Watching brief - Amanda Platell observes a very fit PM
By Amanda Platell - 21 February 12:00

How the drama of Ken Livingstone unfolded before our eyes, Tony Blair shows off his six-pack, and th

Andrew Billen - Triumph of idiots
By Andrew Billen - 14 February 12:00

Television - Chris Morris proves why we need him in a yoof-full satire. By Andrew Billen


Time to pension off Paxman
By Michael Leapman - 07 February 12:00

Michael Leapman argues that the BBC should abandon the Newsnight style of attack journalism and conf

Who do you think you are?
By Viv Groskop - 07 February 12:00

Observations on TV characters

Andrew Billen - Shock tactics
By Andrew Billen - 07 February 12:00

Television - Ukip exposes its own ugliness in a witty but disturbing film, writes Andrew Billen

Andrew Billen - Class act
By Andrew Billen - 31 January 12:00

Television - An adaptation of Jonathan Coe's novel is a surprising delight. By Andrew Billen


Andrew Billen - Lethal weapon
By Andrew Billen - 24 January 12:00

Television - A supply-side tour of the drug trade's death and destruction. By Andrew Billen


Andrew Billen - Sunny delight
By Andrew Billen - 17 January 12:00

Television - Men get the women they deserve in a hot new drama, writes Andrew Billen


Mark Thomas writes a column offensive to Christians
By Mark Thomas - 17 January 12:00

Why are evangelical Christians so upset at a musical that shows Jesus calling himself "a bit gay"? A

McCririck follows Brown's lead
By Rosie Millard - 17 January 12:00

Observations on sulks

Diary - Robert Peston
By Robert Peston - 17 January 12:00

A foreign firm may be about to take over the London Stock Exchange but its French chief executive still regrets the refurbishment of the Savoy Hotel grill room.

Andrew Billen - Signs of life
By Andrew Billen - 10 January 12:00

Television - It's not so grim up north in a headline-grabbing sitcom, writes Andrew Billen


The NS media lecture
By Mark Thompson - 01 January 12:00

By Mark Thompson, BBC Director General, 7 December 2004

Andrew Billen - Double trouble
By Andrew Billen - 01 January 12:00

Television - The cruelty behind a comedy duo is made painfully clear. By Andrew Billen

Not Only

Radio 4's little sister could soon become the star of the show
By Michael Leapman - 01 January 12:00

2005: Radio 5 Live - The Today programme was once an essential part of breakfast for the chattering

Day of the stealth persuaders
By David Cox - 01 January 12:00

2005: The decline of sex - The sexy hard sell is on the way out. You can filter out ads on televisio

World view - Lindsey Hilsum's guide to TV's foreign coverage
By Lindsey Hilsum - 13 December 12:00

How valuable is a report about Fallujah by a correspondent who's sitting in a studio in London? To f

Andrew Billen - The long goodbye
By Andrew Billen - 13 December 12:00

Television 2004 - From Barry to Carrie, it's been a year of farewells

The corporation
By Neal Ascherson - 06 December 12:00

Uncertain Vision: Birt, Dyke and the reinvention of the BBC

Georgina Born <em>Secker & Warburg, 56

My oh my
By Zoe Williams - 06 December 12:00

Television - Griff Rhys Jones fails to rescue this hoary old guff, writes Zoe Williams

Mine All

Amanda Platell can't bear the new, snobbish Today
By Amanda Platell - 29 November 12:00

Portillo should know better than to ruin a man by calling him a future Tory leader

Talk the language of aspiration, not fear
By Staff blogger - 29 November 12:00

Britain has now had more than a decade of "law and order" governments. The prison population has reached record levels. Labour alone has introduced 43 bills and created nearly 700 new offences since it came to power in 1997.

Andrew Billen - Faking it
By Andrew Billen - 29 November 12:00

Television - Couples get their act together on the ultimate make-over show. By Andrew Billen


Andrew Billen - Give me glamour
By Andrew Billen - 22 November 12:00

Television - A new arts programme should get better with age, writes Andrew Billen

The Culture

Amanda Platell finds The X Factor tasteless
By Amanda Platell - 15 November 12:00

The duo from The X Factor moaned as loudly as if they'd been held at Guantanamo Bay

The fan - Hunter Davies is called a bastard
By Hunter Davies - 15 November 12:00

"You called me a bastard," said the voice. "Last week in your column"

Andrew Billen - Northern gold rush
By Andrew Billen - 15 November 12:00

Television - Corruption comes before a fall in a gambling empire. By Andrew Billen

Blackpool (B

Andrew Billen - Iraq as thriller
By Andrew Billen - 08 November 12:00

Television - A six-part series offers a surprising allegory of the war. By Andrew Billen


Amanda Platell notes Piers Morgan's two left feet
By Amanda Platell - 08 November 12:00

Piers Morgan's two left feet, and why I'll never agree to a make-over by Trinny and Susannah

Amanda Platell misses out on a great opportunity
By Amanda Platell - 01 November 12:00

I wanted to be a judge on the new Richard and Judy's Wine Club - it's my specialty subject