TV

The nightmare of making films about poets

21 May 2022 9:00 am

Craig Raine on the challenges of translating poets’ lives and work to the screen

A gentle soap opera with nudity and book chat: Conversations with Friends reviewed

21 May 2022 9:00 am

It’s official: television has a new genre. Its features include leisurely half-hour episodes, plenty of literary chat, several scenes set…

The best TV spy drama since Smiley’s People: Apple TV+'s Slow Horses reviewed

14 May 2022 9:00 am

How thriller writers must miss the Cold War! Early John le Carré and Len Deighton had it easy when trying…

Lacks the bite and bracing malevolence of Call My Agent!: Amazon's Ten Percent reviewed

7 May 2022 9:00 am

In theory, it should be a perfect match. John Morton – the man behind the brilliantly assured sitcom W1A which…

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 chief characteristic so far has been nervousness: Chivalry reviewed

23 April 2022 9:00 am

Chivalry – written by and starring Sarah Solemani and Steve Coogan – is a comedy drama about post-#MeToo Hollywood life.…

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:…

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…

Unhurried and accomplished whodunit: ITV's Holding reviewed

19 March 2022 9:00 am

A couple of years ago, I happened to read Graham Norton’s third novel Home Stretch. Rather patronisingly, perhaps, I was…

What’ll happen next – or what’s happened so far – is anybody’s guess: The Ipcress File reviewed

12 March 2022 9:00 am

ITV’s new version of The Ipcress File began with a close-up of a pair of black-rimmed glasses just like those…

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…

Amusing and entertaining – though not very taxing: Amazon Prime's Reacher reviewed

19 February 2022 9:00 am

Jack Reacher is back on the screen and aficionados of the hugely successful Lee Child airport thrillers in which he…

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’.…

Horrifying but gripping: Netflix's The Puppet Master: Hunting the Ultimate Conman reviewed

5 February 2022 9:00 am

It’s 1993 and you’re studying at a top agricultural college with a bright future ahead of you, perhaps in farming…

A dog’s breakfast but I’m rather enjoying it: Sky Atlantic's Yellowjackets reviewed

22 January 2022 9:00 am

It has taken me a while to watch Yellowjacketsbecause I found the premise so offputting: in 1996 a plane carrying…

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…

If you watch one thing this Christmas, make it The Witcher

23 December 2021 9:00 pm

If you only watch one thing on TV this Christmas, make it The Witcher(Netflix). It’s by turns funny, exciting, scary,…

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.…

Even worse than the book: Amazon Prime's The Wheel of Time reviewed

11 December 2021 9:00 am

A couple of years ago, in that near-forgotten era when we could travel almost freely, I canvassed social media as…

More mesmerising than it should be – Disney+'s The Beatles: Get Back reviewed

4 December 2021 9:00 am

My late friend Alexander Nekrassov loathed the Beatles, which I used to think was a wantonly contrary position akin to…

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…

Some jolly TV artifice and a rare moment of authenticity: C4’s Miriam and Alan – Lost in Scotland reviewed

20 November 2021 9:00 am

Thanks to Covid, the days are gone — or at least suspended — when a TV travel programme meant a…

A blisteringly bonkers first episode: Doctor Who – Flux reviewed

6 November 2021 9:00 am

BBC1 continuity excitedly introduced the first in the new series of Doctor Who as ‘bigger and better than ever’ —…

Exquisite to look at, strangely tense and wholly riveting: Netflix's Passing reviewed

30 October 2021 9:00 am

Passing is Rebecca Hall’s adaptation of the Nella Larsen novella (1929) about two biracial women, one of whom chooses to…