TV

Could the Kenyan mall atrocities happen here?

4 October 2014 9:00 am

So you’ve just popped down to the supermarket for the weekly shop, toddlers in tow, when the grenades start to…

Marriage and foreplay Sharia-style

27 September 2014 8:00 am

Needless to say, it’s not uncommon to hear single British women in their thirties and forties saying that all the…

Showing up to your prom in a tank is a bit 2013

BBC2’s Hotel India: slums? What slums?

30 August 2014 9:00 am

Viewers who like their TV journalism hard-hitting should probably avoid Hotel India, a new BBC2 series about the Taj Mahal…

Adeel Akhtar plays Wilson Wilson in Utopia

Eye-gouging within the first half-hour: the edgy new rules of TV drama

23 August 2014 9:00 am

Where is Jessica Hyde? If those words mean nothing to you then I have some excellent news. If not, then…

The Three Musketeers is a triumph - because, like Game of Thrones, no one is safe

25 January 2014 9:00 am

‘Pshaw!’ That was my first reaction to news of the BBC’s new ten-part Sunday night adaptation of The Three Musketeers.…

'You can't handle the truth!' — the greatest courtroom dramas of all time

9 November 2013 9:00 am

As a new production of Twelve Angry Men opens in the West End, Robert Gore-Langton names his favourite courtroom dramas

Liaison duties: Randall Carter (Michael McShane) in ‘Bluestone 42’

Bluestone 42: Dad's Army it isn't

9 March 2013 9:00 am

The thing that always used to bother me about M*A*S*H as a child was the lack of combat. You’d see…

In search of a character

23 April 2011 12:00 am

A chronicle of three young actors desperate to forge careers in the acting profession sounds like a dangerously familiar proposition.

Grandfather’s footsteps

12 February 2011 12:00 am

In the good old days, when Hackney still had a proper swimming pool, I used to do lengths every morning with an old boy called Bob.

Wedding belles

5 February 2011 6:00 am

The pedants who say fly-on-the-wall documentaries are cheap, meaningless television could not be more wrong. They are the postmodernist answer to David Attenborough, the Life on Earth de nos jours. Anyone who doubts this should watch My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding on Channel 4 (Tuesdays, 9 p.m. and, if missed, on 4oD).

Grown-up viewing

5 February 2011 12:00 am

Sky’s new channel, Atlantic, kicked off this week with two big shows: Boardwalk Empire, which is set in 1920 and is about gangsters, and Blue Bloods, which is set in the modern day and is about a family of New York law enforcers.

Wasted talent

29 January 2011 12:00 am

Just before Christmas, a TV production company asked whether I might be interested in appearing in a zappy new live and topical political series they were soon to launch on Channel 4.

Reality check

22 January 2011 12:00 am

Horizon (BBC2, Monday) asked, ‘What is reality?’ and didn’t really have an answer.

Waste not, want not

15 January 2011 12:00 am

‘I want everyone to be as angry as I am,’ says Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, and I hope he succeeds for the thing that makes him so angry is one of the things that makes me most angry, too: the senseless eradication of the world’s fish stocks.

Forgotten laughter

8 January 2011 12:00 am

The Radio Times now lists 72 channels, and that’s not all of them.

Top of the pops

18 December 2010 12:00 am

The most watched programme on British television this year was the special live edition of EastEnders, broadcast in February to mark the soap’s 25th anniversary.

Juggling statistics

11 December 2010 12:00 am

I love statistics.

Tendentious drivel

27 November 2010 12:00 am

It told the story of two best mates, Frankie and Peter, serving in an unidentified northern regiment in Afghanistan where Peter quickly discovers he can’t cope under fire — and as a punishment is made the unit’s ‘camp bitch’ by the sadistic Lance Corporal Buckley (Mackenzie Crook).

All over the shop

6 November 2010 12:00 am

I’m writing this near Ludlow, a town which has miraculously kept its centre.

Education in horror

30 October 2010 12:00 am

When my brother and I were teenagers growing up in the arse end of nowheresville — Bromsgrove to its friend — we were mainly looked after by Nanny VHS.

All about sex

9 October 2010 12:00 am

The Song of Lunch (BBC2) was a rum old go. Christopher Reid’s poem, about a publisher half-hoping to rekindle a past love affair over an Italian meal, was read out by Alan Rickman, who acted the publisher and recreated the lines on film.