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
19 March 2008
Only occasionally is Gavin and Stacey, the comedy about a girl from Barry who has fallen in love with a boy from...
Food and Drink
13 March 2008
It would be easy to crack jokes about Delia Smith's new series for the BBC, but I am going to resist: having watched it...
TV and Radio
06 March 2008
Rock Rivals (weekdays, 8pm or 9pm) is a new ITV drama inspired by one of the network's biggest hits, The X-Factor, and...
TV and Radio
28 February 2008
My Street Channel 4 Was there ever a time when people in cities knew all their neighbours? I'm in my late thirties now...
Culture
21 February 2008
Imagine: the Secret of Life BBC1 How's this for a joke? Alan Yentob on self-help books. Yes, I know. I was in hysterics...
Culture
14 February 2008
Tropic of Capricorn BBC2 I used to work with Simon Reeve, presenter of Tropic of Capricorn (Sundays, 8pm). No, that's...
Law
07 February 2008
Ashes to Ashes BBC1 I got myself worked up into a right old state about Ashes to Ashes (Thursdays, 9pm). I was...
TV and Radio
31 January 2008
Panorama - Cocaine: Alex James in Colombia BBC1 Is the dumbing down of Panorama at last complete? So it seems. It's...
TV and Radio
24 January 2008
Wonderland: the Man Who Eats Badgers BBC2 What do you keep in your freezer? The contents of mine are as follows: frozen...
Culture
17 January 2008
Louis Theroux: Behind Bars BBC2 Not to be mean, but what is the point of Louis Theroux? What exactly does he bring to...
TV and Radio
10 January 2008
Moving Wallpaper ITV1 Echo Beach ITV1 At ITV, the furniture has been moved. The result of this not-very-exciting...
TV and Radio
03 January 2008
What does Channel 4's decision to screen the first episode in the latest series of Shameless on New Year's Day (10.10pm...
TV and Radio
13 December 2007
Why is Russell T Davies so good at his job? How is it that he can turn out one acclaimed hit after another, from Queer...
TV and Radio
06 December 2007
In the days when I used to whip through Victorian novels as if they were meringues, Cranford was never one of my...
Law
29 November 2007
I am not much given to gushing but, in the case of Boy A, Mark O'Rowe's careful adaptation of Jonathan Trigell's novel...

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