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
03 February 2011
It can't be a surprise to anyone that Andrew Neil is feeling cross about all the posh boys who now adorn both the...
Culture
27 January 2011
Off the top of my head, I wrote down a list of all the people whose lives BBC4 has turned into films: Hughie Green,...
Culture
20 January 2011
Kidnap and Ransom ITV1Lately, Trevor Eve seems to be in everything. I'm not saying that this is a bad thing. I could...
Culture
06 January 2011
Regular readers of this column will not be surprised to hear that I am a great maker of New Year's resolutions. My...
TV and Radio
Zen
06 January 2011
First things first. If you haven't read anything by Michael Dibdin, you should do so immediately. Dibdin, who died in...
TV and Radio
29 December 2010
You know Christmas isn't far away when the Daily Mail starts bleating about repeats. This year, provoked by an evening...
TV and Radio
09 December 2010
The people at the Channel 4 press office were inexplicably reluctant to let me see a preview of the first part of the...
TV and Radio
08 December 2010
Although I love BBC4 and, to a lesser extent, More4, you can't get away from the fact that they have a lot of airtime...
TV and Radio
25 November 2010
Feel free to use almost any adjective you like to describe Peter Mandelson: with the exception of "fat"...
Film
18 November 2010
I have a love-hate relationship with Jimmy McGovern. At his best, he is a very good television writer, though perhaps...
Culture
11 November 2010
Watching the first show in Giles and Sue Live the Good Life (8 November, BBC2, 9pm) was perturbing - and this, I...
TV and Radio
04 November 2010
The TripBBC2In 2006, the director Michael Winterbottom made A Cock and Bull Story, a film of Laurence Sterne's novel...
Culture
28 October 2010
The Secret Life of the National GridBBC4Lighting. It's a deal breaker, isn't it? Impossible to live with someone who...
TV and Radio
21 October 2010
When Howard Jacobson, who comes from Manchester, announced in the third film in Channel 4's (mostly) excellent series...
TV and Radio
14 October 2010
Downton AbbeyITV1Two weeks in, and those of us who have been longing for a Brideshead Revisited-style Sunday-night...

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