BBC

What I would do if I were in charge of the BBC

26 September 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad I’ve been wrestling all week with indecision, the kind that tests one’s soul, and the uncertainty is killing me.…

Affectionate and unthreatening, just like usual: Last Night of the Proms reviewed

19 September 2020 9:00 am

The Last Night of the Proms came and went, and it was pretty much as anyone might have predicted, if…

Letters: In defence of seagulls

19 September 2020 9:00 am

China’s covered Sir: If Charles Moore had contacted the BBC, rather than conducting a fruitless Google search, we would have…

Our Belarusian blind spot

29 August 2020 9:00 am

I’d always rather liked the Finns, until I came across the conductor Dalia Stasevska. When I asked my mother what…

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…

The BBC’s future is hanging by a thread

29 August 2020 9:00 am

Reading the speech Tony Hall gave to the Edinburgh Television Festival, I was struck by his upbeat, confident tone. The…

My pronouncement on the BBC

15 August 2020 9:00 am

Radio 4 recently ran an adaptation of Albert Camus’s The Plague in which the protagonist, Dr Bernard Rieux, was transformed…

The absurd self-pity of Stuart Broad

15 August 2020 9:00 am

You are, shall we say, a famous commentator, one of a tiny elite in the British media. You are paid…

Is Chris Packham finally facing facts on shooting?

15 August 2020 9:00 am

Chris Packham is widely seen as the most extreme of well-known animal rights activists. His obsessions against hunting and shooting…

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…

From riveting Hitchockian melodrama to bigoted drivel: BBC’s Unprecedented reviewed

8 August 2020 9:00 am

Back to the West End at last. After a four- month lay-off, I grabbed the first available chance to catch…

The real Rupert Murdoch, by Kelvin MacKenzie

1 August 2020 9:00 am

The BBC documentary on Rupert Murdoch is pure one-sided bile, says Kelvin MacKenzie

Young people have never paid attention to the BBC

25 July 2020 9:00 am

In January, the director-general of the BBC, Lord Hall of Birkenhead, announced that the corporation intended to shift away from…

The politics of email sign-offs

25 July 2020 9:00 am

I think Anne Applebaum is a friend of mine. I certainly hope so, since I have always admired her writing,…

The BBC's failure to report gender identity accurately

17 July 2020 8:14 pm

‘Blackpool woman accessed child abuse images in hospital bed’. It’s a good headline, in that it catches your attention. But…

Dysfunctional music for dysfunctional people: The Public Image is Rotten reviewed

4 July 2020 9:00 am

A star is born, but instead of emerging into the world beaming for the cameras, he spits and snarls and…

Why haven’t podcasts cracked the recipe for audio drama?

4 July 2020 9:00 am

In Beeb-dominated Britain, the commercial triumph of podcasting — epitomised by Spotify’s recent £100 million deals with Joe Rogan and…

Who watches the broadcast watchdog?

27 June 2020 9:00 am

At the beginning of April, I became so frustrated by the supine coverage of the government’s response to the coronavirus…

Why is Robert Burton’s masterpiece Anatomy of Melancholy being sold as self-help?

27 June 2020 9:00 am

The BBC has been having a good pandemic. Stuck at home, a generation raised on podcasts and YouTube has discovered…

The festivalisation of TV

27 June 2020 9:00 am

Televising Glastonbury has changed the festival, and in turn transformed television, says Graeme Thomson

The musical event of the year: Wigmore Hall BBC Radio 3 Special Broadcasts reviewed

13 June 2020 9:00 am

Remember when 2020 was going to be Beethoven year? There were going to be cycles and festivals, recordings and reappraisals;…

The real problem with Newsnight

6 June 2020 9:00 am

The Twitter feed of BBC Newsnight editor Esme Wren (remember, I read this stuff so you don’t have to) is…

The ferocious bias against Dominic Cummings

30 May 2020 9:00 am

At Dominic Cummings’s press conference on Monday, reporters tried two lines of attack. One was to behave like local detectives,…

The best Macbeths to watch online

23 May 2020 9:00 am

The world’s greatest playwright ought to be dynamite at the movies. But it’s notoriously hard to turn a profit from…

How Tom Stoppard foretold what we’re living through

9 May 2020 9:00 am

A TV play by Tom Stoppard, A Separate Peace, was broadcast live on Zoom last Saturday. I watched as my…