Television

How to win MasterChef - and why salmon is the fish of the devil

13 December 2014 9:00 am

If ever my near-neighbour William Sitwell is killed in a bizarre shooting accident and I end up taking his place…

BBC1’s Remember Me: the curious case of the killer Yorkshire taps

6 December 2014 9:00 am

BBC1’s authentically spooky three-part ghost story Remember Me hasn’t yet revealed what’s really going on in that gloomy Yorkshire town.…

Don’t sneer at I’m a Celebrity. The show is teaching us to become model citizens

29 November 2014 9:00 am

One of the great benefits of having teenage children is that they force you out of your fuddy-duddy comfort zone.…

Jaw-dropping confessions of a very un-PC Plod

22 November 2014 9:00 am

There can’t have been many people who watched Confessions of a Copper (Channel 4, Wednesday) with a growing sense of…

We know that war is hell. But it doesn’t ever make us stop doing it

15 November 2014 9:00 am

There’s a plausible theory — recently rehearsed in the BBC’s excellent two-part documentary The Lion’s Last Roar? — that our…

James Walton uncovers the sound of Nashville - money

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Twenty minutes into BBC4’s The Heart of Country (Friday), there was a clip of Chet Atkins, country music’s star producer…

James Delingpole falls in love with Grayson Perry - and almost comes round to Chris Huhne

1 November 2014 9:00 am

I love Grayson Perry. You might almost call him the anti-Russell Brand: a genuinely talented artist who also has some…

Hooray for Homeland - Carrie’s back blasting America’s enemies to pieces with drones

25 October 2014 9:00 am

One of the more welcome and surprising things about television at the moment is that Homeland (Channel 4, Sunday) is…

Fellow saddoes rejoice: BBC4 has made a comedy-drama about metal detecting

18 October 2014 9:00 am

Detectorists (BBC4) is a sad git’s niche comedy that would never have been commissioned if it hadn’t been written and…

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…