TV

Twenty years on, Brass Eye is still the best – as this film of unreleased material proves

3 November 2017 18:10

‘Drug use among children has for many an education and with obvious alarm for both parents on the increase almost…

‘I’m not marching towards some utopia, I’m marching towards my Oscar’: Jonathan Pie interviewed

1 November 2017 17:02

At some point in the early 21st century, comedy stopped being funny. Politics became the biggest joke on earth, thanks…

BBC4’s The Vietnam War was unique, informative and shattering

26 October 2017 18:44

The Vietnam War BBC4 The BBC should be praised for showing all ten episodes of this unique, informative and shattering…

How Game of Thrones is shaping up as the new season begins

16 July 2017 14:45

After an agonising year-and-a-bit wait, Game of Thrones, the biggest TV show on earth bar none, returns in the early…

Coffee, mist and brilliance: Sky Atlantic’s new series of Twin Peaks reviewed

22 May 2017 10:41

So much coffee. Just like in the original, the characters in the new series of Twin Peaks get through so…

Buffy the Vampire Slayer made me the man I am

11 March 2017 16:10

Buffy the Vampire Slayer turned 20 yesterday, which will make millennials feel as old as the actors who supposedly passed for…

Lin Cook, who died before Christmas, personified that odd breed: the celebrity widow

4 January 2017 15:52

Amid the flurry of famous deaths during 2016, one particular passing has been more or less forgotten. Peter Cook’s third…

Kenneth Clark was much better at opening people’s eyes to great art than Marxist John Berger

4 January 2017 12:35

It is one of those interesting quirks of postwar cultural history that John Berger, who has died at the age…

The Chinese are willing participants in state censorship

12 November 2015 17:53

For three decades, Cui Yongyuan has been one of China’s national treasures. As a veteran television presenter for CCTV (China’s…

Why I won’t be celebrating Have I Got News For You’s 25th anniversary

1 October 2015 13:59

America, we’re told, has been enjoying a golden age of news satire. This is largely attributed to Jon Stewart and…

Why is the BBC’s latest ‘documentary’ on China fronted by someone who doesn’t know anything about China?

7 September 2015 16:08

The BBC’s latest pretty young face is Billie JD Porter. The 23-year-old is entirely lovable. With her brown roots proudly showing, that…

Why the Reggie Perrin novel deserves to be considered a classic in its own right

7 September 2015 12:36

It was eerie the first time I watched The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin because it all felt so familiar. Suddenly my…

Entourage review: its obsession with boobs, babes and oiled up bodies continues

17 June 2015 14:54

Look, could everyone please stop denigrating the Entourage movie for spurious reasons like ‘it feels like an extended episode of…

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 has always been a vacuous banquet of sex and violence. Why are people suddenly outraged by it?

20 May 2015 16:27

If you’ve never watched Game of Thrones, it is a twee fantasy show in which men and women discuss politics at length, dance…

What Afghan soldiers really think – the same as us

19 May 2015 11:36

‘The NATO Commander in Eastern Afghanistan has said that this year 54 foreign bases have already been closed…’ Last December…

Channel 4’s The Vote reviewed: ‘complex, acute, very funny and oddly moving’

8 May 2015 14:21

He’s back on top form. James Graham has taken the unlikeliest setting, a polling station during the last hour of…

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…

UKIP: The First 100 Days, Channel 4, review: a sad, predictable, desperate hatchet job

18 February 2015 11:31

This is an extract from this week’s magazine, available from tomorrow Just three months into Ukip’s shock victory as the…

James Walton’s five favourite TV programmes of 2014

2 January 2015 10:30

1. Fargo, Channel 4 In a particularly strong year for thrillers (Line of Duty, The Missing and Homeland ­among them)…

Poor Farage was stitched up by Steph and Dom

16 December 2014 10:38

Steph and Dom are the posh-sounding, drunk couple from Gogglebox – the surprise hit programme where people are recorded sitting…

Newsnight’s arts coverage has descended into a string of fawning advertorials

17 November 2014 15:37

Newsnight‘s decision to interview misogynist comedian Daniel ‘Dapper Laughs’ O’Reilly has been slammed as a cynical ratings grab, a descent…

24 Hours in Police Custody: a C4 programme that finally tells the truth about ‘honour crimes’

7 November 2014 16:15

Settling down to watch 24 Hours in Police Custody, the new Channel 4 programme brought to us by the team…

Jeremy Paxman’s last Newsnight made me want to be sick

19 June 2014 14:12

Did you threaten to overrule him, Paxman? Did you threaten to overrule your editor when he told you that he…

The best of Rik Mayall (1958 – 2014), master of the grotesque

9 June 2014 17:27

Sad news reaches us at Culture House that Rik Mayall, one of the mainstays of my TV-addicted teenage years, has…