Doctor Who: Eve of the Daleks, review: funny, scary, inventive and the best episode in years

New Year, New Who. Happily, Doctor Who (BBC One) began 2022 with a bang. A demolition blast and a spectacular pyrotechnic display, to be precise. Hour-long special Eve of the Daleks was the most entertaining episode in a long time,... Read more

The Tourist, review: Jamie Dornan’s mystery Down Under gives the BBC a New Year hit

Finally, a television thriller that doesn’t feel formulaic. OK, The Tourist (BBC One) is a police procedural of sorts. And it does involve a cast member from Line of Duty. But it’s the only show to feature Jamie Dornan as... Read more

Diverse panel will be appointed to make sure new national flagship is ‘of its time, wonderful and iconic’

The build contact was being worked on alongside the design work to maintain the overall schedule. The flagship is due to cut metal by the end of 2022 and “that timeline has not been affected”, sources said. A Minstry of... Read more

Covid advisers should not have been given honours until after inquiry, says ex-ONS official

The Government’s Covid advisers should not have been awarded honours until the national inquiry into the pandemic concludes, a former official at the Office for National Statistics has said. Dr Jenny Harries, the head of the UK Health Security Agency,... Read more

Tony Blair knighthood ‘a kick in the teeth for the people of Iraq and Afghanistan’

Sir Tony, 68, was given the knighthood 14 years after leaving Downing Street, after claims that the delay was blocking other former prime ministers from being honoured. He was in office between 1997 and 2007, leading the UK during the... Read more

Carrie Johnson-backed animal welfare group seeks trail-hunting ban in move that may anger rural Tories

He said: “Trail hunting has developed into a new recreational activity, which if done correctly should cause no harm to any fox or wild mammal. But `accidents` seem to happen time and time again; harm is caused to wildlife, and... Read more

Farmers to be paid to restore natural habitats in push to rewild countryside

The initiative will be open to individual landowners and farmers or groups engaging in land management projects spanning 500 to 5,000 hectares. Applications will open shortly, with 15 projects due to receive funding initially. Ministers believe the reforms will play... Read more

Set deadline for end of Northern Ireland Protocol talks, DUP leader tells Liz Truss

His comments suggest that the DUP could seek to collapse Stormont by February if the UK and EU have not managed to secure an agreement on reducing customs checks on goods from Great Britain to the province. While campaigning for... Read more

I’ll go further and faster to make Brexit a success, says Boris Johnson on anniversary

Mr Johnson hailed cuts to beer duty in the Budget and the restoration of the crown stamp to pint glasses as examples of how his government was “restoring common sense to our rulebook”. “The job isn’t finished and we must... Read more

Tackle cost of living crisis by scrapping energy bill tax, Tories urge Boris Johnson

The intervention will increase the pressure on ministers, who are locked in talks with energy companies and the regulator Ofgem over potential measures to reduce consumer bills. Urging Mr Johnson and Mr Sunak to use “levers we have to mitigate”... Read more

Tony Blair receives knighthood in New Year Honours list, 14 years after leaving Downing Street

All but one of the Queen’s nine prime ministers before Mr Blair were made Knights of the Garter, an honour created by Edward III in 1348. Sir Tony’s 14 year wait to be made a Knight Garter since leaving No... Read more

How a portrait of the Queen that is ‘the size of a stamp’ has ruffled feathers in Kwasi Kwarteng’s business department

The move has infuriated members of the Business Secretary’s team, with sources also revealing that a memorial plaque commemorating officials from the former Ministry of Power who died during the Second World War, has also been consigned to the “basement”... Read more

Frightening new Covid data shows Boris Johnson’s omicron gamble may be about to implode

Whether the gamble will pay off is still unknown, but the odds have lengthened in the past few days, which is why tents are being thrown up in hospital car parks across the country. The larger ones, known as Little... Read more

Insurers must compensate loyal customers if they overcharge them

Motor and home insurers have been warned by the regulator that they must compensate loyal customers if they overcharge them. From today, insurers can no longer increase prices for customers renewing their policies while enticing new shoppers with loss-making cheap... Read more

How to protect your children’s nest egg from rampant inflation

If £265 were invested every year in the average stocks and shares Junior Isa instead, after 18 years it would be worth £8,093, assuming a 5pc annual return.  Adjusted for inflation this would be £3,154 – or more if, as... Read more

The investments that will make the most money in 2022

The Lowland Investment Company, which she co-manages, has HSBC, Shell and BP among its top 10 holdings. Alternatively, investors could buy a spread of oil companies via the Xtrackers MSCI World Energy ETF, and banks via the Xtrackers MSCI World... Read more

The story of the first ‘modern’ electric vehicle

GM kept trudging on with the project using many of the lessons learned from the Impact and in 1996 produced the EV1, a brilliant if divisive car even today. The EV1 had a similar Delphi lead-acid drivetrain to the Impact,... Read more

Blenheim Palace to charge car drivers more in bid to become carbon neutral

Blenheim Palace plans to charge car drivers higher entry fees in an attempt to encourage eco-friendly journeys as part of the Duke of Marlborough’s pledge to make his estate carbon negative. The palace is planning to offer “deep discounts” on... Read more

Dear Richard: ‘Six months on from my wife’s death, I’m still pole-axed by grief’

Dear Richard, My world is lost. My wife of more than 50 years died in June. Since then I’ve been in hell. Everyone has been so caring and full of good advice, yet inside I’m in agony. I walk down... Read more

Selina Scott: ‘This is the last time I’ll be on TV’

On Monday, when I appear in BBC Four’s Winter Walks series, my 30-minute programme about a hike through the glorious Yorkshire Dales – a county I was born in, and returned to after a 30-year career in broadcasting – could... Read more

Six easy and healthy recipes to kick start your 2022

To call BOSH! a sensation is, if anything, an understatement. Since Sheffield-born friends Ian Theasby and Henry Firth founded the plant-based brand it has gained two billion views on social media and three million followers.  An ITV series followed, along... Read more

Does Jenny Harries really deserve a damehood?

What will you get at New Year? A damehood? Or a case of Covid? Many of us, suffering from the nation’s broken testing system, may have to put up with the latter. By contrast Jenny Harries, in charge of that... Read more

Resolutions shouldn’t be about self-harm – which is why I’m giving up dating apps

A tangle of fairy lights, the chaotic rush of last-minute presents, piles of unwritten cards, cardboard boxes waiting to be broken down ready for the recycling bin.  Along with the endless to-do lists of Christmas, last year is finally over... Read more

In France you can’t make the home renovation equivalent of a fashion faux pas

Beneath the picture, there was speculation that it was for sale, that it needed a tremendous amount of work. One woman said, “I hope that the buyers won’t massacre it! And especially will not add those terrible rolling shutters which... Read more

The seven words that will definitely be cancelled in 2022

As is fitting for a year in which fun and indeed most famous people born before the turn of the millennium were cancelled, the Welsh government has decided to round off 2021 by banning references to “Brexit” and the “able-bodied”... Read more