Television

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Why SNL’s Tucker Carlson skit was a misfire

January 27, 2019 10:46 am

SNL writers presumably believe that all Fox News shows operate on the same level of idiocy — and that isn’t right

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Russell Baker and Masterpiece Journalism

January 23, 2019 11:04 am

The absence of directness in modern American journalism reflects the cowardice and complicity of the journalists

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Black Mirror: Bandersnatch exposes the dullness of Choose Your Own Adventure books

January 18, 2019 9:42 am

How else could a drama as knowing and meta and arch do anything other than disappear up its own bottom?

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Twenty years on from The Sopranos

January 11, 2019 2:19 pm

‘People have been calling me Big Pussy for 20 years!’

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I could watch Marie Kondo forever

January 7, 2019 10:15 am

The way Kondo does it is really quite inspirational. And relatively painless

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Moral preening and identity politics were the big winners at the Golden Globes

January 7, 2019 5:23 am

The answer to the race conundrum was to split the difference between the minorities, and give most of the awards to white actors

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‘Brexit unleased something monstrous’: James Graham interviewed

January 3, 2019 7:58 am

The playwright on how he made a drama out of a crisis

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Benedict Cumberbatch on playing my husband, Dominic Cummings

December 13, 2018 12:48 pm

Channel 4 has released the trailer for its new Brexit drama – and Mary Wakefield is struck by how good the performances are

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Why has late night swapped laughs for lusting after Mueller?

December 10, 2018 6:11 pm

Going after Trump is the least subversive act in comedy

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The problem with the new Animal Farm

November 28, 2018 7:14 pm

Four legs good, two films bad?

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No, Narcos, those who’ve had the odd puff and cheeky line aren’t to blame for the drug wars

November 22, 2018 1:30 pm

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from four seasons of the drug cartel drama, it’s that prohibition just makes things worse

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Thanks to Making a Murderer, Wisconsin’s bovine incompetence has been exposed

November 8, 2018 3:11 pm

How long do the state authorities think they can get away with it?

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Axios on HBO: dumb TV for people who think they’re smart

November 4, 2018 10:09 pm

It feels like a media Democrat’s idea of a shot for the sweet spot and the middle ground

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Can The Conners overcome the absent Roseanne?

October 16, 2018 6:19 pm

The Roseanne reboot flew in the ratings when it returned earlier this year. How will it fare without the titular star?

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The new Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker is a delight – but the script isn’t

October 11, 2018 8:28 am

The phrase ‘get woke, go broke’ captures well why Doctor Who was losing fans – and I’m not sure the writing in the new series dispenses with this problem

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Ye he Kan! Why Kanye West’s SNL stunt showed real courage

September 30, 2018 8:29 am

His rant against Democrats was more fun and interesting than the celebrity-endorsed jokes against Kavanaugh that took up the rest of the show

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The real Durrells of Corfu

September 26, 2018 7:00 am

The family drama behind the PBS show

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Gloriously macho: Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan reviewed

September 13, 2018 8:49 am

For too long the leftie-dominated entertainment industry has been ignoring the truth about our world

Did Ed Balls mean to make a documentary on the joys of Trump’s America?

August 2, 2018 10:50 am

The former British Shadow Chancellor’s new documentary is more favourable of Trumpsters than anyone at the BBC could have ever imagined.

Sacha Baron Cohen isn’t funny – especially when he’s mocking the powerless

July 26, 2018 10:02 am

I am troubled by the misuse to which he puts his considerable acting skills, quick brain and undoubted ballsiness.

Channel 4 doesn’t do ‘news’ in any meaningful sense of the word – it’s pure propaganda

July 19, 2018 12:51 pm

Gone are the days when political interviewers were dispassionate seekers-after-truth on a mission to get the best out of their subjects.

Why is this Israeli drama such a hit with Palestinians? Because it tells the truth

June 7, 2018 12:32 pm

‘The rule in our household is: if a TV series hasn’t got subtitles, it’s not worth watching,’ a friend told…