Television

James Delingpole: As a Brummie, I am aggrieved with Peaky Blinders

21 September 2013 9:00 am

You wait a whole lifetime for a lavishly shot, starrily cast, mega-budget gangster drama set in Birmingham to come along.…

Mesmerising: Cillian Murphy as Thomas Shelby in Peaky Blinders

The Wipers Times - 100 years on, this newspaper still lives

14 September 2013 9:00 am

Funny what rises from the rubble. In 1916 British army officer Captain Fred Roberts was searching the bombed-out remains of…

After watching Bad Education, Big School is as embarrassing as watching your dad trying to DJ

7 September 2013 9:00 am

You know you’re getting old when TV starts getting nostalgic about eras during which you were already feeling old and…

Cake is for everyone: Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry

The sight of a rose-and-pistachio cake with lychee flavouring, strewn with petals, makes Clarissa Tan’s heart lift

31 August 2013 9:00 am

I’m not crazy about cookery shows. I suspect they indicate how little we are cooking, rather than how much. We’re…

Partners in crime: Walter White (back) and his assistant Jesse

Breaking Bad is so harrowing that for a while James Delingpole couldn’t watch it

24 August 2013 9:00 am

One of Boy’s more annoying teenage rules of thumb is that, if Dad likes it, it must be crap. This…

Vulnerable: David Walliams as Mr Church, the chemistry teacher, in ‘Big School’

Big School left me po-faced

17 August 2013 9:00 am

How did our comedies become so sad? BBC1’s new sitcom Big School (Fridays) opened with a scene that would probably…

Is David Starkey God?

10 August 2013 9:00 am

‘Somerset. Winter 877,’ said the subtitles below an arty, BBC-nature-doc style close-up of a coot paddling amid the reeds on…

Clarissa Tan experiences the greatest show on earth, and laughs

3 August 2013 9:00 am

I watched Top Gear (BBC2, Sunday) for the first time in my life last week (the rock under which I’ve…

What was the point of Burton and Taylor?

27 July 2013 9:00 am

Watching Burton and Taylor (BBC4, Monday) I felt a bit like I do when I go to the theatre —…

If you’re craving some Kiwi bush angst, Top of the Lake fits the bill

20 July 2013 9:00 am

I sincerely hope you’re not watching television. With the glorious summer sun we’re having, you should be having picnics and…

Brainwashed from birth: the cult of the BBC

13 July 2013 9:00 am

Last week I was on holiday with my family on the Algarve. The good news was that, thanks to the…

TV review: Get out of my way, Tessa Jowell. Women are not all touchy-feely

6 July 2013 9:00 am

Luther is back, in Luther, and so is Donny Osmond, of Donny & Marie fame. Could there be two more…