn’s ascendancy at home and China’s clout on the global stage have created a new spirit of left-wing optimism

Inspired by China, Britain’s communists dream of revolution for social and political change
China’s budding florists are heading to London to earn their floral wings

The global capital of flower arranging is a magnet for young Asians with money to burn and business ideas ready to blossom

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

The global capital of flower arranging is a magnet for young Asians with money to burn and business ideas ready to blossom

China’s budding florists are heading to London to earn their floral wings
David Attenborough talks about the making of Blue Planet II, and the peril of plastic in our oceans

The sequel to the hit 2001 BBC series took film crews around the world, including the frigid waters of the Antarctic and to depths of 1,000 metres. Along the way they filmed previously unseen behaviours and paid witness to the destruction caused by humans

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

The sequel to the hit 2001 BBC series took film crews around the world, including the frigid waters of the Antarctic and to depths of 1,000 metres. Along the way they filmed previously unseen behaviours and paid witness to the destruction caused by humans

David Attenborough talks about the making of Blue Planet II, and the peril of plastic in our oceans
Actor Brian Blessed on his Hong Kong handover, sparring with the Dalai Lama, and his plans to climb Everest again at 81

The octogenarian actor known for his booming voice recalls the rain that washed away his master-of-ceremonies script for the handover, upstaging the emperor of Japan, and getting ‘rubbed up’ on set by Katharine Hepburn

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

The octogenarian actor known for his booming voice recalls the rain that washed away his master-of-ceremonies script for the handover, upstaging the emperor of Japan, and getting ‘rubbed up’ on set by Katharine Hepburn

Actor Brian Blessed on his Hong Kong handover, sparring with the Dalai Lama, and his plans to climb Everest again at 81
A world-leading Chinese ceramics collection and the feud that tore it, and a family, apart

The finest collection of 17th-century Chinese pots in the world has been broken up after bitter battle that split the family of late British diplomat Michael Butler, the man who amassed it. Two of his children tell their side of the story

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

The finest collection of 17th-century Chinese pots in the world has been broken up after bitter battle that split the family of late British diplomat Michael Butler, the man who amassed it. Two of his children tell their side of the story

A world-leading Chinese ceramics collection and the feud that tore it, and a family, apart
Will the surreal Eddie Izzard please stand up

The comic, actor and serial marathon runner may put the gags aside when delivering his political diatribes but it will be surreal funny business as usual as the ‘male lesbian’ takes the stage in Hong Kong for the first time

16 Feb 2017 - 8:44PM

The comic, actor and serial marathon runner may put the gags aside when delivering his political diatribes but it will be surreal funny business as usual as the ‘male lesbian’ takes the stage in Hong Kong for the first time

Will the surreal Eddie Izzard please stand up
Why Hong Kong features in David Attenborough’s new Planet Earth II series

Impact of city’s light pollution on wildlife features in wide-ranging follow-up to landmark 2006 series that veteran presenter says is his way of getting people to care about how climate change threatens nature

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

Impact of city’s light pollution on wildlife features in wide-ranging follow-up to landmark 2006 series that veteran presenter says is his way of getting people to care about how climate change threatens nature

Why Hong Kong features in David Attenborough’s new Planet Earth II series
Why Graham Norton wants to get China into Eurovision

The television talk-show host says it wouldn’t surprise him if China entered the contest and reveals why getting his guests tipsy on air is a good thing

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

The television talk-show host says it wouldn’t surprise him if China entered the contest and reveals why getting his guests tipsy on air is a good thing

Why Graham Norton wants to get China into Eurovision
Rebooted Top Gear eyes Asian adventures, and Chris Evans promises to visit

Host can’t wait to take the show on the road as reinvention of BBC bestseller comes in for some predictable flak from critics

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

Host can’t wait to take the show on the road as reinvention of BBC bestseller comes in for some predictable flak from critics

Rebooted Top Gear eyes Asian adventures, and Chris Evans promises to visit
Why Jean-Michel Jarre invited Edward Snowden to collaborate on album

Courage and humility of 'true hero' whistle-blower reminds electronic music master of his mother's wartime suffering in French Resistance, he tells Etan Smallman. Jarre also talks about his plans to return to China with his latest album

13 Jun 2016 - 4:32PM

Courage and humility of 'true hero' whistle-blower reminds electronic music master of his mother's wartime suffering in French Resistance, he tells Etan Smallman. Jarre also talks about his plans to return to China with his latest album

Why Jean-Michel Jarre invited Edward Snowden to collaborate on album
David Attenborough at 90: TV's last colossus looks ahead

Virtual reality the next frontier for BBC broadcaster and naturalist, who turns 90 on May 8 still full of wonder at the 'glory of life' and as reticent as ever to talk about his least favourite subject - himself - writes Etan Smallman

13 Jun 2016 - 4:31PM

Virtual reality the next frontier for BBC broadcaster and naturalist, who turns 90 on May 8 still full of wonder at the 'glory of life' and as reticent as ever to talk about his least favourite subject - himself - writes Etan Smallman

David Attenborough at 90: TV's last colossus looks ahead
British shops bow to Chinese shoppers and reap reward

Quality of customer service, including staff who speak Chinese, added to competitive pricing and ease of purchase using Unionpay credit cards,  is drawing shoppers from China to UK stores.

1 Aug 2015 - 10:30PM

Quality of customer service, including staff who speak Chinese, added to competitive pricing and ease of purchase using Unionpay credit cards,  is drawing shoppers from China to UK stores.

British shops bow to Chinese shoppers and reap reward
Controversial Chinese films find an audience in London

Now in its fifth year, the Chinese Visual Festival will screen more than 40 independent films from the Chinese-speaking world.

9 May 2015 - 10:13PM

Now in its fifth year, the Chinese Visual Festival will screen more than 40 independent films from the Chinese-speaking world.

Controversial Chinese films find an audience in London
Tech-savvy youngsters aim to bridge e-commerce gap between East and West

He is otherwise reserved and unassuming. But Arnold Ma - who is just 27 and whose company is less than two years old - does not hesitate when he comes out with one big boast: that his firm knows more about how to make it in China than anyone at Google.

30 May 2014 - 12:50AM

He is otherwise reserved and unassuming. But Arnold Ma - who is just 27 and whose company is less than two years old - does not hesitate when he comes out with one big boast: that his firm knows more about how to make it in China than anyone at Google.

Tech-savvy youngsters aim to bridge e-commerce gap between East and West