I’m not convinced Thomas Heatherwick is the best person to be discussing boring buildings

28 October 2023 9:00 am

Architects are often snobby about – and no doubt jealous of – the designer Thomas Heatherwick, who isn’t an actual…

A Radio 3 doc that contains some of the best insults I’ve ever heard

28 October 2023 9:00 am

A recent Sunday Feature on Radio 3 contained some of the best insults I have ever heard. Contributors to the…

Enthralling: BBC4’s Colosseum reviewed

26 August 2023 9:00 am

In the year 2023, the Neo-Roman Empire was at the height of its powers. A potentially restive populace was kept…

My run-in with Nigel Farage

5 August 2023 9:00 am

To think I once thought cricket dull. For more than 40 days and 40 nights, I have been gripped by…

University Challenge deserves Amol Rajan

29 July 2023 9:00 am

I wish I could say that Bamber Gascoigne would be turning in his grave at what has happened to University…

Portrait of the week

22 July 2023 9:00 am

Home Ben Wallace said he would cease to be the Defence Secretary at the next cabinet reshuffle and would not…

The BBC’s biggest problem

22 July 2023 9:00 am

As I write this, the director-general of the BBC is being quizzed on the corporation’s future by people who were…

The Spectator's Notes

15 July 2023 9:00 am

The BBC is self-destructing

15 July 2023 9:00 am

There are still 27 people left in the British Isles – at the time of writing – who are unaware…

Portrait of the week

15 July 2023 9:00 am

The changing face of the BBC Proms

15 July 2023 9:00 am

The changing face of the BBC Proms

The problem with podcasts

15 July 2023 9:00 am

Can anything serious come from podcasts, asks Sam Kriss

Time to take your meds, Kanye

1 July 2023 9:00 am

No one does agonising quite like Mobeen Azhar. In several BBC documentaries now, he’s set his face to pensive, gone…

‘Netflix are incredibly conservative’: documentary-maker Nick Broomfield interviewed

20 May 2023 9:00 am

Adam Sweeting talks to the documentary-maker Nick Broomfield about the forgotten Rolling Stone

Prayer for the Day is the best thing to wake up to

13 May 2023 9:00 am

As the owner of a radio alarm clock, I could theoretically start listening to the Today programme before I’m even…

The Guardian’s shameful double standards

30 April 2023 5:01 am

The Guardian thinks of itself as Britain’s fearless liberal conscience, trigger-sensitive to racist ‘dog whistles’ in the language and editorial…

Elon Musk is right about BBC funding

11 April 2023 1:53 am

The BBC has today been using its various news platforms to protest against being described as ‘government funded’ by Twitter.…

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…

Has a Conservative government got any power at all?

22 October 2022 9:00 am

In the House of Commons on Monday, someone accused Liz Truss’s government of being ‘in office but not in power’.…

Liz Truss apologises for the chaos. What next?

18 October 2022 8:29 am

Finally, we hear from the Prime Minister. Liz Truss has given an interview to the BBC’s political editor Chris Mason.…

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 genius of More or Less

8 October 2022 9:00 am

In a week of slim audio pickings, I spent time reacquainting myself with some of the BBC classics and can…