I’m a Celebrity, seventh eviction review: Seann Walsh sent packing as ‘cyclone’ awaits Matt Hancock

Controversial comic Walsh, previously best known as the Strictly Come Dancing “love rat™”, was a latecomer alongside Hancock. He has rehabilitated his image almost as successfully. Walsh was clearly damaged from being hauled over the tabloid coals, neurotic about how he’d be perceived and prone to mirthless laughing to ingratiate himself. However, arriving alongside lightning … Read more

Lucy Worsley gains her own crown in this brilliant appraisal of the Queen of Crime Agatha Christie

The funny thing about the first episode of Lucy Worsley’s three-part story of Agatha Christie is not for one minute did it question Christie’s place in the pantheon of the greats. If you grew up in the 1980s watching endless adaptations of Marples and Poirots – adaptations so gentle they made murder as consoling as … Read more

I’m a Celebrity, sixth eviction, review: Matt Hancock reaches final five as Chris Moyles ejected

“I’m gutted that Matt Hancock is more popular than me. What the bejesus is going on? Why am I out and he’s still in?” The MP beat the DJ as Chris Moyles became the latest campmate given his jungle marching orders. Against all odds, former health secretary Hancock has made the final five of I’m … Read more

I’m a Celebrity, fifth eviction, review: Babatúndé Aléshé the latest to lose out to Matt Hancock

For the second night running, DJ Chris Moyles volunteered for a Bushtucker Trial but was humiliatingly passed over by campmates. The motormouth had become a squeaking mouse. For the painful punningly named “Critty Critty Fang Fang”, England Lioness Jill Scott dressed up as Truly Scrumptious to retrieve stars from a dizzyingly vertiginous flying car. Despite … Read more

There’s nothing wooden about Del Toro’s lushly gorgeous Pinocchio

A director including their own name in the title of their latest film might sound like an unconscionable ego-trip. But in the case of Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, it’s a necessary manoeuvre: this achingly beautiful stop-motion adaptation of Carlo Collodi’s fairy tale has to be distinguished at all costs from the dead-eyed CG-plus-live-action take released … Read more

I’m a Celebrity, fourth eviction review: Matt Hancock has last laugh as he outlasts Boy George

After two-and-a-half weeks of meditation and moaning, Boy George admitted he was “ready to leave”. In his exit interview, he named Mike Tindall as his preferred winner and even softened towards Hancock: “In here, he’s just a person. He mucked in, helped everyone and I can’t judge him on that.”  The Queensland bush will be … Read more

Upright, season 2, review: Tim Minchin and Milly Alcock’s oddball road trip is irresistible

The first series of Upright (Sky Comedy/NOW), an Australian comedy-drama created by the polymath muso-comedian Tim Minchin, began with a car crash. I remember at the time (2019) thinking that any writer so desperate to bring two characters into each other’s orbit that he literally crashes them into one another could do with some new … Read more

Our Universe, review: a bizarre mash-up of natural history and space science

You can imagine the Netflix meeting that led to Our Universe. “We need to make something like the BBC’s Planet Earth. But bigger.” The result is a weird mash-up of natural history and space science, and it doesn’t work. We’re introduced to some elephants – this is the kind of wildlife programme in which the … Read more