BBC chiefs agree they must fight internal ‘liberal bias’ and ‘groupthink’

The BBC chairman yesterday indicated “the BBC does have a liberal bias” but added “the institution is fighting against it.” Richard Sharp, in an interview in the Sunday Times, said he and Tim Davie, the director-general, had drawn up a ten-point plan on impartiality, anti-bias training along with reviews of news output in a drive … Read more

Strictly Come Dancing 2022 Musicals Week results: the judges are split over who to send home

Speaking to Tess Daly after their elimination, Marsh gave credit to Di Prima for getting her this far, and said that Strictly “shows you things about yourself you don’t know.” She added that her dad, who was in hospital last week, “has been so proud and it’s kind of kept him going.” Di Prima, in … Read more

Strictly Come Dancing 2022: Musicals Week, review – superb Helen Skelton let down by partner Gorka’s puerile protest

Strictly Come Dancing (BBC One) on a Friday somehow felt slightly wrong. It was like a Sunday roast on a Tuesday. Or, indeed, a football World Cup in winter, which is how the BBC schedules got upended in the first place. Happily, a dazzling show compensated for any diary-based disorientation. The twinkle-toed contest had reached … Read more

Strictly Come Dancing 2022 Musicals Week: Helen Skelton tops the standings with her fabulous Fosse

Dressed as a flapper, with Renée Zellweger’s wig from the Chicago movie, Rainford opened the show with a slick, crisp Charleston to the Hot Honey Rag. She did a great job with the swivel action and the precise jazzy style, and held her own against the excess professional dancers (as ever, the irritant of Musicals … Read more

The Traitors, review: a moreish feast of smiling assassins and back-stabbers

It is fiendishly tricky to concoct an entertainment format. Often a new idea will take on the perverse appearance of a Frankenstein’s monster, with random body parts of old shows sewn together on a slab. Just recently Unbreakable grimly bolted Mr and Mrs onto It’s a Knockout, while the misconceived Make Me Prime Minister welded … Read more

We Are Not Alone, review: alien sitcom has out of this world talent but earthbound jokes

We Are Not Alone (Dave) is a new comedy from Ghosts‘ Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond based on a funny premise. Aliens have invaded Earth and the ones that landed in Britain have chosen to base themselves in “the geographical centre of the land mass”: that’s Clitheroe, the tiny town in Lancashire.  To be exact, … Read more

Qatar attacks Gary Lineker and calls BBC’s World Cup coverage ‘very racist’

Al-Thawadi, who attended university in the UK, added: “When it comes to statements that come out, for example, from Roy or from Gary, or whoever else it is, there was no engagement. “The sad part, for example, for me: Gary Lineker, as I was growing up, I looked up to him. “I used to look … Read more

BBC journalist ‘beaten and kicked’ by police during Covid protests in China

A BBC spokesperson said: “The BBC is extremely concerned about the treatment of our journalist Ed Lawrence, who was arrested and handcuffed while covering the protests in Shanghai. “He was held for several hours before being released. “During his arrest he was beaten and kicked by police. “This happened while he was working as an … Read more

Strictly Come Dancing 2022 week 10 results, live: Helen Skelton and Ellie Taylor are in danger

The week after Blackpool is generally a bit of a comedown – but this was quite extreme even by Strictly standards. Last night saw Craig Revel Horwood resorting to his 5 paddle (twice), plus several irritable spats among the panel. I landed somewhere in the middle: I felt Revel Horwood was plain cruel to several … Read more

Strictly Come Dancing 2022 week 10: The judges go to war over Hamza Yassin

Hurrah, that’s more like it. What an impressive rumba from Fleur East – it was clear just how much attention they’d given to every technical element of this most exposing dance. Almost too much, perhaps? It almost felt like East was tensing up while taking an exam, rather than performing. I love how disciplined she’s … Read more