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
29 May 2006
Well, I'm back, and already I'm spitting chips. This past week, the daily Woman's Hour drama (Radio 4, 10.45am) has...
TV and Radio
08 May 2006
An ominous development at Radio 4. On Tuesday (11pm), there began a series called Down the Line, a phone-in programme...
TV and Radio
01 May 2006
As I write, the salaries of Radio 4's leading presenters have not yet been leaked by the BBC mole. But it is bound to...
TV and Radio
24 April 2006
Easter, and all I wanted to do - apart from break my non-existent Lenten fast by scoffing industrial quantities of...
TV and Radio
17 April 2006
Usually, I wouldn't dream of reviewing a programme presented by Kate Thornton. The frontwoman of ITV's X Factor has one...
TV and Radio
10 April 2006
On Radio 4, a new comedy show has begun. Called Civilisation (Wednesdays, 6.30pm), it is a DIY guide to, well, building...
TV and Radio
03 April 2006
For a period in my twenties, I had a boss of whom I was absolutely terrified. There were lots of reasons for this, but...
TV and Radio
27 March 2006
This week, I was longing to write about the anachronism that is Pam "I wish I'd looked after me teeth" Ayres, who has...
TV and Radio
20 March 2006
A new sitcom has begun on Radio 4. It is called The Other Man, and stars Julian Rhind-Tutt, whose peculiarly narrow...
TV and Radio
13 March 2006
Did Gordon Brown, lately so concerned with Britishness, listen on Tuesday to Soul Music (Radio 4), about Sir Cecil...
Culture
06 March 2006
In the pages of the Guardian, an enjoyable row recently broke out: it concerns Radio 3. Radio 3 rows are particularly...
Books
06 March 2006
Some years ago, I reviewed a novel in these pages about a nice, middle-class woman in her thirties, marooned in south...
TV and Radio
27 February 2006
Not long ago, I recommended a recently relaunched women's magazine to a friend. She sent her verdict via e-mail. "A lot...
TV and Radio
20 February 2006
When I began this column five months ago, I said that Ian McMillan, the "Bard of Barnsley", had crept all over the BBC...
TV and Radio
13 February 2006
The BBC 5 Live website is incredibly weird. When I visited it the other day, I almost laughed out loud. Take the "...

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