TV

David Kynaston’s Modernity Britain, the fifth of his series of histories of Britain since 1945, reveals the late Fifties to be not a time of illiberalism and repression, but of a generosity of spirit

British television editors still live in the 1980s, where the world of Netflix and iTunes is a distant dream

Mayday showed the originality so often lacking in management-led and prescriptive British television

Middlebrow TV drama like Death in Paradise is what tired viewers want and British writers do best

‘British comedy has gone from laughing with to laughing at: comedians no longer try to endear themselves to their audiences’

In broadcasting, as in literature, cynical writers devoid of self-belief are doomed to fail

Jewish Mum of the Year is both offensive and fails to explain the vagaries of Jewish life without resorting to shameful stereotyping

Hounded out of her native Norway by radical Islamists, Deeyah tells stories the leftist media dare not

The BBC’s managers thought they could kill the Savile sex abuse story. Now it is coming back to haunt them

Tom Holland’s film on the origins of Islam deserves praise for not shying away from controversy