Television

Together again: Holmes (Martin Freeman) and Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch)

Is Sherlock starting to suffer from ADD?

4 January 2014 9:00 am

Sherlock’s not dead. A good thing, since on New Year’s Day BBC1 launched its third series of Sherlock, and it’d…

Is this the real First Lady of 'Borgen'?

14 December 2013 9:00 am

Lloyd Evans tries to get a handle on Birgette Hjort Sorensen

Jeremy Clarkson brings Yuletide joy to the Delingpole household

14 December 2013 9:00 am

So I’m looking at the seasonal TV schedules trying to find something — anything — to watch. Britain and the…

Are events in Last Tango in Halifax too bad to be true? 

7 December 2013 9:00 am

Does love run out when life runs out? Or does it intensify, touching and changing all around it? Two series…

Gary Bell is the real rudest man in Britain - and he's on your side

30 November 2013 9:00 am

Gary Bell is the rudest man in Britain. I have known the bastard for years and no one —move over,…

Why doesn't Doctor Who travel far from Britain? 

23 November 2013 9:00 am

If I could go back in time, I’d watch Doctor Who from the very first episode. I wasn’t born in…

James Delingpole: Is the fight against environmentalism the new Cold War?

16 November 2013 9:00 am

Gosh it isn’t half irksome when someone who went to the same school as you but is considerably younger than…

Come to the Spectator office, Gareth Malone, and hear our 'Carmina Burana'

9 November 2013 9:00 am

They’re now televising proceedings from the Court of Appeal. Great. As if I didn’t have enough to do already, keeping…

James Delingpole: All students need a 'sense of entitlement' — ask my fundie friend Rupert 

2 November 2013 9:00 am

‘Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans,’ said John Lennon. Quite apposite from a man…

Will the women of The X Factor stop perving?

26 October 2013 9:00 am

Will the women on ITV’s The X Factor (Saturday) stop perving? I suppose there are two ways to tackle the…

James Delingpole: The Wrong Mans leaves me gasping with exhilaration and glee

19 October 2013 9:00 am

Among the criticisms rightly levelled at the BBC are that its commissioning editors are overcautious, unimaginative, unadventurous and over-reliant on…

Introducing the celebs of Victorian reality TV

12 October 2013 9:00 am

Did Dr Jekyll turn into Jack the Ripper? Besides becoming evil Mr Hyde, did Robert L. Stevenson’s fictional creation morph…

Can you trade love for wealth? The economics of Breaking Bad

5 October 2013 9:00 am

The acclaimed television series Breaking Bad has ended. Steffen Huck on what it can teach us about economics

'Atlantis' shows our civilisation is doomed

5 October 2013 9:00 am

This week saw the final episode of possibly the greatest television series ever. Breaking Bad wasn’t made by the BBC,…

Downton Abbey is now a weird parallel universe of the royal family. Except with less action

28 September 2013 9:00 am

Are you following the world’s most watched aristocratic family? If you recall, they recently took into their ranks a member…

James Delingpole: As a Brummie, I am aggrieved with Peaky Blinders

21 September 2013 9:00 am

You wait a whole lifetime for a lavishly shot, starrily cast, mega-budget gangster drama set in Birmingham to come along.…

Mesmerising: Cillian Murphy as Thomas Shelby in Peaky Blinders

The Wipers Times - 100 years on, this newspaper still lives

14 September 2013 9:00 am

Funny what rises from the rubble. In 1916 British army officer Captain Fred Roberts was searching the bombed-out remains of…

After watching Bad Education, Big School is as embarrassing as watching your dad trying to DJ

7 September 2013 9:00 am

You know you’re getting old when TV starts getting nostalgic about eras during which you were already feeling old and…

Cake is for everyone: Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry

The sight of a rose-and-pistachio cake with lychee flavouring, strewn with petals, makes Clarissa Tan’s heart lift

31 August 2013 9:00 am

I’m not crazy about cookery shows. I suspect they indicate how little we are cooking, rather than how much. We’re…

Partners in crime: Walter White (back) and his assistant Jesse

Breaking Bad is so harrowing that for a while James Delingpole couldn’t watch it

24 August 2013 9:00 am

One of Boy’s more annoying teenage rules of thumb is that, if Dad likes it, it must be crap. This…

Vulnerable: David Walliams as Mr Church, the chemistry teacher, in ‘Big School’

Big School left me po-faced

17 August 2013 9:00 am

How did our comedies become so sad? BBC1’s new sitcom Big School (Fridays) opened with a scene that would probably…

Is David Starkey God?

10 August 2013 9:00 am

‘Somerset. Winter 877,’ said the subtitles below an arty, BBC-nature-doc style close-up of a coot paddling amid the reeds on…

Clarissa Tan experiences the greatest show on earth, and laughs

3 August 2013 9:00 am

I watched Top Gear (BBC2, Sunday) for the first time in my life last week (the rock under which I’ve…

What was the point of Burton and Taylor?

27 July 2013 9:00 am

Watching Burton and Taylor (BBC4, Monday) I felt a bit like I do when I go to the theatre —…

If you’re craving some Kiwi bush angst, Top of the Lake fits the bill

20 July 2013 9:00 am

I sincerely hope you’re not watching television. With the glorious summer sun we’re having, you should be having picnics and…