TV

A highly polished exercise in treading water: Season 3 of Succession reviewed

23 October 2021 9:00 am

At one point in an early Simpsons, Homer comes across an old issue of TV Guide, and finds the listing…

'You should see some of the other scripts that come through': Robert Carlyle interviewed

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Robert Jackman talks to Robert Carlyle about Begbie, playing a Tory prime minister and the merits of keeping your head down

Granada’s Brideshead Revisited remains the sine qua non of mini-series

16 October 2021 9:00 am

Sumptuous, glorious, luminous, lavish: Granada’s 40-year-old adaptation of Brideshead Revisited remains the sine qua non of mini-series, says Mark McGinness

Lurking beneath the gore are moments of wit and sensitivity: Squid Game reviewed

16 October 2021 9:00 am

Should we be worried that Squid Game is the most popular show in Netflix’s history? If it’s a case of…

Blair & Brown: The New Labour Revolution should be called ‘The Tragedy of Gordon Brown'

9 October 2021 9:00 am

Murder Island features eight real-life ‘ordinary people’ seeking to solve a fictional killing on a fictional Scottish island. What follows…

In defence of Marvel

2 October 2021 9:00 am

A global pandemic is no match for the Marvel multiverse, says Rosie Millard

Somewhere between eye-opening and jaw-dropping: Sky's Hawking – Can You Hear Me? reviewed

25 September 2021 9:00 am

It is, of course, not unknown for a man to become famous with the support of his family — and,…

Why The Sopranos remains the greatest gangster drama of all time

18 September 2021 9:00 am

The Sopranos – the greatest television show in history – far outshines its progenitors, says Tanya Gold

Amateurish and implausible: BBC1's Vigil reviewed

18 September 2021 9:00 am

Tense, claustrophobic, gripping, thrilling, realistic: just some of the adjectives no one is using to describe BBC1’s Sunday night submarine…

Bleak, unashamedly macho and grown-up: BBC2's The North Water reviewed

11 September 2021 9:00 am

‘The world is hell, and men are both the tormented souls and the devils within it.’ This was the cheery…

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

Up there with Succession and Chernobyl: The White Lotus, Sky Atlantic, reviewed

4 September 2021 9:00 am

Every now and then, you see a new series — Succession, say, or Chernobyl or To the Lake — which…

Apocalypse, Seventies-style: BritBox's Survivors reviewed

21 August 2021 9:00 am

When the apocalypse comes, I want it to be scripted by a 1970s screenwriter. That’s my conclusion after watching the…

A total mess: BBC2's The Watch reviewed

14 August 2021 9:00 am

Last Sunday on Channel 4, a man called Eric Nicoli proudly remembered ‘the bravest thing I’ve ever done’. In November…

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…

When family viewing was full of creeping menace

7 August 2021 9:00 am

Strange, really, that the scheduled output of traditional broadcasters became known as ‘terrestrial’ television, given that TV is an etheric…

When did Sunday night TV become so grim? Baptiste reviewed

31 July 2021 9:00 am

There was, you may remember, a time when Sunday night television was rather a jolly affair: gently plotted and full…

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…

This interactive Doctor Who show is as bombastic, fey and tedious as the TV series

26 June 2021 9:00 am

Death of a Black Man is a little-known script from the 1970s written by Alfred Fagon who suffered a fatal…

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…

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?’…