The Critics

Rinder’s documentary is the kind of television at which the BBC excels, says Adam Lebor

Chloé Zhao is the first Asian woman likely to be nominated in the Best Director category for Nomadland, says Christopher Silvester

The Comeback is a gutsy British response to a period of glum hardship

Even the venerable and conservative Louvre is exploring various fundraising novelties, says Michael Prodger

Opera unswervingly believes in the potential for a divine spark in humans, says Robert Thicknesse

London’s orchestral rat-race will have fewer runners when musical life returns, says Norman Lebrecht

As the misrepresentations in The Crown call for historical dramas to be clearer in their creative license, Romeo Coates offers a brieg guide to fact and fiction in drama

The average rock band from the 1980s onwards dressed as if they were going to fix your car, not blow your mind

Zeinab Badawi’s ‘The History of Africa’ (BBC World News)

A contemporary political drama uses the double whammy of Covid and Brexit to reanimate older, primeval forces