Television

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…

Talking head

12 May 2012 12:00 pm

‘There’s no point in being a liberal if you’re just a furry little herbivore on the edges of British politics,’…

Opportunity knocks

12 May 2012 12:00 pm

I should have thought about this more carefully — the timing of it, I mean. This is Crucible time, and…

Toad revisited

4 May 2012 11:00 pm

I am writing shortly before this week’s vote for Mayor of London, which makes it a good time to ask…

Under pressure

28 April 2012 11:00 am

Rest easy on your deckchair, Delingpole, for I come in peace. Your column is safe — from me, at least…

Going to the fair

28 April 2012 10:00 am

Why would anyone want to buy this dreadful book? The frightful Simon Cowell appears to have co-operated with the author,…

The American way

21 April 2012 1:00 pm

I spent the last week in America, and my hosts had 900-plus channels listed on cable, though some required payment,…

My way

14 April 2012 11:00 am

By the time you read this it’s quite likely I shall be in mid-air on my long journey to Australia.…

Repeat proscription

7 April 2012 12:00 pm

If only there was an alternative ending to the Titanic story. We could use a change. ‘Phew, we almost hit…