Television

We're great and baboons are losers: this week's lesson from Brian Cox

11 October 2014 9:00 am

Anybody feeling a bit depressed about the shortcomings of humanity could do worse than watch Brian Cox’s new series Human…

Could the Kenyan mall atrocities happen here?

4 October 2014 9:00 am

So you’ve just popped down to the supermarket for the weekly shop, toddlers in tow, when the grenades start to…

Marriage and foreplay Sharia-style

27 September 2014 8:00 am

Needless to say, it’s not uncommon to hear single British women in their thirties and forties saying that all the…

Status Quo. Photo: BBC

I love that people assume I’m gay

20 September 2014 9:00 am

At a birthday dinner over the weekend I was introduced to this delightful party girl of a certain age whose…

Asking the questions: Victoria Coren Mitchell

Now for the really tricky question: can Only Connect survive BBC2?

13 September 2014 9:00 am

For some of us, the biggest TV question of recent weeks hasn’t been how Newsnight is doing without Jeremy Paxman,…

Where are the Betjemans de nos jours?

We need more opinionated English eccentrics making documentaries like, ahem, me...

6 September 2014 9:00 am

Is it just me or are almost all TV documentaries completely unwatchable these days? I remember when I first started…

Showing up to your prom in a tank is a bit 2013

BBC2’s Hotel India: slums? What slums?

30 August 2014 9:00 am

Viewers who like their TV journalism hard-hitting should probably avoid Hotel India, a new BBC2 series about the Taj Mahal…

Adeel Akhtar plays Wilson Wilson in Utopia

Eye-gouging within the first half-hour: the edgy new rules of TV drama

23 August 2014 9:00 am

Where is Jessica Hyde? If those words mean nothing to you then I have some excellent news. If not, then…

The new journalism: Vice leaves the rest of the West’s media standing

Scoops, snark and jihad – this is Vice News's war

16 August 2014 9:00 am

War can reshape the medium of television. The First Gulf War was a landmark moment in broadcasting: CNN had reporters…

Gomorrah is gangsters without glamour – but it's still not as scary as Dance Moms

9 August 2014 9:00 am

Gomorrah (Sky Atlantic, Monday), the new, must-see Mafioso series, started promisingly. We met two hoods — one young, shaven-headed, good-looking;…

The Terracotta Army Museum: the warriors were built to protect Quin Shi Huuang, China’s first emperor

Barbie dolls? This girl aims for the head

2 August 2014 9:00 am

Channel 4’s Kids and Guns (Thursday) began with an American TV advert in which a young boy’s eyes shone with…

In which James Delingpole gets down with the kids, finds they’re sex-obsessed…

26 July 2014 9:00 am

If there’s one thing everyone knows about BBC comedy it’s that it’s going downhill. According to Danny Cohen, now Director…

A series of indisputable masterpieces: Nile Rodgers of Chic

The quest for the perfect guitar riff is a noble one – if not quite the key to unlocking the mysteries of the universe

19 July 2014 9:00 am

A few weeks ago, my eight-year-old son, who’s taken up the guitar, announced that he’d learned something new. He then…

Your starter for ten: why do we Brits so love University Challenge?

12 July 2014 9:00 am

‘Fingers on buzzers!’ says Jeremy Paxman on University Challenge. But technically this is inaccurate. Only one of the teams actually…

A woman of substance: Maggie Gyllenhaal as the saintly Nessa

The Honourable Woman could have done with some help from an overpaid executive in a suit

5 July 2014 9:00 am

BBC2’s The Honourable Woman (Thursday) began with a rather portentous voice-over bringing us the unsurprising news that ‘We all have…

Looking for a Game of Thrones substitute? Vikings is the closest you’ll get – but it ain't close

28 June 2014 9:00 am

Did you know that the 8th-century Kingdom of Northumbria was the epicentre of an international exotic reptile trade? I only…

The girl who had sex with dolphins

21 June 2014 9:00 am

BBC4’s The Girl Who Talked to Dolphins (Tuesday) began with the overstated-sounding claim that it would be tackling ‘perhaps the…

We need something less evil than Britain's Got Talent. How about public executions?

14 June 2014 8:00 am

You know what the world needs most right now? What it needs is five good-looking-ish, talented-ish blokes dressed in a…

Is BBC1’s Quirke bravely unhurried – or too slow?

7 June 2014 9:00 am

The work of John Banville — Booker-winning novelist and impeccably high-minded literary critic — might seem an unlikely source for…

The rights and wrongs of box-set viewing

31 May 2014 9:00 am

Admit it. Say it! ‘My name is Blah and I am a boxaholic.’ Life on hold, marriage in bits, job…

Paul Hollywood (Harry Enfield) with Mary Berry (Paul Whitehouse) in a spoof of ‘The Great British Bake Off’

Harry and Paul’s Story of the Twos is just too funny for its own good

31 May 2014 9:00 am

On Harry and Paul’s Story of the Twos (BBC 2, Sunday), there was a particularly cruel sketch in which Paul…

So Dylan Thomas was a drunk: does this TV drama have anything else to say?

24 May 2014 9:00 am

According to its executive producer Griff Rhys Jones, A Poet in New York (BBC2, Sunday) sought to rescue Dylan Thomas…

Facing his greatest challenge yet: Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister

Thank God for the Game of Thrones imp – and the heaving breasts

17 May 2014 9:00 am

Which character are you in Game of Thrones? For me it’s got to be the imp, Tyrion Lannister. As Ed…

Jack Bauer hits, er, West Ealing

10 May 2014 9:00 am

Whatever worries Kiefer Sutherland may have had about reprising the role of Jack Bauer in 24: Live Another Day (Sky1,…

Generation War does something very un-German – bottles it

3 May 2014 9:00 am

I was so looking forward to Generation War (BBC2, Saturday) — a three-part drama series covering the second world war…