Television

The techniques of totalitarianism are still fully in play today

24 July 2021 9:00 am

How to Become a Tyrant(Netflix) is ideal history TV for Generation No Attention Span. Presented in six bite-sized chunks by…

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…

The best thing on TV ever: Rick and Morty, Season 5, reviewed

10 July 2021 9:00 am

I’ve been trying to avoid the house TV room as much as possible recently because it tends to be occupied…

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…

First-rate TV: Clarkson's Farm on Amazon Prime reviewed

26 June 2021 9:00 am

I was at a party the other day when who should accost me but Jeremy Clarkson. There were lots more…

GB News will succeed – even if it fails

26 June 2021 9:00 am

Help! If I’m too kind to GB News, my bosses at LBC will be cross as the channel nicked their…

One of the best Covid dramas so far: BBC2's Together reviewed

19 June 2021 9:00 am

Let me start with a spot of admin: if you’re wondering what The Speccie makes of GB News, it’ll be…

The clichés of Israeli TV are far more bearable than ours

12 June 2021 9:00 am

Tragically it wasn’t my turn to review when Channel 5’s groundbreaking Anne Boleyn came out so you’ll never find out…

Camp am-dram, plus stuff about the patriarchy: Channel 5's Anne Boleyn reviewed

5 June 2021 9:00 am

Fifty-one years ago, in the BBC’s much-acclaimed The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn was portrayed as a brave…

Latest proof that western civilisation is over: Sky Atlantic's Domina reviewed

29 May 2021 9:00 am

I’ve been looking at the reviews so far of Sky’s new Romans series Domina and none seems to have noticed…

Quietly radiates a wholly justified confidence: BBC 1’s The Pact reviewed

22 May 2021 9:00 am

There was certainly no lack of variety among new TV dramas this week, with a standard British thriller up against…

Honest, faithful and fantastically enjoyable: BBC1's The Pursuit of Love reviewed

15 May 2021 9:00 am

I’d been expecting the BBC to make a dreadful hash of The Pursuit of Love, especially when I read that…

A TV doc that is truly brave: BBC1's Ian Wright – Home Truths reviewed

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Ian Wright: Home Truths began with the ex-footballer saying that the home he grew up in was ‘not a happy…

This Is My House has rekindled my love for the BBC

1 May 2021 9:00 am

Here’s a thought that will make you feel old. Or worried. Or both. The poke-fun-at-celebrity-houses series Through the Keyhole —…

A very watchable doc cashing in on Line of Duty: BBC2's Bent Coppers reviewed

24 April 2021 9:00 am

If you’re after an exciting, twisty programme about police corruption that doesn’t also feel a bit like sitting an exam…

Intelligence-insulting schlock: Sky Atlantic's Your Honor reviewed

17 April 2021 9:00 am

I’m really not enjoying Your Honor, the latest vehicle for Bryan Cranston to play a good man driven to the…

It's impossible not to feel snooty watching ITV's Agatha and Poirot

10 April 2021 9:00 am

Agatha and Poirot was one of those programmes that had the annoying effect of making you feel distinctly snooty. ITV’s…

Why I’m glad to see the back of Call My Agent!

3 April 2021 9:00 am

For the past few weeks I have been binge-watching the Netflix series Call My Agent! (or Dix pour cent, as…

Is Jed Mercurio bored with Line of Duty?

27 March 2021 9:00 am

When a drama begins with news of a ‘Chis handler’ receiving ‘intel graded A1 on the matrix’ that causes a…

Apple+'s new series damn near cost me my marriage: Calls reviewed

20 March 2021 9:00 am

Calls is the very antithesis of televisual soma. In fact it’s so jarring and discomfiting and horrible that I think…

Undemandingly enjoyable (just don’t read the episode’s title): McDonald & Dodds review

13 March 2021 9:00 am

Well, this a bit awkward. A fortnight ago, in my last TV column, I confidently asserted that, despite the involvement…

How stupid do the script writers of Sky’s Devils think we are?

6 March 2021 9:00 am

Here’s a worried question I want to plant in your head: when is TV drama going to start depicting the…

Bloodlands is well worth watching – just don't expect Line of Duty

27 February 2021 9:00 am

To begin on a cheerful note, it’s certainly been a good week for fans of slow-burn British crime dramas with…

Impossibly exciting: Sky Atlantic's ZeroZeroZero reviewed

20 February 2021 9:00 am

ZeroZeroZero is the impossibly exciting new drugs series from Roberto Saviano — the author who gave us perhaps my all-time…

Incoherent and conspiracy-fuelled: Adam Curtis’s Can’t Get You Out of My Head reviewed

13 February 2021 9:00 am

‘History,’ wrote Edward Gibbon, ‘is, indeed, little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind.’ In…