In 1950, New Yorker television critic Philip Hamburger wrote about a new programme called Candid Camera, in which members of the public were gently p(...)

Zebediah Kilgrave: David Tennant’s character is better known as Purple Man. Photograph: Myles Aronowitz/Netflix

It’s almost a rule that anyone off the television you meet in person turns out to be shorter than you had expected. Not David Tennant: he’s a tall dri(...)

Actor David Tennant narrates a short animated film explaining Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity

One hundred years ago Albert Einstein published a paper presenting his theory of general relativity to the world. This theory explained how gravity wo(...)

  Terry Wogan, who has pulled out of presenting charity fundraiser Children In Need due to health reasons. File photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Dermot O’Leary will be stepping into Terry Wogan’s shoes as Children In Need presenter tonight. The 77-year-old veteran broadcaster pulled out of the (...)

Alys Harte, presenter of Abortion: Ireland’s Guilty Secret? on BBC Three

A documentary on abortion in Ireland when there isn’t a “hard case” propelling it into the headlines is unusual. It’s a subject that ebbs and flows(...)

Death becomes them: Olivia Colman and David Tennant in ‘Broadchurch’

Watching Broadchurch (TV3, Monday) after the first part of RTÉ’s Charles Haughey trilogy was like stepping out of the theatre and into fresh air. (...)

Happy ever after: Dustin Hoffman as Mr Hoppy and Judi Dench as Mrs Silver

There’s an uneasy moment in Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot (BBC One, Thursday) when Dustin Hoffman appears and you’re afraid that for the next 90 minutes you (...)

Donkey work: Ok, so this image is a bit funny, but what about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child?

So how do I go about awarding the square root of negative one as a star rating? Is it just “i”? Or is there a special graphic? Perhaps there ought (...)

Rapidly dissolving: David Tennant and  Rosamund Pike in What We Did on Our Holidays

You deserve some sort of honour if, as a creator of comedy, you devise a technique so solid that it can translate from TV to film without losing an(...)

Political convictions:  Sidse Babett Knudsen and Mikael Birkkjær in Borgen

There’s no goofing off on your phone while watching the brilliant Danish political drama Borgen (BBC Four, Saturday). It’s not just the subtitles, alt(...)