The half-hour World Service program is just not cricket.
After Parks and Rec, 30 Rock and Bridesmaids, why do some in the industry still doubt women are funny?
It was less “Remembering Elvis”, more “Praising Bill Kenwright”.
There’s nothing else like this unnervingly quiet drama on our screens right now.
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.
There is little to surprise a seasoned awards-watcher in this year’s nominations – Ryan Gilbey gives his verdict.
Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer’s series pushes its provocative and surreal comedy even further in its second season.
At this rate, the self-funded seven-inch may well make a comeback.
How credulous does Chris Chibnall think we are?
Rod Stewart laps it up in the BBC's first History Hour of 2015.
"It's not the vulgarity that makes you want to puke so much as the asininity" in BBC season of wealth.
Antonia Quirke rounds up the best of the New Year's radio, including War and Peace and The Supernatural North.
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.
Children get the best TV this year, says Rachel Cooke.
Breaking Bad’s power lies in its chilling vision of a society in thrall to the market.
You hear TV producers sometimes talking about the importance of having “strong female characters”. This is balls, particularly in comedy.
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.
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.
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?
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.
A seducing documentary used recordings of Orson Welles speaking unguardedly over lunches in a restaurant in Hollywood between 1983 and 1985.
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.
The roc/doc/mockumentary returns for a second series and – oh no! – there’s a jukebox musical in the works...
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.
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”.
A magazine peopled almost entirely by those who think Debrett’s New Guide to Etiquette and Modern Manners is full of genuinely useful advice.
Mozart was fond of “scatological smut” and found “the sound of rude words especially hilarious”.
Critic’s Notes by Mark Lawson.
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.
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.