Television

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…

Male order

31 March 2012 12:00 pm

I suspect that, when men and women watch Mad Men, they see very different things. Women probably see a witty…

Of God and men

24 March 2012 1:00 pm

Two documentaries this week made us ponder what our country, with its 1 per cent of the world’s population, exists…

Downton on sea

17 March 2012 11:00 am

If Titanic hadn’t actually sunk on its maiden voyage not even Jeffrey Archer would have dared invent such a hammily…

Friends reunited

10 March 2012 12:00 pm

Paula Milne’s drama serial White Heat (BBC2, Thursday) starts in 1965 which to some of us might seem like yesterday,…

Kindred spirits

3 March 2012 11:00 am

There’s a game you have to play at the BBC and Jeremy Paxman plays it very well — which is…

All eyes on Melvyn’s hair

25 February 2012 11:00 am

An American reporter once said to me that all television in his country was fundamentally about race, and all TV…

Eco-loons on the march

18 February 2012 11:00 am

Only this morning I got an email from an evidently very bright 17-year-old at a certain nameless public school. ‘I’m…

Our island story

11 February 2012 12:00 pm

Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures, on a radio programme that tells the history of the monarchy through 50 objects in the Royal Collection

Welsh, single and sex mad

11 February 2012 11:00 am

There’s lots of comedy about, but it’s not what Americans call ‘water-cooler’ comedy, shows that get people talking at work…