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
04 September 2008
Oh, this is bad. This is very bad. In fact, this is so awful I'm tempted to dash round to Peter Fincham's house right...
TV and Radio
28 August 2008
Finding the new Cold Feet is the Holy Grail of early-21st-century television. Yes, I know: you remember only its...
UK Politics
21 August 2008
As all scholars of Jane Austen know, charm is a dangerous thing. Beguiling, yet Parma-ham-thin, it hides all manner of...
TV and Radio
14 August 2008
Sue Perkins says that taking part in Maestro (Tuesdays, 9pm), the new reality show in which various "celebrities"...
Culture
07 August 2008
After I finished watching episode one of the third series of The Secret Millionaire (5 August, 9pm), I didn't set to...
TV and Radio
31 July 2008
A few weeks ago, I complained about how loopy the schedules become over the summer, as embarrassed commissioning...
TV and Radio
24 July 2008
Neat timing for the first part of The Making of Me (24 July, 9pm), in which the actor and singer John Barrowman tried...
TV and Radio
17 July 2008
Some subjects are just too complicatedly vast for a single documentary, or they are if the film-maker decides to take...
TV and Radio
10 July 2008
I must ring my travel agent. Suddenly, the schedules have turned very weird, which suggests to me that summer is here....
TV and Radio
03 July 2008
Thanks to its title, I was dreading Criminal Justice (30 June to 4 July, 9pm) even before I'd put myself through the...
TV and Radio
26 June 2008
It's good to try new things, isn't it? Or maybe it isn't. The other night, I watched Top Gear (Sundays, 8pm) for the...
TV and Radio
19 June 2008
Mostly, I'm a defender of television. I have certainly never subscribed to the idea, perpetuated first by one's parents...
Culture
12 June 2008
The writer Tony Saint has described his screenplay - Margaret Thatcher: the Long Walk to Finchley (12 June, 9pm) - as "...
Culture
05 June 2008
Sometimes I find television completely baffling. Who comes up with this stuff? The BBC, as a public service broadcaster...
TV and Radio
29 May 2008
On BBC Radio 3's Night Waves, serious discussions about Mary Whitehouse, the significance of. She was the devil...

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