Television

'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…

Brainwashed from birth: the cult of the BBC

13 July 2013 9:00 am

Last week I was on holiday with my family on the Algarve. The good news was that, thanks to the…

TV review: Get out of my way, Tessa Jowell. Women are not all touchy-feely

6 July 2013 9:00 am

Luther is back, in Luther, and so is Donny Osmond, of Donny & Marie fame. Could there be two more…

TV review: Russell Brand socks it to the gods and goddesses of daytime TV

29 June 2013 9:00 am

This week I witnessed the bloody, brutal death of mainstream television. It will, I think, go down in media history…

Television review: Channel 4’s mating season

22 June 2013 9:00 am

Channel 4 is deep into its summer of love. It’s having a Mating Season and — unusually for the network…

Is she hallucinating? Clotilde Hesme as Adèle in ‘The Returned’

Television review: The Returned is the finest, purest heroin

15 June 2013 9:00 am

With the possible exception of Game of Thrones, The Returned (Channel 4, Sunday) is the best series you will see…

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 —…