Television

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…

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…