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Films aren’t better because they bomb – whatever the BBC’s poll says

27 August 2016 9:00 am

The BBC has published a list of the 100 best films of the 21st century, compiled after consulting academics, cinema…

Why isn’t arse quality included in the judging for the diving? The Rio Olympics reviewed

20 August 2016 9:00 am

Stuff I have learnt after two solid weeks watching the Olympics on TV. 1. Tennis and golf shouldn’t be Olympic…

The Olympics are wonderful. Pity about the rest of the sport

20 August 2016 9:00 am

It seems like a long time ago, but back in the day, when Sir John Major launched the National Lottery,…

New grammar schools need not bring back the problems of the old ones

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Those who want to revive grammar schools are accused of ‘bring backery’ — the unthinking idea that the past was…

A filthy Noël Coward, snotty Frog, mad Swede and Maggie: Edinburgh Festival Fringe roundup

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Plus: Geoff Norcott, a refreshingly brilliant new comedic voice, whose ascent Beeb censorship will impede. See him live at the Underbelly

‘Funny is now dangerous’: Michael Heath’s Desert Island Discs reviewed

13 August 2016 9:00 am

‘I’m off now,’ says Michael Heath, signing off from his selection of Desert Island Discs on Radio 4, ‘to go…

What it was really like to be at the 1966 World Cup

30 July 2016 9:00 am

It cost just £4/10s for 19-year-old Alan Dryland to buy a season ticket that would take him inside the stadium…

The World Service programme that gave birth to ‘soft’ journalism

9 July 2016 9:00 am

Fifty years ago on Monday the World Service programme Outlook was launched as an innovative news and current affairs programme…

How hard would it have been not to traduce Cliff Richard?

25 June 2016 8:00 am

Sir Cliff Richard will not be charged with historic sex offences, say the police and Crown Prosecution Service. There is…

Absolutely Fabulous was too spiteful to be funny. It invited us to laugh at female failure

25 June 2016 8:00 am

Absolutely Fabulous, which is about to make its cinema debut, is a comedy about women being useless. I watched it…

For Owen Jones and fellow idiots, the Orlando atrocity was all about them

18 June 2016 9:00 am

Life is speeded up. It used to be that when a hideous atrocity occurred people waited a day or two,…

The truth about boxers and brain damage

11 June 2016 9:00 am

Boxing brains Muhammad Ali died aged 74, after more than 30 years with Parkinson’s Disease. How many boxers suffer brain…

Podcasts will never outclass the impact of Radio 4

11 June 2016 9:00 am

Just to prove my esteemed colleague wrong I’ve been out there in podcast space looking for a wireless moment that…

Graphic novels are produced by sad blokes stuck in arrested adolescence

11 June 2016 9:00 am

Sometimes I wonder whether, of all the literary genres, graphic novels aren’t the most stupidly overrated. I can say this…

A good man at the 1970s BBC

4 June 2016 9:00 am

When I saw this book, a biography of Huw Wheldon, who was managing director of BBC Television between 1968 and…

Isn’t it puke-inducing being lectured about poverty by millionaire comics?

28 May 2016 9:00 am

Going Forward (BBC4, Thursdays) is a BBC comedy about the continuing adventures of Kim Wilde, the fat, cynical but lovable…

Radio 4's bold challenge to government policy

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Monday’s ‘World on the Move Day’ on Radio 4 was a bold challenge to government policy and proof that radio…

Why did Cameron call a referendum if he thought it could start a war?

14 May 2016 9:00 am

One of the many problems with David Cameron’s threat that leaving the European Union could plunge us into war is…

The BBC needs to be rescued from its own groupthink

14 May 2016 9:00 am

I see that law students at Oxford University were told that if they found the contents of a lecture on…

The vaping craze isn’t about nicotine. It’s about gadgets

14 May 2016 9:00 am

Probably you never visited the flats of middle-class student drug dealers in the 1990s, because crikey, neither did I, and…

Might Eurovision determine the outcome of the EU referendum?

14 May 2016 9:00 am

You might not think that the Eurovision Song Contest (screened live from Stockholm tonight) could have any connection with how…

De Gaulle knew it: Britain does not belong in the EU

30 April 2016 9:00 am

‘England in effect is insular, she is maritime, she is linked through her interactions, her markets and her supply lines…

How the BBC made the most unlikely TV hit of the swinging Sixties

30 April 2016 9:00 am

‘Comedy is like music,’ said Edwin Apps, one of the characters in Wednesday afternoon’s Radio 4 play, All Mouth and…

What would happen if Rupert Murdoch owned the BBC?

30 April 2016 9:00 am

A new book published today by the Institute of Economic Affairs called In Focus: The Case for Privatising the BBC…

A feral, all-powerful press? The Whittingdale story disproves that

16 April 2016 9:00 am

For weeks, Westminster has been full of rumours about the private life of a certain cabinet member. It was said…