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BBC1’s new Rebus is the kind of TV detective they just don’t make any more

25 May 2024 9:00 am

Imagine a new series of Morse in which the real-ale-quaffing, jag-driving opera buff is turned into a speed-snorting mod on…

Dramatic, urgent and intriguing: BBC1’s This Town reviewed

6 April 2024 9:00 am

After conquering the world with Peaky Blinders (and before that by co-creating Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?), Steven Knight…

Riveting and heart-wrenching: BBC1’s Time reviewed

4 November 2023 9:00 am

‘Only with women’ is a phrase used by more cynical TV types for a show that takes something that’s been…

I watched it so that you didn’t have to: ITV2’s Big Brother reviewed

14 October 2023 9:00 am

Big Brother is Nineteen Eighty-Four rewritten by Aldous Huxley. The detail that George Orwell got wrong is that far from…

One of the best (if not the jolliest) TV dramas of 2023: BBC1’s Best Interests reviewed

17 June 2023 9:00 am

In the opening minutes of Best Interests (Monday and Tuesday), an estranged middle-aged couple made their separate ways to court,…

Well-meaning thriller with moments of implausibility: BBC1's Crossfire reviewed

24 September 2022 9:00 am

Crossfire was a three-part drama in more ways than one. Running every night from Tuesday to Thursday, it brought together…

The political cunning of Elizabeth II: BBC1's The Longest Reign – The Queen and Her People reviewed

17 September 2022 9:00 am

In all the tributes to Her late Majesty’s constancy, dignity, wisdom and devotion to duty, not enough has been said…

Are bankers really as bad as they're portrayed on screen?

3 September 2022 9:00 am

Is the onscreen portrayal of investment bankers as monsters true to life? Martin Vander Weyer talks to the writers of Industry

A masterclass in evenhandedness: James Graham’s Sherwood reviewed

18 June 2022 9:00 am

James Graham has made his considerable name writing political-based dramas of a highly unusual type: non-polemical ones. And this certainly…

The medical equivalent of The Responder: BBC1's This is Going to Hurt reviewed

12 February 2022 9:00 am

According to the makers, This is Going to Hurt is intended as ‘a love letter to the national health service’.…

Shades of Tony Soprano: BBC1's The Responder reviewed

29 January 2022 9:00 am

Older readers may remember a time when people signalled their cultural superiority with the weird boast that they didn’t watch…

A cut above TV's usual #MeToo fare: BBC1's Rules of the Game reviewed

15 January 2022 9:00 am

As you may have noticed, it’s something of a golden age for TV shows about how invisible middle-aged women are…

Tells us more about today than the early 1960s: BBC1's A Very British Scandal reviewed

18 December 2021 9:00 am

For people who like a good upper-class scandal (or ‘people’, as they’re also known), 1963 was definitely a vintage year.…

Amateurish and implausible: BBC1's Vigil reviewed

18 September 2021 9:00 am

Tense, claustrophobic, gripping, thrilling, realistic: just some of the adjectives no one is using to describe BBC1’s Sunday night submarine…

When did Sunday night TV become so grim? Baptiste reviewed

31 July 2021 9:00 am

There was, you may remember, a time when Sunday night television was rather a jolly affair: gently plotted and full…

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…

A TV doc that is truly brave: BBC1's Ian Wright – Home Truths reviewed

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Ian Wright: Home Truths began with the ex-footballer saying that the home he grew up in was ‘not a happy…

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 —…

Watch Mark Kermode find 1950s political attitudes in 1950s films

16 January 2021 9:00 am

The new series of Mark Kermode’s Secrets of Cinema began with an episode on British comedy films. As ever, Kermode…

Superb but depraved: BBC1’s The Serpent reviewed

9 January 2021 9:00 am

The Serpent is the best BBC drama series in ages — god knows how it slipped through the net —…

A romcom with very little com: BBC1’s Black Narcissus reviewed

19 December 2020 9:00 am

In Black Narcissus, based on the novel by Rumer Godden, five nuns set off for a remote Himalayan palace in…

What's an art form that feels unpopular and pointless, but isn't? Video art

12 December 2020 9:00 am

How did the universe begin? Did the great god Bumba vomit us up, as the Kuba believe? Or did we…

Enough plotlines to power several seasons of The West Wing: BBC1's Roadkill reviewed

24 October 2020 9:00 am

Like many a political thriller before it, BBC1’s Roadkill began with a politician emerging into the daylight to face a…

How on earth did Harold Pinter and Danny Dyer become such good friends?

26 September 2020 9:00 am

Collectors of TV titles that sound as if they were thought of by Alan Partridge will presumably have spotted Danny…

Sumptuous and very promising: A Suitable Boy reviewed

1 August 2020 9:00 am

Nobody could argue that Andrew Davies isn’t up for a challenge. He’d also surely be a shoo-in for Monty Python’s…