David Walliams

Lovely to look at but irritatingly pious: The Miniaturist reviewed

16 December 2017 9:00 am

BBC1’s The Miniaturist (26/7 December) is a lavish two-part adaptation of Jessie Burton’s bestseller. It’s also further proof that almost…

The political agenda of the bookshop at Bristol airport

16 September 2017 9:00 am

The army patrols at Nice airport go around three abreast, steely-eyed, fingers on the trigger. They walk slowly and scrutinise…

Children’s books for Christmas

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Maurice Sendak, no mean judge, observed that William Nicholson’s Clever Bill was ‘among the few perfect picture books for children’.…

The edible woman: Lily James as Natasha Rostova in ‘War and Peace’

War & Peace is actually just an upmarket Downton Abbey

9 January 2016 9:00 am

Gosh what a breath of fresh air was Andrew Davies’s War & Peace adaptation (BBC1, Sundays) after all the stale…

Dreams don’t have to make sense - but TV dramas do: Peter & Wendy reviewed

2 January 2016 9:00 am

On the face of it, ITV’s Peter & Wendy sounded like a perfect family offering for Boxing Day: an adaptation…

Illustration by Jane Ray for Kevin Crossley-Holland’s Heartsong

The best children’s authors of 2015 — after David Walliams

28 November 2015 9:00 am

The easy way round buying books for children at Christmas is just to get them the latest David Walliams and…

Bohemian conformity can be just as suffocating as any other type: BBC1’s Life in Squares reviewed

1 August 2015 9:00 am

On all those comic lists of the world’s shortest books (Great Italian War Heroes, My Hunt for the Real Killers,…

The Parent Trap, familiar from various film versions, is a story by Eric Kastner, now republished with Walter Trier’s illustrations by Pushkin Books

The best children’s books of 2014

29 November 2014 9:00 am

If it’s all right with you, I’d like to launch a campaign please. Right here. You may be wanting me…

Tom Bower’s Diary: Resuming hostilities with Richard Branson

27 September 2014 8:00 am

This week marks another milestone in my 15-year battle with Richard Branson. Ever since he unsuccessfully sued me in 1999…

We need something less evil than Britain's Got Talent. How about public executions?

14 June 2014 8:00 am

You know what the world needs most right now? What it needs is five good-looking-ish, talented-ish blokes dressed in a…

After watching Bad Education, Big School is as embarrassing as watching your dad trying to DJ

7 September 2013 9:00 am

You know you’re getting old when TV starts getting nostalgic about eras during which you were already feeling old and…

Vulnerable: David Walliams as Mr Church, the chemistry teacher, in ‘Big School’

Big School left me po-faced

17 August 2013 9:00 am

How did our comedies become so sad? BBC1’s new sitcom Big School (Fridays) opened with a scene that would probably…