James Walton

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…

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.…

An impeccably rule-observing programme from the BBC: Art That Made Us reviewed

9 April 2022 9:00 am

Art That Made Us is an ambitious new series, firmly in the ‘history of something in a load of different…

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…

For all its absurdity, it delivers the goods: BBC2's Louis Theroux’s Forbidden America reviewed

26 February 2022 9:00 am

In the latest episode of Louis Theroux’s Forbidden America, Louis asked a rapper called Broke Baby if ‘it’s important to…

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’.…

Shades of Tony Soprano: BBC1's The Responder reviewed

29 January 2022 9:00 am

Older readers may remember a time when people signalled their cultural superiority with the weird boast that they didn’t watch…

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…

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.…

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…

Satire misfires: Our Country Friends, by Gary Shteyngart, reviewed

20 November 2021 9:00 am

It is, as you’ve possibly noticed, a tricky time for old-school American liberals, now caught between increasingly extreme versions of…

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’ —…

A highly polished exercise in treading water: Season 3 of Succession reviewed

23 October 2021 9:00 am

At one point in an early Simpsons, Homer comes across an old issue of TV Guide, and finds the listing…

Blair & Brown: The New Labour Revolution should be called ‘The Tragedy of Gordon Brown'

9 October 2021 9:00 am

Murder Island features eight real-life ‘ordinary people’ seeking to solve a fictional killing on a fictional Scottish island. What follows…

A compelling mess: No Time to Die reviewed

2 October 2021 9:00 am

These days, James Bond can no longer just be the main character in the Bond films. He’s also had to…

No Time to Die is a compelling mess

29 September 2021 7:15 pm

Times being what they are, James Bond can no longer just be the main character in the Bond films. He’s…

Somewhere between eye-opening and jaw-dropping: Sky's Hawking – Can You Hear Me? reviewed

25 September 2021 9:00 am

It is, of course, not unknown for a man to become famous with the support of his family — and,…

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…

A total mess: BBC2's The Watch reviewed

14 August 2021 9:00 am

Last Sunday on Channel 4, a man called Eric Nicoli proudly remembered ‘the bravest thing I’ve ever done’. In November…

When did Sunday night TV become so grim? Baptiste reviewed

31 July 2021 9:00 am

There was, you may remember, a time when Sunday night television was rather a jolly affair: gently plotted and full…

Looks lovely if nothing else: Craig and Bruno's Great British Road Trips reviewed

17 July 2021 9:00 am

To its huge credit, ITV has managed to find perhaps the last two television celebrities who’ve never before been filmed…

Thoughtful and impeccable: Ken Burns's Hemingway reviewed

3 July 2021 9:00 am

Ken Burns made his name in 1990 with The Civil War, the justly celebrated 11-and-a-half-hour documentary series that gave America’s…

Return to LA Confidential: Widespread Panic, by James Ellroy, reviewed

3 July 2021 9:00 am

Even by James Ellroy’s standards, the narrator of his latest novel is not a man much given to the quiet…