New Statesman
What Musharaf in Educating Yorkshire taught us about the teachers' strike
By Jenny Landreth - 25 October 13:42

Ordinary, unscripted teachers do what no amount of professional PR ever could in this unexpectedly brilliant programme.

New Statesman
Stephen Fry's documentary about gay life across the globe is unexpectedly absorbing
By Rachel Cooke - 24 October 14:07

It was his stay in St Petersburg that touched and horrified most. The reedy young activists he met were so brave – they made me think of silver birch trees in a violent ice storm – and we got a frighteningly authentic whiff of the prevailing atmosphere.

New Statesman
Why the UK's luxury brands aren't expected to "do a Gucci"
By Antonia Quirke - 24 October 14:00

There was a dual tone throughout this programme: a kind of impatient casting up of the eyes to heaven about Britain’s lack of tax incentives for luxury craftsmen, and a deep smugness that many of our producers have neither the backing nor even any remote

The Great British Bake Off: Why do we love to tear down women who are good at what they do?
By Caroline Crampton - 22 October 15:12

Raymond Blanc's comment that the hugely popular baking show contains "not much skills, female tears" is symptomatic of widespread prejudice about women's roles at home and at work.

Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope in Scandal.
Why is it still groundbreaking for a TV show like Scandal to have a black female star?
By Bim Adewunmi - 18 October 13:14

Kerry Washington, star of <em>Scandal</em>, is the first black woman to be starring in a US primetime network show since the 1970s.

New Statesman
If the BBC's The Hour was an ersatz Mad Men, then what is ITV's Breathless?
By Rachel Cooke - 17 October 15:15

This was a pale imitation of a pale imitation - but I loved it.

New Statesman
Where did EastEnders go wrong?
By Yacine Assoudani - 16 October 18:38

Where are the Somalian faces and the realistic depictions of Multi-Cultural London English? What used to be a boundary-pushing British institution is rapidly becoming completely irrelevant.

New Statesman
On Benefits and Proud: The show where 'deserving taxpayers' stalk 'proud benefit claimants'
By Frances Ryan - 15 October 15:09

Channel Five has plumbed the depths of human decency with its latest scapegoating programme.

BBC's Atlantis: "family friendly" drama gone wrong
By Rachel Cooke - 10 October 15:05

The trouble with Atlantis isn’t that the drama is so lame; it's that its jokes are.

New Statesman
Breaking Bad gave us the ending the fans demanded, rather than the one Walter deserved
By Philip Maughan - 10 October 14:07

After the show's creator Vince Gilligan spent years promising moral retribution - did Walter get off too lightly?

New Statesman
Hugh Laurie's Blues Changes: The devil in the detail
By Antonia Quirke - 03 October 14:51

Laurie took to the lectern and described in detail the genesis of the song. The detail, the sheer pedantry, was simultaneously thrilling and unbearable.

New Statesman
The Wrong Mans: James Corden laughing in the face of danger
By Rachel Cooke - 03 October 14:43

“You know that what danger doesn’t do is call ahead . . . unless it’s the IRA.”

New Statesman
The music of horror films
By Antonia Quirke - 26 September 12:28

From the lullaby in Rosemary's Baby to Bernard Herrmann's final score in Taxi Driver, an unforgettable episode of BBC Radio 3's In Tune discussed music in thrillers.

New Statesman
Love songs in age: Fabulous Fashionistas
By Rachel Cooke - 26 September 12:13

Old age doesn't have to be a case of moving into a care home and "sitting in a circle with one's mouth open."

Jesse Pinkman.
Breaking Bad series 5, episode 14: Fifty shades of grey matter
By Philip Maughan - 24 September 12:09

The temperature reduces to a wheezing, purgatorial thaw, in the penultimate episode of Breaking Bad.

New Statesman
The Midwives: reality TV, but painfully real
By Bim Adewunmi - 19 September 13:06

We watch The Midwives, I think, because it is the story of us.

New Statesman
5 Live Energy Day: Dynamo Salford
By Antonia Quirke - 19 September 12:05

Where pleas rang out for us to watch the show that day online instead of merely listening.

New Statesman
TV binds us culturally, whether we like it or not
By Rachel Cooke - 19 September 11:57

The box populi can tell us a lot about our current state. And I'm on TV's side.

Breaking Bad.
Breaking Bad series 5 episode 14: "Near them on the sand, / Half sunk, a shattered visage lies"
By Philip Maughan - 16 September 22:40

If chemistry is the study of change, then what we are left with after a major family loss is pure, unadulterated Heisenberg.

New Statesman
A week on US radio: stuck between stations
By Antonia Quirke - 12 September 9:40

Fun-wise, it's been an unspectacular summer in New York

New Statesman
Educating Yorkshire and Bad Education: Stepping into a vortex of competition, bullying and sexual tension
By Rachel Cooke - 12 September 8:49

I loved watching the first part of the new documentary Educating Yorkshire. All I could think was: “No school for me, suckers!”

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.

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.