Family sugar audit: Eva Orsmond  with Louise and Ollie Ryan

Next time you see a child with a fizzy drink, you might need to resist the urge to whip it out of their hands while sarkily suggesting to the parent (...)

Downton Abbey joins the revolution: the stars of War and Peace

Who knew Tolstoy could be such a romp? The ostentatiously opulent War and Peace (BBC One, Sunday) is a big, bold and beautiful adaptation of the epic (...)

Fond farewell: Don Draper’s final act in Mad Men

In a year when there has been so much top-class TV, picking my 10 best programmes is tricky. Like an avid reader with a pile of books by the bed, I ha(...)

Mystery woman: Andrew Graham-Dixon and Pascal Cotte with the Mona Lisa; Cotte’s research uncovers hidden details in Leonardo’s painting

Andrew Graham-Dixon bigs up The Secrets of the Mona Lisa (BBC Two, Wednesday) with the grand promise that his hour-long film “will change everything (...)

Unshowy: The Murder Detectives  Web caption here for Murder Detectives pic

True crime is a tricky genre. Read about a complex Ponzi scheme and you feel smart and informed, but pick up a rushed-out book about a high-profile m(...)

Startlingly hairy: storyteller Eddie Lenihan with Simon Reeve

Vatican tour guides probably don’t mention Catholicism as much as Simon Reeve does in his tour around Ireland. “This is a land steeped in rel(...)

Take me to this River: Nicola Walker and Stellan Skarsgard in the most intriguing crime drama on TV this year

It’s rare that the final episode of a drama is as brilliant as the first, but everything about River (BBC One, Tuesday) this week is pitch perfect. T(...)

Until February this year 16 Northbrook Road in Ranelagh was divided into nine flats. Its owner, Mayoman Pat Connor, had bought the end-of- terr(...)

London Spy: Ben Whishaw is determined to discover the truth

As an espionage thriller London Spy (BBC Two, Monday) reveals itself slowly. We get the London bit from the first scene – beautiful blue-grey shots of(...)

The trailer for ‘Rebellion’ screened at the launch of RTÉ’s Easter Rising commemoration programming revealed an authentic-looking class period drama.

Given the breadth and volume of television programmes being made by RTÉ to commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising – and because there are only so many hou(...)