How a TikTok dance craze turned into a brainwashing cult

8 June 2024 9:00 am

Because you don’t – I hope – use TikTok you will never have heard of the Wilking sisters. But back…

Sordid, ugly and threadbare: Jimmy Carr – Natural Born Killer reviewed

27 April 2024 9:00 am

Here’s an offensive joke: ‘Jimmy Carr gets paid to do a Netflix special.’ All right, it’s not original – I…

Grey, gloomy, and utterly joyless: Ripley reviewed

13 April 2024 9:00 am

If you’ve spent any time gawping at Netflix over the past half-decade or so, you’ll already know that human culture…

Have we all become slaves to algorithms?

27 January 2024 9:00 am

Kyle Chayka sees their constant feeds as flattening our lives, but the spread of Americanisation, which began long before the internet, is the real steamroller

Surprisingly addictive and heartwarming: Netflix’s Beckham reviewed

28 October 2023 9:00 am

If you’re not remotely interested in football or celebrity, I recommend Netflix’s four-part documentary series Beckham. Yes, I know it’s…

Arresting visual spectacle and superb fight scenes: Netflix’s One Piece reviewed

30 September 2023 9:00 am

What would you say is the most successful comic-book series in history? If you’re thinking Tintin you’re not even close.…

Why I’m addicted to Australian MasterChef

16 September 2023 9:00 am

Why is Australian MasterChef so much better than the English version? You’d think, with a population less than a third…

How to shock a Satanist

26 August 2023 9:00 am

I wish I could be like actors and pretend to be bored by press junkets, but the truth is I…

Bags of charm and a gripping plot: Netflix’s The Chosen One reviewed

19 August 2023 9:00 am

Some years ago, Mark Millar (the creator of Kick-Ass, Kingsman, etc.) hit on yet another brilliant conceit for one of…

Rewriting history

22 July 2023 9:00 am

If you don’t subscribe to every last detail of the LGBTQ+ agenda, then basically you are a Nazi. This was…

Gratuitously twisty, turny nonsense: Sky Max’s Poker Face reviewed

10 June 2023 9:00 am

Imagine if you had the power always to tell whether or not someone was lying. You’d have it made, wouldn’t…

The Recruit might be the worst show on Netflix

27 December 2022 7:31 pm

The Top Gun series received generous support from the US Navy because it was such an effective recruitment tool. I…

The makers of Fauda have another hit on their hands: Sky Atlantic's Munich Games reviewed

1 October 2022 9:00 am

You’d have to pay me an awful lot more than I get for this column to review Monster: The Jeffrey…

Everyone involved should be in prison: Netflix's Persuasion reviewed

16 July 2022 9:00 am

You may already have read early reviews of Netflix’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion saying it’s ‘the worst adaptation ever’…

Has identity politics had its day?

16 July 2022 9:00 am

Have we reached peak woke? In Hollywood, that seems to be the emerging consensus. Thanks to the box office success…

Kim Kardashian is a better role model than Marilyn Monroe

12 June 2022 5:30 pm

When Kim Kardashian wore Marilyn Monroe’s dress to the Met Gala recently – the shimmering, crystal-studded, second-skin gown in which…

Ricky Gervais is an achingly conventional Millennial posing as a naughty maverick

11 June 2022 9:00 am

Just how edgy and dangerous is Ricky Gervais? There is no one more edgy and dangerous, we learn from no…

The return of the implausibly more-ish Borgen

28 May 2022 9:00 am

Borgen star Sidse Babett Knudsen talks to Jasper Rees about why, after a break of ten years, the implausibly more-ish series is returning for a fourth season

Will anyone watch a Harry and Meghan Netflix docuseries?

20 May 2022 10:13 pm

Picture the convivial scene. You have been invited into the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s palatial £11 million mansion in…

If you're tired of Netflix's agendas, turn to BritBox's new Agatha Christie

30 April 2022 9:00 am

Netflix’s share price has collapsed and a major factor, people are saying, is its relentless pushing of agendas. I think…

The one thing Netflix could do to keep me subscribing

30 April 2022 9:00 am

Anecdotes and statistics should never be confused, but let’s do just that to build a composite picture of today’s UK…

How did he even fool the Duke of Edinburgh? Netflix’s Jimmy Savile – A British Horror Story reviewed

16 April 2022 9:00 am

The only impersonation I can do is my Jimmy Savile impersonation. This is not uncommon among people of my generation:…

Enthralling and unusual – even if you don't care about Kanye: Netflix's Jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy reviewed

5 March 2022 9:00 am

The most disappointing pop performance I’ve ever seen – and in the course of my 15-odd years as a music…