Why ‘Lady Chatterley’ Still Provokes Us

On the set of the BBC’s recent adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s novel, I realised that his most controversial book is as important as ever

The Greatest Man I Ever Knew?

The rich, varied, and absorbing life, and careers, of John Freeman

Predictable Pot-Shots At Auntie

The stifling right-wing press has adopted a cultish refusal to publish one good word about the BBC

Protestant Power Games

Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall, superbly adapted for television, is brilliant because it defies easy definition

Who’s in Charge of BBC News?

The Corporation's reporting and investigations are still essential-but now they are threatened from within 

Rivers of Babylon

The great provocateur - Joan Rivers

Revolt of the TV Eunuchs

Celebrity presenters such as Jon Snow reject impartiality. But the news must not be twisted

A Saga with Staying Power

Revisiting the unsurpassed TV glories of The Forsyte Saga

Civilisation: Do we know it when we see it? He did

The presenter the BBC chooses to remake Kenneth Clark's seminal series has a tough act to follow

Typecast by the ‘ologies

‘I know that my obituary will read "Lipman Gets Cut Off", but I honestly thought the BT 'ology commercials were toasted bagels-until Nigel Farage brought it all back'

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"