Television

Riveting: C4’s Who Stole the World Cup reviewed

19 November 2022 9:00 am

Have you ever seen film of the England 1966 football team holding the World Cup at the Royal Garden Hotel,…

Riveting: Netflix’s The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself reviewed

12 November 2022 9:00 am

Gratingly edgy soundtrack, stomach-churning gore, torture, witchcraft, sadism and an indigestible title. The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself sounds…

Refreshingly macho: BBC1’s SAS Rogue Heroes reviewed

5 November 2022 9:00 am

Sunday’s SAS Rogue Heroes – about the founding of perhaps Britain’s most famous regiment – began with a revealing variation…

A Soviet version of Martin Parr: Adam Curtis’s Russia 1985-1999 –TraumaZone reviewed

29 October 2022 9:00 am

Russia 1985-1999: TraumaZone – even the title makes you want to scream – is Adam Curtis’s Metal Machine Music: the…

Touchingly free of cynicism: C4's Somewhere Boy reviewed

22 October 2022 9:00 am

At the start of Somewhere Boy, an 18-year-old boy is rescued from an isolated house by his aunt Sue following…

An enjoyable new Ageing Dad drama: Disney+'s The Old Man reviewed

15 October 2022 9:00 am

We men all think we’ve still got it, even when we’re well past 50 and young women look straight through…

The BBC's fairly desperate new reality show: Unbreakable reviewed

8 October 2022 9:00 am

On first impression, you might have thought that Unbreakablewas just a fairly desperate reality show cobbled together from I’m a…

The makers of Fauda have another hit on their hands: Sky Atlantic's Munich Games reviewed

1 October 2022 9:00 am

You’d have to pay me an awful lot more than I get for this column to review Monster: The Jeffrey…

Well-meaning thriller with moments of implausibility: BBC1's Crossfire reviewed

24 September 2022 9:00 am

Crossfire was a three-part drama in more ways than one. Running every night from Tuesday to Thursday, it brought together…

The political cunning of Elizabeth II: BBC1's The Longest Reign – The Queen and Her People reviewed

17 September 2022 9:00 am

In all the tributes to Her late Majesty’s constancy, dignity, wisdom and devotion to duty, not enough has been said…

Will you be able to get through the ponderous aphorisms without giggling? The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power reviewed

10 September 2022 9:00 am

Amazon’s much-heralded Tolkien prequel The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power began by answering a question that has…

Shaping up nicely for some truly epic bloodletting: House of the Dragon reviewed

3 September 2022 9:00 am

House of the Dragon got off to a pretty uninspirational start, I thought: no major characters brought to a shocking…

The fiasco of Operation Yewtree: C4's The Accused – National Treasures on Trial reviewed

27 August 2022 9:00 am

At 4.38 a.m., one morning in October 2013, the radio presenter Paul Gambaccini was understandably asleep when the doorbell rang.…

Identity politics is in retreat in Hollywood

20 August 2022 9:00 am

‘Diversity is woven into the very soul of the story.’ If those words of praise from a rave review in…

Fascinating but flat: Amazon Prime's Thirteen Lives reviewed

13 August 2022 9:00 am

About ten minutes in to Thirteen Lives, Boy came in and asked me whether it was any good. I said:…

The making of The Godfather was almost as dramatic as the film: Paramount+'s The Offer reviewed

6 August 2022 9:00 am

It’s hard to imagine in the wake of GoodFellas, The Sopranos and Gomorrah but there was a time, not so…

Alienatingly sweet and warm: BBC2's The Newsreader reviewed

30 July 2022 9:00 am

When TV makes shows about TV, it rarely has a good word to say for itself. In the likes of…

Why we should all be dropping acid

23 July 2022 9:00 am

Many years ago a man on the end of my cigarette stole my soul. Mr Migarette (for such was his…

Who are these pathologically liberal rozzers? Channel 4's Night Coppers reviewed

16 July 2022 9:00 am

Grizzled police officers of the old school should probably avoid Channel 4’s Night Coppers for reasons of blood pressure. Like…

A thrilling, pacy, well-acted drama: Amazon Prime's The Terminal List reviewed

9 July 2022 9:00 am

‘The Terminal List is… a dated and drably made eight-part military thriller that offers little intrigue or excitement,’ says the…

A very classy thriller indeed: C4's The Undeclared War reviewed

2 July 2022 9:00 am

The Undeclared War has many of the traditional signifiers of a classy thriller: the assiduous letter-by-letter captioning of every location;…

The sad decline of my one-time favourites

25 June 2022 9:00 am

I don’t think it’s my imagination: it really is getting harder and harder to find anything worth watching on TV.…

A masterclass in evenhandedness: James Graham’s Sherwood reviewed

18 June 2022 9:00 am

James Graham has made his considerable name writing political-based dramas of a highly unusual type: non-polemical ones. And this certainly…

Ricky Gervais is an achingly conventional Millennial posing as a naughty maverick

11 June 2022 9:00 am

Just how edgy and dangerous is Ricky Gervais? There is no one more edgy and dangerous, we learn from no…

On the brink of delivering something special: Sky's The Midwich Cuckoos reviewed

4 June 2022 9:00 am

A youngish couple leave London and drive off excitedly to make a fresh start in more rural surroundings. They demonstrate…