Saturday, January 2, 2010 by · 7 Comments 

As 2009 wraps up, and the “best of the noughties” appraisals get under way, what, if anything, from the decade’s final 12 months will be brought into focus?  Incredibly it seems, 2009 was the year of Simon Cowell, who having been involved in talent shows for most of the last 10 years, still has something left to keep him at the top of the TV hierarchy.  Will his luck run out in 2010, or is Cowell’s renewed dominance merely a sign that 2009 has been a year in which very little has truly emerged on the small screen to create the kind of impact his shows muster? Read more

Doctor Who

Friday, January 1, 2010 by · 7 Comments 

I wouldn’t let Russell T Davies tie my shoelaces.  Read more

Doctor Who

Sunday, November 15, 2009 by · 3 Comments 

BBC1What is Doctor Who without hope?  Read more

The Antichrist and Big Brother

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 by · 12 Comments 

It was good to see Mark Lawson in The Guardian last week turning his attention to Big BrotherRead more

As Seen on TV

Friday, July 17, 2009 by · 14 Comments 

BBC1The problem with panel shows is audiences have become accustomed to them being one of two things… Read more

A little off the top

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 by · 5 Comments 

The BBC are getting defensive over plans to top slice the licence fee, but do their arguments hold water? Read more

Torchwood: Children of Earth

Friday, July 10, 2009 by · 14 Comments 

BBC1Having prematurely washed my hands of this latest series of Torchwood (at least in print), it seems only fair that I should redress the balance.  Read more

Radio on the telly

Thursday, July 9, 2009 by · 2 Comments 

Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo are bringing their Friday movie review from Five Live to BBC2. Read more

Torchwood: Children of Earth

Monday, July 6, 2009 by · 7 Comments 

BBC1Pretty much everything that’s wrong with Torchwood: Children of Earth can be summed up by one shot Read more

Robin Hood bows out

Friday, July 3, 2009 by · 2 Comments 

There is a certain inevitability about the news of the cancellation of Robin Hood. Read more

Ashes to Ashes

Monday, April 20, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Tonight’s Ashes to Ashes reminds me just how cheaply I can be bought off by TV drama.
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Where we do what we want

Monday, March 23, 2009 by · 19 Comments 

The final part of Red Riding, finally justified the hype, I reckon. Read more

Red Riding

Thursday, March 12, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Greatness seems to have been bestowed on Red Riding, not for what it is, but rather for its pedigree. Read more


Thursday, January 1, 2009 by · 9 Comments 

When TV pundits of the future look back at 2008 (a process that is sure to start in earnest in just over 12 months time as we begin the second decade of the 21st century), what will they make of the year just gone?  2008 brought us Rock Rivals, The One and Only, The Invisibles, Harley Street and The Duchess in Hull - five utterly forgettable series destined for curiosity status almost straight away.  Yet wasn’t this too the year of Lark Rise to Candleford and a resurgent The X-Factor?  Viewed in the context of the decade as a whole how will 2008 fare? Will it be seen as a significant year or 12 months that slipped through the cracks of television’s wider historical development? Read more


Sunday, November 23, 2008 by · Comments Off 

With Doctor Who actors past and (seemingly) future all over the first episode Read more

The X-Factor

Sunday, October 5, 2008 by · 4 Comments 

Any series that can boast “now with no Sharon Osbourne” must be on to a winner. Read more

Sir Walter Riley

Thursday, September 25, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

So, let’s talk about The RestaurantRead more

Noel’s HQ

Sunday, September 14, 2008 by · 2 Comments 

You have to give him credit – it’s difficult to even remember that Noel Edmonds was ever away. Read more

Saturday night’s alright-ish

Tuesday, September 2, 2008 by · 17 Comments 

BBC1′s Saturday nights are looking healthier than they have for some time. Read more

Lost in the Ashes of Torchwood

Wednesday, March 26, 2008 by · Comments Off 

The general mood surrounding telefantasy fans has been a little down of late. Read more

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