Television

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…

A quietly stunning quest for Bonnie Prince Charlie

1 March 2014 9:00 am

What if Bonnie Prince Charlie, as he swept down from Scotland towards London to lay claim to the throne, hadn’t…

The TV shows my children allow me to watch at half-term

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Half-term again, so naturally all my TV viewing plans have gone out of the window. In some households — my…

So long, Scandinavia. Bonjour, Benelux! 

15 February 2014 9:00 am

So long, Scandinavia. Bonjour, Benelux! BBC4, your subtitle-friendly channel, has filled the hole left by Nordic-noir The Bridge with Belgian…

How did Colonel Gaddafi get away with such evil for so long?

8 February 2014 9:00 am

What a vile piece of work Colonel Gaddafi was. For some of you, perhaps, this will be a statement of…

Jeremy Paxman's Great War is great. But is 2,500 hours of WW1 programming too much?

1 February 2014 9:00 am

Why are we so fascinated by the first world war? As its 100th anniversary approaches, we’re already mired in arguments…

The Three Musketeers is a triumph - because, like Game of Thrones, no one is safe

25 January 2014 9:00 am

‘Pshaw!’ That was my first reaction to news of the BBC’s new ten-part Sunday night adaptation of The Three Musketeers.…

Will she or won’t she kill the President? Ellen Sanders’s family on tenterhooks

After Sherlock, TV will never be the same again

18 January 2014 9:00 am

You know the holiday season is over when, instead of being torn between The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing…

Nick Robinson: fronting a critique of — or apologia for — immigration policy?

James Delingpole: 'The Truth About Immigration' is anything but

11 January 2014 9:00 am

Immigration. Were you aware that this has become a bit of a problem these past ten years? I wasn’t, obviously,…