Television

game of thrones

I admire the scale and ambition of Game of Thrones – but isn’t it just a little bit corny?

April 18, 2019 12:29 pm

The ability to keep us entirely in the dark as to how it will all end is impressive, but there is a tendency towards tin-eared dialogue

our planet

If you liked Triumph of the Will, you’ll love Our Planet

April 11, 2019 11:17 am

Our Planet and Fleabag reviewed

jude law young pope

The Young Pope and the old game

April 9, 2019 10:26 pm

When it comes to sport, soccer is the world’s game, and the US is playing catch-up

jussie smollett

Could Tom Wolfe have invented the Jussie Smollett story?

April 1, 2019 10:06 am

The Smollett story is so perfectly Wolfeian I wouldn’t be all that surprised if somebody told me it was his last unfinished book

veep

Veep’s jokes are the truth about women in politics

March 26, 2019 11:35 am

When a man throws things at his staff, it’s assault. When a woman does it, it’s a punchline

michael jackson

It’s shocking how many Michael Jackson fans are still determined to take his side

March 14, 2019 10:12 am

Leaving Neverland and After Life reviewed

sxsw

A marketer’s request: Make SXSW exciting again

March 8, 2019 1:21 pm

The festival is attempting to position itself as politically and socially relevant with initiatives like the presidential candidate interviews

michael jackson

Michael Jackson, smooth criminal

March 5, 2019 10:13 am

The accusations of Leaving Neverland are as grotesque as they are plausible

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Luke Perry and Keith Flint: Gen X-ers from the Lost Age of the Nineties

March 4, 2019 7:06 pm

Nothing that Flint or Perry could do would ever eclipse their Nineties’ output

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Jussie Smollett’s journey from dehab to rehab

February 23, 2019 9:12 am

Being a gay black man could be a career-saving move if Smollett plays the part for liberal white media

jussie smollett

Jussie Smollett, and the strange alchemy of egalitarian despotism

February 22, 2019 10:19 am

The less hate there is in the United States, the more hate crimes must be manufactured in order to keep the Fraternal Order of Victims afloat

russian doll

A reincarnation drama worth reliving

February 18, 2019 2:09 pm

Russian Doll reviewed

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Joy Villa: Border wall Grammys dress made people angrier than ever

February 12, 2019 4:37 pm

Camila Cabello seemed to approve though

bundy serial killers

What is it about young women and serial killers?

February 11, 2019 10:02 am

On the surface, Ted Bundy was good-looking, normal-behaving and could be disarmingly charming

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WATCH: SNL sends up the Virginia blackface scandal

February 10, 2019 3:24 pm

‘But it was the Eighties!’

tulsi gabbard

Who’s afraid of Tulsi Gabbard?

February 6, 2019 1:21 pm

The Hawaii congresswoman is an identity politics box-ticker, yet MSNBC has it in for her. Why?

maroon 5

Maroon 5, America 0

February 3, 2019 10:11 pm

Sport is supposed to be an escape from everyday life, but the Kaepernick-Trump stand-off has ruined all that

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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

black mirror bandersnatch

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!’

marie kondo

I could watch Marie Kondo forever

January 7, 2019 10:15 am

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

richard madden golden globes

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

brexit james graham

‘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