Subtle, psychologically twisty drama: BBC3’s Bad Behaviour reviewed

9 September 2023 9:00 am

Bad Behaviour is a decidedly solemn new Australian drama series with plenty to be solemn about. It was billed in…

Much of the mysteriousness is inadvertent: ITV’s The Reunion reviewed

12 August 2023 9:00 am

The Reunion opened in 1997 with some young people being carefree: a fact they obligingly signalled by zipping around the…

Too in thrall to today’s dogmas: ITV1’s A Spy Among Friends reviewed

15 July 2023 9:00 am

In 2014, Ben Macintyre presented a BBC2 documentary based on his book A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the…

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…

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

On the brink of delivering something special: Sky's The Midwich Cuckoos reviewed

4 June 2022 9:00 am

A youngish couple leave London and drive off excitedly to make a fresh start in more rural surroundings. They demonstrate…

If you want to avoid intrusive anachronisms on TV, you have to go foreign

2 April 2022 9:00 am

The iron law of TV these days is that if you want to avoid series that are suffocatingly right-on the…

Relentless and shouty: BBC2's Then Barbara met Alan reviewed

26 March 2022 9:00 am

BBC2’s one-off drama Then Barbara Met Alan(Monday) told the true story of how two disabled performers on the cabaret circuit…

Eddie Izzard is so bad I'm hoping he gets dismembered: Sky's The Lost Symbol reviewed

27 November 2021 9:00 am

If it weren’t for this job I sometimes wonder whether I’d even bother watching TV at all. This mood strikes…

'You should see some of the other scripts that come through': Robert Carlyle interviewed

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Robert Jackman talks to Robert Carlyle about Begbie, playing a Tory prime minister and the merits of keeping your head down

Bleak, unashamedly macho and grown-up: BBC2's The North Water reviewed

11 September 2021 9:00 am

‘The world is hell, and men are both the tormented souls and the devils within it.’ This was the cheery…

Switch over to Eurosport: BBC's Olympic coverage reviewed

7 August 2021 9:00 am

I’ve not been allowed anywhere near the TV remote control this week because of some kind of infernal sporting event…

The funniest current affairs show since Brass Eye: Into the Grey Zone reviewed

20 February 2021 9:00 am

It was something a friend said to me about The Revenant, Leonardo diCaprio’s bloody-minded and brutal Oscar vehicle: ‘The problem…

How I fell out of love with the BBC

7 March 2020 9:00 am

One of the many technological things I don’t understand is, how come I’m paying to watch television? I know why…

Netflix's Messiah is a great concept undermined by implausible politics

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

Sky’s latest bingewatch potboiler Cobra can’t quite make up its mind whether it wants to be an arch, knowing House……

Ruthless, uncompromising integrity: Sky's Gomorrah

Why Gomorrah could never have been made by the BBC

2 February 2019 9:00 am

Boy often likes to rebuke me for having impossibly high standards when it comes to TV. ‘Why can’t you just…

The great Sky bundle boondoggle

6 June 2015 9:00 am

Foolishly, I have this wild notion that one day, if the stars align in my favour, I might be able…

118 000 is, I now realise, the number of the beast

7 February 2015 9:00 am

‘Orange 1-1-8 thousand how may I help you?’ said the cheerful voice. Carefree as you like, I asked for the…

I truly loved you, BT Broadband. I should never have reached for Sky

25 January 2014 9:00 am

Don’t do it. Do not, whatever you do, even think about doing it. I was happy not doing it. And…