Television

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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…

One sympathises with agents to an extent: it’s not entirely their fault that houses are so expensive

Estate agents: we were right about the bastards all along

26 April 2014 9:00 am

Television executives must be longing to make a programme about estate agents that casts the agents in a good light.…

Without a strong woman in charge, bees are doomed — just like us

19 April 2014 9:00 am

God bless the BBC. And I’m not being entirely sarcastic here. There are some things the BBC does very well…

Opinionated and recalcitrant: Oona Chaplin as Kitty Trevelyan

Gas gangrene, shell shock and flinty women: BBC One's new Sunday night offering is no soother

12 April 2014 9:00 am

Sunday nights. What are they for? Eggs. Tea. Toast. Nerves about the week ahead. Something comforting on TV.  But comfort…

Shameless libertarian-right-leaning agitprop: Martin Durkin and Nigel Farage on Channel 4

The EU is worse than you thought

5 April 2014 9:00 am

For me, by far the most surprising revelation in Martin Durkin’s documentary Nigel Farage: Who Are You? (Channel 4, Monday)…

Game of Thrones tells the story of Britain better than most histories

29 March 2014 9:00 am

A young pretender raises an army to take the throne. Having recently learnt of his father’s beheading, the adolescent —…

Eton vs snobbery

22 March 2014 9:00 am

One of the stranger things about Eton is its near-total lack of class snobbery. Yes, all right, you still get…

If BBC3 was allowed to keep its hits, perhaps it wouldn't be getting booted online

15 March 2014 9:00 am

So BBC3 will be online-only from next autumn. If the Beeb had presented this news as the channel being the…

Is True Detective worth sticking with? The jury's out

8 March 2014 9:00 am

I’ve got this brilliant idea for a major new cop series. It’s called Chalk and Cheese and, though you won’t…