Sinclair McKay

The World at War is the greatest documentary series ever made

21 October 2023 9:00 am

To present a TV history documentary these days, one must first have access to the full Angels and Bermans dressing-up…

The real Dick Whittington and the folklore legend

3 September 2022 9:00 am

In that dark world the air pulsed with the melancholy clangour of bells. If, as legend has it, the chimes…

Sex and politics in the precincts of St Paul’s Cathedral

26 March 2022 9:00 am

In the tight dark maze of alleys that wind between the Thames and St Paul’s the pleasures of the living…

City of gold: Peter Ackroyd on the undimmed spirit of London

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Peter Ackroyd on the undimmed spirit of London

Behind the veil of secrecy: GCHQ emerges from the shadows

17 October 2020 9:00 am

The brilliance of GCHQ can now be recognised – and about time too, says Sinclair McKay

The crime of passion that kept the nation enthralled

10 August 2019 9:00 am

No matter how exquisitely English —gobbets of blood amid the fireplace ornaments — murder annihilates meaning. Even when the motive…

The desolate beauty of the Thames Estuary

1 June 2019 9:00 am

We ought to cherish the haunted landscape of the Thames Estuary while we can. The grey hulks of old power…

Freedom of movement isn’t an EU invention. Victorian London thrived on it

25 August 2018 9:00 am

Here’s a bracing lesson from Victorian history that might possibly help to slice some impossible Brexit knots. In the 19th…

Cockney comfort food: eel, pie and mash to the sound of Bow bells

31 March 2018 9:00 am

Cockney feet mark the beat of history, sang Noël Coward, as if he had ever been east of Holborn. Yet…

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…

Finally tired of London

2 September 2017 9:00 am

Iain Sinclair is leaving London — like the croakiest of the ravens taking flight from the Tower. It is a…

Spies in the spotlight

7 November 2015 9:00 am

Spying is a branch of philosophy, although you would never guess it from that expression on Daniel Craig’s face. Its…

Turing, Snow White and the poisoned apple

9 May 2015 9:00 am

As a young student, the atheist Alan Turing — disorientated with grief over the death of his first love Christopher…

EastEnders wanted to show Thatcher’s Britain. These days it would make Maggie proud

14 February 2015 9:00 am

How EastEnders became a positive reflection of Tory values

Alan Turing's last victory

13 December 2014 9:00 am

The story of how we cracked Enigma was top secret, then misrepresented. Now it’s a worldwide cult

Why Doctor Who is secretly Tony Benn

10 August 2013 9:00 am

Through the ages, the Time Lord has been a political weathervane