Television

With these documentaries, the BBC has lost any claim to impartiality

14 September 2019 9:00 am

Because the rise of the Nazis is a topic so rarely mentioned these days, least of all in schools, the…

How to be a man

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Gstaad   I was reading in these here pages Julie Burchill’s review of Candace Bushnell’s Is There Still Sex in…

Why are there so few Polish people on British TV?

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Why are there so few Polish people on British TV?

Letters: Stop and search is messy, confrontational and absolutely necessary

6 July 2019 9:00 am

Support for stop and search Sir: Mary Wakefield is rightly exasperated by fatuous comments over police use of stop and…

What I’ve learned from 20 years without a TV

22 June 2019 9:00 am

What I’ve learned from 20 years without a TV

Roman entertainment was far more exploitative than Jeremy Kyle

25 May 2019 9:00 am

The Romans were as aware as Jeremy Kyle was of the pleasure that people could get from situations in which…

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The problem with TV? There’s too much to watch – and it’s all too good

13 April 2019 9:00 am

There’s too much addictive stuff on TV

The Little Drummer Girl [Photo: BBC]

Why does Le Carré get a prime BBC slot? Because he loathes the West

8 December 2018 9:00 am

Thank the blessed Lord it’s over. Not Brexit, or Theresa May’s flailing and spastic governance. I’m talking about John le…

Easy rider: Jodie Comer as Villanelle in Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Killing Eve

Camp, preposterous and weirdly good fun: Killing Eve reviewed

22 September 2018 9:00 am

After the all-conquering success of Fleabag — her brilliant dark comedy about a smart but rudderless young woman in London…

Why is a BBC executive calling for the removal of middle-aged white men from television?

1 September 2018 9:00 am

Cassian Harrison, the editor of BBC Four, told the Edinburgh International Television Festival last week that no one wants to…

Paranoia and The Woman in White

12 May 2018 9:00 am

I sat up with a jerk, after contemplating the wallpaper in the television dramatisation of The Woman in White, when…

Toby Young: I’ve been unmanned by a tennis brute in bright pink

27 January 2018 9:00 am

As regular readers will know, Caroline has developed a fanatical interest in tennis and is currently captain of the ladies…

What on earth was The Prisoner all about?

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Now, if someone were to spray stun gas through the keyhole of my front door, and I were to collapse…

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…

I made a joke book on Trump – but no one’s laughing

2 December 2017 9:00 am

Why do I keep making jokes I’m not supposed to?

The idiot box: how the allure of working in TV ruined Britain

28 October 2017 9:00 am

So many bright minds are wasted in the vacuous world of TV

Everything on television is policed by politically correct dwarves

30 September 2017 9:00 am

My own fault, I suppose, for turning on the television. Not an action I undertake very regularly these days, because…

My journey to hell with Sky TV

22 July 2017 9:00 am

Two months after I cancelled Sky, a strange letter arrived in the post. ‘We are writing to you because we…

From warhead to sore head

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Daniel Jackson gets on the wrong side of the debate

What it's like to be on Mastermind

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Steven Rhodes on what it takes to get through a Mastermind semi-final

Greek or Roman crowds would have chased the SS-GB cast off the stage

4 March 2017 9:00 am

In the audience-free world of TV, where ‘acting’ and visuals have become of far greater importance than the actual words,…

Was A.A. Gill just an outrageous show pony?

25 February 2017 9:00 am

When A.A. Gill died last December, there was wailing and gnashing of teeth across the nation. I must admit this…

Can I bear to sack the digital babysitter?

18 February 2017 9:00 am

I was astonished to discover in conversation with another dad last week that he and his wife intended to introduce…

A portrait of group delusion: BBC1’s The Moorside reviewed

11 February 2017 9:00 am

With the Shannon Matthews story, it’s not easy to accentuate the positive — but BBC1’s The Moorside (Tuesday) is having…