sun 18/08/2019

tv

Rock Island Line: The Song That Made Britain Rock, BBC Four review - the early dawn of Britpop

james Woodall

If you were a fan of “Rock Island Line” when it became a pop hit, you’d have to be at least in your mid-70s now. In 1956, Paul McCartney heard Lonnie Donegan perform it live in Liverpool, and Paul’s rising 77.

Read more...

Don't Forget the Driver, BBC Two review - trying to beat the Bognor blues

Adam Sweeting

Bognor Regis was once renowned for its restorative climate and was much favoured by George V (he awarded the town the “Regis” tag), but times have changed if Toby Jones’s new series is anything to go by.

Read more...

Fleabag, Series 2 finale, BBC Three review - Phoebe Waller-Bridge's miraculous situation tragedy

Jasper Rees

The problem with Fleabag (BBC Three/BBC One) is that it makes almost all television look pedestrian. It’s like the difference between Fleabag’s scummily inadequate boyfriends and the unattainable perfection embodied by the cool sweary priest. Earth vs heaven. Water/wine. And now it is gone.

Read more...

The Widow, ITV review - Kate Beckinsale stars in tale of a missing husband

Markie Robson-Scott

The Williams brothers (The Missing, Liar, Rellik, Baptiste) are back.

Read more...

This Time with Alan Partridge, Series finale, BBC One review - back to his worst

Jasper Rees

Piers Morgan hated This Time with Alan Partridge (BBC One) and predicted it would be pulled before the end of the series. This may be taken as a kitemark of quality.

Read more...

Line of Duty, Series 5, BBC One review - already it's dark, dirty and dangerous

Adam Sweeting

Congratulations to Stephen Graham, guest-starring in this fifth season of BBC One’s Line of Duty, for still being alive at the end of episode one, a favour not routinely granted to headline names in Jed Mercurio’s...

Read more...

The Beatles: Made on Merseyside, BBC Four review - when the Fab Four were five

james Woodall

Documentaries about the 20th century’s most fabled quartet keep coming.

Read more...

Dead Pixels, E4, review - gamers for a laugh

Jasper Rees

The joke in Dead Pixels, a new sitcom on E4, is that there is a better life to be pursued in the fantasy world of videogames. In this alt. environment, outcomes can be controlled by consoles and keyboards, squeamishness about violence can be parked and you are free to be your best or worst self.

Read more...

Road to Brexit, BBC Two review - a rotten historian for a rotten parliament

Adam Sweeting

Let me be clear. The agonising process of the UK’s departure, or not, from the EU will be an infinite field of academic study over the decades to come.

Read more...

Victoria, Series 3, ITV review - can Her Maj cope with the Age of Revolution?

Adam Sweeting

 ITV has an enviable knack for creating populist historical costume dramas which never seem to wear out, despite a million rotations on ITV3.

Read more...

Pages

Subscribe to theartsdesk.com

Thank you for continuing to read our work on theartsdesk.com. For unlimited access to every article in its entirety, including our archive of more than 10,000 pieces, we're asking for £3.95 per month or £30 per year. We feel it's a very good deal, and hope you do too.

To take an annual subscription now simply click here.

And if you're looking for that extra gift for a friend or family member, why not treat them to a theartsdesk.com gift subscription?

latest in today

Foo Fighters, Bellahouston Park, Glasgow - communal singalon...

Foo Fighters are an unlikely candidate for one of the biggest bands in the world. There’s nothing workmanlike about...

Edinburgh International Festival 2019: Eugene Onegin, Komisc...

Returning to Edinburgh International Festival, Berlin's Komische Oper brought Barrie Kosky’s sumptuous production of Eugene Onegin to the...

Niall Griffiths: Broken Ghost review - Welsh visions of hope...

The trend-hopping taste-makers who run British literary publishing have lately decided that “working-class” writing merits a small dole of their...

theartsdesk at Bard Summerscape Festival 2019: unknown treas...

There could be no greater gift to any festival director...

Reissue CDs Weekly: Phil Manzanera - Diamond Head

Diamond Head was Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera’s first solo album. Released in May...

Prom 40: Hough, OAE, Fischer review - pretty royal things

There it gleamed, the pearl in the massive oyster of...

Pram, Hare & Hounds, Birmingham review - a fine hometown...

While Pram could hardly be described as representative of the UK...

Transit review - existential nightmares for a German refugee

If you’re looking for escapism from anxieties about Brexit, the worldwide refugee crisis and rising authoritarianism,...