Articles tagged Reaction.Life Column:

Reaction Media Review Column 27: Top Gear & Pointless Celebrities

  • 31 Oct 2020

This article first appeared on Reaction. Top Gear, BBC1 The new series of Top Gear is a revelation. It’s got back to its roots, and then some. I could never understand why the country’s premier car show was tucked away on BBC2, but now, after several decades it’s finally...

Reaction Media Review Column 26: 'The Comey Rule' & 'Political Thinking'

  • 20 Oct 2020

This article first appeared on Reaction.   The Comey Rule, Sky Atlantic Jim Comey was Director of the FBI when Donald Trump came to power. Indeed, some say that without Comey, Trump might never have won the election. It was he who ordered that the inquiry into Hillary...

Reaction Media Review Column 25: Could cancel culture scare off the new generation of political commentators?

  • 13 Oct 2020

This article first appeared on Reaction.   Reasoned with Darren Grimes, YouTube and all podcast platforms Darren Grimes has a certain reputation – most of it thoroughly undeserved. His reputation should be as one of the most articulate voices for Brexit in the country...

Reaction Media Column 23: Brunel & The Making an Impression Podcast

  • 1 Oct 2020

This article first appeared on Reaction.   Brunel: The Man Who Built Britain. Channel 5 A few weeks ago I wrote about the unpredictable quality of Channel 5’s multifarious and omnipresent royal documentaries. Some are complete tat, whereas others combine original rese...

Reaction Media Column 22: 'Washington' & the Biteback Chats Books' podcast

  • 26 Sep 2020

This article first appeared on Reaction.   Washington, History If there’s one thing that American TV channels do very well, it is making TV series about their presidents. I’ve written in previous columns about PBS America’s latest documentaries on Clinton, Bush and Re...

Reaction Media Column 21: 'Me & My Penis' & the How to Fail Podcast

  • 16 Sep 2020

This column appeared originally on Reaction. Me and My Penis, Channel 4 If you’re the sort of person who likes to see lots of willies on TV, you lucked out last Monday on Channel 4. It came on the back of (if you’ll pardon the expression) last year’s Channel 4 female equ...

Reaction Media Column 20: The Fast Show & Acting Prime Minister Podcast

  • 10 Sep 2020

Originally published on Reaction. The Fast Show: More Blooming Catchphrases, Gold Last Saturday, my partner and I celebrated 25 years together. What better way to spend the evening than to watch a two hour Fast Show documentary and retrospective? Who said romance is dead...

Reaction Media Column 18: Planet Normal & Occupied

  • 26 Aug 2020

This article first appeared on Reaction.Life. Occupied, Netflix It is, nowadays, almost de rigueur to be a fan of Scandinavian dramas. First, there was The Killing, then Borgen, then The Bridge. When we heard last week that Borgen is to return for a further series, I cou...

Reaction Media Column 17: Julia Gillard's 'A Podcast of One's Own' & Channel 5 Royal Documentaries

  • 20 Aug 2020

This column first appeared on Reaction.Life   A Podcast of One’s Own with Julia Gillard I’ve often wondered how former prime ministers and presidents cope with losing office. How does your brain adjust to being the most powerful person in the country one minute, and t...

Reaction Life Media Review 14: The Rise of the Murdochs & The Last Ship

  • 29 Jul 2020

This article was originally published on Reaction.Life. I wrote a new column each Friday on the site.   The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty, BBC2 As you will know, if you are a regular reader of this column, I’m a sucker for a person based biographical documentary. So whe...