Dinosaurs: The Final Day, review: David Attenborough tried his best, but this was no Jurassic Park

I can’t have been the only one who watched a grey-haired Attenborough superimposed in front of a jungle full of meandering dinosaurs and thought, “Jurassic Park”. I’m afraid – and it pains me to speak ill of the monarch – that... Read more

A portrait of Gerry Anderson as a bad husband and a distant father – but what of his creative genius?

A message at the start of Gerry Anderson: A Life Uncharted (BritBox) explains that new footage of the Thunderbirds and Stingray creator has been generated “with artificial intelligence known as Deep Fake”. The producer and director who devoted his career... Read more

A portrait of Gerry Anderson as a bad husband and a distant father – but what of his creative genius?

A message at the start of Gerry Anderson: A Life Uncharted (BritBox) explains that new footage of the Thunderbirds and Stingray creator has been generated “with artificial intelligence known as Deep Fake”. The producer and director who devoted his career... Read more

‘Many spouses have double lives’: the ‘Bitcoin widow’ caught in a crypto murder conspiracy

In 2019, in a frenzy of grief, media speculation, and legal proceedings, Robertson attempted suicide. This is something she writes about, in detail. Before the book was published, she says, only four or five people knew about this. She was... Read more

How the BBC let Jimmy Savile get away with it – even in death

There was one shot in Netflix’s disturbing new documentary Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story which offered an irresistible visual metaphor; it showed Savile, dressed in one of his flamboyant shell suits and over-sized sunglasses, jogging down some northern street pursued... Read more

Our Great National Parks, review: nice try Obama, but Attenborough remains leader of the pack

It is unthinkable that David Attenborough would ever retire but, were he to do so, Barack Obama’s new natural history series could serve as an audition tape for his potential replacement. Our Great National Parks is the latest Netflix project... Read more

Dynasties II, review: savage catfights worthy of Joan Collins

In the first series of Dynasties, penguins offered comedy and chimps familiarity, lions brought majesty and hunting dogs, novelty. With elephants and cheetahs to come, it was a brave but striking move to launch this second series, Dynasties II (BBC... Read more

The intrepid headteacher solving Belfast’s suicide rates through philosophy

Another star in the film is Conor, who started primary school with anger issues and little control over his behaviour. “We went through a seven-year odyssey with him and he tried every strategy I taught him,” says McArevey. “They worked... Read more

Bad Vegan, review: going down the rabbit hole with Netflix’s latest bizarre true-crime series

The pair ended up married and on the lam after “stealing millions” (Strangis even parted Melngailis’s worried mother from $400k). The couple were eventually found holed up in a motel room in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The vegan queen’s undoing? A... Read more

Bad Vegan, review: going down the rabbit hole with Netflix’s latest bizarre true-crime series

The pair ended up married and on the lam after “stealing millions” (Strangis even parted Melngailis’s worried mother from $400k). The couple were eventually found holed up in a motel room in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The vegan queen’s undoing? A... Read more

Bad Vegan: going down the rabbit hole with Netflix’s latest bizarre true-crime series

The pair ended up married and on the lam after “stealing millions” (Strangis even parted Melngailis’s worried mother from $400k). The couple were eventually found holed up in a motel room in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The vegan queen’s undoing? A... Read more

Michael Mosley: Who Made Britain Fat?, review: government ministers, look away now

Britain’s obesity crisis does not come down to personal responsibility. That was the angle pursued in Michael Mosley: Who Made Britain Fat? (Channel 4). When you guzzle that takeaway or load your trolley with family-sized chocolate bars, you are not... Read more

Katie Price: What Harvey Did Next, review: one in the eye for the rubberneckers

People tend to have strong opinions about the one-woman soap opera formerly known as Jordan. Even if it’s purely based on glimpsed headlines or half-remembered gossip, she tends to elicit a robust reaction. Naysayers might just have found themselves surprised... Read more

Emergency, episode 1, review: turning real-life trauma into a queasy TV cliffhanger

The decision to broadcast Emergency (Channel 4) across four consecutive nights leaves an uneasy feeling. Like similar shows of this type, such as 24 Hours in A&E, it follows cases of real-life trauma. We meet patients in great distress, whose... Read more

Louis Theroux’s Forbidden America episode 2, review: do Brits care about the Florida rap scene?

What is it with Louis Theroux and America? A scroll through his CV brings up Gambling in Las Vegas, Law and Disorder in Philadelphia, America’s Medicated Kids, America’s Most Dangerous Pets, The Most Hated Family in America, Louis Theroux’s LA... Read more

Storyville: Try Harder! review: it was impossible not to root for these hopeful kids

The latest Storyville documentary, Try Harder!, sneaks up on you. It starts off as an interesting but relatively uninvolving film about students at a US high school, as they prepare their college applications. Yet the final moments brought me to... Read more

The Millionairess and Me, review: proof that both sides of Britain’s wealth divide can be insufferable

But Read, who had once been homeless and spent some time in prison in Dubai, was already bored with the bling. He also seemed baffled that rich, pampered people would behave in a rich and pampered manner – and finally... Read more

Forbidden America shows that Louis Theroux desperately needs to change the record

Is Louis Theroux tired of being Louis Theroux? He is back with a new series, Louis Theroux’s Forbidden America (BBC Two), in which he travels around the US meeting controversial people. He has done this before, many times, and the... Read more

Mary Beard’s Forbidden Art, review: an adventure into the absurd and the downright disgusting

It’s hard to know whether or not one should recommend an episode of a TV programme that features an unexpurgated screening of Martin Creed’s Sick Film – a film of people being sick.  For what it’s worth I gagged and... Read more

Ahead of the Beijing Winter Olympics, this brave documentary asked the questions others daren’t

Will any athlete risk raising China’s human rights record at this month’s Winter Olympics in Beijing? Will the BBC or Discovery make reference to it in their coverage? The difficulties are plain, because China does not take kindly to criticism... Read more

The Princess, review: a reminder that Diana’s life and death were no soap opera

In an ordinary American house on a late August evening in 1997, seven friends are sitting at a table playing cards. One of them is filming the others with his new camcorder, and we watch them joking with each other... Read more

The ‘stupid American’ exposing the dark side of the Chinese dream

“Life is short. When you look back, it’s late…” A man muses quietly to himself as he paces around his factory, piles of shrink-wrapped products – wiping-up cloths – around him. We are 40 minutes into Ascension, a feature-length observational... Read more

Lord Ivar Mountbatten’s ex-wife hails ‘blended family’ after same-sex marriage

“There has been a lot of growth and acceptance and understanding involved, and it’s all worked out the way it should have been,” said Lady Penny, who is seen visiting the couple at their home, Bridwell Park in Devon. Alexandra,... Read more

How an Oscar-winning documentary-maker helped create the Elizabeth Holmes myth

The image of Holmes that he created in the adverts features the same stylistic choices as his Switch work. Using a device of his own invention, the Interrotron, which uses a screen to enable the subject to simultaneously look at... Read more

How John Berger’s Ways of Seeing changed the way we look at art

According to Dibb, Berger considered his scripts merely a “beginning”, and wanted the series to be a “50:50 collaboration”. Much of its power derives from images and sequences that Dibb, guided by Berger’s persuasive propositions, came up with and shot... Read more