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
25 October 2007
Famously, when Greg Dyke arrived at the BBC as director general in 2000 he was shocked to discover how poor its...
TV and Radio
18 October 2007
The actor Alan Howard turned 70 in August. He'd probably prefer to be known as one of the theatre's great...
Culture
11 October 2007
As it happens, I did not need cheering up on Sunday evening. I was still laughing at the predicament our no-spin PM,...
TV and Radio
04 October 2007
It was like awaking into a living nightmare. Radio 1 on Sunday morning (30 September) paired up Chris Moyles, the...
Culture
27 September 2007
On Monday 1 October, at 9am, Radio 4's flagship talk show, Start the Week, finally returns from its long summer vac....
TV and Radio
20 September 2007
Comparisons, we are taught, are odious, and those between different media pointless. Yet, because I spend half my week...
TV and Radio
13 September 2007
Sadism, sadomasochism, buggery, fellatio, cunnilingus, coprophilia, necrophilia, pornography, prostitution,...
Books
13 September 2007
Readers of his New Statesman column may feel they have shared every moment of this novel's tortuous gestation, but...
TV and Radio
23 August 2007
The market research people have their own ways of divvying up BBC Radio's various audiences: by age, by class, by...
TV and Radio
16 August 2007
The radio talk belongs to the era of the Third Programme, announcers in dinner jackets and a cultural hierarchy in...
Culture
09 August 2007
What can be wearisome about observational comedy is the stand-up's assumed superiority to his subject, especially when...
TV and Radio
02 August 2007
Did you hear the big 8.10am interview with David Cameron on Thursday? You probably didn't unless you were listening to...
TV and Radio
26 July 2007
It is that time of year when programmes hibernate. Each summer as the school holidays approach, Radio 4 listeners wait...
Culture
19 July 2007
Sophie Woolley's solo show When to Run, written and performed by her, came highly recommended. As a result, I tried so...
Culture
12 July 2007
In America there is an orthodoxy that, for a phone-in to work, it must be driven by a right-wing host such as Rush...

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