Television

Troy managed to descend into cliché even when nobody was actually using any words

24 February 2018 9:00 am

ITV’s Marcella (Monday) represents another triumphant breakthrough in the portrayal of female cops on television. Of course, thanks to more…

David Hare is the kind of second-rate artist who flourished under Stalin

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Shortly after my rave review of McMafia eight weeks ago, I got a long message from an old friend chastising…

Channel 4 marked women’s suffrage with an episode of the Secret Life of Five-Year-Olds

10 February 2018 9:00 am

To mark the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage — if a little oddly — Channel 4 on Tuesday brought us…

The worst thing about Piers Morgan is that he deserves his success

3 February 2018 9:00 am

Perhaps you missed the fuss because there has been so little publicity about it. But last week, at Davos, the…

Ainsley Harriott is still unaccountably amused by almost everything: Costa Del Celebrity reviewed

27 January 2018 9:00 am

These days, when it comes to people who used to be on the telly, the answer to the classic newspaper…

Is Britannia really in the Game of Thrones’s league?

20 January 2018 9:00 am

It’s a terrible thing for a TV critic to admit but I just don’t know what to make of Britannia,…

Channel 4’s Kiri is already shaping up to be one of the TV highlights of the winter

13 January 2018 9:00 am

These days a genuinely controversial TV drama series would surely be one with an all-white, male-led cast that examined the…

I wish the BBC made more dramas like McMafia – but it’s too busy virtue-signalling

6 January 2018 9:00 am

My third most fervent New Year wish — just after Litecoin goes to £20,000 and Jacob Rees-Mogg becomes PM —…

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…

Once you get over its political correctness, Netflix’s Godless is a cracker

9 December 2017 9:00 am

Boy came to me the other night in a state of dismay. ‘Dad, I just turned on Match of the…

A non-sniggering look at the latest developments in the lucrative sex-robot market

2 December 2017 9:00 am

This week on Channel 4, we watched a cheery 58-year-old American engineer called James going on a first date. He…

Presenting a quiz is far from easy

25 November 2017 9:00 am

It’s a weird sensation getting your child back for an extended period when for the previous decade you’ve been packing…

Sun readers will be disappointed – E.M. Phwoar-ster it is not: Howards End reviewed

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Any readers of the Sun who excitedly tuned in to Howards End on Sunday night with their pause button at…

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,…

It’s hard to preserve the primacy of head over heart while watching this doc about refugees

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Anybody who wants to maintain a strong and untroubled stance against mass migration to Europe should probably avoid BBC2’s Exodus:…

Pass the sick bag

28 October 2017 9:00 am

The opening of Gunpowder (BBC1, Saturdays) was just about the most knuckle-gnawingly tense ten minutes I’ve ever seen on TV.…

Bad Habits, Holy Orders (image: Channel 5)

Saints and sinners

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…

When in Rome…

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…

Playing it safe

5 October 2017 2:00 pm

BBC1’s latest Sunday-night drama The Last Post, about a British military base in Aden in 1965, feels like a programme…

Loose ends

23 September 2017 9:00 am

On Sunday night, Holliday Grainger was on two terrestrial channels at the same time playing a possibly smitten sidekick of…

Kevin Hanchard as Rev. Gregoire and Tim Roth as Sheriff Jim Worth in Tin Star, which is like the rejected first draft of a really bad movie by Quentin Tarantino

Rockies horror show

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Tin Star, the latest Sky Atlantic drama, has a comfortingly familiar premise: Jim Worth (Tim Roth), an ex-detective from London…

Second thoughts

9 September 2017 9:00 am

I had planned to review David Mitchell and Robert Webb’s new Channel 4 sitcom Back without constantly referring to their…

Beyond belief: Sam Otto as Jalal in Peter Kosminsky’s The State

Straight to hell

2 September 2017 9:00 am

No, The State (Channel 4) wasn’t a recruiting manual for the Islamic State, though I did feel uneasy about it…

Autistic endeavour: Keir Gilchrist as Sam in Atypical

For goodness’ sake

26 August 2017 9:00 am

Most new Netflix series are greeted not merely with acclaim, but with a level of gratitude that the returning Christ…

Norway’s noir

17 August 2017 1:00 pm

Valkyrien (C4, Sunday) is the hot new Scandi-noir series, which is being billed as Norway’s answer to Breaking Bad. In…