This diary looks good on paper
By Rachel Cooke - 30 April 13:00

Despite its best efforts, BBC4 proves that a comic classic is impossible to film

<strong>The Diary

Arts Diary
By Ben Dowell - 30 April 13:00

A round-up of what's happening in the arts

Shazia's week
By Shazia Mirza - 30 April 13:00

Parrots, pugilists, and why anonymity is the new celebrity

Arts Diary
By Ben Dowell - 23 April 13:00

Our round-up of what's going on in the arts

Mischief from beyond the grave
By Andrew Billen - 23 April 13:00

There's plenty of agony in store on The Archers, thanks to a clever plot twist

<strong>The Archers

Fighting a losing battle
By Rachel Cooke - 23 April 13:00

Tony Marchant's scathing portrait of British troops in Iraq was unjust

<strong>The Mark of Cain</s

Dot's rare talent
By Ben Davies - 20 April 18:17

A brief round-up of events in the last few days plus penetrating insights into popular culture

When hot news goes off the boil
By Andrew Billen - 16 April 13:00

Filled with badly reported arts stories, Today has gone soft under its new editor

<strong>Today

Modern life is rubbish
By Rachel Cooke - 16 April 13:00

Goodbye to a series which asked: have things improved since the 1970s?

<strong>Life on Mars

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Private moments on display
By Rachel Cooke - 09 April 13:00

Celebrity therapy sessions may be entertaining, but are a shabby enterprise

<strong>Shrink Rap</st

Gilded youth
By Caroline Wyatt - 09 April 13:00

Caroline Wyatt talks to French lit idol Florian Zeller about Islam, fortune-telling and his precocio

Now, lie down on this couch
By Andrew Billen - 09 April 13:00

Thought-provoking drama from an unlikely source

<strong>Dr Freud Will See You Now Mr Hitler</stron

Magic for grown-ups
By Andrew Billen - 02 April 13:00

Superior storytelling brings some old favourites to life

<strong>More From the Magic Roundabout</s

All work and no play
By Rachel Cooke - 02 April 13:00

John Simm shines as Vincent Van Gogh in an otherwise dull dramatisation

<strong>The Yellow House</

I'm a quitter not a fighter
By Ben Davies - 30 March 18:04

Carol Thatcher, Mormons and other stories...

Not Guido judgement...
By Owen Walker - 30 March 13:19

Guido Fawkes comes unstuck, the portable nature of a Home Office divided and what Mr Miliband plans

Reader, it's unfeasible
By Rachel Cooke - 26 March 13:00

Star casting and chasing after ratings neuter a complex Jane Austen story

<strong>Mansfield Park</

Rough justice
By Stephen Armstrong - 19 March 12:00

The US military has accused the television series 24 of promoting torture. The programme's star, Kie

They're out to get you
By Rachel Cooke - 19 March 12:00

An intriguing, if paranoid, series probes the loss of our democracy

<strong>The Trap: whatever hap

The last dilemma
By Oliver Postgate - 16 March 12:37

The Clangers creator highlights humankind's crucial choice

The death of impartiality?
By Shak - 14 March 11:56

Where next for British political broadcasting?

Big Brother, Mayor Berry and atheism
By Ben Davies - 12 March 16:57

How a New Statesman blogger will go head-to-head with Ken Livingstone, Simon Munnery muses about fiv

Babble is the enemy of all good radio
By Rachel Cooke - 12 March 12:00

Never mind emails and phone-ins - we need good hosts

Making a good impression
By Lynsey Hanley - 12 March 12:00

Meet the big, floppy child who defends liberal America from the ranting right

<strong>Storyville -

They've never had it so good
By Andrew Billen - 05 March 12:00

Maxine Peake brings an unexpected sweetness to John Prescott's adultery

<strong>Confessions of a D

Podgy, breathless and ready for a heart attack
By Rachel Cooke - 05 March 12:00

Roger Black's show about children's fitness is shaming

A tour around an enormous ego
By Rachel Cooke - 26 February 12:00

Malcolm McLaren went to LA - but found only himself

Breathing life into dead poets
By Andrew Billen - 26 February 12:00

Melvyn Bragg may deprive ITV of its reputation as the stupid channel

<strong>The South Bank Show</

Reading the Rajars
By Rachel Cooke - 19 February 12:00

Theakston is up, and The Archers is down. What can it mean?

Let's do the time warp again
By Andrew Billen - 19 February 12:00

A genre-hopping drama on ITV is a throwback to a more childish age

<strong>Primeval</strong> ITV1

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