Television

Lurking beneath the gore are moments of wit and sensitivity: Squid Game reviewed

16 October 2021 9:00 am

Should we be worried that Squid Game is the most popular show in Netflix’s history? If it’s a case of…

Blair & Brown: The New Labour Revolution should be called ‘The Tragedy of Gordon Brown'

9 October 2021 9:00 am

Murder Island features eight real-life ‘ordinary people’ seeking to solve a fictional killing on a fictional Scottish island. What follows…

Somewhere between eye-opening and jaw-dropping: Sky's Hawking – Can You Hear Me? reviewed

25 September 2021 9:00 am

It is, of course, not unknown for a man to become famous with the support of his family — and,…

Amateurish and implausible: BBC1's Vigil reviewed

18 September 2021 9:00 am

Tense, claustrophobic, gripping, thrilling, realistic: just some of the adjectives no one is using to describe BBC1’s Sunday night submarine…

Bleak, unashamedly macho and grown-up: BBC2's The North Water reviewed

11 September 2021 9:00 am

‘The world is hell, and men are both the tormented souls and the devils within it.’ This was the cheery…

Up there with Succession and Chernobyl: The White Lotus, Sky Atlantic, reviewed

4 September 2021 9:00 am

Every now and then, you see a new series — Succession, say, or Chernobyl or To the Lake — which…

Apocalypse, Seventies-style: BritBox's Survivors reviewed

21 August 2021 9:00 am

When the apocalypse comes, I want it to be scripted by a 1970s screenwriter. That’s my conclusion after watching the…

A total mess: BBC2's The Watch reviewed

14 August 2021 9:00 am

Last Sunday on Channel 4, a man called Eric Nicoli proudly remembered ‘the bravest thing I’ve ever done’. In November…

Switch over to Eurosport: BBC's Olympic coverage reviewed

7 August 2021 9:00 am

I’ve not been allowed anywhere near the TV remote control this week because of some kind of infernal sporting event…

When did Sunday night TV become so grim? Baptiste reviewed

31 July 2021 9:00 am

There was, you may remember, a time when Sunday night television was rather a jolly affair: gently plotted and full…

The techniques of totalitarianism are still fully in play today

24 July 2021 9:00 am

How to Become a Tyrant(Netflix) is ideal history TV for Generation No Attention Span. Presented in six bite-sized chunks by…

Looks lovely if nothing else: Craig and Bruno's Great British Road Trips reviewed

17 July 2021 9:00 am

To its huge credit, ITV has managed to find perhaps the last two television celebrities who’ve never before been filmed…

The best thing on TV ever: Rick and Morty, Season 5, reviewed

10 July 2021 9:00 am

I’ve been trying to avoid the house TV room as much as possible recently because it tends to be occupied…

Thoughtful and impeccable: Ken Burns's Hemingway reviewed

3 July 2021 9:00 am

Ken Burns made his name in 1990 with The Civil War, the justly celebrated 11-and-a-half-hour documentary series that gave America’s…

First-rate TV: Clarkson's Farm on Amazon Prime reviewed

26 June 2021 9:00 am

I was at a party the other day when who should accost me but Jeremy Clarkson. There were lots more…

GB News will succeed – even if it fails

26 June 2021 9:00 am

Help! If I’m too kind to GB News, my bosses at LBC will be cross as the channel nicked their…

One of the best Covid dramas so far: BBC2's Together reviewed

19 June 2021 9:00 am

Let me start with a spot of admin: if you’re wondering what The Speccie makes of GB News, it’ll be…

The clichés of Israeli TV are far more bearable than ours

12 June 2021 9:00 am

Tragically it wasn’t my turn to review when Channel 5’s groundbreaking Anne Boleyn came out so you’ll never find out…

Camp am-dram, plus stuff about the patriarchy: Channel 5's Anne Boleyn reviewed

5 June 2021 9:00 am

Fifty-one years ago, in the BBC’s much-acclaimed The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn was portrayed as a brave…

Latest proof that western civilisation is over: Sky Atlantic's Domina reviewed

29 May 2021 9:00 am

I’ve been looking at the reviews so far of Sky’s new Romans series Domina and none seems to have noticed…

Quietly radiates a wholly justified confidence: BBC 1’s The Pact reviewed

22 May 2021 9:00 am

There was certainly no lack of variety among new TV dramas this week, with a standard British thriller up against…

Honest, faithful and fantastically enjoyable: BBC1's The Pursuit of Love reviewed

15 May 2021 9:00 am

I’d been expecting the BBC to make a dreadful hash of The Pursuit of Love, especially when I read that…

A TV doc that is truly brave: BBC1's Ian Wright – Home Truths reviewed

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Ian Wright: Home Truths began with the ex-footballer saying that the home he grew up in was ‘not a happy…

This Is My House has rekindled my love for the BBC

1 May 2021 9:00 am

Here’s a thought that will make you feel old. Or worried. Or both. The poke-fun-at-celebrity-houses series Through the Keyhole —…

A very watchable doc cashing in on Line of Duty: BBC2's Bent Coppers reviewed

24 April 2021 9:00 am

If you’re after an exciting, twisty programme about police corruption that doesn’t also feel a bit like sitting an exam…