Is it really a six-figure salary? Only, this time last year it wouldn’t have seemed worth it, but now it’s looking almost as attractive as a job in the public sector.
Did you know that in 1970s and 1980s Yorkshire there were death squads of heavily armed policemen whose job it was to assassinate anyone who got too close — be he witness, investigating officer, or informer — to unmasking their mysterious bosses’ sinister web of lies, deceit, corruption, betrayal, wife beating, torture and serial killing? No, I didn’t either.
Jeremy Paxman has a dark secret: in real life he’s an absolute kitten.
James Delingpole talks to Jonah Goldberg about his book on the affinities between the modern Left and the totalitarian movements of the 20th century
Iran And The West (BBC2, Saturday); Terry Pratchett: Living With Alzheimer’s (BBC2, Wednesday)
I’m sorry, really I am, but I don’t love The Wire as much as I know I should.
On the eve of Barack Obama’s inauguration, James Delingpole says that the President-elect is horribly reminiscent of Tony Blair in 1997. He may be a fantastic guy, and look great, but he will bring a ragbag of scuzzballs, communists and eco-loons to power with him
The Real Sir Alan Sugar (BBC2, Sunday); Million Dollar Traders (BBC2, Monday)
If you don’t mind — yeah, like you’ve any choice in the matter — what I thought I’d do for this New Year column is to do just enough TV for the editor not to want to sack me, then move swiftly on to the stuff my hardcore fans prefer, namely the rambling and shameless solipsism.
After Rome: Holy War and Conquest (BBC2, Saturday); Summer Heights High (BBC3, Monday)
James Delingpole is threatened by the RSPCA after releasing a savage pet into the park, and marvels at another encroachment on freedom of speech by the nanny state
The TV programmes you watched as a child are like acid flashbacks.
We’re sliding into the worst depression in the history of mankind but Mayfair hasn’t noticed.
Wartime Courage: Stories of Extraordinary Courage by Ordinary People in World War Two, by Gordon Brown
James Delingpole looks back on recent TV broadcasts
War has a fatal attraction for men, says James Delingpole. Those who fall in combat are indeed the best and the bravest — and we shall certainly need their like again
Wellington, by Jane Wellesley
Little Dorrit (BBC1); Prescott: the Class System and Me (BBC2)
Stephen Fry in America (BBC1); Harry & Paul (BBC2, Monday); The Story of the Guitar (BBC1, Sunday); Meebox (BBC4)
James Delingpole asks second world war re-enactors what they think of the green agenda: the answer is very different to the consensus around the pine tables of metropolitan London
Jamie’s Ministry of Food (Channel 4, Tuesday); Ian Hislop Goes off the Rails (BBC4, Thursday)
Earth: The Climate Wars (BBC 2); Amazon (BBC 2); Tess of the d’Urbervilles (BBC 1)
James Delingpole meets the Gurkha veterans seeking citizenship rights in the courts and says that, this time, the government has picked the wrong fight
James Delingpole on home entertainment
Lost in Austen (ITV1)