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
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...
TV and Radio
24 February 2011
I've come late to Marchlands (Thursdays, ITV1, 9pm): by the time you read this, episode three will have been screened....
Culture
17 February 2011
The Promise
TV and Radio
10 February 2011
Boardwalk Empire, Sky AtlanticIt's hard to review a show as hyped as HBO's Boardwalk Empire (began 1 February, 9pm)....
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...

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