Downton Abbey

Extremely predictable and extremely dull: Downton Abbey reviewed

14 September 2019 9:00 am

The much-anticipated film version of Downton Abbey has arrived and I suppose you could describe it as the Avengers Assemble…

The Food Programme is a miracle of radio

17 September 2016 9:00 am

Cooking really shouldn’t make good radio. On television, it’s already frustrating that you can’t taste what you’re seeing, but on…

‘Sausage Shop’, 1951, by Stanley Spencer

In our fondness for his roses we have cut off Stanley Spencer’s thorns

2 July 2016 9:00 am

In our fondness for his roses we have cut off Stanley Spencer’s thorns. It’s time to see beyond the wisteria blossom, says Laura Freeman

Even the sternest Leavisite critic would find it hard to resist BBC2's Peaky Blinders

7 May 2016 9:00 am

The big returning show of the week began with servants laying out the silverware at a large country house in…

Downton Abbey on skis: Eddie the Eagle reviewed

2 April 2016 9:00 am

I once forced some pals on a skiing holiday to spend an afternoon off the slopes watching Chalet Girl. Suffice…

Fasten victim: why will so few shops sell me a three-button suit?

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Harry Mount asks why he now has to struggle to find a three-button suit

Nicholas Lester as Figaro and Nico Darmanin as Count Almaviva

Cruel and absurd: WNO’s Barber of Seville reviewed

20 February 2016 9:00 am

‘Forget Downton Abbey!’ exhorts David Pountney in the programme for Figaro Forever, Welsh National Opera’s season of Beaumarchais operas, The…

Christopher Buckley's diary: Do you have to be American to love Downton?

17 May 2014 9:00 am

My wife and I spent the winter in Worcestershire. This allowed me to tell everyone back home in the States:…

Will the women of The X Factor stop perving?

26 October 2013 9:00 am

Will the women on ITV’s The X Factor (Saturday) stop perving? I suppose there are two ways to tackle the…

Downton Abbey is now a weird parallel universe of the royal family. Except with less action

28 September 2013 9:00 am

Are you following the world’s most watched aristocratic family? If you recall, they recently took into their ranks a member…

Defending the real Downton Abbeys

9 March 2013 9:00 am

Why Britain’s stately homes are struggling