Television

Sex! Soap! Starkey! The Tudor invasion of British television

8 June 2013 9:00 am

The Tudors have invaded television. Everywhere you look, it’s Henry VIII this, Henry VII that, Anne Boleyn this, Anne of…

Why watching Britain’s Got Talent is like giving yourself a lobotomy

1 June 2013 9:00 am

The kids are back for half-term so we’re having to watch absolute crap again on TV. Monday night, I wanted…

'Bankers' was not a documentary. It was a BBC hit job

25 May 2013 9:00 am

I like bankers. They’re an honest lot. All of us like money, but only they are upfront about it. I…

The Fall, Culture Show Special — Not Like Any Other Love: The Smiths

18 May 2013 9:00 am

The serial killer on The Fall (BBC1, Monday) is no ordinary serial killer. He has a unique and terrifying modus…

Will the internet save television?

11 May 2013 9:00 am

Forget The Apprentice. A ‘reality TV’ show where you have no say, and where you can only watch as Sir…

TV: I would surely die if I watched more than five minutes of Ben Elton’s The Wright Way; Rupert Murdoch: Battle With Britain

4 May 2013 9:00 am

The controversial counterintuitive piece I was going to write concerned Ben Elton’s new sitcom The Wright Way (BBC1, Tuesday). You…

Aiden Hoynes (David Tennant) at a career standstill in the House of Commons

Television: The United States of Television; The Politician's Husband

27 April 2013 9:00 am

There are two American Dreams — the one that happens in real life and is experienced by people such as…

Television: Margaret: Death of a Revolutionary

20 April 2013 9:00 am

In Margaret: Death of a Revolutionary (Channel 4, Saturday) — Martin Durkin’s superb tribute to our greatest prime minister —…

Lara Pulver interview: ‘People in LA were desperate to meet Irene Adler’

13 April 2013 9:00 am

Will Gore talks to Lara Pulver about autographing whips and her forthcoming role as the wife of a Renaissance ruler

TV review: The Secrets of Britain’s Sharia Courts; The Sex Clinic

13 April 2013 9:00 am

Sometimes a television programme raises far bigger questions than it actually gives a platform for, which is the case with…

The Village

6 April 2013 9:00 am

Everyone’s loving BBC1’s new, Sunday-night period mega-drama The Village (32 episodes long if writer Peter Moffat has his way). It’s…

Dr Who: there’s something in the wi-fi; How to be a Lady; The Mystery of Mary Magdalene

30 March 2013 9:00 am

It used to be that when an arch-villain wanted to decimate a community, he’d put something in the water. Now,…

The future of arts broadcasting

23 March 2013 9:00 am

Peter Hoskin considers the future of arts programming on the small screen

Lost in space

23 March 2013 9:00 am

On 28 January 1986 the Challenger space shuttle exploded shortly after launch, killing all seven crew. What made it worse…

Bankers: I like them — somebody has to

23 March 2013 9:00 am

I like bankers. They’re an honest lot. All of us like money, but only they are upfront about it. I…

Mimics, pagans and pilgrims on TV

16 March 2013 9:00 am

What would you do if you had a quite extraordinary talent in impersonating everyone, from Al Pacino to Barack Obama…

Liaison duties: Randall Carter (Michael McShane) in ‘Bluestone 42’

Bluestone 42: Dad's Army it isn't

9 March 2013 9:00 am

The thing that always used to bother me about M*A*S*H as a child was the lack of combat. You’d see…

ITV’s Food Glorious Food is under the curse of Simon Cowell

2 March 2013 9:00 am

I sometimes worry that ITV — the middle child — doesn’t get enough of my attention and so this week…

New word order

23 February 2013 9:00 am

‘Don’t be evil.’ Google’s unofficial motto. ‘Evil men don’t get up in the morning saying, “I’m going to do evil.”…

Schoenberg in shorts

16 February 2013 9:00 am

For anyone who missed The Sound and the Fury (Tuesday, BBC4) here is a reason — one of many —…

Old school joy

9 February 2013 9:00 am

Let’s not beat about the bush: Howard Goodall’s Story of Music (BBC2, Saturday) is landmark television, a documentary series that…

Ordinary people

2 February 2013 9:00 am

There was little reason to be curious about David or Jackie Siegel at the beginning of Queen of Versailles (Monday,…

The hard sell

26 January 2013 9:00 am

`The older I get, the less tolerant I become of being treated by television like a child with Attention Deficit…

Wodehouse to the rescue

19 January 2013 9:00 am

I knew this would happen: I’ve been watching season five of Mad Men on DVD and it’s spoiled me for…

Death watch

12 January 2013 9:00 am

Some people say TV is a bad thing for families but I say don’t knock it. It was thanks to…