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Sharpened outrage

HAS God been airbrushed out of the story?

Pop in the suburbs

IF YOU reckon that you have some interest in British culture, why not plot where you lie on the spectrum that stretches from 18th-­century landscape gardening to 1970s punk rock? That ought to cover all the bases, and last week’s TV helpfully sharpened up our analysis by broadcasting docu­mentaries ...

Up above the world

A CALIFORNIAN road-trip is a media cliché: a voyage of self-discovery facilitated by sex, drugs, and rock-’n’-roll. A refreshingly different take on the trope was presented by BBC4’s Britain’s Star Men: Heroes of astronomy 

Question of guilt

PAUL FINCHLEY is not innocent. We realise, early on, that, although apparently a happily married family man, he indulged, during the sexually permissive decades of his fame, in the magnetism generated by his fame as a popular comedian by frequently taking advantage of young women, adoring fans. His ...

Across the border

SCOTLAND and the Battle for Britain (BBC2, Sundays) heralded its serious intent by refraining from extending its title with its celebrity presenter’s name — “With Andrew Marr”. This two-parter was his account of the rise of Scottish nationalism, the inde­pendence referendum, the Brexit debate, and t...

River of fire

SPEAKING as a member of its Greater Chapter, it was with some distress that I saw St Paul’s Cathedral go up in flames last week

Outdoor disasters

”YOU are nearer God’s heart in a garden than anywhere else on earth,” is the old saying. Garden Nightmares (ITV, Tuesday of last week) implied something more sinister than that. Witness after witness was summoned to recall disasters of varying seriousness

Village dilemma

A COUPLE of years ago, the brothers Harry and Jack Williams wrote a memorable thriller, Missing, about a child who was abducted. Now they return with a new four-part drama, One of Us (BBC1 Tuesday of last week), set in a remote Highlands village

Solutions needed

IT WOULD be hard to review the past week’s television without re­­ferring to the Olympics. They have dominated the news, certainly at the BBC, which has the broad­casting rights for them. A GB bronze medal for syn­chronised hop-scotch would pro­­b­­ably make the ten-o’clock news, and the winner — so...

Front-line report

IT WOULD have made a splendid TV comedy programme — except that it was real life, with real consequences. The almost unbelievable events of the referendum campaign and its aftermath contradicted the idea that politics is boring

Between the lines

THE first battle of the Somme resolves, ideologically speaking, into the expected national stereo­typical conflict between, on the one hand, grim adherence to a theoret­ical concept, and, on the other, a prag­­matic flexibility to deal with the actual situation

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