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Once you get over its political correctness, Netflix’s Godless is a cracker

9 December 2017 9:00 am

Boy came to me the other night in a state of dismay. ‘Dad, I just turned on Match of the…

Presenting a quiz is far from easy

25 November 2017 9:00 am

It’s a weird sensation getting your child back for an extended period when for the previous decade you’ve been packing…

Why local radio is thriving

18 November 2017 9:00 am

It’s 50 years since the first local radio stations were launched by the BBC in yet another instance of the…

I never understood the appeal of Ken Dodd – until now

11 November 2017 9:00 am

It’s always odd to hear a familiar voice on a different programme, playing an alternative role. They never sound quite…

It’s not victim shaming to suggest there might be two sides to every story

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Somewhere towards the end of the 1980s I was suddenly promoted three grades upwards in my job at the BBC;…

It’s hard to preserve the primacy of head over heart while watching this doc about refugees

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Anybody who wants to maintain a strong and untroubled stance against mass migration to Europe should probably avoid BBC2’s Exodus:…

Why talking about death is a essential part of living

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Mandy was 38 when she was told she was ‘in the end stage’, suffering from COPD and finding it more…

The idiot box: how the allure of working in TV ruined Britain

28 October 2017 9:00 am

So many bright minds are wasted in the vacuous world of TV

What’s the appeal of slow radio?

21 October 2017 9:00 am

Slow radio is popping up everywhere at the moment — programmes that have no outward form but just meander through…

Blame the teachers, not the students, for the Oxford Christian ban

14 October 2017 9:00 am

A car driver ploughs into a bunch of people outside the Natural History Museum in London and lefties are furious…

Someone in the BBC will be watching W1A, thinking ‘that’s a great idea (going forward)’

23 September 2017 9:00 am

On Sunday night, Holliday Grainger was on two terrestrial channels at the same time playing a possibly smitten sidekick of…

In praise of Radio 2

23 September 2017 9:00 am

‘You can’t lie… on radio,’ says Liza Tarbuck. The Radio 2 DJ was being interviewed for the network’s birthday portrait,…

Reviving the death mask

16 September 2017 9:00 am

The inimitably pukka voice of Jacob Rees-Mogg echoed through Radio 4 on Thursday morning. He was not, though, talking about…

Beyond belief: Sam Otto as Jalal in Peter Kosminsky’s The State

The State was gripping, moving and shocking – but it came at a moral cost

2 September 2017 9:00 am

No, The State (Channel 4) wasn’t a recruiting manual for the Islamic State, though I did feel uneasy about it…

If Voyager is powered by 40-year-old computers, why do our PCs last five years?

26 August 2017 9:00 am

Yet another sign that we are living in very strange times: a pair of celebrities, their names made by TV,…

The way the BBC constantly asks you to log in to iPlayer is sneaky

12 August 2017 9:00 am

It’s sneaky, the way in which the BBC, so much regarded as part of the family as to be nicknamed…

Why the left grandstand

22 July 2017 9:00 am

We went to the first night of the Proms last week. Thinking it was all over, we left the auditorium…

Chris Patten: ‘wearing red feathers (and a Hula-Hula skirt)’

22 July 2017 9:00 am

My old friend Richard Ingrams was said always to write The Spectator’s television reviews sitting in the next-door room to…

Haydn would surely have approved of Simon Rattle’s repackaging of the symphonies

22 July 2017 9:00 am

‘Rarely, rarely, comest thou, Spirit of Delight!’ wrote Elgar, quoting Shelley, at the top of his Second Symphony. He should…

Media culpa: journalists are losing the public's trust

8 July 2017 9:00 am

Journalists are losing the public’s trust

Will computers kill the Arts Council?

1 July 2017 9:00 am

Amid the general political turmoil, a flutter of hope has greeted the arrival of Sir Nicholas Serota as chairman of…

If you’re not tired of London, you’re tired of life

24 June 2017 9:00 am

London, city of the damned. City of incendiary tower blocks, jihadi mentals trying to slit your throat, yokels from Somerset…

I wish radio was more like I remember it as a child

24 June 2017 9:00 am

This week’s column is dedicated to my mother who loved her radio and encouraged us to be listeners. Without her,…

Evgeny Kissin in 1993

‘The Western establishment is betraying its values’: Evgeny Kissin interview

17 June 2017 9:00 am

The great, enigmatic pianist has always divided critics. He talks to Damian Thompson about his heretical opinions on Horowitz, Israel and Brexit

Hilary Mantel explains the difference between facts and truths

17 June 2017 9:00 am

‘History is not the past,’ says the writer Hilary Mantel in the first of her Reith Lectures on Radio 4…