Top 100

  • The X Factor

    X Factor ends on flat note


    Final results show is lowest since 2006, but I’m A Celebrity… finale spares ITV’s blushes

  • Rillington Place

    Strictly pips I'm A Celebrity final


    I live quite close to what was Rillington Place. It has changed its name since and the houses are modern, but there’s a gap where No.10 would have been. Filling it is a small garden, impaired by history, rather melancholy but quietly dignified.

  • Michael McIntyre’s Big Show

    Big Show adds to X Factor misery


    After much probably unintended yet welcome hilarity, a teenager finally dropped its Ed Balls. No amount of coquettish pouting on Strictly’s 14th series was going to save this man from the sequinned boot once the red dance-off beam of doom had him in its sights.

  • The X Factor

    X Factor shows its age


    Once, like a colossus, ITV’s singing competition stood proudly across Saturday and Sunday nights, squishing all-comers.

  • Strictly

    BBC wins storming Sunday


    Ordinarily, Ed Balls’ Gangnam Style salsa would be the most terrifying thing you’re ever likely to see; well, that or a bobcat swimming towards you.

  • Planet Earth II

    Planet Earth takes off


    This week, BBC1’s sequel, Planet Earth II – the return of the killer planet – dealt with the opposition in much the same way as that pit of snakes did the sea-bound baby iguanas.

  • Ratings

    Bake Off bows out on a high


    This week, Bake Off waved an imperious and huge goodbye to BBC1; perhaps fatigued by the excitement, the next day’s review of 2015 made many fewer people’s soufflés go up and down.

  • Ratings

    Top 100 shows: 17-23 October


    Cold Feet trumps Jermey Paxman

  • Tutankhamun

    Top 100 shows: 10-16 Oct


    One of the most over-used and obsolete phrases in politics is “we’re not going to give you a running commentary on…”. It’s usually about something long-running that everyone knows the answer to already, like the third runway at Heathrow.

  • The Apprentice

    Top 100 shows: 3-9 Oct


    After England’s unwieldy performance under its caretaker manager against plucky Malta, I half expected Scooby-Doo and the gang to rush to the touchline and yank off his mask to reveal a scheming baddy muttering that he’d have got away with it if it weren’t for those pesky kids.