TV

Foreign language TV is without the political correctness spoiling English drama

28 March 2020 6:55 pm

Every cloud has a silver lining. Never again are you likely to have a better opportunity to catch up with…

Riveting documentary about a remarkable man: Harry Birrell Presents Films of Love and War reviewed

28 March 2020 9:00 am

First shown on BBC Scotland, Harry Birrell Presents Films of Love and War (BBC4, Wednesday) was the documentary equivalent of…

Old-school Sunday-night family viewing: ITV's Belgravia reviewed

21 March 2020 9:00 am

The world may be going to hell in a handcart but some things remain reassuringly unchanged: Julian Fellowes period dramas…

The creators of Breeders are locked into a game of How Far Can You Go

14 March 2020 9:00 am

Sky One’s Breeders (Thursday) bills itself as an ‘honest and uncompromising comedy’ about parenting. To this end, the opening scene…

Too edgy and clever to be wasted on kids: Netflix’s Locke & Key reviewed

7 March 2020 9:00 am

One of my perpetual gnawing terrors is that I’ll recommend a series that looks initially promising but turns out to…

‘I feel compelled to be disgraceful’: Miriam Margolyes interviewed

7 March 2020 9:00 am

Miriam Margolyes chews the fat with Tanya Gold about mother love, anti-Zionism and too much shagging

Some of the best Austen adaptations are the most unfaithful

15 February 2020 9:00 am

You won’t find much Jane Austen in the myriad adaptations of her novels, says Claire Harman

Odd but gripping: BBC1’s The Pale Horse reviewed

15 February 2020 9:00 am

Not much was clear in the opening scenes of The Pale Horse (BBC1, Sunday), which even by current TV standards…

SAS: Who Dares Wins is harsh, gruelling and transgressively countercultural

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

SAS: Who Dares Wins (Channel 4, Sundays) is literally the only programme left on terrestrial TV that I can bear…

Understated, unashamedly patriotic and heartbreaking: The Windermere Children reviewed

1 February 2020 9:00 am

One of the many astonishing things about the BBC2 drama The Windermere Children (Monday) was that the real-life story it…

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…

Undeniably eye-popping: BBC2’s Louis Theroux – Selling Sex reviewed

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Victoria, a single mother in her early thirties, is getting her children ready for school — ensuring an equitable distribution…

Did everyone in punk sell out?

11 January 2020 9:00 am

For many people of a certain age (full disclosure: mine), punk has been a weirdly persistent presence. These days, we…

The only way to survive Christmas TV is to avoid anything seasonal and watch Giri/Haji

21 December 2019 9:00 am

The key to surviving the next couple of weeks of TV is to avoid like the plague anything that smacks…

Why on earth did Glenda Jackson give up acting? BBC1’s Elizabeth is Missing reviewed

14 December 2019 9:00 am

Watching BBC1’s Elizabeth Is Missing made one of the more puzzling decisions of recent decades seem more puzzling still. Entirely…

The only bearable TV series these days are the ones with subtitles, like Der Pass

7 December 2019 9:00 am

True to the Andrew Roberts rule that the only bearable series on TV these days are ones with subtitles, I’ve…

Is the patriarchy as all-powerful as it’s cracked up to be? The Baby Has Landed reviewed

30 November 2019 9:00 am

Anybody who watched the opening episode of The Baby Has Landed (BBC2, Wednesday) might have found themselves wondering if the…

The Queen, and indeed the British public, deserve better than The Crown’s lies

23 November 2019 9:00 am

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge recently met with survivors of national disasters. They were attending the launch of a…

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…

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If we do get a good Anglo-American trade deal, we should thank Trump’s mother

26 October 2019 9:00 am

In an uncharacteristic fit of almost-robustness, Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan has said she is ‘open-minded’ about scrapping the BBC licence…

Should we be playing the surveillance state for laughs? Celebrity Hunted reviewed

19 October 2019 9:00 am

One of the many great things about The Capture was that we could never be sure whether the British authorities’…

Pure, undiluted genius: Succession reviewed

12 October 2019 9:00 am

I have never ever watched a TV series I have enjoyed more than Succession (Now TV). There’s stuff I’d put…

A solid costume drama but Dame Helen has been miscast: Catherine the Great reviewed

5 October 2019 9:00 am

It’s possibly not a great sign of a Britain at ease with itself that the historical character most likely to…

I like Brassic but the reason it’s getting such glowing notices is depressing

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Brassic (Sky One) feels like the sort of TV comedy drama they last made about 15 years ago but would…

Heidi’s changing-colours-and-textures routine never failed to delight

The Octopus in My House left you with an overwhelming sense that octopuses are astonishing

24 August 2019 9:00 am

Professor David Scheel, the presenter of a BBC2 documentary on Thursday, instantly brought to mind that American scientist in The…