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
26 March 2009
I’ve been carefully avoiding Heston Blumenthal’s daft new series, in which he “re-creates” feasts of the past. I’d...
Culture
19 March 2009
Who watches 24-hour news? I only watch it when I’m lonely: when I arrive in a hotel room late at night on a work trip....
TV and Radio
12 March 2009
Fat people. They’re a scream, aren’t they? Partly, it’s that they’re so rare, of course, Britain being such a healthy...
TV and Radio
05 March 2009
I had been looking forward to Channel 4’s adaptation of David Peace’s Red Riding quartet (Thursday nights from 5 March...
UK Politics
26 February 2009
Of all the unlikely things that happened to Margaret Thatcher in her long political life, perhaps none was stranger...
UK Politics
19 February 2009
Suddenly, the thought occurs: is Jeremy Paxman shy? I'm serious. Until Sunday night, when I watched the first part of...
TV and Radio
12 February 2009
The Mad Men effect is everywhere. Only this morning, I opened a glossy magazine, and there was an ad for Aquascutum in...
TV and Radio
05 February 2009
So, what have we here, detective inspector? A grisly murder mystery, starring the super-smooth hunk of the moment,...
International Politics
29 January 2009
In the lull before the total heaven that will be the beginning of the second series of Mad Men on 10 February (BBC4,...
UK Politics
22 January 2009
I can't claim, by any stretch of the imagination, to be much of a Church historian, so it was with some surprise that I...
Culture
15 January 2009
Fergus Henderson and Jeremy Lee: I know both a little. I have interviewed Henderson, the chef at St John, and I once...
Culture
08 January 2009
My big prediction for television in 2009: there will be lots of programmes about recycling, and lots of recycling in...
TV and Radio
18 December 2008
I'd be willing to bet good money - as much as £139.50, in fact - that when one day social scientists look back to...
TV and Radio
18 December 2008
An innocent girl, casually switching on her television this Christmas, could be forgiven for having a sudden sense of...
Culture
11 December 2008
Thomas Beatie, as all the world now surely knows, is a transgender man from Oregon who had the breasts he was born with...

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