NS Profile - Mark Thompson
By David Cox - 03 May 13:00

Polished, pious and pragmatic, he has turned around Channel 4. Will he really reject a mission to sa

Diary - Paul Gambaccini
By Paul Gambaccini - 26 April 13:00

On American TV, I once watched Cassius Clay reciting poetry to Liberace on the piano. TV treated me

Shane Watson - Bridget Jones with baggage
By Shane Watson - 26 April 13:00

Television - A slick documentary about a fortysomething singleton is a little too close to home writ

Still switched on
By Andrew Billen - 26 April 13:00

In its 40 years, BBC2 has gone from cleverness to consumerism, replacing learning with lifestyle pro

Watching brief - Amanda Platell praises the Sun
By Amanda Platell - 26 April 13:00

All credit to Trevor Kavanagh of the Sun for getting the political scoop of the year on the EU refer

Andrew Billen - The sums add up
By Andrew Billen - 19 April 13:00

Television - A tale of Big Bang physics that doesn't cheapen the science by Andrew Billen


Hard sell in the grocery aisle
By Jack Johnson - 19 April 13:00

Observations on advertising

Grade expectations at the BBC
By David Cox - 12 April 13:00

Auntie's new chairman may be very popular, but he won't be able to choose the next director general

America - Andrew Stephen finds liberal talk radio not very funny
By Andrew Stephen - 12 April 13:00

The trouble with the new liberal talk-radio station is that it's not very funny. It's easier for rig

Andrew Billen - The failed fascist
By Andrew Billen - 12 April 13:00

Television - An unexpectedly fascinating portrait of a far-right bully

England Expects (BBC1)

Andrew Billen - The bad Samaritan
By Andrew Billen - 05 April 13:00

Television - A morality tale about modern masculinity fails to convince Andrew Billen

Passer By

Andrew Billen - Nowhere to hide
By Andrew Billen - 29 March 13:00

Television - A sober documentary about catching child pornographers offers no opinions, writes Andr

Supporting roles
By Zoe Williams - 22 March 12:00

Serving in Dunkin' Donuts, working at a post office, selling dodgy cars, stuffing chickens or eating

Serious television? If only . . .
By David Cox - 22 March 12:00

David Cox finds that when the BBC tackles weighty subjects, it still ends up with triviality

Andrew Billen - Skin deep
By Andrew Billen - 22 March 12:00

Television - Black people are finally aesthetically acceptable in fashion and the arts, writes Andre

Is a gay kiss just a kiss?
By Robert Colville - 15 March 12:00

Observations on soaps

Andrew Billen - Prenuptial disagreement
By Andrew Billen - 15 March 12:00

Television - The only unusual thing about this comedy is that it is funny writes Andrew Billen

The president steps down
By Jan Morris - 15 March 12:00

Radio - Jan Morris has been waiting 40 years for Alistair Cooke to do the decent thing

Andrew Billen - The French connection
By Andrew Billen - 08 March 12:00

Television - A first-class documentary about immigration finally gets an airing by Andrew Billen

A cat fight at breakfast
By Sarah Montague - 08 March 12:00

Sarah Montague's position as successor to Sue MacGregor on Radio 4's <em>Today</em> programme seemed

Save the editor who gave me hell
By Charlie Lee-Potter - 01 March 12:00

Observations on BBC journalism

At the end of the day, it's early doors
By Andrew Billen - 01 March 12:00

Television - <strong>Shane Watson</strong> is reminded how tricky it can be to pull off that <em>Fak

Straight eye for the queer guy
By Simon Fanshawe - 01 March 12:00

Gays have legal rights now, but no dress sense. So can they still do a make-over on other men? By Si

Reality bites
By Andrew Billen - 23 February 12:00

Television - Mike Bullen's version of life at 40 tells only half the story

Nanny bans Greg Dyke
By John Kampfner - 23 February 12:00

Observations on child protection

Wings of desire
By Andrew Billen - 16 February 12:00

Television - An anachronistic vision of Reagan-era America fails to convert Andrew Billen

Watching brief - Amanda Platell has sisterly advice for Tessa Jowell
By Amanda Platell - 16 February 12:00

Tessa Jowell shouldn't take back what she said about Campbell's macho style: the only thing voters h

Will the court convict the judge?
By David Cox - 16 February 12:00

By holding an inquiry into the Hutton charges, the BBC's acting head may finish his own career. By D

Let women save the BBC
By David Cox - 09 February 12:00

Behind the scenes, female executives warned that machismo would get the corporation in trouble. With