Tom Sutcliffe was The Independent's first Arts Editor in 1986 and is a former columnist and television reviewer
18 April 2013 10:00 AM
Israel: Facing the Future, BBC2
17 April 2013 10:44 AM
The Mindy Project, E4
16 April 2013 09:00 AM
I've caught up late with Plebs, Sam Leifer and Tom Basden's comedy about three also-rans in Ancient Rome, which turns out to be a likeable enough affair, though you never entirely feel that they get out of second gear when it comes to the writing.
15 April 2013 09:59 PM
The BBC defended its Panorama film about North Korea as being “strongly in the public interest”. One certainly imagines a lot more members of the public were interested after the row over the methods employed in filming it, which included its excitable reporter John Sweeney growing a beard and — if you buy the line of attack mounted by academics at the London School of Economics — using innocent students as camouflage. But the question only the film itself could answer was whether it actually contained anything that would interest the public — this being the kind of country where they may let the occasional Trojan horse in but never, ever leave it unattended long enough for the occupants to climb out and get up to mischief.
15 April 2013 10:01 AM
Endeavour, Sun, ITV / Isaac Newton: The Last, Magician, Fri, BBC2
13 April 2013 12:13 AM
Plus, why it's often best to expect the worst when consuming culture
12 April 2013 08:47 AM
Tomorrow's World: a Horizon Special, BBC2
11 April 2013 12:00 AM
Sad men: existential crisis comes to Madison Avenue as series goes astray
Last night's viewing - Keeping Britain Alive: the NHS in a Day, BBC2; Pop! The Science of Bubbles, BBC4
10 April 2013 12:00 AM
Keeping Britain Alive: the NHS in a Day – the results of a transverse biopsy on the National Health Service – has a very simple question at its heart: "If we could see what this institution does in one day, what would it make us think?" My guess is that the makers of the series pretty much know the answer to this question already.
09 April 2013 08:28 AM
Fit to Rule: How Royal Illness Changed History had a fairly interesting premise: that it wasn't the power and strength of our monarchs that determined British history so much as their frailties. "I'm going to reveal the chinks in the royal armour," promised Lucy Worsley, chief curator at the Historic Royal Palaces.
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Nigel Farage promises Ukip will not 'stigmatise' would-be migrants – and says he wants 'everyone to speak the same language'
Ex-head of MI6: 'We shouldn't kid ourselves that Russia is on a path to democracy'
Most people think legal tax avoidance is just as wrong as illegal tax evasion, poll suggests