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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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...
TV and Radio
22 May 2008
People talk of the obesity epidemic, but what about the self-pity epidemic? There are lots of things to say about The...
TV and Radio
15 May 2008
To mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel, the BBC's Storyville strand screened three films...
Culture
08 May 2008
It's a while since I've bothered to watch The South Bank Show, and now I remember why. The laziest programme on...
TV and Radio
01 May 2008
So, the BBC news operation has a £550,000 new look. Was it really worth it? The main innovation is a spinning-globe...

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