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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. 

I'm with stupid: "awkward über-geek" Dobby flanked by Mark and Jeremy in Peep Show. Photo: Channel 4
Robert Webb: Peep Show has taught me we need to let women be idiots, too
By Robert Webb - 22 December 15:02

You hear TV producers sometimes talking about the importance of having “strong female characters”. This is balls, particularly in comedy.

Transport of delight: Porters on a railway platform in Liverpool, 1890s. Photo: Getty
Making tracks: the parallels between cinema and train travel
By Antonia Quirke - 19 December 13:10

All was harmony, until Jon mentioned the legend of how people in the audience in 1896 had ducked when the train suddenly appeared on-screen.

Love, anarchy, and wonderful violence: how to remember Rik Mayall
By Jenny Landreth - 19 December 12:41

The death of Rik Mayall in June 2014 quite rightly made the front page of every newspaper. There is no one better than the BBC to make a warm and loving tribute to a comedy hero.

Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy and Emily Mortimer as MacKenzie McHale in “The Newsroom”. Image: HBO
Why I (still) love Aaron Sorkin
By Jonn Elledge - 12 December 15:52

It’s become fashionable to disparage Sorkin’s later work, especially The Newsroom, and with good reason – the gender politics are terrible, for a start. But what if these problems were there all along, and we were just enjoying The West Wing too much to see them?

A school photo of Hae Min Lee alongside the news of her ex-boyfriend’s conviction.
Serial reveals how much more we care about justice for a man than the life of a woman
By Sarah Ditum - 11 December 12:21

As the podcast tries to investigate whether Adnan Syed killed Hae Min Lee, a discrepancy emerges – it’s so much easier to spot the cultural misogyny when it is applied to race rather than gender.

Orson Welles. Photo: Getty
Last orders: Antonia Quirke on radio
By Antonia Quirke - 11 December 9:58

A seducing documentary used recordings of Orson Welles speaking unguardedly over lunches in a restaurant in Hollywood between 1983 and 1985. 

Accused: Jason Watkins (right) as Jefferies.
Marked man: the careful kindness of The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies
By Rachel Cooke - 10 December 13:08

Christopher Jefferies stands for us all in the matter of what the newspapers can do to a person, should they happen to take against him.

Simon Day as Brian Pern, playing the flute on Top of the Pops 1975. Photo: BBC/Rory Lindsay
Cleverly, playfully pitch-perfect: the joys of Brian Pern: A Life in Rock
By Jenny Landreth - 09 December 13:26

The roc/doc/mockumentary returns for a second series and – oh no! – there’s a jukebox musical in the works...

Foxy: Alan Cumming at a Peta event in September. Photo: Getty
My two dads: Alan Cumming’s moving memoir of his father
By Antonia Quirke - 05 December 15:13

One day Cumming was warned that it might emerge that he was not his father’s biological son. It was a bad moment in his life, no question. And yet, on some sad level, he greeted the news with relief.

"Emotions burst out like molehills on an immaculate lawn": family tension in The Legacy
Greed, lust and great knitwear: The Legacy is a Danish drama that’s smarter than Borgen
By Rachel Cooke - 04 December 16:03

Everyone is white, and everyone is rich – or about to be. Where’s the grit in that? But grit there is: it is stupid to assume that for a drama to be a hit, it must be filled with “people like us”.

Smart set: Kate Reardon and staff at Tatler
Rah to the people: the mad world of Tatler brought to life
By Rachel Cooke - 27 November 16:11

A magazine peopled almost entirely by those who think Debrett’s New Guide to Etiquette and Modern Manners is full of genuinely useful advice.

Loose canon: a 1779 engraving of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Image: Getty
Rude awakening: how Mozart's filthy mind shocked Maggie
By Antonia Quirke - 27 November 10:00

Mozart was fond of “scatological smut” and found “the sound of rude words especially hilarious”.

Jeffrey Tambor (left) as Maura in Transparent
TV enters its Amazon Age – with the best show since Breaking Bad
By Mark Lawson - 25 November 16:12

Critic’s Notes by Mark Lawson. 

Heirs, spares and chairs: the Fulford family, stars of BBC3's Life is Toff. Photo: BBC Pictures
Inside Tatler, Life is Toff and British TV’s troubling obsession with all things posh
By Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett - 24 November 13:01

Call me a lefty conspiracy theorist if you must, but it has not escaped my notice that the trend for posh porn has coincided with the term of the poshest government in living memory.

Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman, the kind and non-judgmental hosts of Pointless. Photo: Getty Images
At once fascinating, horrifying and mildly arousing, ignorance porn is everywhere (and I love it)
By Eleanor Margolis - 24 November 12:02

Shows like Pointless satisfy a new itch - to gawp at those who don't know obvious things, like what toast is. It's hardcore ignorance porn at its best.

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