Television

How on earth did Harold Pinter and Danny Dyer become such good friends?

26 September 2020 9:00 am

Collectors of TV titles that sound as if they were thought of by Alan Partridge will presumably have spotted Danny…

The TV we feared they’d never dare make any more: The Singapore Grip reviewed

19 September 2020 9:00 am

‘Art is dead,’ declared Mark Steyn recently. He was referring to the new rules — copied from the Baftas —…

What on earth has happened to Simon Schama: The Romantics and Us reviewed

12 September 2020 9:00 am

‘You may think our modern world was born yesterday,’ said Simon Schama at the beginning of The Romantics and Us.…

A sadistic delight: World’s Toughest Race – Eco-Challenge Fiji reviewed

5 September 2020 9:00 am

Few things better capture the crazed cognitive dissonance of our age than this: that while we cower behind masks for…

A convincing and hair-raising depiction of showbiz at its most luridly weird: I Hate Suzie reviewed

29 August 2020 9:00 am

Fifteen minutes into the first episode of I Hate Suzie, main character Suzie Pickles was doing a photoshoot in her…

Ludicrous – and the makers know it: Sky One's Prodigal Son reviewed

22 August 2020 9:00 am

‘By the way, my name is Max. I take care of them, which ain’t easy, because their hobby is murder.’…

Takes us deep into an unknown world: Channel 4’s Inside Missguided reviewed

15 August 2020 9:00 am

If it’s a test of a good documentary series that it takes us deep into an unknown, even unimaginable world,…

The only things left worth watching on the BBC are foreign buy-ins like The Last Wave

8 August 2020 9:00 am

Soon, very soon now — even sooner than I imagined, if A Suitable Boy turns out to be as lacklustre…

Sumptuous and very promising: A Suitable Boy reviewed

1 August 2020 9:00 am

Nobody could argue that Andrew Davies isn’t up for a challenge. He’d also surely be a shoo-in for Monty Python’s…

Why I love French telly

25 July 2020 9:00 am

There’s a scene in the French espionage series The Bureau — about the DGSE, France’s equivalent of the CIA or…

Michaela Coel's dazzling finale reminds me of Philip Roth: I May Destroy You reviewed

18 July 2020 9:00 am

It might seem a bit of a stretch to see deep similarities between Michaela Coel (young, female, black and currently…

A documentary about the M25 that will make your heart soar

4 July 2020 9:00 am

When a 90-minute documentary is introduced with the words ‘This is the M25’, you’d be within your rights not to…

Pure poison: BBC1’s Talking Heads reviewed

27 June 2020 9:00 am

The big mistake people make with Alan Bennett is to conflate him with his fellow Yorkshireman David Hockney. But whereas…

A fine, even rather noble drama: BBC1's The Salisbury Poisonings reviewed

20 June 2020 9:00 am

This week, BBC1 brought us a three-part dramatisation of an ‘unprecedented crisis’ in recent British life. Among other things, it…

Jeffrey Epstein really was a streak of slime

13 June 2020 9:00 am

Did Jeffrey Epstein kill himself or was he murdered — and frankly who cares? Actually, having watched the four-part Netflix…

Another drama about how women are great and men are rubbish: C4's Philharmonia reviewed

6 June 2020 9:00 am

On the face of it, a French-language drama about a Parisian symphony orchestra mightn’t sound like the most action-packed of…

I so wanted to enjoy White Lines but it's spectacularly uninvolving

30 May 2020 9:00 am

If I could live my life over again my plan used to be that I’d make my fortune very early,…

One of the more disturbing films I’ve seen: Arena’s The Changin’ Times of Ike White reviewed

23 May 2020 9:00 am

Arena: The Changin’ Times of Ike White (Monday) had an extraordinary story to tell — but one that, halfway through…

Netflix’s Caliphate is all too frighteningly plausible

16 May 2020 9:00 am

Sweden is now properly celebrated as the Land that Called Coronavirus Correctly. But in the distant past, those with long…

Not merely funny but somehow also joyous: Sky One's Brassic reviewed

9 May 2020 9:00 am

Danny Brocklehurst, the scriptwriter for Sky One’s Brassic, used to work for Shameless in its glory days — although if…

Superbly convincing: Unorthodox reviewed

2 May 2020 9:00 am

When I lived briefly in Stamford Hill I was mesmerised by the huge fur hats (shtreimel) worn by the local…

Classic tangled thriller: Sky's Gangs of London reviewed

24 April 2020 11:00 pm

There were plenty of TV shows around this week designed to cheer us up. Sky Atlantic’s Gangs of London, however,…

The Amazon Prime doc that will convert anyone to cricket

18 April 2020 9:00 am

Imagine rooting for the Australian cricket team. If you’re Scottish, Welsh or Irish — or Australian obviously — it might…

An extraordinary tale: BBC2’s The Countess and the Russian Billionaire reviewed

11 April 2020 9:00 am

There can’t be many programmes that bring to mind quotations from both Henry Kissinger and Boney M., but BBC2’s The…

A Formula 1 doc for people who hate Formula 1

4 April 2020 9:00 am

Some years ago I was invited to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone courtesy of a watch manufacturer. As freebies…