Newton Faulkner and Gary Kemp in the studio with Christian O'Connell (centre) in
The Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show on Absolute Radio: Absolutely fatuous
By Antonia Quirke - 30 May 13:46

What happened to the drinks sideboard as a item of furniture; the mighty Katherine Jenkins possibly looking less attractive without her make-up; what appears to be a Wickes-sponsored section on power tools - just some of the unbelievably boring conversati

Town on BBC2: Welcome to the bay to nowhere
By Rachel Cooke - 29 May 8:55

Oh, our poor towns. What on earth have they done to deserve all this attention?

David Threlfall in Shameless.
Goodbye to Shameless. What does it leave behind?
By David Herman - 28 May 16:50

As the long-running television comedy comes to a close, David Herman wonders what its legacy will be. Will David Threlfall best be remembered as the feckless, drunken Frank Gallagher?

Paddy Considine and Olivia Colman in The Suspicions of Mr Whicher.
The Suspicions of Mr Whicher on ITV: Muddiness and the telly will never be wholly friends
By Rachel Cooke - 28 May 13:46

Kate Summerscale's book is very good indeed, but the drama only half-worked, the truth being complicated, elusive and, ultimately, a little prosaic.

Jan Morris.
Jan Morris's Travels Round My House on Radio 3: Unbotheredly contemplating death
By Antonia Quirke - 28 May 13:26

Anthony Sattin went through scrapbooks and photo albums picking things out for comment. There hung over the whole interview the discomfiting threat that any mention of gender reassignment would be considered not just prurient and vulgar, but (worse) borin

Ross and Rachel in Friends.
Get the TV kisses right and everybody wins
By Bim Adewunmi - 23 May 12:49

From <em>Friends</em> to <em>Cheers</em> to <em>Buffy the Vampire Slayer</em>, not all television couples have to ruin the show.

Sofie Gråbøl as Sarah Lund in the Killing, brought by Richard Klein to BBC4.
What’s the point of BBC4?
By David Herman - 15 May 17:26

When the channel started in 2002, it was branded as “a place to think”. Later is became a pantomime horse, part Jonathan Miller, part Top Gear. What happened?

New Statesman
Action movies, bilingual tunes and the exorcism of a family of six: channel hopping in Cameroon
By Bim Adewunmi - 09 May 17:08

After a cosy night watching Dutch reality TV, daily viewing in western Africa retains all the entertainment and human drama - but the stakes are very different indeed.

Hayley Atwell in Life of Crime.
Reviewed: Life of Crime
By Rachel Cooke - 08 May 13:04

Force of nature.

New Statesman
Reviewed: Tweet of the Day on Radio 4
By Antonia Quirke - 08 May 12:56

Morning has spoken.

Made in Chelsea is totes postmodern
By Martha Gill - 07 May 11:22

What is the point of it all, it seems to ask. Why was this even made?

How did Ben Elton's "The Wright Way" get it so wrong?
By Tom Phillips - 01 May 10:13

The old comedy adage says that if there's nothing funny left to say, make a penis joke. Perhaps this explains why <em>The Wright Way</em> is just one big knob gag, then.

Reviewed: Victoria Wood’s Nice Cup of Tea
By Rachel Cooke - 25 April 13:05

Oh my Darjeeling.

Broadchurch recedes into the gloom, but ITV's star shines bright
By Caroline Crampton - 23 April 10:32

The channel's handling of Chris Chibnall's brilliant whodunnit gives Caroline Crampton hope that ITV is going to give the BBC some serious competition when it comes to original drama.

A still from Mad Men series 6, episode 3.
Mad Men: Season 6, Episode 3
By Alice Gribbin - 19 April 9:48

Warring speeches and mass complicity.

Oh, look how ridiculous good-looking and clean-cut they were.
Friends is gone for good. Could we BE any sadder?
By Bim Adewunmi - 18 April 16:28

The creator of <em>Friends</em>, that cultural juggernaut we all love to love, has confirmed there won't be a reunion any time soon. Will anything ever live up to it?

On a cold night in Rotterdam, the familiarity of Dutch "Take Me Out" is comforting
By Bim Adewunmi - 12 April 13:54

Television might be considered "low" culture by some, but the universality of certain formats - such as <em>Take Me Out</em>'s formalised dating rituals - is a wonderful thing.

Mad Men: Season 6, Episodes 1 and 2
By Alice Gribbin - 11 April 10:55

It's back! Feisty wives, the Don of old and lots of dodgy facial hair.

Reviewed: Solos on Loneliness
By Antonia Quirke - 10 April 14:26

First person singular.

Reviewed: The Lady Vanishes by BBC1
By Rachel Cooke - 27 March 15:08

Technical Hitch.

Reviewed: A History of Syria with Dan Snow
By Rachel Cooke - 21 March 10:06

In the air tonight.

Henry Purcell.
Reviewed: Baroque Spring
By Antonia Quirke - 21 March 8:23

Death by chocolate.