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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Culture
10 June 2011
Scott and Bailey
Culture
02 June 2011
How does Adam Curtis get away with it? In the past, this question, falling from my own lips, was implicitly admiring....
Culture
26 May 2011
What's that sound? Ah, yes. Plinkety-plonk. Plinkety-plonk. Of course. It's the oh-so-ironic soundtrack - cue bouncy...
Culture
12 May 2011
VeraITV1Why on earth has ITV called its new detective series Vera? Technically I know why: its heroine, played by...
TV and Radio
12 May 2011
So, the ace documentary strand Wonderland is back and the new series kicked off with something pretty innovative: The...
Culture
05 May 2011
You can see how the people at ITV might have been seduced by the idea of commissioning a drama based on Kate...
Culture
27 April 2011
Until a couple of hours ago, I would have said that it was impossible to make a dull film about Scott and his doomed...
TV and Radio
14 April 2011
Why is The Kennedys (Thursdays, 9pm) so alluringly awful? I'm not sure. I've seen four episodes now and I am still...
Culture
07 April 2011
I'm allergic to celebrity documentaries; the narcissism and self-pity is enough to make the skin itch. But Neil...
TV and Radio
07 April 2011
I'll tell you one thing for nothing: that Michel Faber, he ain't no Charles Dickens. Luckily, though, on the telly,...
TV and Radio
31 March 2011
Women in LoveBBC4Even at the peak of my blue-stocking phase, when I used to bash through fat novels as if they were...
Culture
24 March 2011
Peter Taylor's documentaries tend to induce stomach ache and queasiness. I mean this as a compliment. In a world where...
Culture
17 March 2011
Civilisation: Is the West History?Channel 4Wonders of the UniverseBBC2When I worked on my student newspaper two decades...
TV and Radio
11 March 2011
The first part of Jamie's Dream School (Wednesdays, 9pm), in which various talented notables attempt to inspire a bunch...
TV and Radio
03 March 2011
South RidingBBC1There has never been a South Riding. The word riding - it comes from "thriding", meaning...

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