Reality TV

The left-wing bias on Celebrity Gogglebox was excruciating

11 November 2017 9:00 am

This week I want to put the boot in to Gogglebox (Channel 4, Fridays). Not the mostly likeable, everyday version,…

The best documentary series of the past decade

21 October 2017 9:00 am

Any rival reality-TV makers watching Channel 5 on Thursday will, I suspect, have been both mystified and slightly embarrassed at…

Stop whatever you’re doing and watch Suburra

14 October 2017 9:00 am

I know I keep saying that in Decline of the West terms we’re all currently living in Rome, circa 400…

My time in the Big Brother house wasn’t quite the horror show I’d imagined

23 September 2017 9:00 am

The comedian on her stay in the Celebrity Big Brother house

Why braindead filth like Love Island is such a breath of fresh air

8 July 2017 9:00 am

Melvyn Bragg on TV: The Box That Changed The World (BBC2, Saturday) was just what you would have expected of…

However much you may loathe the fakery of reality TV, you cannot but admire the editing

29 April 2017 9:00 am

The other day I had a very dispiriting conversation with a TV industry insider. It turns out that everything you…

‘Blimey! How did they think of that?’ said no one about BBC2’s Our Dancing Town

14 January 2017 9:00 am

‘Blimey! How on earth did they think of that?’ is unlikely to be anyone’s response to Our Dancing Town (BBC2,…

Why Channel 4’s new reality TV series, Eden, should actually be called Die, Hippies! Die!

6 August 2016 9:00 am

The unacknowledged subtitle of Channel 4’s new reality series Eden (Mondays) is Die, Hippies! Die! Obviously they’re not going to…

My life as a Gogglebox star

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Being on TV while watching TV is no route to riches, but it brings unexpected rewards, explains Mary Killen

Would I have broken my neck for a bit of TV fame?

13 February 2016 9:00 am

Not long ago I was asked if I wanted to participate in a Channel 4 reality show called The Jump.…

Twenty things I will ban when I am elected your Dictator For Life in 2016

12 December 2015 9:00 am

  Things I am going to ban when, by popular acclaim, I am elected your Dictator For Life in 2016.…

I’m a Celebrity is like The Simpsons: good if you’re thick; even better if you’re not

28 November 2015 9:00 am

The best bit in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! (ITV) will be when the prisoners finally revolt…

Jonathan Coe’s raucous social satire smoulders with anger

14 November 2015 9:00 am

When Rachel, one of the unreliable narrators of Number 11, wants to ‘go back to the very beginning’, she starts…

Hunted blows a fresh breeze through the stale world of reality TV

17 October 2015 8:00 am

Television used to employ entertainers to entertain the public. Back then you could count the channels on the fingers of…

Why I won’t be going on Celebrity Big Brother — despite being tempted

23 May 2015 9:00 am

Why I had to say no to Celebrity Big Brother

Spirited, indomitable and proud: matriarch Julie Young

Benefits Street reviewed: if anyone’s being exploited, it’s the taxpayers, says James Delingpole

16 May 2015 9:00 am

My favourite scene in the first episode of the new series of Benefits Street (Mondays, Channel 4) — now relocated…

Don’t sneer at I’m a Celebrity. The show is teaching us to become model citizens

29 November 2014 9:00 am

One of the great benefits of having teenage children is that they force you out of your fuddy-duddy comfort zone.…

Pity I’m a Celebrity’s token old guys

22 November 2014 9:00 am

I had thought that my days of being approached by reality show producers hoping to put together a cast of…

Does Joey Essex know what ‘reem’ actually means?

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Joey Essex is a celebrity who appeared in the ‘scripted reality’ programme The Only Way is Essex, named not after…

ITV’s Food Glorious Food is under the curse of Simon Cowell

2 March 2013 9:00 am

I sometimes worry that ITV — the middle child — doesn’t get enough of my attention and so this week…