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War of the Worlds is as bad as Doctor Who

23 November 2019 9:00 am

Edwardian England deserved everything it got from those killer Martian invaders. Or so I learned from the BBC’s latest adaptation…

Patronising, clichéd and corny: BBC1’s Gold Digger reviewed

16 November 2019 9:00 am

Some last taboos, it seems, can remain last taboos no matter how frequently they’re confronted. Grief, the menopause, masturbation, mental…

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Hillary Clinton is right to question transgender orthodoxy

13 November 2019 2:56 am

Hillary Clinton’s BBC interview in London is making headlines mainly about Russia, but students of the debate about transgender rights…

God awful: BBC1’s His Dark materials reviewed

9 November 2019 9:00 am

‘Here’s your new Sunday night obsession…’ the BBC announcer purred, overintoned and mini-orgasmed, like she was doing an audition for…

Why I love a bit of death on a Sunday night

9 November 2019 9:00 am

There’s nothing like a nice bit of death on a Sunday evening. Radio 4 originally transmit their obituary programme Last…

BBC wildlife documentaries are just a chance to tell us all off

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Older readers may remember a time when landmark BBC wildlife documentary series were joyous celebrations of the miraculous fecundity of…

Ronald Blythe took us back to an age when a tenant could be turfed out of a tied house simply for being 'rude'

Can giving voice to the horrors of the past re-traumatise?

26 October 2019 9:00 am

It is 50 years since Ronald Blythe published Akenfield, his melancholy portrait of a Suffolk village on the cusp of…

How the BBC can achieve real diversity

12 October 2019 9:00 am

Exciting news from the BBC, where every employee has just received a flyer from the Director-General, Lord Hall, informing them…

The BBC’s Brexit coverage is a disgrace

6 October 2019 6:00 pm

Lord Patten, rejected by voters 27 years ago, is the embodiment of a smug un-elected elite. As former chairman of…

How did BBC’s Late Night Line-Up get its name?

28 September 2019 9:00 am

The title of the television review and discussion programme Late Night Line-Up is a curious one. I’d be interested if…

The BBC’s latest attack on Netflix is galling

16 September 2019 11:32 pm

Lord Hall of Birkenhead is feeling pretty bullish about the quality of the organisation he leads. “We’re not Netflix, we’re…

Why 80 per cent of young people in this Macedonian town have turned to posting ‘fake news’

7 September 2019 9:00 am

It’s such a relief to turn on the radio and hear the voice of Neil MacGregor. That reasoned authority, his…

Desert Island Discs has completely lost the plot

10 August 2019 9:00 am

There’s a cultural problem at the BBC, isn’t there? The Corporation is trying to attract under-35s — the sort who…

How to talk to astronauts

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Television has the pictures but the most spine-tingling moments in the recordings from the Apollo space missions are the bursts…

I admit it: I enjoyed the Women’s World Cup

6 July 2019 9:00 am

I was asked on to the BBC Today programme — my old manor — last week to talk about the…

Kanye wipes the floor with David Letterman

6 July 2019 9:00 am

My plan to cut the BBC out of my life entirely is working well. Apart from the occasional forgivable lapse…

Jonathan Dimbleby is right: we need to rise up and defend the BBC

6 July 2019 9:00 am

There’s been a Dimbleby on air since before I was born but last Friday saw the end of that era…

Nice men make terrible leaders

29 June 2019 9:00 am

The Duke of Marlborough gave a toast last week that brought the house down during a Turning Point dinner for…

Diversity’s valued — unless it’s diversity of opinion

15 June 2019 9:00 am

The BBC has advised its journalists not to use the word ‘terror’ or ‘terrorist’ when some bloke blows himself up…

What would you do if you were a Syrian migrant?

1 June 2019 9:00 am

‘Put yourself in their shoes,’ says Zahra Mackaoui, a British-Lebanese journalist who has been following the stories of refugees from…

Lusty, roistering Suranne Jones as Anne Lister in Gentleman Jack. Image: BBC / Lookout Point / Jay Brooks

Sunday night on the Beeb was an orgy of virtue-signalling and third-rate sport

25 May 2019 9:00 am

After its new costume drama You Go, Girl! (Sundays) about how amazing, empowered and better-than-men women are, especially if they…

Are the ‘village idiots’ right about Brexit?

11 May 2019 9:00 am

The former BBC presenter Gavin Esler has very kindly given us an insight into how BBC people think (had we…

The UN’s extinction warning doesn’t add up

11 May 2019 9:00 am

Anyone watching the BBC’s News at Ten on Monday would have been surprised to learn that economic growth poses a…

Why do we still use the Qwerty keyboard layout and not Dvorak?

4 May 2019 9:00 am

‘Can you fly down this evening?’ she was asked by her boss in the Delhi office of the BBC. ‘Yes,…

Mark Tully, presenter of Something Understood, in New Delhi in 2015. Image: Shivam Saxena/ Hindustan Times/ Getty Images

Why was Something Understood cut?

27 April 2019 9:00 am

It was never given the choicest slot in the schedule, airing first thing on Sunday morning with a repeat at…