Rushdie on how the best magical realism transcends fantasy

22 June 2024 9:00 am

Ask the man in the street to quote a line from one of Salman Rushdie’s novels, and he might struggle.…

A helpful suggestion for Taylor Swift’s boyfriends

27 April 2024 9:00 am

Sir Mark Rowley should not resign. We must try to break our habit of getting rid of each Metropolitan Police…

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’.…