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Modern soap operas have lost the plot

31 July 2021 9:00 am

Modern soap operas have lost the plot

Why the BBC believed Martin Bashir

19 June 2021 9:00 am

If it is true, as Lords Hall and Birt told a Commons committee this week, that Martin Bashir succeeded in…

A breath of fresh airwaves

19 June 2021 9:00 am

A couple of decades back the Radio Society asked me to moderate a debate for its summer festival. ‘Between who?’…

How the BBC can save itself

23 May 2021 10:21 pm

All those esteemed generals of hindsight screeching ‘more governance’ as the cure to BBC’s cover-up of the Martin Bashir’s dishonesty…

Insane and fascinating: BBC World Service's Lazarus Heist reviewed

22 May 2021 9:00 am

The narrative podcast remains a form in search of a genre. The template set by the hit show Serial —…

Honest, faithful and fantastically enjoyable: BBC1's The Pursuit of Love reviewed

15 May 2021 9:00 am

I’d been expecting the BBC to make a dreadful hash of The Pursuit of Love, especially when I read that…

Who is more upset about Labour's results: Starmer or the BBC?

9 May 2021 6:00 pm

It’s not just the Labour Party which is institutionally incapable of understanding why the Conservative Party kicked the hell out…

We Lumas have the weight of the world on our shoulders

8 May 2021 9:00 am

In the introduction to an anthology of his jazz record reviews, the poet Philip Larkin imagines his readers. They’re not…

Seldom less than gripping: Banged Up podcast reviewed

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Prison-based podcast Banged Up, now in its second series, is far more uplifting — and less soapy — than its…

This Is My House has rekindled my love for the BBC

1 May 2021 9:00 am

Here’s a thought that will make you feel old. Or worried. Or both. The poke-fun-at-celebrity-houses series Through the Keyhole —…

Why I don’t regret leaving the BBC

24 April 2021 9:00 am

I have just had my second jab and it poses a dilemma. As an assiduous Covid rule-taker, I have been…

The strangeness of Britain’s BLM mania

24 April 2021 9:00 am

The conviction of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd makes last summer’s Black Lives Matter mania in British…

Simon McCoy's warning shot to the Beeb

12 April 2021 3:55 pm

It was just a fortnight ago that the BBC’s grumpiest new presenter Simon McCoy announced he was off to join…

It's impossible not to feel snooty watching ITV's Agatha and Poirot

10 April 2021 9:00 am

Agatha and Poirot was one of those programmes that had the annoying effect of making you feel distinctly snooty. ITV’s…

Faux fury against the race report is unsurprising

5 April 2021 4:01 pm

Back in the 1960s, my brother, Asim, and I were smitten by the magical Manchester United trio of Law, Best…

Why Gen-Z is turning its back on the BBC

27 March 2021 6:00 pm

Do 16-34 year olds still watch terrestrial TV? More importantly, will they still be watching in a year’s time when…

Why In Our Time remains the best thing on radio

20 March 2021 9:00 am

In Our Time is the best thing on Radio 4, possibly the best thing on the radio full stop. It…

Clive Myrie, the BBC and the trouble with Ofcom

13 March 2021 7:00 pm

Ofcom’s tight grip on current affairs broadcasts has been likened by some observers to a choking collar. Clive Myrie, one of…

Why is going to Oxford being held against me?

13 March 2021 5:45 pm

Should going to Oxford be held against you? In my experience, some employers think it should. A month before the…

Claudia Winkleman’s new Radio 2 show gets off to a brainless start

6 March 2021 9:00 am

Last Saturday on Radio 2 Claudia Winkleman was inaugurated as the host of what was formerly Graham Norton’s mid-morning spot.…

Incoherent and conspiracy-fuelled: Adam Curtis’s Can’t Get You Out of My Head reviewed

13 February 2021 9:00 am

‘History,’ wrote Edward Gibbon, ‘is, indeed, little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind.’ In…

The BBC licence fee hike adds insult to injury

10 February 2021 5:30 pm

In these chill winter days it’s good to know that at least one old lady is warmly wrapped up. The…

Just not cricket: the BBC is failing the Test

6 February 2021 9:00 am

Michael Vaughan might disagree but — putting aside 2005 and all that — was there a more thrilling and satisfying…

Gripping – if you skip the non-stop Yentobbing: Dancing Nation reviewed

6 February 2021 9:00 am

Thank God for the fast-forward button. Sadler’s Wells had planned a tentative return to live performance last month but the…

The truth about the new BBC chairman? He won't make much difference

20 January 2021 12:59 am

The ‘pre-appointment hearings’ system overseen by parliament’s select committees doesn’t exactly set the heart racing; a pale imitation of the…