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
25 February 2012
The new Showtime series Homeland (Sundays, 9.30pm), for which some of us have been waiting for ages, is really rather...
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20 February 2012
Call the Midwife/A Dad is BornBBC2I don't even remotely understand the appeal of Call The Midwife (BBC2, Sundays, 8pm...
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12 February 2012
I intended this column to be a review of The Diamond Queen, a "major" new series about our monarch, presented...
Culture
30 January 2012
Rachel Cooke wonders: Was fashion in the 1960s really this wet? I tend to get Jean Shrimpton and her near contemporary...
TV and Radio
23 January 2012
I think my long-standing crush on Jonathan Meades - it's an intellectual crush, obviously; I certainly don't pine to...
TV and Radio
16 January 2012
I hate January and need something to pull me through. But what, exactly? Stella (Sky1), a "comedy-drama"...
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09 January 2012
Oh dear. I hear the sound of a barrel being scraped. First we had Inspector Morse, which was really rather good, and so...
TV and Radio
12 December 2011
Nothing annoys me more than people who say there is nothing on television. What rot. This year was replete with good...
Culture
12 December 2011
I've never met Charlie Brooker, who writes a column in the Guardian, but I know him from afar and he makes me a little...
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05 December 2011
Rachel Cooke is depressed by brash displays of greed and emptiness. The sound of grotesquely rich people talking about...
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28 November 2011
The KillingBBC4I suppose you are waiting for me to say something cool and cynical about the second series of The...
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16 November 2011
There is something very, very weird about Pan Am (Saturdays, 9.45pm) - not least its title. Couldn't they have come up...
Culture
14 November 2011
Life's Too ShortBBC2I have interviewed Ricky Gervais twice and one thing I can tell you for sure is that he laughs at...
TV and Radio
10 November 2011
There is plenty of nonsense on television at the moment. On ITV, Downton Abbey grows ever nuttier, with its disabled...
Culture
31 October 2011
Holy Flying CircusBBC4The Daily Mail believes that you can tell a person's age - even if they've been botoxed to within...

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