Eurovision Song Contest 2022, review: Night belongs to Ukraine as Space Man returns to Earth

And then to the main event as the votes came in. First the national juries and a deluge of douze point for Ryder, whose cheery charm has worked a treat all week (all the more so because it is obviously completely unforced). Incredibly, he was in first place, ahead of Sweden going into the public … Read more

Eurovision 2022 results: Sam Ryder does the UK proud; Ukraine favourites to win

Here is the full running order: 1. Czech Republic: We Are Domi – Lights Off 2. Romania: WRS – Llámame 3. Portugal: MARO – Saudade, Saudade 4. Finland: The Rasmus – Jezebel 5. Switzerland: Marius Bear – Boys Do Cry 6. France: Alvan & Ahez – Fulenn 7. Norway: Subwoolfer – Give That Wolf A … Read more

How the residents of Ambridge might benefit from BBC Radio’s mindfulness obsession

So, a podcast “combining music and meditation to help listeners deal with the stresses and strains of everyday life” doesn’t seem too radical a departure. Presented by the Grammy and Mercury Prize-nominated singer Nao – an engaging new radio voice – it also plays to Radio 3’s strengths, featuring not only a “curated classical soundtrack” … Read more

Series two of Gentleman Jack has been fruity and frivolous – and all the better for it

‘Stop being glib.” “Well, it’s one antidote to melodrama.” Having poured her heart out to Anne Lister (Suranne Jones) and been rewarded with facile deflection, Mariana Lawton’s (Lydia Leonard) frustrations were understandable – after all, their on/off affair had endured for 20 years against considerable odds. It also applied to the script: this second series … Read more

Bling Ring: Hollywood Heist, review: trashy true crime that glamourises the idiots who got caught

Have you ever wanted to carry out a burglary in an exclusive suburb of Los Angeles County? Channel 4 can help!“You wanna break into a celebrity home? Here’s how you do it,” explained Nick Prugo in Bling Ring: Hollywood Heist, an unnecessary and superficial documentary dredging up an old crime spree that targeted Paris Hilton, … Read more

Chivalry, review: Steve Coogan stars as sleazeball in smart satire on Hollywood and sexual politics

Steve Coogan is very good at playing a middle-aged man nervously navigating the new “woke” landscape while desperate to sleep with women half his age. In Chivalry (Channel 4), he is Cameron O’Neill, a Hollywood producer facing up to life in the MeToo era. Bobby Sohrabi (Sarah Solemani) is the right-on film director drafted in … Read more

Dinosaurs: The Final Day, review: David Attenborough tried his best, but this was no Jurassic Park

I can’t have been the only one who watched a grey-haired Attenborough superimposed in front of a jungle full of meandering dinosaurs and thought, “Jurassic Park“. I’m afraid – and it pains me to speak ill of the monarch – that there was something about Dinosaurs: The Final Day (BBC One) that was so clearly striving … Read more