Netflix’s ‘The King’ isn’t ‘Francophobic’

14 November 2019 16:20

I enjoyed watching the new Netflix epic, The King, which celebrated the brief life of Henry V. And it wasn’t…

The BBC’s latest attack on Netflix is galling

16 September 2019 14:32

Lord Hall of Birkenhead is feeling pretty bullish about the quality of the organisation he leads. “We’re not Netflix, we’re…

The one where millennials don’t get Friends

29 January 2018 13:05

All progress is war on the past and millennials are particularly merciless combatants. The arrival of Friends on Netflix UK…

Why we need to cancel the Oscars to save the Oscars

22 February 2017 16:38

Oscar has a problem, and I say that as a fan. If I could, I’d take one of those famous…

BBC struggles with the N-word

9 January 2017 12:49

Since Netflix released The Crown, the network has received much praise for its dramatisation of the Queen’s early years. In…

The Netflix revolution: Why British TV struggles to keep up

27 December 2016 9:00

There have been two revolutions in television during my lifetime. The first happened in 1975 when Sony launched its Betamax…

The Royal family are boycotting Netflix’s new drama

19 December 2016 8:30

As a hefty chunk of the viewing public is glued to to the Elizabeth R spectacular The Crown, one family is…

BBC attacks ‘lavish’ Netflix for propagating ‘myths’ about the royal family

28 November 2016 9:00

Since Netflix released The Crown, much praise has been heaped on the network for the royal drama. In fact, the series…

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (L) and Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang (R) attend the opening session of the 18th Communist Party Congress. Picture: Getty

President Xi slips up over House of Cards

2 May 2016 15:53

During President Xi’s visit to America last year, China’s leader attempted to win over his American audience with a joke about…

Jeremy Clarkson returns to the BBC to work on Top Gear

15 June 2015 12:23

After Jeremy Clarkson was suspended by the BBC over an alleged fracas with a Top Gear producer, the presenter got on…

The Wachowskis’ Sense8 reviewed: the kind of programme where nobody ever fully dies

5 June 2015 16:45

With 60 million international subscribers and a programme-making budget of about $3bn, Netflix is steamrolling most of the received wisdom…

Game of Thrones premiere at the Tower of London, review: the pride before the fall

19 March 2015 12:12

Television is in a golden age. Or at least so we are told. If you weren’t able to tell from…

House of Cards creator reveals rift with BBC over ‘insensitive’ Margaret Thatcher plot

25 February 2015 8:30

The third series of the American adaptation of House of Cards, which stars Kevin Spacey, will see the programme go…

Podcast: Britain’s ambulance crisis, Cameron’s European way and the cultural generation gap

28 August 2014 10:00

999, what’s your emergency? This time, it’s one right at the heart of the ambulance service, as Mary Wakefield reveals…

Michael Dobbs shuffles Cards in the House of Lords

14 May 2014 12:26

Filming of season three of Netflix’s House of Cards will begin in four weeks’ time in Maryland, creator Michael Dobbs…

Spectator TV presents Westminster’s ‘House of Cards’

25 February 2014 16:06

Introducing House of Cards, Westminster redux. Many thanks to all the politicians who took part.