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?

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Mark Damazer is bafflingly resistant to my sound advice

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


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

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


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

Bolshie DJs should remember: Radio Berkshire awaits

Rory's Week
By Rory Bremner - 02 October 13:00

How can Mandelson talk such nonsense without his tongue catching fire?

The art of living dangerously
By Rachel Cooke - 02 October 13:00

<em>Saturday Live</em> is about as risky as a padded playpen

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

Time to stop teasing the axeman
By Rachel Cooke - 25 September 13:00

Uncovering Iran is a great move by Radio 4 bosses

The battle for YouTube
By Ben Dowell - 25 September 13:00

The site that struck fear into the TV industry is now facing a corporate takeover, reports Ben Dowel

California dreaming
By Andrew Billen - 18 September 13:00

An update of an old format obeys all the rules of sitcom with a watchable style