Doctor Who

Saturday, June 30, 2007 by · Comments Off 

There was a time, back when Doctor Who was on almost all year round, that all its principle cast members, including the eponymous time wizard, would go on vacation for a few episodes. Read more


Saturday, June 16, 2007 by · Comments Off 

A creature of dangerous unpredictability has returned to our screens. A person of hidden debauchery, of masked wantonness, of hitherto unexceptional virtues suddenly and dramatically revealed to possess capacity for unspeakable acts of irresponsibility. Read more

Any Dream Will Do

Saturday, May 26, 2007 by · Comments Off 

You pays your money and you likes it or lumps it. Read more

Peep Show

Friday, May 11, 2007 by · Comments Off 

Peep Show has come to occupy a curious place in the comedy landscape. Cited by many as being the funniest sitcom of its age, it performs so poorly in the ratings it probably survives only through Channel 4′s lack of other critically acclaimed sitcoms. Read more

Jonathan Meades: Abroad Again

Wednesday, May 9, 2007 by · Comments Off 

Lord Reith was a Presbyterian Scot, a Wee Free wallah, among whose folks the most timid involvement in sensual pleasures had you hellbound. Read more

Election 2007

Thursday, May 3, 2007 by · Comments Off 

There is bad weather in the Western Isles. On Newsnight, “Radio 2′s Jeremy Vine” (in the words of Jeremy Paxman) has just exhibited a blurred map of Britain flecked with indistinct multi-coloured blotches. Read more

Ruddy Hell! It’s Harry and Paul

Friday, April 13, 2007 by · Comments Off 

Do you remember the future? I do. The future was called Harry Enfield, and his stock-in-trade was remembering the past. Read more

Life on Mars

Tuesday, April 10, 2007 by · Comments Off 

With Life on Mars falling off our screens for good, I suppose we’ll never find out why a comatose Sam bothered imagining a grain of sand on Annie’s hand. Read more

Jackie: A Girl’s Best Friend

Monday, April 9, 2007 by · Comments Off 

Dear Cathy and Claire, this is not an easy letter to write. I fancy this programme on TV and so want to write about it. Please help!!!! Yours, a confused boy. Read more

Election ’92

Monday, April 9, 2007 by · Comments Off 

Fame may deal an inconsistently fleeting hand to practitioners of TV and politics, but when both worlds collide you see stardom at its most ephemeral. Read more

Doctor Who

Saturday, April 7, 2007 by · Comments Off 

“Where are we?” exclaims Martha, near the opening of episode two as she steps from the Tardis into the midden of a Tudor street. “I mean … when are we?” Read more

The Sky at Night

Sunday, April 1, 2007 by · Comments Off 

Remember comedy as the new rock’n'roll? Well, maybe it’s now the new new rock’n'roll. Ricky Gervais is selling out the Albert Hall and Hammersmith Odeon (not the Hammersmith Apollo, please). Read more

Louis Theroux: The Most Hated Family in America

Sunday, April 1, 2007 by · Comments Off 

There’s perhaps been a feeling of late that Louis Theroux has just been treading the same old water for some time with his documentaries on the weirdness of the world. Read more

Doctor Who

Saturday, March 31, 2007 by · Comments Off 

The supposed wisdom in TV circles suggests series three is when a show really gets good. The course correction and refinement of the original concept have all been completed, and the programme makers, having learned from their mistakes, can push on with renewed confidence. From a viewing of “Smith and Jones” alone, is it possible to determine whether this maxim holds true for Doctor Who? Read more

Whatever Happened to our Dream of Freedom?

Sunday, March 18, 2007 by · Comments Off 

You’ll love this, they told me about Adam Curtis’s single-handed and quixotic attempt at reintroducing intellectualism to prime-time TV. This is your idea of telly; big ideas, big themes. Back to the ’70s. Read more

Country File

Sunday, March 18, 2007 by · Comments Off 

Take a deep breath. Mmmmm, springtime. The frost’s melting off the osiers. Time to get out into the big outdoors. Read more


Saturday, March 17, 2007 by · Comments Off 

Okay, if it’s rude to point, it’s thoroughly bad form to nitpick when productions of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen appear on mainstream terrestrial TV every decade and a half. Whoever sweated blood to get Keith Warner’s Royal Opera House production of the whole 15-hour marathon on the box deserves a medal. But … if you stick it on TV, it had better be good. Read more

Comic Relief Night

Friday, March 16, 2007 by · Comments Off 

Like smoking, photos of journalists speaking into a telephone, and speeded-up footage of trains running from London to Brighton, Lenny Henry is something you don’t see much on TV anymore. Read more


Friday, March 9, 2007 by · Comments Off 

I’m going to stick my neck out here and predict Castaway will quickly be considered one of the biggest flops of the year. Read more


Saturday, March 3, 2007 by · Comments Off 

Having now watched the second series of Pokerface through to its much-trumpeted million pound final, I have decided it’s been the most intriguing game show I’ve seen in a very long time. Since five’s The Mole, probably. Read more

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