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(...)

  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 (...)

Rachel and Betty Unthank: ‘If you’re not going to put yourself out there, what’s the point in living?

Now that they’ve popularised traditional folk music among a younger generation, the next item on the Unthanks’ agenda? “Make clog dancing cool.” (...)

Hot in the kitchen: Jackie Lavin with her chefs on The Restaurant

All The Restaurant (TV3, Wednesday) is short of is that nice maitre d’ offering diners a 32-bit drill set and a good-value ski jacket to complete t(...)

We’re some 888 minutes into Peter Jackson’s ongoing Middle Earth sequence – 1,031 if you add up “extra footage” and “special editions” – and enough(...)

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 (...)

Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch as Watson and Holmes: sharing a flat but not a bed

Curious thing, the decline of male friendship. In the wildly popular BBC series Sherlock, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, the cha(...)

Just like that comedian: David Threlfall as Tommy Cooper.Photograph: Robert Viglaskyâ

For decades the comedian Tommy Cooper was one of the most impersonated stars: a hoarse “just like that”, a shrug of the shoulders, the machine-gun (...)

How does he do that? David Blaine with the actor Will Smith and his family

David Blaine, Real or Magic (Channel 4, Wednesday) begins with clips from a typical day for David Blaine. He stands glumly on the outskirts of a city,(...)

Night falls in Berlin. Look upwards from Alexanderplatz Station towards the Fernsehturm – around which Prussian mists gather ominously – and you could(...)