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What Rwanda can teach us about gender equality

13 January 2018 9:00 am

What an incredible statement we heard on My Perfect Country. ‘I can walk into a boardroom and forget I am…

A purity test for artists is the end of art

16 December 2017 9:00 am

However we keep ourselves amused over the holidays this year, two sources of entertainment are off the docket. Amid the…

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…

The genius of Ken Dodd

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…