Television

The death of TV

18 November 2023 9:00 am

Incomprehensible and epically anti-climatic: Netflix’s Bodies reviewed

11 November 2023 9:00 am

Bodies is another of those ‘ingenious’ time-travel apocalypse mash-ups so tricksy and convoluted that by the time the ending comes…

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…

Surprisingly addictive and heartwarming: Netflix’s Beckham reviewed

28 October 2023 9:00 am

If you’re not remotely interested in football or celebrity, I recommend Netflix’s four-part documentary series Beckham. Yes, I know it’s…

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…

I watched it so that you didn’t have to: ITV2’s Big Brother reviewed

14 October 2023 9:00 am

Big Brother is Nineteen Eighty-Four rewritten by Aldous Huxley. The detail that George Orwell got wrong is that far from…

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.…

Arresting visual spectacle and superb fight scenes: Netflix’s One Piece reviewed

30 September 2023 9:00 am

What would you say is the most successful comic-book series in history? If you’re thinking Tintin you’re not even close.…

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…

Why I’m addicted to Australian MasterChef

16 September 2023 9:00 am

Why is Australian MasterChef so much better than the English version? You’d think, with a population less than a third…

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…

Enthralling: BBC4’s Colosseum reviewed

26 August 2023 9:00 am

In the year 2023, the Neo-Roman Empire was at the height of its powers. A potentially restive populace was kept…

Bags of charm and a gripping plot: Netflix’s The Chosen One reviewed

19 August 2023 9:00 am

Some years ago, Mark Millar (the creator of Kick-Ass, Kingsman, etc.) hit on yet another brilliant conceit for one of…

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…

A welcome antidote to UK crime drama: Netflix’s Kohrra reviewed

5 August 2023 9:00 am

It has been quite some time since I’ve been able to bear watching UK crime drama. All right, I do…

University Challenge deserves Amol Rajan

29 July 2023 9:00 am

I wish I could say that Bamber Gascoigne would be turning in his grave at what has happened to University…

Rewriting history

22 July 2023 9:00 am

If you don’t subscribe to every last detail of the LGBTQ+ agenda, then basically you are a Nazi. This was…

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…

Ugly, mechanical, soulless: Apple TV+’s Hijack reviewed

8 July 2023 9:00 am

Idris Elba would have made a perfect James Bond. Not the James Bond that we knew and loved when he…

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…

Netflix has struck gold: Tour de France: Unchained reviewed

24 June 2023 9:00 am

I’m ideologically opposed to bicycles for all the obvious reasons: they don’t have lovely big nostrils which you can blow…

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,…

Gratuitously twisty, turny nonsense: Sky Max’s Poker Face reviewed

10 June 2023 9:00 am

Imagine if you had the power always to tell whether or not someone was lying. You’d have it made, wouldn’t…