To the music department of the British Library, where a group of historians gathered to examine its most recent acquisition, the 1945 composing score of Benjamin Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra (19 May, 3.30pm).
For a while now, Sky has been going after female viewers – for whom football and blockbuster movies are perhaps less of a reason
to subscribe. The strategy seems to be to develop warm, unchallenging, dramatic comedies about family life that are set far away from
Attempts to denigrate these public institutions must be resisted
Without these organisations, Britain would be more divided, violent and parochial.
Previously sceptical of his work, a disability rights campaigner speaks with the comedian about cont
The winners and losers at the 2012 awards.
It's boom time for female characters on the small screen.
An on-location documentary delights Antonia Quirke.
Sneaky calls, the Beatles and fake couples/kitchens/whipped cream.
A documentary recalls Tramp’s glory years.
Bad writing and behaviour at the codfish ball.
A good folk song should hit you in the solar plexus, writes Antonia Quirke.
Rachel Cooke is gripped by a high-wire account of a terrorist conspiracy.
Orange sherbet, purple candy, LSD.
At a time when overexposure has long rendered vampires hard to love, The Essay’s week of broadcasts commemorating the centenary of Bram Stoker’s death (16-20 April, 10.45pm) succeeded in making the undead a great entertainment again.
Cinderella, rape, and a murder dream we wish was real.
Set against political scandal, mass immigration and growing cultural hysteria, this three-part BBC d
Rachel Cooke thinks Julian Fellowes would have been better suited to Crossroads.
Series five, episode one: Megan's dance, Don's soul and what on earth has happened to Harry Crane?
The first and only time I was jealous of a Duchess.
We see in its alienated characters, adrift in an age of insecurity, a mirror of our own troubled tim
The sad lives of composers make for a devastating listen, says Antonia Quirke.
Rachel Cooke is unsettled by a documentary on internet abuse.
The Anti-Social Network
Rachel Cooke finds that a new drama is just too neat and tidy.