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  1. December 28, 2012

    When we say ‘culture’, what do we mean?

    With an admirable high-mindedness that borders on the perverse, BBC Radio 4 is celebrating New Year by pondering a weighty...

  2. November 13, 2012

    Academics oppose UK university reforms

    Sir David Attenborough, Sir Richard Dawkins and Alan Bennett have joined more than 60 other academics and intellectuals to...

  1. May 31, 2012

    Home Office hits back at university plea

    The Home Office hit back at recent calls from British universities for foreign students to be excluded from the government’s...

  2. May 4, 2012

    First prize for eclecticism

    Awards ceremonies for the arts can be vainglorious affairs. Performing artists make their living by the manifold projection...

  3. February 24, 2012

    Class divisions and collisions

    Melvyn Bragg has described his new series, which goes by the straight-shooting title of Melvyn Bragg on Class and Culture...

  4. October 28, 2011

    The Book of Books

    Lord Bragg brings his novelist’s nose for a good story to bear on the dramatic evolution of the King James Bible. First...

  5. September 17, 2011

    Presenters with an eye on the past

    Everywhere you look there are television programmes trying to teach us something we didn’t know that we didn’t know (or...

  6. April 29, 2011

    The sublime chorus

    The first issue of the King James Bible (1611) at the US Library of Congress The King James Bible After 400 Years: Literary,...

  7. February 14, 2011

    Cuts will widen arts divide, warns Eyre

    Cuts to arts organisations will result in “cultural apartheid”, according to Sir Richard Eyre, the writer-director and...

  8. January 20, 2011

    Precious crumbs from the big woman’s table

    The storyline of the comedy series Episodes (BBC1 Mondays) has a US channel boss wooing a British TV comedy writing couple...

  9. November 13, 2010

    The Corporate Diner: GMT, BBC Bush House

    GMT, BBC Bush House, Aldwych, London Food: Canteen staples, with internationalist tendencies Value for money: Very good...

  10. November 2, 2010

    ITV blames regime for need to chase ratings

    ITV could invest more in arts, factual programming and drama were it not for regulations, its managers told a Lords...

  11. October 30, 2009

    And nation shall speak unto itself

    British broadcasting (and not just the British Broadcasting Corporation) has done much in the past three decades to dilute...

  12. June 6, 2009

    Britain’s got talent – but let’s leave it to the professionals

    I was sharply disappointed that the singer Susan Boyle did not win Britain’s Got Talent (ITV, Saturday). This was not, I...

  13. May 16, 2009

    Art for everyone, not just insiders

    When “dumbing down” is spoken of in television, it is the loss of the arts that is often cited. Devoting hours of a mass...

  14. May 8, 2009

    Blossomest blossom

    Spring is here but Melvyn Bragg soon won't be - at least, he will not be on our television screens quite so often. Lord...

  15. May 7, 2009

    Joanna Lumley – first among equals

    The people have spoken. “Joanna Lumley for prime minister!” went their cry, and lo, it has very nearly come to pass. She has...

  16. November 8, 2008

    Critique leaves show unshaken

    From Melvyn Bragg. Sir, With reference to John Lloyd’s television column “Goggling and giggling: not the Bond way” (October...

  17. October 25, 2008

    Goggling and giggling: not the Bond way

    This week past, I heard a talk by a former high security official, who cannot be identified. One of the audience, warning...

  18. October 25, 2008

    Goggling and giggling: not the Bond way

    This week past, I heard a talk by a former high security official, who cannot be identified. One of the audience, warning...

  19. May 24, 2008

    Aristocrats in sickness and in health

    Two aristocrats were on screen this week: the real one was a plain Mr, and the false, a Duchess. Neither was great:...

  20. May 24, 2008

    Aristocrats in sickness and in health

    Two aristocrats were on screen this week: the real one was a plain Mr, and the false, a Duchess. Neither was great:...

  21. May 3, 2008

    TV choice Karl French

    Love Soup (BBC1 Saturday 9.45pm) still threatens to be something special but seems, as it has throughout this run, a...

  22. April 19, 2008

    Fiction: Remember Me

    by Melvyn Bragg Sceptre £17.99 FT bookshop price: £14.39 In Oxford, awkward Cumbrian grammar school lad Joe Richardson...

  23. April 19, 2008

    Remember Me

    Remember Me By Melvyn Bragg Sceptre £17.99 FT bookshop price: £14.39 In Oxford, awkward Cumbrian grammar school lad Joe...

  24. April 5, 2008

    Television - Karl French

    The weekend's TV highlight for most households will be the return of Doctor Who (BBC1 6.20pm), featuring a new-ish...

  25. December 18, 2007

    Puttnam-Bragg consortium seeks contract for Teachers TV

    Three leading liberals will be competing to provide television for teachers next year, with the emergence of a consortium...

  26. December 1, 2007

    Karl French - TELEVISION

    In the second instalment of This Is Civilisation (Channel 4 Saturday 8.00pm), Matthew Collings tackles the Renaissance and...

  27. October 20, 2007

    A master of wit popular with radio fans for polished one-liners

    Alan Coren, who has died aged 69, was once voted "wittiest man in Britain" by radio listeners, but his gentle satirical...

  28. October 6, 2007

    Read all about it - just not on the TV

    Speech radio would be bereft without books but television has had a far more difficult relationship with literature. Radio...

  29. August 4, 2007

    Culture outside the box

    Art is best when most itself, when it resists being used for purposes other than its own: the Ode to Joy is cheapened by...

  30. May 26, 2007

    Britain's Scottish champions

    Do only Scots care for Britain now? Is it to be held together by the will of the Iron Chancellor (who will be prime...

  31. November 18, 2006

    TELEVISION MARTIN HOYLE

    Saturday witnesses two of Channel 4's better deeds: Hitler's Holocaust (7.25pm) ends with a look at resistance and...

  32. October 19, 2006

    Party is such sweet sorrow

    Charles Allen's leaving bash had everything: bagpipes, rousing toasts ("to PAs and partners") and guests gossiping about...

  33. October 18, 2006

    Vroom doom

    Vroom doom Farewell, then, to the British-built TVR sports car. On Wednesday the company, which was bought by Russian...

  34. September 23, 2006

    TELEVISION KARL FRENCH

    The Labour party's recent schism over the tenure of Tony Blair at No 10 gave the political conference season a false dawn....

  35. September 16, 2006

    CRITICS' CHOICE

    Television: Nicholas Spencer Channel 4's scheduling of The Doomsday Code (Saturday 7.00pm) in the days after the 9/11...

  36. July 24, 2006

    RADIO - MARTIN HOYLE

    Radio 4's "Memory Experience", launched with much hoo-ha, advance press, a party and not an audible word to preview,...

  37. April 22, 2006

    Easter with passion and semolina

    Marie Stopes' doctorate was in botany, not medicine, and her speciality was the semolina plant. Dribbling (in the football...

  38. April 22, 2006

    TELEVISION NICHOLAS SPENCER

    In spite of its high ratings, ITV1's An Audience With . . . format has always been hit and miss. When the ellipsis has been...

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