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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Across the Lines - Channel 4 Dispatches

TV review: Syria: Across the Lines - Channel 4 Dispatches

Israel: Facing the Future, BBC2

The Prince of Wales reveals an extraordinary treasure trove of rarely seen artworks by members of the Royal Family past and present and explores a colourful palette of intimate family memory and observation.

TV review - Plebs, ITV2

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.

John Sweeney, who has exposed human rights abuses in Zimbabwe, accompanied students from the London School of Economics, where his wife lectures

Review: Panorama - North Korea Undercover documentary

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.  

TV review: Endeavour and the cosy pleasures of the antique

Endeavour, Sun, ITV / Isaac Newton: The Last, Magician, Fri, BBC2

Declan Bennett and Zrinka Cvitesic in musical 'Once'

You can't make a West End musical out of a movie soundtrack

Plus, why it's often best to expect the worst when consuming culture

Andrew Graham-Dixon tours the Low Countries, exploring how history has influenced the area's art, architecture and culture.

TV review: The High Art of the Low Countries, BBC4

Tomorrow's World: a Horizon Special, BBC2

Jessica Pare as Megan Draper and Jon Hamm as the troubled, melancholy Don Draper

First Night: Mad Men, Season Six; Sky Atlantic

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

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.

Fit To Rule: How Royal Illness Changed History presented by Lucy Worsley

TV review - Fit to Rule: How Royal Illness Changed History, BBC

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.

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