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The Sunday Feature is one of the most consistently interesting things on Radio 3

9 October 2021 9:00 am

The story is likely apocryphal — and so disgraceful I almost hesitate to tell it — but it goes like…

The true enemy of political interviews

9 October 2021 9:00 am

The rhythm of the big party conference leader interviews is a strange one. First come days of slow, repetitive, detailed…

In blockbuster Britain, the BBC is being left behind

2 October 2021 9:00 am

There’s a great revival under way in the British TV and film industry, but it’s not the BBC that’s behind…

The BBC is being left behind in blockbuster Britain

29 September 2021 11:00 pm

There’s a great revival under way inthe British TV and film industry,but it’s not the BBC that’s behind it.Netflix is…

Is the life of Jimmy Savile a suitable subject for drama?

11 September 2021 9:00 am

Translating the story of Jimmy Savile to stage or screen is a creative minefield, says Jonathan Maitland, who knows from first-hand experience

The central performances are tremendous: Glyndebourne's Luisa Miller, reviewed

28 August 2021 9:00 am

Opera buffs enjoy their jargon. We all do it, scattering words like ‘spinto’ and ‘Fach’ like an enthusiastic pizza waiter…

Contains moments of spellbinding banality: Radio 4's The Poet Laureate has Gone to his Shed reviewed

21 August 2021 9:00 am

The interview podcast is a genre immoderately drawn to gimmicks, as the logical space of possible formats is gradually exhausted.…

Revealed: the BBC guide for covering climate change

10 August 2021 7:48 am

Climate change is once again dominating the news agenda. A report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that even if…

Switch over to Eurosport: BBC's Olympic coverage reviewed

7 August 2021 9:00 am

I’ve not been allowed anywhere near the TV remote control this week because of some kind of infernal sporting event…

Chris Packham’s suggestions to save the world

7 August 2021 9:00 am

On Monday 2 August, the BBC Today programme offered its ‘Countdown to COP26’. For the rest of the month, Amol…

Modern soap operas have lost the plot

31 July 2021 9:00 am

Modern soap operas have lost the plot

Why the BBC believed Martin Bashir

19 June 2021 9:00 am

If it is true, as Lords Hall and Birt told a Commons committee this week, that Martin Bashir succeeded in…

A breath of fresh airwaves

19 June 2021 9:00 am

A couple of decades back the Radio Society asked me to moderate a debate for its summer festival. ‘Between who?’…

How the BBC can save itself

23 May 2021 10:21 pm

All those esteemed generals of hindsight screeching ‘more governance’ as the cure to BBC’s cover-up of the Martin Bashir’s dishonesty…

Insane and fascinating: BBC World Service's Lazarus Heist reviewed

22 May 2021 9:00 am

The narrative podcast remains a form in search of a genre. The template set by the hit show Serial —…

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…

Who is more upset about Labour's results: Starmer or the BBC?

9 May 2021 6:00 pm

It’s not just the Labour Party which is institutionally incapable of understanding why the Conservative Party kicked the hell out…

We Lumas have the weight of the world on our shoulders

8 May 2021 9:00 am

In the introduction to an anthology of his jazz record reviews, the poet Philip Larkin imagines his readers. They’re not…

Seldom less than gripping: Banged Up podcast reviewed

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Prison-based podcast Banged Up, now in its second series, is far more uplifting — and less soapy — than its…

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 —…

Why I don’t regret leaving the BBC

24 April 2021 9:00 am

I have just had my second jab and it poses a dilemma. As an assiduous Covid rule-taker, I have been…

The strangeness of Britain’s BLM mania

24 April 2021 9:00 am

The conviction of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd makes last summer’s Black Lives Matter mania in British…

Simon McCoy's warning shot to the Beeb

12 April 2021 3:55 pm

It was just a fortnight ago that the BBC’s grumpiest new presenter Simon McCoy announced he was off to join…

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…

Faux fury against the race report is unsurprising

5 April 2021 4:01 pm

Back in the 1960s, my brother, Asim, and I were smitten by the magical Manchester United trio of Law, Best…