Television

Tom Holland’s diary: Fighting jihadism with Mohammed, and bowling the Crown Prince of Udaipur

24 January 2015 9:00 am

As weather bombs brew in the north Atlantic, I’m roughing it by heading off to Rajasthan, and the literary festival…

Dear Mary solves problems for Jim Broadbent, N.M. Gwynne, Jesse Norman and others

13 December 2014 9:00 am

Once again Mary has invited some of her favourite figures in the public eye to submit personal queries for her…

The perils of being a posh boy on the telly

6 December 2014 9:00 am

There’s nothing like getting your face on the telly to turn you into a narcissist overnight

Jeremy Paxman’s diary: Why must Songs of Praise chase advertiser-friendly viewers?

29 November 2014 9:00 am

The most unfashionable show on television, Songs of Praise, has had a makeover. The BBC had apparently discovered that the…

Pity I’m a Celebrity’s token old guys

22 November 2014 9:00 am

I had thought that my days of being approached by reality show producers hoping to put together a cast of…

Does Joey Essex know what ‘reem’ actually means?

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Joey Essex is a celebrity who appeared in the ‘scripted reality’ programme The Only Way is Essex, named not after…

You shouldn’t watch Dapper Laughs. But you really shouldn’t let the likes of me stop you

15 November 2014 9:00 am

As you’ll know by now, I’m big on thinking the right things. Should a thought strike me that m’colleague Rod…

I nearly missed out on The Walking Dead. You shouldn’t

18 October 2014 9:00 am

I’m ashamed to say it took me a while to watch an episode of The Walking Dead, the fifth season…

We're great and baboons are losers: this week's lesson from Brian Cox

11 October 2014 9:00 am

Anybody feeling a bit depressed about the shortcomings of humanity could do worse than watch Brian Cox’s new series Human…

Paul Merton’s is the most boastful autobiography in years

27 September 2014 8:00 am

Has there ever been a nun or a priest who wasn’t a bent sadist? Because here we go again. At…

The ‘no’ campaign’s problem was that it sounded like me

20 September 2014 9:00 am

Journalistically speaking, it’s been a good year to be Scottish and Jewish. Had I been a Welsh Zoroastrian, say, I…

Frankie Boyle is a cowardly bully, and I’m ashamed I ever stood up for him

30 August 2014 9:00 am

‘Outspoken comic Frankie Boyle has called on the BBC to sack “cultural tumour” Jeremy Clarkson.’ Can anyone tell me what’s…

Switching on to a new generation gap

30 August 2014 9:00 am

In the world of YouTube and Netflix, generations no longer share a culture

Carol White in Jeremy Sandford’s BBC play Cathy Come Home. Watched by 12 million, the drama’s hard-hitting depiction of homelessness and unemployment made a huge impact on its shocked audience in 1966

From Anthony Trollope to Meryl Streep: the theatre of politics on stage and screen

31 May 2014 9:00 am

On 1 October 1950 the BBC broadcast a seemingly innocuous little play by Val Gielgud. A light-hearted and critically unremarkable…

Why the BBC will never match Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation

17 May 2014 9:00 am

No modern critic would dare match Kenneth Clark’s fearless way with sweeping statements

Without Paxman, the BBC will have just one interrogator: John Humphrys

10 May 2014 9:00 am

In a double blow for the beleaguered BBC, the corporation has lost three of its most compelling attractions in little…

Six months as a TV critic, and I’ve seen enough corpses to last a lifetime

22 March 2014 9:00 am

It was Shetland that tipped me over the edge. Not the place, but the TV series. Although that’s set in…

Penelope Lively’s diary: My old-age MOT

22 February 2014 9:00 am

My surgery has been calling in all those over 75 for a special session with their doctor — a sort…

Warning: upspeak can wreck your career

15 February 2014 9:00 am

Upspeak can damage your career prospects

Is a new art form being born on Woman's Hour?

25 January 2014 9:00 am

In a comic-strip cartoon, beads of water apparently radiating outward from the head of one of the characters indicate embarrassment.…

Agitprop for toddlers: the oddly strident politics of CBeebies

25 January 2014 9:00 am

The oddly strident politics of CBeebies

Harry Shearer on bringing out Richard Nixon’s feminine side

18 January 2014 9:00 am

Simpsons star Harry Shearer on what it takes to play the president

Anthony Horowitz's notebook: Have our schools lost all faith in culture?

14 December 2013 9:00 am

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, the Master of the Queen’s Music, recently wrote about the almost total ignorance of young people…

Gary Bell is the real rudest man in Britain - and he's on your side

30 November 2013 9:00 am

Gary Bell is the rudest man in Britain. I have known the bastard for years and no one —move over,…

Come to the Spectator office, Gareth Malone, and hear our 'Carmina Burana'

9 November 2013 9:00 am

They’re now televising proceedings from the Court of Appeal. Great. As if I didn’t have enough to do already, keeping…