Television

Wonderfully naturalistic and intriguingly odd: BBC2’s The Gallows Pole reviewed

3 June 2023 9:00 am

In advance, The Gallows Pole: This Valley Will Rise was touted as a radical departure for director Shane Meadows. After…

Spooky, classy dystopian sci-fi: Apple TV+’s Silo reviewed

27 May 2023 9:00 am

Back once more to our favourite unhappy place: the dystopian future. And yet again it seems that the authorities have…

Watching Queen Cleopatra felt like witnessing the death of scholarship

20 May 2023 9:00 am

The most controversial aspect of Netflix’s new drama-documentary Queen Cleopatra – not least in Egypt – was the casting of…

Despite the lack of sex, stick with it: Paramount Plus’s Fatal Attraction reviewed

6 May 2023 9:00 am

With the current taste for remakes of erotic-thriller movies of the 1980s and ’90s, these are certainly good times for…

Purest fantasy but you’ll love it: Tetris reviewed

29 April 2023 9:00 am

Tetris is a righteously entertaining movie about the stampede to secure the rights from within the Soviet Union to what…

Boring is as good as this erotic drama gets: Netflix’s Obsession reviewed

22 April 2023 9:00 am

It is, of course, traditional for film and TV reviewers to demonstrate their steely high-mindedness by claiming that anything describing…

One of the best things you’ll see on TV this year: Netflix’s War Sailor reviewed

15 April 2023 9:00 am

War Sailor (Krigsseileren), a three-part drama on Netflix about the Norwegian merchant navy in the second world war, is one…

Felt like the product of a night in the pub: BBC1’s Great Expectations reviewed

8 April 2023 9:00 am

By now a genuinely radical way to turn a Victorian novel into a TV drama would be to take that…

Succession works because the writers don’t care about the boring business storylines

1 April 2023 9:00 am

I have a theory that many great artists’ strength is a product of their weakness. The flaw of the relentlessly…

Makes a change to see such reassuringly competent policemen: ITV1’s Grace reviewed

25 March 2023 9:00 am

Sunday-night dramas on the two main terrestrial channels definitely aren’t what they used to be. Not so long ago, you…

What a gloriously easy living Chris Rock makes from his comedy

18 March 2023 9:00 am

Chris Rock was paid $20 million for his 70-minute Netflix special, so by my reckoning his riff on whether or…

Watch some liars claim that youth and beauty don’t go together

11 March 2023 9:00 am

Back in 1990, Grandpa from The Simpsons wrote a letter of protest to TV-makers. ‘I am disgusted with the way…

In defence of the fabrications of reality TV

4 March 2023 9:00 am

My new favourite tennis player, just ahead of Novak Djokovic, is Nick Kyrgios. Up until recently I’d barely heard of…

Riveting and titillating: BBC2’s Parole reviewed

25 February 2023 9:00 am

There’s a distinct and rather cunning whiff of cakeism about the new documentary series Parole. On the one hand, it…

What I love about Netflix’s Kleo is that it’s so damned German

18 February 2023 9:00 am

I was almost tempted not to watch Kleo because it sounded like so many things I’d seen before: beautiful ex-Stasi…

Joking aside

11 February 2023 9:00 am

Nick Hornby’s 2014 novel Funny Girl was both a heartfelt defence and a convincing example of what popular entertainment can…

Classy but constrained by its video game origins: Sky’s The Last of Us reviewed

4 February 2023 9:00 am

The Last of Us is widely being hailed as the best video game adaptation ever. Maybe. But it’s still a…

A ‘look at these funny people’ doc that could have been presented by any TV hack: Grayson Perry’s Full English reviewed

28 January 2023 9:00 am

For around a decade now, Grayson Perry has been making reliably thoughtful and entertaining documentary series about such things as…

Heist drama with a novelty spin that isn’t very novel: Netflix’s Kaleidoscope reviewed

18 January 2023 10:00 pm

Kaleidoscope is a fairly routine eight-part heist drama with a supposed novelty spin: apart from the beginning and the end,…

Guiltily compelling: Spector, on Sky Documentaries, reviewed

14 January 2023 9:00 am

On 3 February 2003, the emergency services in Los Angeles received a call. ‘I’m Phil Spector’s driver,’ a voice told…

A Turkish dystopia that eludes western censors: Netflix’s Hot Skull reviewed

7 January 2023 9:00 am

A strange new virus has infected half the world but the cure is worse than the disease: authoritarian tyranny, in…

Irresistible: Sky Max’s Christmas Carole reviewed

17 December 2022 9:00 am

What’s wrong with sentimentality? The answer, I’d suggest, could either be: a) its almost bullying insistence on us having emotions…

Fascinating, plausible ideas undermined by Netflix: Ancient Apocalypse reviewed

10 December 2022 9:00 am

Graham Hancock’s Ancient Apocalypse has been described by the Guardian as ‘the most dangerous show on Netflix’. What? More dangerous…

A dismaying exercise in nostalgia: Simon Schama’s History of Now reviewed

3 December 2022 9:00 am

For those who consider themselves traditional liberals (full disclosure: such as me) Sunday’s first episode of Simon Schama’s History of…

Repellent: Paramount+’s Tulsa King reviewed

26 November 2022 9:00 am

TV currently abounds with ‘I thought they were dead’ revival projects: series in which your favourite 1980s movie stars are…