Review: Tales From the Stave
By Antonia Quirke - 16 May 16:22

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).

Review: Starlings
By Rachel Cooke - 16 May 16:01

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

The value of the NHS and the BBC is immeasurable
The value of the NHS and the BBC is immeasurable
By George Chesterton - 16 May 10:55

Attempts to denigrate these public institutions must be resisted

The value of the NHS and the BBC is immeasurable
The value of the NHS and the BBC is immeasurable
By George Chesterton - 16 May 10:51

Without these organisations, Britain would be more divided, violent and parochial.

New Statesman
Ricky Gervais's 'Derek': the reality of a life of otherness
By Nicky Clark - 16 May 10:21

Previously sceptical of his work, a disability rights campaigner speaks with the comedian about cont

New Statesman
Sony Radio Academy Awards: in pictures
By Harriet Williams - 15 May 11:21

The winners and losers at the 2012 awards.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus
The first ladies of television
By Tom Atkinson - 14 May 11:36

It's boom time for female characters on the small screen.

New Statesman
Review: The Prophet - Heart and Soul
By Antonia Quirke - 09 May 17:35

An on-location documentary delights Antonia Quirke.

Mad Men: season 5, episode 8
By Alice Gribbin - 09 May 17:34

Sneaky calls, the Beatles and fake couples/kitchens/whipped cream.

New Statesman
Network star
By Tom Atkinson - 07 May 10:50

What is the secret of AMC's success?

New Statesman
Review: King of Clubs (Radio 2)
By Antonia Quirke - 03 May 13:59

A documentary recalls Tramp’s glory years.

Mad Men: season 5, episode 7
By Alice Gribbin - 02 May 10:08

Bad writing and behaviour at the codfish ball.

Review: Folk Song, Art Song (Radio 4)
By Antonia Quirke - 26 April 14:50

A good folk song should hit you in the solar plexus, writes Antonia Quirke.

New Statesman
Review: The Plot to Bring Down Britain’s Planes (Channel 4)
By Rachel Cooke - 26 April 12:39

Rachel Cooke is gripped by a high-wire account of a terrorist conspiracy.

New Statesman
Mad Men: season 5, episode 6
By Alice Gribbin - 25 April 15:32

Orange sherbet, purple candy, LSD.

Review: The 70s
By Rachel Cooke - 18 April 18:04


Review: The Essay
By Antonia Quirke - 18 April 17:58

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.

Vincent Kartheiser as Pete in Mad Men
Mad Men: series 5, episode 5
By Sophie Elmhirst - 17 April 18:53

Oh, what a fight.

Mad Men: season 5, episode 4
By Alice Gribbin - 13 April 12:07

Cinderella, rape, and a murder dream we wish was real.

New Statesman
Review: Sex and Sensibility, BBC 4
By Eleanor Hirst - 05 April 16:22

Set against political scandal, mass immigration and growing cultural hysteria, this three-part BBC d

Review: Titanic (ITV1)
By Rachel Cooke - 29 March 18:04

Rachel Cooke thinks Julian Fellowes would have been better suited to Crossroads.

Mad Men: it's back!
By Sophie Elmhirst - 28 March 17:35

Series five, episode one: Megan's dance, Don's soul and what on earth has happened to Harry Crane?

Camilla on the set of The Killing
Camilla at The Killing
By Alice Gribbin - 28 March 12:28

The first and only time I was jealous of a Duchess.

Laura Miller on Mad Men
Beyond retro: why do so many love Mad Men?
By Laura Miller - 27 March 10:47

We see in its alienated characters, adrift in an age of insecurity, a mirror of our own troubled tim

New Statesman
Robert Winston's Musical Analysis (Radio 4)
By Antonia Quirke - 26 March 1:00

The sad lives of composers make for a devastating listen, says Antonia Quirke.

Rachel Cooke on The Anti-Social Network (BBC3)
The Anti-Social Network (BBC3)
By Rachel Cooke - 26 March 1:00

Rachel Cooke is unsettled by a documentary on internet abuse.

The Anti-Social Network

Love Life (ITV1)
By Rachel Cooke - 22 March 14:05

Rachel Cooke finds that a new drama is just too neat and tidy.

Desert Island Discs (Radio 4)
By Antonia Quirke - 15 March 11:15

Conspiratorial revelations keep Antonia Quirke hooked and thrilled.