Elaine Paige. Photo: China Photos/Getty Images
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.

Podcasts are for everyone. Photo: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images
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.

Richard Branson features in 'Billionaire's Paradise'. Photo: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images
Fully loaded: Meet the Super-Rich shows a world beyond satire
By Rachel Cooke - 08 January 17:20

"It's not the vulgarity that makes you want to puke so much as the asininity" in BBC season of wealth.

A 1912 illustration of War and Peace. Photo: DeAgostini/Getty Images
Antonia Quirke on the best New Year's radio
By Antonia Quirke - 08 January 17:00

Antonia Quirke rounds up the best of the New Year's radio, including War and Peace and The Supernatural North.

David Tennant as DI Alec Hardy and Olivia Coleman as DS Ellie Miller in Broadchurch. Photo: ITV
It’s a miracle: the new Broadchurch avoided all the usual pitfalls of a sequel
By Caroline Crampton - 06 January 11:34

It looks like the second series of ITV’s popular thriller is going to be far more interesting than we can usually expect from such a highly-anticipated follow-up.

Christmas TV isn’t all about repeats this year (starting with Doctor Who)
What to watch on TV this Christmas
By Rachel Cooke - 22 December 16:16

Children get the best TV this year, says Rachel Cooke.

Walter White by Ralph Steadman
The capitalist nightmare at the heart of Breaking Bad
By Erica Wagner - 22 December 15:27

Breaking Bad’s power lies in its chilling vision of a society in thrall to the market. 

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