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Why bother joining the Labour party?

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Now that there is yet another chance to vote for a leader of the Labour party, if you are prepared…

Andrew Marr: Twitter fooled everyone during this election

21 December 2019 9:00 am

It’s an unfashionable thought, but having spent many hours in the university sports hall where constituency votes for Boris Johnson…

How podcasts have transformed radio

21 December 2019 9:00 am

As if on cue, Lemn Sissay’s new series for Radio 4 tackles all those questions we would rather ignore in…

The only way to survive Christmas TV is to avoid anything seasonal and watch Giri/Haji

21 December 2019 9:00 am

The key to surviving the next couple of weeks of TV is to avoid like the plague anything that smacks…

My run-in with Westminster’s TV news circus

14 December 2019 9:00 am

Leaving an evening meeting in Westminster on Monday night, I walked to Charing Cross. Approaching the public path which runs across…

War of the Worlds is as bad as Doctor Who

23 November 2019 9:00 am

Edwardian England deserved everything it got from those killer Martian invaders. Or so I learned from the BBC’s latest adaptation…

Patronising, clichéd and corny: BBC1’s Gold Digger reviewed

16 November 2019 9:00 am

Some last taboos, it seems, can remain last taboos no matter how frequently they’re confronted. Grief, the menopause, masturbation, mental…

God awful: BBC1’s His Dark Materials reviewed

9 November 2019 9:00 am

‘Here’s your new Sunday night obsession…’ the BBC announcer purred, overintoned and mini-orgasmed, like she was doing an audition for…

Why I love a bit of death on a Sunday night

9 November 2019 9:00 am

There’s nothing like a nice bit of death on a Sunday evening. Radio 4 originally transmit their obituary programme Last…

BBC wildlife documentaries are just a chance to tell us all off

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Older readers may remember a time when landmark BBC wildlife documentary series were joyous celebrations of the miraculous fecundity of…

Ronald Blythe took us back to an age when a tenant could be turfed out of a tied house simply for being 'rude'

Can giving voice to the horrors of the past re-traumatise?

26 October 2019 9:00 am

It is 50 years since Ronald Blythe published Akenfield, his melancholy portrait of a Suffolk village on the cusp of…

How the BBC can achieve real diversity

12 October 2019 9:00 am

Exciting news from the BBC, where every employee has just received a flyer from the Director-General, Lord Hall, informing them…

How did BBC’s Late Night Line-Up get its name?

28 September 2019 9:00 am

The title of the television review and discussion programme Late Night Line-Up is a curious one. I’d be interested if…

Why 80 per cent of young people in this Macedonian town have turned to posting ‘fake news’

7 September 2019 9:00 am

It’s such a relief to turn on the radio and hear the voice of Neil MacGregor. That reasoned authority, his…

Desert Island Discs has completely lost the plot

10 August 2019 9:00 am

Desert Island Discs has lost the plot

How to talk to astronauts

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Television has the pictures but the most spine-tingling moments in the recordings from the Apollo space missions are the bursts…

I admit it: I enjoyed the Women’s World Cup

6 July 2019 9:00 am

I was asked on to the BBC Today programme — my old manor — last week to talk about the…

Kanye wipes the floor with David Letterman

6 July 2019 9:00 am

My plan to cut the BBC out of my life entirely is working well. Apart from the occasional forgivable lapse…

Jonathan Dimbleby is right: we need to rise up and defend the BBC

6 July 2019 9:00 am

There’s been a Dimbleby on air since before I was born but last Friday saw the end of that era…

Nice men make terrible leaders

29 June 2019 9:00 am

The Duke of Marlborough gave a toast last week that brought the house down during a Turning Point dinner for…

Diversity’s valued — unless it’s diversity of opinion

15 June 2019 9:00 am

The BBC has advised its journalists not to use the word ‘terror’ or ‘terrorist’ when some bloke blows himself up…

What would you do if you were a Syrian migrant?

1 June 2019 9:00 am

‘Put yourself in their shoes,’ says Zahra Mackaoui, a British-Lebanese journalist who has been following the stories of refugees from…

Lusty, roistering Suranne Jones as Anne Lister in Gentleman Jack. Image: BBC / Lookout Point / Jay Brooks

Sunday night on the Beeb was an orgy of virtue-signalling

25 May 2019 9:00 am

After its new costume drama You Go, Girl! (Sundays) about how amazing, empowered and better-than-men women are, especially if they…

What if the ‘village idiots’ are right about Brexit?

11 May 2019 9:00 am

The former BBC presenter Gavin Esler has very kindly given us an insight into how BBC people think (had we…

The UN’s extinction warning doesn’t add up

11 May 2019 9:00 am

Anyone watching the BBC’s News at Ten on Monday would have been surprised to learn that economic growth poses a…