Television

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…

What the doctor ordered

5 January 2013 9:00 am

I don’t know whose idea it was to put New Year at the beginning of January, but it seems like…

On the bias

29 December 2012 9:00 am

It must be ten years now since I risked life and limb to brave the Cresta Run, go fox hunting…

Food, glorious food

15 December 2012 9:00 am

Despite a wet summer, the recent crop of food programmes has been prodigious: six episodes of Nigellissima, eight of Nigel…

I love Michel Roux Jr

8 December 2012 9:00 am

For the past month I have been glued to the BBC’s Why Poverty? season — ‘part of an unprecedented collaboration…

Fame and fortune

1 December 2012 9:00 am

Having planned to devote every one of this week’s 800 words to Sir David Attenborough’s 60 Years in the Wild…

Top of their game

24 November 2012 9:00 am

God, I’m jealous of Michael Gove. Not for being a cabinet minister in the same coalition as Nick Clegg and…

Time trials

17 November 2012 9:00 am

It’s amazing what can be squeezed into an hour of The Hour (Wednesday, BBC2): smutty photos, gang violence, bent coppers,…

Zombie hell

10 November 2012 9:00 am

Derren Brown is a great big cheating liar. Or so my old mucker Rod Liddle reckoned last week in his…

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…