Television

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…

Cooked-up tension

4 February 2012 11:00 am

Masterchef (BBC1) is a total waste of life — and I should know, because I’m addicted to it. It came…

Alien world

28 January 2012 11:00 am

My grandfather served in the trenches, but he declined to talk about it. I suppose the horrors had been insupportable.…

Adult viewing

21 January 2012 11:00 am

How in God’s name did Jonathan Meades ever get a job presenting TV programmes? I ask in the spirit of…

Dickens on screen…

14 January 2012 11:00 am

Nobody is going to be excused Dickens in his bicentennial year. This is good news for television people, since Dickens…

Sleuth at work

7 January 2012 11:30 am

One of my resolutions this year is to make a lot more money. But how? In fact, I’ve noticed recently,…

Watching brief

31 December 2011 10:00 am

The most watched programme on television this past year was the royal wedding, which is hardly surprising, since we had…

Disappearing lords

17 December 2011 9:00 pm

‘I don’t like him looking daft,’ growls Alastair Campbell to the camera as Bafta-winning documentary film-maker Molly Dineen shadows Tony…

Victory to the vicar

17 December 2011 9:00 pm

My prize for the best thing on TV this year goes to the comedy Rev (BBC2, Thursdays). I know Simon…

Sage advice

3 December 2011 1:00 pm

To the Manor Reborn (BBC1, Thursday) is undoubtedly one of the most brilliant programmes in the history of television. But…

Out of kilter

26 November 2011 12:00 pm

Can a critic simply be wrong, in the way that a mathematician who said that 3×3=10 would be wrong? I’m…

A girdle too far

19 November 2011 11:00 am

Fact: in 1963, air travel was so new and exciting that the awed gasps of the passengers as the plane…

Ritual humiliation

12 November 2011 1:00 pm

Ricky Gervais’s latest sitcom, Life’s Too Short (BBC2, Thursday), is really a series of sketches on his favourite themes —…

Padding out

5 November 2011 3:00 pm

One of the useful things about having teen and near-teenage kids is discovering what the vulgar masses watch. Last week,…

Et tu, Hugh?

22 October 2011 1:00 pm

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall thinks it’s time we all went veggie (River Cottage Veg; Channel 4, Sunday). Coming from a man whose…

Critics’ choice

15 October 2011 1:00 pm

I caught an intriguing session at the Cheltenham literary festival, titled ‘Secrets of the TV Critics’. As it happened, the…

Care in the community

15 October 2011 1:00 pm

‘We all need to rendezvous every week. It keeps us all as a community,’ said Jane Copsey on the In…