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Past articles by Paul:

Windswept & Interesting: My Autobiography by Billy Connolly: One of the greatest storytellers

Billy Connolly’s long and vivid life makes for a joyous memoir, writes Paul Whitelaw. → Read More

TV PREVIEW: Paul Whitelaw lauds drama at its best in The Syndicate

This week Courier TV critic Paul Whitelaw takes a look at The Syndicate, Coronation Street Legend Johnny Briggs and the return to Dragon's Den. → Read More

TV PREVIEWS: Paul Whitelaw picks the best programmes for the week ahead

This week, TV critic Paul Whitelaw recommends a sobering but respectful look at the Dunblane Primary School shootings. → Read More

TV Previews: Critic Paul Whitelaw rounds up the pick of this week’s TV

Courier TV critic Paul Whitelaw takes no prisoners this week as he gives his verdict on programmes including The Fall of a Tabloid King, Why is Covid Killing People of Colour and The Terror. → Read More

TV: Paul Whitelaw looks at the best on the box for the week ahead

Paul Whitelaw can't stop singing the praises of hard-hitting TV drama It's a Sin and recommends a trip to South Africa in the company of Gregg Wallace and Stonehenge: The Lost Circle Revealed. → Read More

TV PREVIEW: First Dates: Valentine’s Day special is a sensitive study of loneliness

This week, Paul tackles the emotionally charged penultimate episode of Russell T. Davies' latest stellar drama... → Read More

TV PREVIEW: It's a Sin is utterly devastating yet outstanding

This week, Paul lavishes more praise on Russell T. Davies powerful AIDS drama... → Read More

PAUL WHITELAW: Our TV critic on the best viewing for the week ahead.

Courier TV critic Paul Whitelaw shares his top viewing picks for the week ahead, including an insight into life for Katie Price and her son Harvey, new quiz show Lightning and hard-hitting drama It's a Sin. → Read More

TV REVIEWS: Paul Whitelaw’s pick of the week

Mark Kermode’s Secrets of Cinema – Monday, BBC Four, 9pm → Read More

TV previews: Dundee-set 'potboiler' Traces amongst highlights of Paul Whitelaw's coming week

Paul Whitelaw previews his TV highlights in the week ahead: → Read More

NEW YEAR WEEK TV PREVIEW: Here are the final highlights of 2020

As the year finally draws to its miserable conclusion, our TV critic Paul Whitelaw looks for some light in the darkness (and also some meerkats). → Read More

Paul Whitelaw TV Previews: Finding warmth and hope in festive TV offerings

TV critic Paul Whitelaw takes us through the highs and lows of this year's festive TV offerings, with highlights including the enduring warmth of Call The Midwife. → Read More

Christmas TV Preview: Call the Midwife delivers warmth and hope – despite social distancing

This week, Paul steps into Christmas… NEXT WEEK’S TV Marcus Rashford: Feeding Britain’s Children – Monday, BBC One, 7pm Marcus Rashford: Feeding Britain’s Children (Copyright BBC) In this year of terrible years, the footballer Marcus Rashford has emerged as a profound symbol of decency and compassion. He’s devoted himself to raising awareness of child poverty in Britain, to such an extent that… → Read More

TV PREVIEW: The Vicar of Dibley in Lockdown is embarrassing and has ideas above its station

None of the jokes land, it’s embarrassing, like a hastily cobbled-together DVD extra (remember them?) with ideas above its station. → Read More

Paul Whitelaw TV Reviews: November 21-27

The Hijacker Who Vanished: The Mystery of D.B. Cooper – Monday, BBC Four, 9pm → Read More

TV PREVIEW: My Family, the Holocaust and Me is deeply moving

My Family, the Holocaust and Me with Robert Rinder – Monday, BBC One, 9pm → Read More

Paul Whitelaw's review of TV from November 1

CripTales – Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, BBC Four, 10pm → Read More

TV PREVIEW: CripTales challenge perceptions of living with a disability

This week, Paul recommends a series of monologues from disabled artists... → Read More

Paul Whitelaw: The Sister is enjoyably, knowingly daft and engulfed in histrionic murk

The Sister Monday to Thursday, STV, 9pm This pulp thriller is written by Neil Cross of Luther renown/infamy, which should give you some idea of what to expect. It’s enjoyably, knowingly daft and engulfed in histrionic murk. Russell Tovey stars as a man with a seemingly perfect life who is secretly haunted by his involvement in the death of a young woman several years ago. The only other person… → Read More

TV PREVIEW: Neil Cross gradually peels away the layers of mystery in The Sister

This week, Paul enjoys some spooky hokum and welcomes a sensitive documentary about the murder of Damilola Taylor... → Read More