Desert Island Discs: 66 years young
By Simon Parkin - 15 August 12:13

Simon Parkin looks back at 66 years of a British institution.

A funeral tram.
One Way to Necropolis: The coffin trains beneath Waterloo Station
By Antonia Quirke - 15 August 9:40

BBC Radio 4 Extra's documentary about the coffin train which ran from Waterloo to Brookwood Cemetary makes for sombre theatre, writes Antonia Quirke.

Southcliffe.
Southcliffe on Channel 4: A tangled narrative with Very Important Messages about loneliness
By Rachel Cooke - 15 August 9:10

It has cult hit written all over it, but something this arty drama just doesn't sit right, says Rachel Cooke.

Jenna-Louise Coleman.
We need a Tardis full of interesting female characters - with rich interior lives
By Bim Adewunmi - 15 August 8:10

The response to the announcement that the Doctor would yet again be played by a straight, white man is just about settling down.

There's a nuanced debate on welfare waiting to happen, and Benefits Britain 1949 isn't it
By Frances Ryan - 13 August 15:04

Channel 4's Benefits Britain 1949 asked modern benefits claimants to live under conditions from 1949 - the reason being, what exactly?

Breaking Bad.
Breaking Bad series 5, episode 9: Ordinary, decent lives
By Philip Maughan - 13 August 9:30

The beginning of the end for Walter White, and Breaking Bad, is here.

Laverne Cox in Orange is the New Black.
Laverne Cox: Trans people should not put their dreams on hold because of who they are
By Paris Lees - 11 August 11:24

The breakout star of Netflix's Orange is the New Black is a trans woman raised by a single mother in Alabama. She talks race, gender and politics with Paris Lees.

Room at the Top.
When you think about BBC4, what comes to mind?
By Bim Adewunmi - 07 August 10:30

Everyone still needs a place to think.

Fish.
There's nothing more comforting than the sorrowful mysteries of carp or chub
By Antonia Quirke - 06 August 18:00

Fisherman's Blues on TalkSport: Keeping it reel.

Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West.
Will we miss the BBC4 biopic? Judging by Burton and Taylor, yes, I think we will
By Rachel Cooke - 06 August 17:45

Come on Tony Hall! Trim a few salaries from the likes of Jeremy Clarkson and you'll be a hero: it's that simple.

Doctor Who: Peter Capaldi will be a Doctor of gravitas and steel
By Tom Phillips - 05 August 8:55

One of the joys of <em>Doctor Who</em> is that the actor isn’t limited by their human characteristics - Capaldi won’t have to play the Doctor as a 55-year-old man, because, you know, he isn’t.

Doctor Who: Peter Capaldi revealed as the new Doctor
By Caroline Crampton - 04 August 19:16

The name revealed on a special BBC1 announcement programme.

Martin Amis smoking.
Martin Amis: Why I had to quit the New Statesman
By Bithia Large - 31 July 10:00

The BBC's Meeting Myself Coming Back this week features the novelist Martin Amis, who remembers his days as Literary Editor at the New Statesman and explains why he had to leave.

Lachy Hulme in Howzat!
In search of cricket on the BBC: shall I rend my garments now, or later?
By Rachel Cooke - 19 July 17:45

Howzat! Kerry Packer's War and Horizon: the Truth About Personality.

New Statesman
In this week's New Statesman podcast
By Caroline Crampton - 19 July 16:33

Alien life, Conservative campaigning and hating on music festivals.

The cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
This is what should be on a TV Studies degree curriculum
By Bim Adewunmi - 18 July 8:36

A swift jog through past the TV shows that laid the bedrock for the programmes we're enjoying today.

Tanning Tales.
Tanning Tales and Arthur in the Underworld on BBC Radio 4
By Antonia Quirke - 18 July 8:30

You know when you've been Tango'd.

Idris Elba.
Am I a Luther convert? Yes. The plot might not stand up, but it's a cut above most cop series
By Rachel Cooke - 11 July 8:48

The show's garnered praise for Idris Elba's performance, but really its most important character is London.

Are women still getting short-changed on Question Time?
By James Evans - 10 July 14:34

A bit of number-crunching reveals on average in 2013, only two of the five panellists on <em>Question Time</em> were women. It's time for the BBC to be bold.

Paolo Nespoli on a stretcher.
Saturday Edition on BBC Radio 5 Live: A complete waste of space
By Antonia Quirke - 04 July 11:19

The programme took a good three hours to tell us why commercial space travel has been nothing but a disappointment.

It's finally acceptable to cast off the shackles of TV snobbery
By Bim Adewunmi - 27 June 12:11

Who knows, Bim Adewunmi might even give the next series Big Brother a go.

John Lydon on BBC 6 Music: When he was bad, he was rotten
By Antonia Quirke - 27 June 8:53

Antonia Quirke's take on the stand-in presenter for <em>Jarvis Cocker’s Sunday Service</em> on BBC 6 Music.

The White Queen on BBC1: A historical drama that's barely medieval at all
By Rachel Cooke - 27 June 8:49

Where are the lantern jaws and bowl haircuts, the suppurating pustules and the decaying teeth? Where is the dirt?

The Beach Boys Story on BBC 6 Music: Surfing the airwaves
By Antonia Quirke - 20 June 14:45

While there are those who will tell you that <em>Pet Sounds</em> is one of the most influential records of all time, the Beach Boys could be proper tedious.

The Returned and The Fall: Death warmed up
By Rachel Cooke - 20 June 14:31

A zombie thriller and a crime drama that ask you to suspend your disbelief.

The White Queen: romance, sex, magic, scowling, social snobbery and battles
By Amy Licence - 17 June 9:22

The BBC's new Sunday night drama set in the Wars of the Roses might not quite tick all historical boxes, but it's likely to become required Sunday night viewing.

Why I can't stand Clare Balding
By Will Self - 14 June 10:16

Will Self's "Madness of Crowds" column.

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