Television

The American way

3 November 2012 9:00 am

To the Americas this week, and first to the land of the free and the home of the brave: Gay…

BBC goes for it

27 October 2012 9:00 am

Which is the worse crime, would you say: eavesdropping on celebrities’ answerphones? Or hosting and covering up for a ruthless…

Falling about and apart

20 October 2012 9:00 am

One of the many pleasures of television is that it allows us to forget our manners: we can treat it…

All-pervading PC

13 October 2012 9:00 am

Do not read this review if you haven’t seen the first series of Homeland. Because I’m a lazy bastard I…

Spy class

6 October 2012 9:00 am

Hunted (Thursday, BBC1) made a terrific start, but whether the first episode has set the standard for the next seven…

Artificial life

29 September 2012 9:00 am

I was that desperate for something to watch on TV the other night that I actually sat through half an…

Acid reign

22 September 2012 9:00 am

You won’t believe me when I tell you this but I swear it’s the truth: until this week, I had…

Identity crisis

15 September 2012 9:00 am

The greatest moment in the history of television — and one which will surely remain unsurpassed for ever — was…

That’s entertainment

8 September 2012 8:00 am

Comparisons may be odious but sometimes they are irresistible — and, frankly, more fool the BBC for screening Treasures of…

Time out

1 September 2012 8:00 am

Will my friend, the writer and historian Tom Holland, get his head chopped off for the things he is saying…

Conduct becoming

25 August 2012 6:00 am

Every so often a programme appears which can be recommended even to people who hate television. Parade’s End (Friday, BBC1)…

Faustian pact

18 August 2012 6:00 am

When my kids grow up, I want them to go to university and read chemistry. That way they will have…

Please release me

11 August 2012 6:00 am

I am writing this at teatime on Sunday — day nine of the Olympics. So far: 34 medals, we’ve all…

Danny’s super sop

4 August 2012 6:00 am

Almost the best thing about Danny Boyle’s Olympic Opening Ceremony was the running Twitter commentary. From Marcus Stead: ‘Ah, here…

Trouble ahead

28 July 2012 6:00 am

Must we? All of us? This is the perfect storm, the tempest, the ultimate crisis for non-sport fans. But TV,…

Back to the future

21 July 2012 6:00 am

I wonder how the 2012 Olympics will look, when re-imagined by a BBC docu-drama 64 years hence. If it’s anything…

Relaxing with the ignoble

14 July 2012 6:00 am

Unless I have slept through another of the year’s once-in-a-lifetime experiences — which is rather more likely than possible —…

Not much cop

7 July 2012 6:00 am

Among the many reasons I shall miss Simon Hoggart’s presence as my Spectator co-TV critic is that I used to…

Power failure

30 June 2012 6:00 am

You wouldn’t necessarily use the word subtle to describe a programme in which a well-dressed, well-spoken woman describes a speech…

Hallucinogenic dream

23 June 2012 6:00 am

One of the great things about working in a collapsing industry is the cornucopia of possibilities that begins to open…

Setting the tone

16 June 2012 6:00 am

The BBC has been heavily criticised for its coverage of the Jubilee flotilla, and the tone was incredibly annoying. All…

Royal watch

2 June 2012 11:00 am

This is the week we almost drowned in Jubilee programmes. Sadly, many of these were unavailable to reviewers, possibly because…

Frontier dreams

2 June 2012 10:00 am

When I was growing up, the Dallas theme tune was like a call to prayer. As the Copland-esque trumpets rang…

Failing Britain

26 May 2012 11:00 am

For my holiday reading in Australia I chose Max Hastings’s brilliant but exceedingly depressing Finest Years: Churchill as Warlord 1940–45.…

Fond farewell

19 May 2012 11:00 am

Now and again a sitcom gag lodges in the public mind. In 1974, Ronnie Barker, in Porridge, was reminiscing about…