Netflix

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…

The troubling history of Mormonism

3 April 2021 9:00 am

Are Mormons prepared to ignore their troubled history?

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…

Our love affair with the Anglo-Saxons

20 February 2021 9:00 am

Dan Hitchens on our love affair with the Anglo-Saxons

This is cinema as car ad, says Geoff Dyer: News of the World reviewed

13 February 2021 9:00 am

It’s a premise with plenty of previous. Children whose parents were murdered by Indians on the frontier of the American…

How chess got cool

13 February 2021 9:00 am

How chess got cool

Remarkably moving: The Dig reviewed

30 January 2021 9:00 am

Just before the outbreak of the second world war a discovery was made in a riverside field at Sutton Hoo…

The truth about the vaccine ‘postcode lottery’

23 January 2021 9:00 am

‘Postcode lottery!’ people scream when one area feels less well treated than another in a public service — in this…

So good I watched it twice: Netflix's The White Tiger reviewed

23 January 2021 9:00 am

The White Tiger is adapted from the Booker-prize winning novel (2008) by Aravind Adiga. It is directed by Ramin Bahrani…

Superb but depraved: BBC1’s The Serpent reviewed

9 January 2021 9:00 am

The Serpent is the best BBC drama series in ages — god knows how it slipped through the net —…

The rise and fall of Netflix

28 December 2020 7:00 pm

In 2010, Jeff Bewkes, then CEO of Time Warner, was asked if he thought Netflix had any chance of taking…

Netflix's Barbarians taught me those Romans had it coming

12 December 2020 9:00 am

Of all the times and places to have been on the wrong side of history, I can’t imagine many worse…

Sets appeal: the distracting beauty of TV backdrops

28 November 2020 9:00 am

The distracting beauty of TV backdrops

Like a never-ending episode of The Jerry Springer Show: Hillbilly Elegy reviewed

21 November 2020 9:00 am

Hillbilly Elegy is an adaptation of the best-selling memoir, published in 2016, by J.D. Vance and it’s quite a story.…

The journalists who scripted the golden age of Hollywood

14 November 2020 9:00 am

Tanya Gold on the journalists who scripted the golden age of Hollywood

Did any of this actually happen? The Crown, season four, reviewed

14 November 2020 9:00 am

‘We have to stop it now!’ says Princess Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter), smoking another cigarette, obviously. She’s talking about the…

In defence of Emily in Paris

7 November 2020 9:00 am

A frothy new drama called Emily in Paris arrived on Netflix last month. Starring Lily Collins — daughter of Phil…

One zinger after another – but it’ll leave you cold: Trial of the Chicago 7 reviewed

3 October 2020 9:00 am

Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 — don’t worry, you haven’t missed six earlier films — is a…

This is what cinema is for: Netflix’s Cuties reviewed

19 September 2020 9:00 am

Cuties is the subject of a moral panic and a hashtag #CancelNetflix. It tells the story of Amy (Fathia Youssouf),…

The only things left worth watching on the BBC are foreign buy-ins like The Last Wave

8 August 2020 9:00 am

Soon, very soon now — even sooner than I imagined, if A Suitable Boy turns out to be as lacklustre…

Why haven’t podcasts cracked the recipe for audio drama?

4 July 2020 9:00 am

In Beeb-dominated Britain, the commercial triumph of podcasting — epitomised by Spotify’s recent £100 million deals with Joe Rogan and…

Messy but absolutely necessary: Da 5 Bloods reviewed

13 June 2020 9:00 am

Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods is about four African-American vets who return to Vietnam to locate the body of their…

Jeffrey Epstein really was a streak of slime

13 June 2020 9:00 am

Did Jeffrey Epstein kill himself or was he murdered — and frankly who cares? Actually, having watched the four-part Netflix…

Netflix’s Caliphate is all too frighteningly plausible

16 May 2020 9:00 am

Sweden is now properly celebrated as the Land that Called Coronavirus Correctly. But in the distant past, those with long…

Joyous and very, very funny: Beastie Boys Story reviewed

16 May 2020 9:00 am

The music of the Beastie Boys was entirely an expression of their personalities, a chance to delightedly splurge out on…