The Coalition will be televised: behind the scenes of Channel 4’s drama about May 2010
By Anoosh Chakelian - 28 March 8:30

James Graham’s film about the formation of the coalition is an impressively human portrayal of constitutional torment.

Three colours: Cameron (Mark Dexter), Clegg (Bertie Carvel) and Brown (Ian Grieve)
As this government comes to a close, Rachel Cooke is glued to Channel 4's Coalition
By Rachel Cooke - 26 March 15:34

James Graham's mischievous account of the heady days following the last election is Where’s Wally? for people who watch Newsnight.

Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper in 2005. Photo: BBC
Ten years later, the new Doctor Who is still here
By Jonn Elledge - 26 March 10:42

Ten years ago today, Doctor Who returned to our screens – and in spite of big changes, it continues to amaze its most loyal fans.

Rik Mayall’s memorial bench in London. Photo: Ian Gavan/Getty Images
Bedside Tales: a tribute to Rick Mayall’s charismatic comedy
By Antonia Quirke - 19 March 15:21

When he first arrived, in 1980, Mayall’s face was alternative comedy, just as Johnny Rotten’s voice was punk.

Giles Coren with the Robshaw family in “Back in Time for Dinner”.
Which is worse: working at KFC in 2015 or toiling in a 1950s family kitchen?
By Rachel Cooke - 19 March 15:17

Rachel Cooke reviews The Billion Dollar Chicken Shop and Back in Time for Dinner.

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It's only natural: what's shaken the dust from Elaine Paige?
By Antonia Quirke - 05 March 11:35

The new Carole King musical - apparently.

Power couple Claire (Robin Wright) and Frank (Kevin Spacey)
Fifty shades of greige: the crumbling House of Cards shows the perils of repeat commissions
By Rachel Cooke - 05 March 11:33

Season three of House of Cards reaps diminishing returns.

The 2010 fees protests. Photo: Carl Court/Getty Images
The credulity of Straw and Rifkind, Syriza’s losing hand and Labour’s muddle over fees
By Peter Wilby - 26 February 12:38

Plus, why Wolf Hall should have character stats flash up - so you can remember who destroyed the most monastaries.

Amadeus, amadeus: a Mozart score. Photo: AFP.
Going off script: on a new Radio 4 programme, even reading Mozart's scores proves entrancing
By Antonia Quirke - 26 February 11:47

Tales from the Stave and The Film Programme on BBC Radio 4.

Amateur hour: Una Stubbs and a contestant.
A brush with boredom: The Big Painting Challenge wants to do for easels what Bake Off did for whisks
By Rachel Cooke - 26 February 10:49

Plus Suffragettes Forever! – a good series let down by its tone and speed.

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Downloading a parallel world: Helen Zaltzman on what it takes to make a successful podcast
By Caroline Crampton - 19 February 22:43

For over a decade now people have been making and listening to podcasts - it didn't all begin with Serial, you know.

Julie Walters at the Royal Festival Hall, London in 2010. Photo: Richard Saker/Rex
Julie Walters: “I don’t think I’m posh enough to be a dame”
By Mark Lawson - 19 February 17:42

The actress on work, travel – and why she'd be perfectly happy growing tomatoes. 

The satellite television channel that also helps make up BBC Arabic. Photo: LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages
1,001 Days and Nights: radio proves pivotal as BBC Arabic turns 77
By Antonia Quirke - 19 February 17:15

It broadcasts 24 hours a day from Morocco to Iran - but how does one explain BBC Arabic radio?

Village people: Michael Gambon in The Casual Vacancy.
From Pagford to the Punjab: Sunday night rivals The Casual Vacancy and Indian Summers both fall short
By Rachel Cooke - 19 February 16:52

J K Rowling adaptation The Casual Vacancy and Channel 4's Indian Summers lack something for our critic.

Sky Sports Premier League coverage. Photo: Ben Radford - Sky Sports/Getty Images
I never thought it was possible to have too much football
By Hunter Davies - 19 February 11:16

Eleven hours of the beautiful game on one day: is it enough?

Tick-tock-box politics: Big Ben gets cleaned
Slimeballs and sleeping bags: BBC2's Inside the Commons
By Rachel Cooke - 13 February 11:44

In Parliament, deals are being cut everywhere. Some are gruesome, others merely farcical.

Seriously scary: Michael Gambon as the photographer Henry Tyson in Fortitude
David Lynch with polar bears? New crime series Fortitude is so much more
By Rachel Cooke - 05 February 15:16

The series killed off Christopher Eccleston to let Sofie Gråbøl and Stanley Tucci steal the show. Intriguing or batty? It's both.

David Attenborough. Photo: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images
All questions great and small: an unusually ruminative Chris Evans speaks to David Attenborough
By Antonia Quirke - 05 February 15:04

Following his on-air announcement of a prostate cancer scare last week, the Radio 2 DJ has been in thoughtful mode.

Wickets. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Sports
New BBC cricket series Stumped fails to bowl over
By Antonia Quirke - 29 January 10:51

The half-hour World Service program is just not cricket.

I ain’t afraid of no girls: why the all-female Ghostbusters will be good for Hollywood
By Sarah Ditum - 28 January 16:59

After Parks and Rec30 Rock and Bridesmaids, why do some in the industry still doubt women are funny?

Elvis Presley. Photo: BBC
A little less conversation: Remembering Elvis with Priscilla Presley
By Antonia Quirke - 22 January 13:06

It was less “Remembering Elvis”, more “Praising Bill Kenwright”.

Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell in Wolf Hall. Photo: BBC
Wolf Hall review: The BBC's new spin on Hilary Mantel's novel is dazzlingly restrained
By Rachel Cooke - 21 January 15:33

There’s nothing else like this unnervingly quiet drama on our screens right now.

Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell. Photo: BBC
As we approach a general election, Thomas Cromwell is exactly who we need on our screens
By Sarah Ditum - 21 January 10:04

Power needs a myth, and the new BBC adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall gives us the perfect one in Mark Rylance’s Cromwell.

Marion Cotillard has received a surprise Best Actress nomination for Two Days, One Night. Photo: Getty
The 2015 Oscar nominations: no surprises, but a few oddities
By Ryan Gilbey - 15 January 17:13

There is little to surprise a seasoned awards-watcher in this year’s nominations – Ryan Gilbey gives his verdict.

Broad City's stars. Photo Credit: Lane Savage
Why you should be watching Broad City
By Stephanie Boland - 15 January 13:42

Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer’s series pushes its provocative and surreal comedy even further in its second season.

A vinyl single. Photo: Getty
BBC Radio 4's The Single Life revealed the romance of vinyl
By Antonia Quirke - 15 January 12:31

At this rate, the self-funded seven-inch may well make a comeback.

Olivia Coleman and David Tennant in Broadchurch.
Onset of madness: Broadchurch has gone completely loopy
By Rachel Cooke - 15 January 11:05

How credulous does Chris Chibnall think we are?

Do you think I'm sexy? Rod Stewart. Photo: BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
Never underestimate how unbelievably boring we all are
By Antonia Quirke - 08 January 17:40

Rod Stewart laps it up in the BBC's first History Hour of 2015.

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