Nothing ventured, nothing gained
By Andrew Billen - 12 February 12:00

Two documentaries show it's important to choose your subject carefully

<strong>Louis Theroux: Gam

How Party Animals went down
By Martin Bright - 06 February 11:54

A new TV series about life in Westminster has hit the airwaves prompting much comment in the blogosp

Twenty-four-hour party people
By Andrew Billen - 05 February 12:00

These young, horny, coke-snorting politicians seem fresh and real

<strong>Party Animals</strong>

The Thunderer brings you Paul McKenna
By Rachel Cooke - 05 February 12:00

Newspaper podcasts still vary from boring to ridiculous

The show goes on for Elaine Paige
By Rachel Cooke - 29 January 12:00

Why has the arch-witterer survived Radio 2's revamp?

Teenage dreams, so hard to meet
By Andrew Billen - 29 January 12:00

Channel 4's latest attempt to shock patronises its younger audience

<strong>Skins</strong> E4

The game show goes on
By Stephen Armstrong - 29 January 12:00

"Participation TV" has taken over the world's airwaves, with cheap game shows racking up profits fro

Jade Goody learned her trade in London
By Darcus Howe - 29 January 12:00

How Jade's behaviour happens every day in every part of Britain - so there's no point in blaming Cha

Elvis and Armageddon
By Rachel Cooke - 22 January 12:00

George Galloway is far from gorgeous as a presenter

Clash of the current affairs flagships
By Andrew Billen - 22 January 12:00

Streamlined to 30 minutes, Panorama is drinking in the last-chance saloon


Sex, politics and idealists
By Martin Bright - 22 January 12:00

Politics is not just for nerds, nor is it a cynical hunt for power. That is the message of a new BBC

It's time to stop these latter day freak shows
By Ben Davies - 19 January 14:46

Vote with your fingers and get rid of Big Brother and its siblings once and for all

CBB - you just can't get away from it
By Owen Walker - 19 January 12:32

Celebrity Big Brother seems have taken over the blogosphere

When fashion gets ugly
By Andrew Billen - 15 January 12:00

A sly satire on race and class makes a welcome and witty comment on the US

<strong>Ugly Betty


Country life, 21st century-style
By Rachel Cooke - 15 January 12:00

Blur's Alex James is beyond parody as an "expert" on farming

Thrills and spills of the coming year
By Rachel Cooke - 08 January 12:00

Let's hope 2007 brings more Dylan and less Nolan

Ten years on, it's all gone wrong
By Andrew Billen - 08 January 12:00

This reunion seemed designed to show that people get duller with age

<strong>This Life Plus Ten</

The most despicable character ever written
By Simon Kelner - 08 January 12:00

It seems that any group of activists can get their mates to email the BBC, and the corporation will

A brave new world
By Rachel Cooke - 18 December 12:00

Podcasts are a red herring, but digital radio gives listeners what they want

The secret of acting on Eastenders revealed
By Ben Davies - 13 December 14:36

How come so many luvvies are out of work and still virtually no-one on Eastenders can act?

Who says the cuppa is disappearing?
By Andrew Billen - 11 December 12:00

A nostalgic history shows that Britain's tea tradition is, in fact, alive and well


From the old East End to the Bobster
By Rachel Cooke - 11 December 12:00

Hidden gems on Radio 4, and Radio 2 signs a real treasure

The slow death of inquiry
By Paul Watson - 04 December 12:00

Real television has been usurped by reality television, serving a diet of the smug and the false. It

Nation of fools
By David Puttnam - 04 December 12:00

As the BBC reels from Michael Grade's shock defection, a far greater threat to the future of British

Searching for someone to blame
By Andrew Billen - 04 December 12:00

Docudrama on the Boxing Day tsunami fails to deliver a knockout blow

<strong>Tsunami: the aftermat

What the Ripper nuts are missing
By Rachel Cooke - 04 December 12:00

Jack is remembered as a metaphor for much deeper fears

A misunderstood democratic triumph
By Kira Cochrane - 04 December 12:00

Be wary of criticising reality TV which, despite some "pretty dumb" spectacles, has managed to chall

Just one last drink
By Andrew Billen - 27 November 12:00

Alcoholics plead that no one understands them. This film says: "We're trying"

<strong>Rain in My H

Russell Brand v Barry Manilow
By Rachel Cooke - 27 November 12:00

Why should Radio 2 try to be cool? Its quirkiness is unique

Head to head with the Axeman
By Rachel Cooke - 20 November 12:00

Mark Damazer is bafflingly resistant to my sound advice