A river runs through it: Radio 3 looks at the tragedy of the Somme
By Antonia Quirke - 16 January 10:09

The Battle of the Somme has given the associated river a lasting infamy.

Clarke Peters as Albert Lambreaux in Treme.
Forget The Wire – is Treme doomed to be a forgotten masterpiece?
By Phil Hartup - 13 January 17:01

David Simon's New Orleans-based drama <em>Treme</em> has a brilliant sense of narrative, isn't showy, and defies easy definition. So why isn't it as famous as <em>The Wire</em>?

Why is no one challenging the misogyny on Celebrity Big Brother?
By Rebecca Reilly-Cooper - 13 January 10:39

The revelation that Jim Davidson, Evander Holyfield and Dappy from N-Dubz are acting like misogynists is hardly shocking. The depressing and dispiriting thing is how ordinary and everyday their attitudes are, and how little their behaviour was challenged.

Sherlock and the Adventure of the Overzealous Fanbase
By Laurie Penny - 12 January 13:02

Whose wankfest is this anyway? The BBC's <em>Sherlock</em> doesn’t just engage with fan fiction - it <em>is</em> fan fiction.

For those of us who find Nigella Lawson difficult to watch, The Taste is sheer hell
By Rachel Cooke - 08 January 10:04

Nigella Lawson’s new reality show <em>The Taste</em> is a phoney, derivative reality show with no charm or drama.

How has it taken Saturday Night Live so long to realise black women can be funny?
By Bim Adewunmi - 08 January 9:45

Sasheer Zamata has joined the long-running US comedy show, becoming its first black female cast member since 2007. She's only the fifth black female cast member since 1975. Why?

Radio picks for the Christmas holidays
By Antonia Quirke - 06 January 13:20

On the boiling of eggs and heads.

Kristen Bell as high school private detective Veronica Mars.
Veronica Mars: Can a crowdfunded film ever be good?
By Caroline Crampton - 03 January 13:16

Once your audience are also your investors, can you ever do anything innovative or surprising?

In defence of the box set binge: a global shared culture
By David Koepsell - 29 December 11:24

Immersing ourselves in hours of television at a time isn't just a new way to absorb great art - it's the best way to keep up with our increasingly-global shared culture.

Caitlin Moran's sitcom Raised by Wolves
Fromage warning: your guide to festive telly
By Rachel Cooke - 21 December 13:24

Rachel Cooke tells us what to watch – and what to avoid.

Christopher Lee.
Rerun of the living dead: Christopher Lee’s Fireside Tales
By Antonia Quirke - 12 December 13:19

Five nights of Lee's grim tales is not nearly enough.

Why Channel 4's Gogglebox is the best thing on television
By Jenny Landreth - 29 November 15:42

It reminds me that TV executives can get things right, which is bloody annoying.

New Statesman
Ten Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Articles We're Still Waiting For
By Jonn Elledge - 23 November 9:36

Come on, there must still be some angles out there nobody's tried.

Is Doctor Who a lefty?
By Andrew Harrison - 23 November 5:50

From genocide to Thatcherism, Whovian politics are not as simple as you think.

Why I don't care that it's a sad week for Downton Abbey and Poirot
By Rachel Cooke - 21 November 11:37

Let's hope that that ITV grasps just how bad a writer Julian Fellowes is soon, and locks him in a room for a month with only Chris Morris and some classic Coronation Street on DVD for company.

Discovering Music is sometimes the best thing on Radio 3 - but is it about to be axed?
By Antonia Quirke - 21 November 11:32

The ten-year-old programme is a profoundly effective show and tell: extracts from a decent recording of a piece of classical music are stopped occasionally for analysis, using phrases such as, “We can sense a deepening here."

How much of “Doctor Who” might really be possible?
By Alasdair Richmond - 21 November 9:49

Science shows why Doctor Who is so special.

New Statesman
Meet one of the most formidable radio presenters in the countryside
By Antonia Quirke - 14 November 11:05

Ten minutes into the programme it was evident that the people of Mountsorrel in Leicestershire were exceptional.

New Statesman
The unexpected ups and downs of radio presenting in the Highlands
By Antonia Quirke - 07 November 13:04

One time I switched on to Two Lochs Radio to find a lady in despair looking at a ruined pie dish. “I don’t know what to suggest, Glenys,” said one of the station’s 38 volunteer presenters. “But I definitely think you should take it back. Pyrex is supposed

New Statesman
The Escape Artist: Is this tale of a bird-fancying psychopath going to be the new Broadchurch?
By Rachel Cooke - 07 November 11:31

It’s scary enough, this tale of a psychopath who seeks revenge for perceived slights even from those who have basically done him nothing but good. But I'm not convinced.

Review: BT Sport’s Life’s a Pitch
By Cameron Sharpe - 04 November 15:58

It may be affable buffoonery, but BT’s impressive commitment to the long haul is evident at every turn.

New Statesman
No, Terry Wogan, women don't "use their good looks" to get jobs in television
By Frances Ryan - 04 November 15:29

There seems to be an epidemic in television of middle-aged to elderly men thinking that they have important thoughts on women on television and that those thoughts aren’t the rantings of a sexist berk.

Were the Borgias as bad as we have always thought?
By G J Meyer - 30 October 10:36

Popular portrayals have always depicted the world of the Borgias as being full of murderers, sadists and moral degenerates - but was it really so bad?

New Statesman
What Musharaf in Educating Yorkshire taught us about the teachers' strike
By Jenny Landreth - 25 October 13:42

Ordinary, unscripted teachers do what no amount of professional PR ever could in this unexpectedly brilliant programme.

New Statesman
Stephen Fry's documentary about gay life across the globe is unexpectedly absorbing
By Rachel Cooke - 24 October 14:07

It was his stay in St Petersburg that touched and horrified most. The reedy young activists he met were so brave – they made me think of silver birch trees in a violent ice storm – and we got a frighteningly authentic whiff of the prevailing atmosphere.

New Statesman
Why the UK's luxury brands aren't expected to "do a Gucci"
By Antonia Quirke - 24 October 14:00

There was a dual tone throughout this programme: a kind of impatient casting up of the eyes to heaven about Britain’s lack of tax incentives for luxury craftsmen, and a deep smugness that many of our producers have neither the backing nor even any remote

The Great British Bake Off: Why do we love to tear down women who are good at what they do?
By Caroline Crampton - 22 October 15:12

Raymond Blanc's comment that the hugely popular baking show contains "not much skills, female tears" is symptomatic of widespread prejudice about women's roles at home and at work.

Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope in Scandal.
Why is it still groundbreaking for a TV show like Scandal to have a black female star?
By Bim Adewunmi - 18 October 13:14

Kerry Washington, star of <em>Scandal</em>, is the first black woman to be starring in a US primetime network show since the 1970s.

New Statesman
If the BBC's The Hour was an ersatz Mad Men, then what is ITV's Breathless?
By Rachel Cooke - 17 October 15:15

This was a pale imitation of a pale imitation - but I loved it.

New Statesman
Where did EastEnders go wrong?
By Yacine Assoudani - 16 October 18:38

Where are the Somalian faces and the realistic depictions of Multi-Cultural London English? What used to be a boundary-pushing British institution is rapidly becoming completely irrelevant.

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