Sam Leith is the literary editor of the spectator, a columnist for the Evening Standard and author of You Talkin’ to Me?
Telly used to be a sort of cultural texture. Certain shows defined a generation because – even if they totalled only 15 or 20 hours of screen time – they were on constantly
Some of the selections here might have the effect, as well as whiling away the hours, of making us count what remains of our blessings
Its popularity might have dwindled as the show went on, but Homeland was a show that tracked the temper of our times: paranoid, cynical and surveillance obsessed
The huge destruction in the latest Star Wars films shines a light on the moral complexity of the franchise, writes Sam Leith
Why does poetry seldom, if ever, aspire to be part of a national conversation, asks Sam Leith