Andrew Billen has worked as a celebrity interviewer for, successively, The Observer, the Evening Standard and, currently The Times. For his columns, he was awarded reviewer of the year in 2006 Press Gazette Magazine Awards.

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Business
27 February 2006
Stitched up, dumbed down - that was David Brent's immortal summary of how the fictional docu-soap that The Office...
TV and Radio
20 February 2006
It's day five for 24, the American drama that charts the thwarting of terrorist attacks in real time, an hour for an...
TV and Radio
13 February 2006
Vanessa Engle, who last year made a series about alternative art in the 1960s, has turned her attention to the greyer...
TV and Radio
06 February 2006
There was a death and a funeral in the latest episode of Shameless, served up with the series's customary disregard for...
TV and Radio
30 January 2006
Although the story would soon end sadly, the most emotional moment on television last week was on Saturday afternoon...
TV and Radio
23 January 2006
These days, the BBC usually sends reviewers DVDs, but it posted me Stephen Poliakoff's latest epic (15 January, 9pm) on...
TV and Radio
16 January 2006
Now here's a twist on the maverick cop formula: a young detective who, to the bemusement of his brutish colleagues,...
Culture
09 January 2006
The continuity announcer promised "an intimate portrait of an inti-mate portrait being made". It was an interesting...
TV and Radio
19 December 2005
I value writing this column partly because I am a lazy TV viewer. I watch plenty of television but not, left to myself...
UK Politics
12 December 2005
Watching these documentaries, I was reminded of Archie, the saddo played by Paul Whitehouse in The Fast Show, who would...
TV and Radio
05 December 2005
Punctuating this facetious drama about the late Princess Margaret was a bald actor playing the late Labour MP Willie...
TV and Radio
28 November 2005
Bernardo Bertolucci once bemoan- ed to me in an interview the paradox of television. Potentially the most exciting...
TV and Radio
21 November 2005
There is nothing in the world, said George Dixon in one of his Saturday-night homilies to the nation, as rotten as a...
TV and Radio
14 November 2005
I have been thinking about Billie Piper, and not in that way either. Five years ago, she was an ex-teenybopper, most...
TV and Radio
07 November 2005
I was once talking to a Fox PR person just before Titanic, the most expensive film ever made, was released by her...

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