Grace Dent

Grace Dent writes about television for The Independent

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Grace Dent on TV: Celebrity Masterchef has been as unappetising as England in the World Cup

Avid TV watchers might have found themselves at rather a loss this week. The schedule has offered slim pickings. We should, it seems, all be lost in a powerful World Cup fug by now, drinking in Gary Lineker’s and Adrian Chiles’s pieces to camera like Moses relaying the Ten Commandments, all of us far too distracted to want quality TV.

Asamoah Gyan dances in celebration with his team-mates after scoring Ghana’s second goal against Germany in the dramatic 2-2 draw in Fortaleza

Grace Dent: My latest top 10 World Cup moments

Featuring Coleen’s luggage, that Ghanaian goal celebration, and the force of nature that is Karim Benzema...

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen and Michiel Huisman as Daario Naharis

Grace Dent on TV: Game of Thrones season 4 felt like being trapped in the world’s worst Center Parcs

This series has had its plodding and problematic moments

Grace Dent: My Top 10 World Cup 2014 moments

From the impeccable chic of Thierry Henry to the Japanese fans who tidy up after themselves, there has already been so much to enjoy

Japanese fans cheer on their team during the 2014 FIFA World Cup match between Japan and Cote d'Ivoire during the public viewing event at Tokyo Dome on June 15

Grace Dent: My Top 10 World Cup moments

From the impeccable chic of Thierry Henry to the Japanese fans who tidy up after themselves, there has already been so much to enjoy

Grace Dent on TV: Why wouldn’t a cat start lobbying for John West tuna chunks at 4am?

The home of mainstream, brain-relaxing telly, ITV, ran two The Secret Life of… documentaries on the most broad and inclusive of subjects this week: cats and babies. Well,  I say inclusive. I didn’t bother with the baby one. I have a Facebook account, thus there are no more secrets about the world’s “bubbas” left to uncover. They look like pickled eggs and they make you very boring. The secrets are out.  I did, however, due to the marvellousness of the cat documentary, catch up on its forerunner, The Secret Life of Dogs, which ran last year and is still available on ITV Player. I suggest you do, too, as to my mind most decent British people identify as either a cat person or a dog person.

Wheels by Wonga: a great chance to peddle while you pedal

Transport for London is seeking a new sponsor for the capital’s “Boris bike” cycle hire scheme after Barclays ended its sponsorship.

Grace Dent on TV: Watching Coronation Street is murder – and not just for the characters

'There were several people I’d cheerily have seen murdered before Tina – how Fiz remains still breathing is a mystery'

Elliot Rodger made a video justifying his rampage
The journalist Joan Bakewell

Grace Dent: No need to ‘win’ when you’re old

Joan Bakewell says in later life one needs to give up ambition, rivalry and anxiety

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