Parminder Nagra interview: If I complain, people might say I’ve got a chip on my shoulder

The drama is subtler than your average mainstream police procedural – exploring as it does what it’s like to feel both British and, at the same time, “other” – but also has all the plot twists and high-speed chases you’d... Read more

Obituary: Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham

For 30 years, Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham was the indomitable chatelaine of one of England’s great country seats, Downton Abbey in Yorkshire. She continued to guide, inspire and occasionally infuriate her heir, Robert Crawley, the 7th Earl... Read more

What’s on TV tonight: Man City v Real Madrid, Noughts + Crosses and more

Tuesday 26 April Football: Man City v Real MadridTue, BT Sport 2, 7pmHaving seen off Atlético Madrid in the quarter-final, Manchester City now turn their attentions to Real Madrid in this must-watch Champions League semi-final first leg at the Etihad... Read more

Downton Abbey: A New Era, review: plenty of surprises and an iconic moment to savour

As last words go, they’re almost Wildean. Fixing her snivelling lady’s maid with a stare, the dowager Countess of Grantham puffs out one final poison dart – “Stop that noise, I can’t hear myself die” – before serenely slumping on... Read more

What’s on TV tonight: Bling Ring: Hollywood Heist, Piers Morgan and Donald Trump, and more

Football: Man City v Real MadridTue, BT Sport 2, 7pmHaving seen off Atlético Madrid in the quarter-final, Manchester City now turn their attentions to Real Madrid in this must-watch Champions League semi-final first leg at the Etihad Stadium (kick-off 8pm).... Read more

Grace, series 2, review: John Simm’s gloomy detective looks set to become an ITV staple

Still dealing with the repercussions of his wife’s unexplained disappearance and his decision to consult a medium on a previous case (a habit that, it transpired, he still hadn’t entirely shaken off), Grace had been gently advised to seek a... Read more

What’s on TV tonight: Rugby Union: England v Ireland, Our Changing Planet, Grace and more

Sunday 24 April Rugby Union: England v IrelandBBC Two, 11.45amEngland, one eye firmly on October’s World Cup, have been imperious so far as they bid for their third successive Women’s Six Nations Grand Slam. Ireland recovered from defeats to Wales... Read more

What’s on TV tonight: Snooker World Championship, Killing Eve, Britain’s Got Talent and more

Saturday 23 April Snooker World ChampionshipSat-Fri, BBC Two, 10amThe second-round matches should be completed this weekend as we begin the march to the May Bank Holiday finale at the Crucible. GT Boxing: Tyson Fury vs Dillian WhyteSat, BT Box Office,... Read more

What’s on TV tonight: The Rising, Earth Day, Heartstopper and more

Snooker: World ChampionshipSat-Fri, BBC Two, 10amThe second-round matches should be completed this weekend as we begin the march to the May Bank Holiday finale at the Crucible. GT Boxing: Tyson Fury vs Dillian WhyteSat, BT Box Office, 6pm“This is not... Read more

What’s on TV tonight: Chivalry, The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe: The Real Story, and more

Snooker: World ChampionshipSat-Fri, BBC Two, 10amThe second-round matches should be completed this weekend as we begin the march to the May Bank Holiday finale at the Crucible. GT Boxing: Tyson Fury vs Dillian WhyteSat, BT Box Office, 6pm“This is not... Read more

Have sympathy for Anne Darwin – she was a victim of Canoe Man, too

A neat quirk of The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe (ITV) is that Anne Darwin (played here by Monica Dolan) was incarcerated at HM Prison Low Newton in County Durham at the same time as serial killer Rose West... Read more

Have sympathy for Anne Darwin – she was a victim of Canoe Man too

A neat quirk of The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe (ITV) is that Anne Darwin (played here by Monica Dolan) was incarcerated at HM Prison Low Newton in County Durham at the same time as serial killer Rose West... Read more

What’s on TV tonight: Inside No 9, Russian Doll, and more

The RisingSky Max, 9pmGhost. DOA. Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased). The high-concept idea of investigating one’s own death has been around a while, and this adaptation of the macabre Belgian thriller Hotel Beau Sejour (whose fans included Stephen King) doesn’t depart... Read more

What’s on TV tonight: Inside No 9, Russian Doll, and more

The RisingSky Max, 9pmGhost. DOA. Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased). The high-concept idea of investigating one’s own death has been around a while, and this adaptation of the macabre Belgian thriller Hotel Beau Sejour (whose fans included Stephen King) doesn’t depart... Read more

What’s on TV tonight: Life After Life, Better Call Saul, The Lost Leonardo and more

The RisingSky Max, 9pmGhost. DOA. Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased). The high-concept idea of investigating one’s own death has been around a while, and this adaptation of the macabre Belgian thriller Hotel Beau Sejour (whose fans included Stephen King) doesn’t depart... Read more

What’s on TV tonight: Yorkshire Midwives on Call, House of Maxwell, and more

The RisingSky Max, 9pmGhost. DOA. Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased). The high-concept idea of investigating one’s own death has been around a while, and this adaptation of the macabre Belgian thriller Hotel Beau Sejour (whose fans included Stephen King) doesn’t depart... Read more

The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe, review: a very British crime story, superbly told

When the story of the “Canoe Man” emerged in 2007, I’d venture that the nation’s screenwriters were all sharpening their pens. You’ll probably remember it, or some of it: in March 2002 John Darwin, a 52-year-old former teacher and prison... Read more

Gunge and custard pies: what happened when ITV’s Tiswas reunited on stage, 40 years on

The hit revival of Anything Goes had its final date in Bristol on Saturday, but hundreds opted instead for a more homegrown kind of euphoria: a roistering homage to Tiswas, the Saturday morning children’s programme that ran from 1974 to... Read more

What’s on TV tonight: The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe, Michael Ball: Showtime, Doctor Who and more

The RisingSky Max, 9pmGhost. DOA. Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased). The high-concept idea of investigating one’s own death has been around a while, and this adaptation of the macabre Belgian thriller Hotel Beau Sejour (whose fans included Stephen King) doesn’t depart... Read more

All-singing, all-dancing return for Britain’s Got Talent – but that final act was a cynical shame

The heavily hyped comeback of Britain’s Got Talent (ITV) ended with a bang, a press of the golden buzzer and a hail of glitter confetti. Yet this rousing climax felt cynically contrived and against the supposed spirit of the show.... Read more

What’s on TV tonight: Football: FA Cup semi-finals, Britain’s Got Talent, and more

Easter Saturday (16 April)  Football: FA Cup semi-finalsSat/Sun, BBC One/ITVThe two best football teams on the planet meet for the second weekend in a row after last Sunday’s epic Premier League showdown between Manchester City and Liverpool, this time in... Read more

What makes a great Agatha Christie adaptation

What could be more of an Easter treat than a new Agatha Christie? This week, Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?, an adaptation of Christie’s 1934 novel, launched on BritBox. Written and directed by Hugh Laurie, it’s a stylish, sparky romp... Read more

What’s on TV tonight: Dinosaurs: The Final Day with David Attenborough, Anatomy of a Scandal & more

Football: FA Cup semi-finalsSat/Sun, BBC One/ITVThe two best football teams on the planet meet for the second weekend in a row after last Sunday’s epic Premier League showdown between Manchester City and Liverpool, this time in an FA Cup semi-final... Read more

Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? review: Hugh Laurie makes Agatha Christie look easy

A lesser-spotted Agatha Christie is always welcome. After a glut of Poirot adaptations and in the lull before Miss Marple returns to television, BritBox is serving up Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? as an Easter treat. (Yes, it’s frustrating for... Read more

What’s on TV tonight: Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?, and more

Dinosaurs: The Final Day with David AttenboroughBBC One, 6.30pmIt’s a red-letter day when David Attenborough wants to tell us something new about the natural world. This 90-minute documentary explores the day an asteroid hit the Earth, wiping out the dinosaurs.... Read more