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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…

Why won’t the media call a cock a cock?

19 March 2016 9:00 am

On the Radio 4 news at 11 o’clock last Saturday morning there was a joky report about roosters in Brisbane. The…

Portrait of the week

5 March 2016 9:00 am

Home An official analysis by the Cabinet Office said that if Britain left the EU it would lead to a…

What do all these evil maniacs have in common?

5 March 2016 9:00 am

More bad publicity for the Islamic State’s ‘Kafir Tiny Tots and Babycare Service’. A burka-clad madwoman wandering through the streets…

Why does no one in the cabinet admit to being a Europhile?

27 February 2016 9:00 am

One of the oddest features of the cabinet majority for staying in the EU is that almost no one in…

Why must David Cameron insult Oxford, when it gave him so much?

6 February 2016 9:00 am

In 2000, the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, accused Magdalen College, Oxford, of class bias in failing to…

I want to see President Trump – if only because of who he’d annoy

6 February 2016 9:00 am

I suppose spite and schadenfreude are thinnish reasons, intellectually, for wishing Donald Trump to become the next American president (and…

‘We can really slow down and live with the characters, understand what they’re thinking and feeling’: a scene from the BBC’s adaptation of ‘War and Peace’

‘It’s good to chop out the boring bits!’: Andrew Davies on adapting War and Peace

23 January 2016 9:00 am

What does Andrew Davies have to say to those who accuse him of gratuitous rumpy-pumpy in his adaptations of the classics? Stephen Smith finds out

The integrity and chain-smoking of these East German Commies is rather attractive

23 January 2016 9:00 am

No one remembers this now but there really was a period, not so long ago, when the Eighties were universally…

The children’s author BB had the right idea about man’s part in nature

16 January 2016 9:00 am

Wild Lone is one of the most violent books I’ve ever read. It was published just before the last war…

Bryan Stanley Johnson with a first edition of ‘The Unfortunates’

Nottingham resuscitates a classic of the 60s literary avant-garde

5 December 2015 9:00 am

Peter Robins reports from Nottingham on a unique adaptation of a novel by the literary innovator B.S. Johnson

Quentin Letts’s Diary: An apology to the BBC journos who, thanks to me, are being sent away for re-education

5 December 2015 9:00 am

First, an apology. Thanks to me, all journalists at BBC Radio’s ethics and religion division are being sent for indoctrination…

Caption: Who is Mary Magdalene exactly?

The GP charged around to my side of the table and roved her hand all over my pubic area

28 November 2015 9:00 am

On Friday morning I was peeing razor blades so I rang up the doctor and was given an appointment after…

Charles Moore’s Notes: Jeremy Corbyn, fanatic

21 November 2015 9:00 am

When Jeremy Corbyn says it is better to bring people to trial than to shoot them, he is right. So…

Not all crap TV is all that crap

29 October 2015 9:00 am

Girl is back for half-term so I’ve been able to watch nothing but crap on TV this week. Some of…

What the Great British Bake Off really says about Britain

17 October 2015 8:00 am

There was an interesting news item on the television the other day. A transgendered chap was hoping to become the…

Why we should embrace being average

3 October 2015 9:00 am

Maybe what we love about radio is the way that most of its programming allows us the luxury of staying…

Spectator letters: Jesse Norman and Paula Radcliffe; Professor Geoff Palmer and Sir Keith Joseph

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Have faith, Nick Sir: Rarely have I read an article as powerful as Nick Cohen’s (‘Why I left’, 19 September).…

How could the BBC allow Last Night of the Proms to be hijacked by worthy banalities?

19 September 2015 8:00 am

How should we deal with people who sneeze in public places? Stephen Jackson, aged 49, has found himself in court…

Charles Moore’s Notes: Mr Cameron swings wildly between toughness and compassion

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Presumably Britain has some sort of policy on immigration, asylum and refugees, but instead of struggling to understand it, you…

The BBC’s first director general, Lord Reith (Photo: Getty)

The story of the BBC

8 August 2015 9:00 am

The BBC was created out of the ether in 1922. Its first director general, Lord Reith, inhabited a cupboard some…