James Walton

Nowhere near as miserable as I remember it: The Beatles – Let It Be reviewed

18 May 2024 9:00 am

Beatles lore has long held that the film Let It Be was a depressing portrait of the band falling apart.…

Danny Dyer’s new C4 programme is deeply odd

20 April 2024 9:00 am

Who do you think said the following on TV this week: ‘I love being around gay men – seeing a…

Dramatic, urgent and intriguing: BBC1’s This Town reviewed

6 April 2024 9:00 am

After conquering the world with Peaky Blinders (and before that by co-creating Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?), Steven Knight…

Riveting and heart-wrenching: BBC1’s Time reviewed

4 November 2023 9:00 am

‘Only with women’ is a phrase used by more cynical TV types for a show that takes something that’s been…

Only goodwill will get you through this reboot: Paramount+’s Frasier reviewed

21 October 2023 9:00 am

Remember the groans of dismay, possibly including your own, which greeted John Cleese’s announcement in February that he was reviving…

Shocking: Channel 4’s Partygate reviewed

7 October 2023 9:00 am

If there were special awards for Most Subtlety in a Television Drama, Tuesday’s Partygate would be unlikely to win one.…

A Picasso doc that – amazingly – focuses on how great he was

23 September 2023 9:00 am

Earlier this year, the Guardian took a break from arguing that ‘cancel culture’ is a right-wing myth to ask the…

Subtle, psychologically twisty drama: BBC3’s Bad Behaviour reviewed

9 September 2023 9:00 am

Bad Behaviour is a decidedly solemn new Australian drama series with plenty to be solemn about. It was billed in…

Much of the mysteriousness is inadvertent: ITV’s The Reunion reviewed

12 August 2023 9:00 am

The Reunion opened in 1997 with some young people being carefree: a fact they obligingly signalled by zipping around the…

Too in thrall to today’s dogmas: ITV1’s A Spy Among Friends reviewed

15 July 2023 9:00 am

In 2014, Ben Macintyre presented a BBC2 documentary based on his book A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the…

Time to take your meds, Kanye

1 July 2023 9:00 am

No one does agonising quite like Mobeen Azhar. In several BBC documentaries now, he’s set his face to pensive, gone…

One of the best (if not the jolliest) TV dramas of 2023: BBC1’s Best Interests reviewed

17 June 2023 9:00 am

In the opening minutes of Best Interests (Monday and Tuesday), an estranged middle-aged couple made their separate ways to court,…

Wonderfully naturalistic and intriguingly odd: BBC2’s The Gallows Pole reviewed

3 June 2023 9:00 am

In advance, The Gallows Pole: This Valley Will Rise was touted as a radical departure for director Shane Meadows. After…

Watching Queen Cleopatra felt like witnessing the death of scholarship

20 May 2023 9:00 am

The most controversial aspect of Netflix’s new drama-documentary Queen Cleopatra – not least in Egypt – was the casting of…

Despite the lack of sex, stick with it: Paramount Plus’s Fatal Attraction reviewed

6 May 2023 9:00 am

With the current taste for remakes of erotic-thriller movies of the 1980s and ’90s, these are certainly good times for…