Grace Dent

Grace Dent writes about television for The Independent

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Terry Sue-Patt as Benny in the BBC children’s soap ‘Grange Hill’

Children's TV shows like Grange Hill used to connect us to the real world

The death of Terry Sue-Patt has reminded me of how easy it is now for someone to slip downhill unnoticed

The “manel” is just men sharing manly wisdom with an audience, almost always on a subject that affects both sexes

The man-only panel is bad, but the token-woman panel is even worse

The average manel – a men-only panel of experts – really does not want to be a manel,  it’s an awkward, backwards-looking creature and it knows it

Grace Dent on TV: Benefits Street benefits us - because poverty should be funny, right?

But whether it in any way benefits any of the people who are in it is questionable

Paddy Ashdown speaks to Andrew Neil on the BBC about the exit poll on election night

Me, Jeremy Vine, Kay Burley and a long night of bantergeddon

The election coverage on TV ranged from the totally futuristic to the totally pointless

Timothy Spall as Maurice Grosse and Juliet Stevenson as Betty Grosse.

Grace Dent on TV: The Enfield Haunting's poltergeist was about as scary as a drunk uncle

Sky Living's creepy tale isn't a patch on 1992's Ghostwatch

Jamie Oliver joins children as they celebrate Food Revolution Day 2014 by cooking bread, making smoothies and creating salads at St Paul's Whitechapel CE Primary School in London

Teaching children to cook at school is a recipe for self-respect

Kids must be armed with kitchen skills to give them an alternative to fast food

It’s a total gas: Peter Kay and Sian Gibson in ‘Car Share’

Grace Dent on TV: Peter Kay's Car Share made me genuinely LOL

Here is a comedy about the restorative joy of friendship

Bruce Jenner was interviewed by Diane Sawyer

Bruce Jenner interview: We think being transgender is a rare thing. And that’s part of the problem

The sooner we accept that gender, for many people, isn’t a cut and dried thing, the better

The cast of W1A return for a second series

Grace Dent on TV: W1A is the BBC pulling its pants down and slapping its own bare cheeks

Every episode, for me, is a ticker-tape parade of recognisable woes - not just from my nigh-continuous dealings with the Beeb, but with all channels

Jeremy Clarkson is brave in opening up. So don’t sneer at him

Clarkson’s words reminded me that violent outbursts are so rarely about one human being simply adoring the feeling of hitting another

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The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
Number of young homeless in Britain 'more than three times the official figures'

'Everything changed when I went to the hostel'

Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
Compton Cricket Club

Compton Cricket Club

Portraits of LA cricketers from notorious suburb to be displayed in London
London now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert

Wlecome to London, drug money-laundering centre for the world

'Mexico is its heart and London is its head'
The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court that helps a winner keep on winning

The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court

It helps a winner keep on winning
Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'