Birdland is a warning on the perils of fame. That makes it very much a tale of our time but though the bold, exciting presentation from director Carrie Cracknell and the star casting of Andrew Scott catches the eye, this play doesn't really bring anything new to this well-worn subject.
Three years ago, a group of school-children scrawled political graffiti on a wall in the remote Syrian town of Daraa. Their subsequent arrest and torture was the spark that ignited the civil war now ravaging Syria and devastating the lives of so many of its 22 million people. This civil war is now thought to have spawned the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
Last week we heard that BBC Director General Tony Hall was expected to axe either BBC3 or BBC4. And now we discover that it's BBC3 that's got the chop.
The Cumberbitches. That's what the most devoted fans called themselves. I actually liked it. I thought it was great word play, sharp, instantly recognisable and just a little bit in your face. And as soon as the term was coined, it went viral as quickly as 'credit crunch.'
I LOVE Sherlock. The energy, the sense of humour, the casting, the writing, that coat - seasons one and two have been my happy place on many an idle evening and nursed me through more than one sick day. So, like about 98% of the internet, I was waiting with bated breath for series three. And you know what? It was rubbish. Sorry, but it was.
The fictional consulting detective can never be conclusively diagnosed but an increasing number of people seem to take it as read that he's autistic, even those who should know better.
Where I can appreciate the fact that this episode was meant to be a grand monologue of Sherlock's perspective on conventional ceremony and traditional banalities, it loses substantial credit for it began to just assume that it was ground-breakingly clever.
We're enticed by the world of these detectives who inevitably catch the bad guy through a series of calculations (with the help of a loyal sidekick). But are they really that different from the rest of us?
Come October The IT Crowd will come to a close. Graham Linehan, writer of Father Ted and Black Books, is bringing his third successful sitcom to an en...
I've spent the first part of the year digging away at his life to write the new biography Benedict Cumberbatch: Behind the Scenes. I found someone who's got a class-defying desire to succeed. A man whose job very nearly got himself killed in a South African car-jacking. And a man who's professional life hides a very real sadness at home.
Rarely has the comedy and drama output of UK television been in such rude health, and I speak as someone who helped whittle down the longlists of 30 or so programmes in each category to a shortlist on which our members (made up of people who write about TV and radio) could vote.
Classics: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Complete Sherlock Holmes (Heirloom Collection) Prompted by my appreciation of the excellent trio of Benedict C...
The Town might not garner worldwide attention like Sherlock. But let's hope that TV, theatre and film producers keep calling on Scott. He richly deserves the same accolades and opportunities as his mega-star Sherlock cast mates.
For years outraged adults have rallied in the cry against sex and violence on TV, lambasting that the corruption of youth runs solely from the all-enc...
Many, many people will have seen the finale of series two of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss's gripping Sherlock. However, and this isn't to say I didn't absolutely love it, I gradually noticed more and more story similarities between Sherlock, specifically in their Hounds of Baskerville episode and then more so in The Reichenbach Fall, and Christopher Nolan's Batman films. And here's why...
Stephen Moffat has a gift for taking well-known characters I personally couldn't be arsed about and making them incredibly engaging. Prior to him and Russell T Davies taking over, The Doctor was just a time travelling showband singer to me, and Sherlock a tweed-wearing wielder of a cartoonishly large magnifying glass. Now I wouldn't miss either show for the world.