The Good Wife on More4 is in the midst of a reputation revision. Long-term fans of the smart, glossy legal drama, which began its fifth season on More4 last night, often complain it's not given the recognition it deserves. It's true that among crime and law procedurals (TV shows where a problem is raised and solved within a single episode) this is a show of unusual quality. But is The Good Wife really that good?
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More football factory than Tyneside factory: Circus back in town as Joe Kinnear returns to Newcastle United in surprise appointment
Monday 17 June 2013
The former manager is made director of football
Friday 14 June 2013
After his big rival was seemingly conjured from nowhere, Magician was this evening threatening a disappearing act from the big showdown between Classic winners on the first day of Royal Ascot.
Monday 10 June 2013
Get ready for the fast show. Three of the seven Group One races scheduled at Royal Ascot will be run within the first 80 minutes of the meeting – and the fortunes of bookmakers and punters next week may well be irrevocably determined within that same, breathless span.
Sunday 09 June 2013
Bolger colt 6-1 to atone for Dawn Approach's Epsom eclipse in Irish Derby after stylish win
Friday 07 June 2013
New research uses off-the-shelf optical components to steer light around objects
Britain's Got Talent 2013: Simon Cowell sends child dancers Pre Skool through to final - but offends viewers by calling them 'midgets'
Friday 31 May 2013
Britain's Got Talent judge Simon Cowell reignited the row over children performing on the show by sending some of the competition's youngest contestants through to the grand final - but avoided a kiss from Amanda Holden in the process.
Photography book review: Magic: 1400s-1950s, By Mike Caveney, Jim Steinmeyer, Ricky Jay, and Noel Daniel
Sunday 26 May 2013
Magic has enchanted humankind for millennia, evoking terror, laughter, shock, and amazement. Once persecuted as heretics and sorcerers, magicians have always been conduits to a parallel universe of limitless possibility.
Saturday 25 May 2013
With just a week remaining until the greatest race on British turf, much of the build-up has been culpably diverted to a jockey now depending for a mount on the indulgence not only of the regulators, but also of trainers and owners. For even if Frankie Dettori duly regains his licence next week, the timetable would make it impossible for him to ride before the very eve of the Investec Derby.
Thursday 23 May 2013
The sport needs to react decisively to Garcia's 'joke' if it's serious about changing locker room and stands from being a mostly white domain
Tuesday 21 May 2013
We've heard about audience participation, but this is ridiculous. Standon Calling is inviting punters to become a fully fledged part of the entertainment at the Hertfordshire-based festival this summer – by training them up as circus performers. By purchasing an extra £50 add-on ticket, attendees can rock up at the site two days early (Wednesday 31 July; camping and all other facilities will open specially for the purpose) and spend those days doing classes as part of the Standon People's Circus.
Monday 13 May 2013
The perceived wisdom is that if a trainer thinks he has a cluster of Derby contenders, then he hasn’t any. Perhaps there is something in the theory; Aidan O’Brien’s three winners of the premier Classic – Galileo, High Chaparral and Camelot – were respectively accompanied to post by zero, two and one stablemates. And the scattergun years – there were eight Ballydoyle runners in 2007, for instance, and six in 2009 – have tended to yield only minor placings.
Sunday 12 May 2013
Another day, another Derby trial won by Aidan O'Brien. After Ruler Of The World and Magician at Chester, it was the turn of Nevis at Lingfield to confirm that the Ballydoyle team at least have quantity on their side in the run-up to Epsom, even if its quality will not be defined until the day itself, 1 June. It is a fair assumption, though, that Nevis will not be carrying the Co Tipperary stable's first colours; he won by nine lengths yesterday, but then so he should have, as his opposition was rendered negligible by the late withdrawal of the strongly fancied Greatwood.
Saturday 11 May 2013
Cumani colt can prove Classic credentials against dominance of O’Brien contenders
Friday 10 May 2013
It is very easy to get swept away with dreams for a ‘Naya Pakistan’, yet the result of the elections could not be more important for both Pakistan and the wider world
RSC's Titus Andronicus carries heavy warning as production ups the blood-squirting gore Tarantino-style
Thursday 09 May 2013
Alice Jones' Arts Diary
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
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