Tom Sutcliffe

Tom Sutcliffe was The Independent's first Arts Editor in 1986 and is a former columnist and television reviewer

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Alana (Honey Boo Boo) reads a book to her baby doll.

TV review: Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (TLC) is certainly educational television

It's just an excuse to laugh at poor people and farting

Last night's viewing - The Fall, BBC2; The Flying Archaeologist, BBC4

"No one knows what's going on in someone else's mind and life would be intolerable if we did," murmurs Paul to his wife soothingly. Paul knows what he's talking about. He's a therapist and bereavement counsellor and, apparently, a loving father, currently a little preoccupied, like his wife, by his daughter's recurrent nightmares. In fact, the two of them are in her bed, the little girl having been resettled in the parental room after waking up screaming.

Shaun Dingwall and Paddy Considine in The Suspicions of Mr Whicher

TV review: Olivia Colman can do no wrong - But The Suspicions of Mr Whicher (ITV) was a mistake

United States of Television: America in Primetime, Sat, BBC2

Empty vessel: Ellen Gallagher’s Bird in Hand 2006 features a figure, Pegleg, who mutates into a pirate

In the visual arts aesthetic standards can't be measured by hard labour or the lack of it

Plus: Could an Indonesian fisherman understand the 'The Waste Land'? And this journalist finds himself between a sock and an art place on the streets of Berlin

Great Artists in their Own Words: Salvador Dali

TV review: Great Artists in Their Own Words, BBC4

Bankers, BBC2

The Weekend's Viewing: In Russell Lewis, Endeavour has a writer who knows when to stop

Endeavour, Sun, ITV1 // The Genius of Marie Curie – the Woman Who Lit Up the World, Fri, BBC2

Camp fire: Ian McKellen (left) and Derek Jacobi in ‘Vicious’

If you say you like ITV sitcom ‘Vicious’ or ‘Django Unchained’ its more than a statement of taste

Plus: Ben Kingsley and the crime of the scene and Grand Theft Auto V has an LA lookalike that's just grand

Last Night's Viewing: The Repo Man, Channel 4
12-Year-Old Lifer (the story of Paul Gingerich), Channel 4

Feeling better because of the spring sunshine? Daring to hope that things are getting better at last? If so you might want to avoid Sean James. "We don't live in a civilized country at all," Sean said gloomily at the beginning of Arron Fellows' film about his work. "The human race is shit."

Last Night's Viewing: Scott & Bailey, ITV1
Dara O Briain: School of Hard Sums, Dave

Scott & Bailey, it is becoming increasingly clear, actually takes place in an alternative universe, broadly indistinguishable from the one its viewers occupy but given away by one significant inversion. In our universe senior police officers are mostly men. In theirs it looks as if promotion exclusively favours women.

TV review - Archaeology: a Secret History, BBC4

Alex Polizzi – the Fixer Returns, BBC2

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Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before