TV

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…

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…

Nowhere near as miserable as I remember it: The Beatles – Let It Be reviewed

18 May 2024 9:00 am

Beatles lore has long held that the film Let It Be was a depressing portrait of the band falling apart.…

Why did C.J. Sansom approve this moronic Disney+ Shardlake adaptation?

11 May 2024 9:00 am

What would C.J. Sansom have made of the Disney+ version of his novel series about 16th-century crookback lawyer Matthew Shardlake?…

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…

Compelling and somewhat heartbreaking: Girls State, on Apple TV+, reviewed

6 April 2024 9:00 am

Here’s a fun thought experiment: instead of entrusting the future of American democracy to one of two old men, what…

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…

Only goodwill will get you through this reboot: Paramount+’s Frasier reviewed

21 October 2023 9:00 am

Remember the groans of dismay, possibly including your own, which greeted John Cleese’s announcement in February that he was reviving…

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…

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…

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…

‘I disliked him intensely’: Richard Lewis on first meeting Larry David

26 August 2023 9:00 am

Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Richard Lewis talks to Ben Lazarus about addiction, his Parkinson’s diagnosis – and his friendship with Larry David

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…

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…

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…