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

<strong>Disappe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mark Damazer is bafflingly resistant to my sound advice

Lest we forget, here's another reminder
By Andrew Billen - 20 November 12:00

We're happy to remember past wars without addressing the one we're in

<strong>Kipling: a remembra

Al-Jazeera's new voice
By John Kampfner - 13 November 12:00

Observations on television

Travelling in the realms of gold
By Andrew Billen - 13 November 12:00

D B C Pierre's road trip through Mexico could have done with a shot of tequila

<strong>The Last Az

Putting the "fun" into funeral
By Andrew Billen - 06 November 12:00

The queen may be dead, but long live the Royles in a fine piece of comedy

<strong>The Royle Family

How jazz disappeared from the airwaves
By Rachel Cooke - 06 November 12:00

The music schedules are a swamp of cheesy easy listening

Piety and prejudice
By Andrew Billen - 30 October 12:00

The Moors murderer meets a bumbling Christian; the result is comic horror

<strong>Longford</strong

Desert Island Discs has been cast adrift
By Rachel Cooke - 30 October 12:00

A month in, Kirsty Young still seems out of her depth

We shall not see her like again
By Andrew Billen - 23 October 13:00

Helen Mirren's swansong as DS Tennison is deeply satisfying to watch

<strong>Prime Suspect: the fi

My Vanessa Feltz fixation
By Rachel Cooke - 23 October 13:00

She is witty, warm and clever - and I'm not being ironic

Tin hearts and dead precedents
By Andrew Billen - 16 October 13:00

A hopeful "what if" docudrama about Bush's assassination is stuff and nonsense

<strong>Death of a

The geeks have inherited the airwaves
By Rachel Cooke - 16 October 13:00

Podcasting isn't clever or cool - it's just plain nerdy

Enough of these boys' egos
By Rachel Cooke - 09 October 13:00

Bolshie DJs should remember: Radio Berkshire awaits

A cracking good yarn
By Andrew Billen - 09 October 13:00

The politics jars, but the character is the draw in Jimmy McGovern's drama

<strong>Cracker</strong

An Eyre of intelligence
By Andrew Billen - 02 October 13:00

The creative team rises to the challenge of Brontë's novel, with pleasing results

<strong>Jane Eyr

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