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Claudia Winkleman’s new Radio 2 show gets off to a brainless start

6 March 2021 9:00 am

Last Saturday on Radio 2 Claudia Winkleman was inaugurated as the host of what was formerly Graham Norton’s mid-morning spot.…

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…

The BBC licence fee hike adds insult to injury

10 February 2021 5:30 pm

In these chill winter days it’s good to know that at least one old lady is warmly wrapped up. The…

Just not cricket: the BBC is failing the Test

6 February 2021 9:00 am

Michael Vaughan might disagree but — putting aside 2005 and all that — was there a more thrilling and satisfying…

Gripping – if you skip the non-stop Yentobbing: Dancing Nation reviewed

6 February 2021 9:00 am

Thank God for the fast-forward button. Sadler’s Wells had planned a tentative return to live performance last month but the…

The truth about the new BBC chairman? He won't make much difference

20 January 2021 12:59 am

The ‘pre-appointment hearings’ system overseen by parliament’s select committees doesn’t exactly set the heart racing; a pale imitation of the…

Sell bitcoin, buy Tesla

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Which is madder, bitcoin at $41,500 — oops, make that $31,000 on Monday — or Tesla shares at $880 apiece?…

Englishness vs California dreaming: Meghan and Harry's Archewell Audio reviewed

16 January 2021 9:00 am

On Archewell Audio, Harry and Meghan’s new podcast, ‘love wins’, ‘change really is possible’, and ‘the courage and the creativity…

The comment that baffled Boris

9 January 2021 9:00 am

Real men are not supposed to confess to feeling fear. But I am frightened, second time round, about the plague.…

Richard Sharp will not lead a BBC revolution

8 January 2021 6:00 pm

If you wanted to start a revolution would you choose an Oxford educated multi-millionaire banker to lead it? Not the…

The BBC should be ashamed of its reporting on trans teenagers

23 December 2020 9:30 pm

This is an article about some difficult, complex subjects: suicide, mental health, support for transgender children. It’s also about something…

Nick Robinson could learn a thing or two from Plato

12 December 2020 9:00 am

Today presenter Nick Robinson has been reflecting on the political interview. He contrasts his interviews with scientists about Covid with…

The truth about me and Dominic Cummings

21 November 2020 9:00 am

It is such a relief that Dominic Cummings has gone. Not for the sake of the country or the government…

Who's laughing now? Cancel culture is killing comedy

17 November 2020 2:17 am

The BBC and Channel 4 are self-censoring their comedy output because they are so terrified of offending people. So says…

The Beeb could turn this script into TV gold: Howerd's End reviewed

7 November 2020 9:00 am

It’s touch and go whether the theatre will survive this latest assault. Some venues have pushed back their entire programme…

Is The Undoing properly great or just a run-of-mill thriller with a brilliant casting director?

7 November 2020 9:00 am

There must be some people somewhere who vaguely know their own spouses — but if so, they don’t tend to…

Did Panorama use tabloid methods to lure Diana?

31 October 2020 9:00 am

As time passes, there is — blessedly — ever less need to pay attention to ‘untold’ stories about Diana, Princess…

Spare us David Hare

24 October 2020 9:00 am

Having not watched television for nine months and already growing bored of the 1,000-piece jigsaw of General Alfredo Stroessner (part…

A beautiful radio adaptation: Radio 4’s The Housing Lark reviewed

17 October 2020 9:00 am

Nineteen fifty-six: the Suez crisis, the first Tesco, Jim Laker takes 19 wickets in a match. But also: Trinidadian pianist…

Who’s missing from that list of Great Black Britons

10 October 2020 9:00 am

There are two striking things about the new book, 100 Great Black Britons, which was compiled to celebrate the achievements…

Letters: The sorry state of BBC sport

10 October 2020 9:00 am

Misplaced Trust Sir: Charles Moore is as ever bang on target (The Spectator’s Notes, 26 September). National Trust members have…

BBC sports coverage is becoming unwatchable

3 October 2020 9:00 am

BBC sports coverage is becoming unwatchable

Impartiality and the battle for broadcast

28 September 2020 4:08 pm

Two big kites were launched by the Sunday Times that could, should they fly, redraw the broadcasting landscape. ‘BBC critics…

Charles Moore on BBC reform

28 September 2020 1:00 am

Former editor of The Spectator and Daily Telegraph Charles Moore is tipped to become chairman of the BBC. Despite being…

Paul Dacre and Boris Johnson: 'the Boston strangler' and the 'alley cat'

27 September 2020 7:28 am

Paul Dacre, the former editor of the Daily Mail, has reportedly been asked by the Prime Minister to chair the…