Rachel Cooke trained as a reporter on The Sunday Times. She is now a writer at The Observer. In the 2006 British Press Awards, she was named Interviewer of the Year.

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TV and Radio
17 October 2011
OK, so tell me this. Can you imagine Howard Hodgkin agreeing to go on Who Do You Think You Are? (Wednesdays, 9pm)? Or...
TV and Radio
10 October 2011
Mary Queen of FrocksChannel 4When the retail guru Mary Portas first appeared on our TV screens, a great big lollipop of...
Culture
03 October 2011
After a while, I lost count of the clichés in Shirley (29 September, 9pm). A girl who stuns a reluctant booking agent...
Culture
26 September 2011
I won't properly be able to concentrate on this review until I get something out of the way. I have big news. It seems...
TV and Radio
14 September 2011
Are the proposed cuts to its output already secretly under way at BBC4? I ask only because in Tom Holland's mildly...
TV and Radio
11 September 2011
Appropriate Adult (ITV1)
Culture
29 August 2011
The BBC has a highly enjoyable if rather old-fashioned new teatime entertainment called Epic Win, in which members of...
TV and Radio
22 August 2011
Crikey. What fun it is that Jeremy Irons is playing the 15th-century pope Alexander VI in Showtime's The Borgias (...
TV and Radio
15 August 2011
I do like Channel 4's new architecture series The Secret Life of Buildings. Specifically, I like its presenter, Tom...
TV and Radio
08 August 2011
The Daily Mail is busy (yet again) getting its M&S knickers in a twist about the new-look, post-budget-cuts BBC:...
Culture
01 August 2011
Is Alan Yentob aware how . . . bumbling he looks beside the BBC's other arts presenters, most of whom seem to have a...
TV and Radio
25 July 2011
Yes, it could still go wrong: after all, Abi Morgan's series The Hour (Tuesdays, 9pm) is in six parts, which leaves...
TV and Radio
18 July 2011
I'm not sure that I understand the BBC's recent preference for the single film over the series.Is it to do with money?...
Culture
11 July 2011
Afghanistan: the Unknown CountryBBC2Are male war reporters self-aggrandising? I couldn't possibly comment, though I...
Culture
04 July 2011
Like many women, I can measure out my life in perfume. My first scent was the old-fashioned and slightly herbaceous Ma...

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