John Lloyd, photographed by Lydia Goldblatt for the New Statesman.
John Lloyd: the brain behind QI
By Helen Lewis - 11 September 14:47

You probably haven’t heard of John Lloyd – but this self-described Stoic, whose career was derailed by depression, has probably made you laugh more times than anyone else.

We will never tire of good stories, but we can't predict how we will absorb them next. Image: Hulton Archive/Getty Images
If Shakespeare were alive today, he’d be writing TV dramas for HBO
By Ed Smith - 05 September 14:00

I remember my parents’ friends telling me that if Shakespeare had been alive in the 1960s, he’d have been a pop star. Now, it’s more likely he would be writing television dramas for HBO.

Filming Downton Abbey.
Why do Americans love Downton Abbey so much?
By Laura Miller - 05 September 10:10

Sean "P Diddy" Combs claims to be an "Abbey-head". Michelle Obama requested advanced copies of the most recent series, and invited Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern to the White House - what do the yanks see in it that so many Brits don't?

David Threlfall.
What Remains on BBC1: Not so much a whodunnit as a why-oh-whydunnit
By Rachel Cooke - 05 September 9:55

The BBC's new and much-trailed series about a workaholic detective who just can't let go strains credulity, despite its worthy-enough intentions.

Buffy.
I urge everyone moaning about film-to-TV adaptations to remember Buffy the Vampire Slayer
By Bim Adewunmi - 05 September 7:30

There are numerous routes to television - through radio, books and film. Is the upcoming adaptation of the Coen brothers' excellent "Fargo" something we need to be worried about?

The Crystal Palace.
The Albertopolis of the South on BBC Radio 3: Glints of royal passion
By Antonia Quirke - 05 September 7:00

Prince Albert is presented as a man convinced that the key to cultural progress lay in material inventiveness in a wistful documentary on London's Crystal Palace.

Bryan Cranston as Walter White.
Breaking Bad series 5 episode 12: Brimming with colourful metaphors, and, is Breaking Bad still good?
By Philip Maughan - 04 September 13:00

Jesse suffers a crisis of confidence - he's not the only one.

Does Aaron Sorkin have a woman problem?
By Sarah Hughes - 02 September 11:17

In the space of three shows - <em>Sports Night, Studio 60</em> and now <em>The Newsroom</em> - Aaron Sorkin's female television executives have gone from clever and competent to ditsy and childish. What's going on?

Whether talking about Twitter or Twixes, our incontinence knows no bounds
By Rachel Cooke - 31 August 7:46

Rachel Cooke takes on BBC2's "Fat Season".

Why are there so few penises on television?
By Bim Adewunmi - 30 August 13:49

There's an insidious double standard in operation on the small screen - naked breasts abound, but we never get to see a man's sexy parts.

I Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down: Summertime sadness
By Antonia Quirke - 30 August 8:27

A programme full of comedians talking about their worst gigs allows Antonia Quirke briefly to believe that the summertime malaise is at an end.

Jesse and Walter.
Breaking Bad series 5, episode 11: The last nail in the coffin
By Philip Maughan - 26 August 16:30

I need a new dust filter for my Hoover MaxExtract PressurePro model 60 - can you help me with that?

Julia Bradbury and Adrian Simpson.
The best and worst of British television: Benefits Britain; Fightback Britain; Unbuilt Britain
By Rachel Cooke - 22 August 16:00

Rachel Cooke on a weird and horrible week of television on the BBC and Channel 4.

Beethoven.
Composer of the Week on BBC Radio 3: Philharmonic for the people
By Antonia Quirke - 22 August 15:00

The Royal Philharmonic, moneygrubbing Beethoven and the 9th.

The cast.
Orange Is the New Black gives us a different view of the debate over "privilege"
By Bim Adewunmi - 22 August 10:50

Netflix's newest production offers nuance and subtle insight into the uses and abuses of power.

Breaking Bad.
Breaking Bad series 5, episode 10: Send him on a trip to Belize
By Philip Maughan - 20 August 11:30

Old grievances bubble up to the surface as the main players fall into line. But where does Jesse Pinkman's loyalty lie?

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.

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