The Critics

There is a deep appetite among Britain’s television audience for dramas that tackle complicated social issues

Culture and propaganda are not easily separable

It is a satire of modern vanities, not a screw-up

The end of BBC Four is a death sentence for BBC Orchestras and the Proms alike

There is an infinite number of ways of conning collectors, investors and even institutions too

Beth Steel’s House of Shades is a confident new nod to the tradition of multi-generation family sagas

Good art doesn’t have to be politically correct

How a modernist bogeyman became an Old Master

Tales of lives lived well, or disgracefully, are always interesting, but what makes a good obit?

Research and authenticity are at the centre of these two series