Iain Gray Freelance Writer

Articles - TV


Get out the tissues - Raef’s been strafed

The last genuine character in ‘The Apprentice’ has been axed, and he didn’t see it coming, he tells Iain Gray

‘The Telegraph is my paper. You won’t be too mean about me?’ It’s a rare moment of weakness. For all his bluster, incisive words and sharp suits, the latest victim of Sir Alan Sugar’s extreme recruitment drive, The Apprentice, is clearly concerned about the public’s perception of him. He appears to know that he is not perfect. Who would have thought it?


Half Ton Mom - Review

If you are worried about having gained a few pounds over Christmas, then this sobering documentary should put things into perspective. 


Jamie at Home Christmas Special - Review

What with reading hundreds of guides about how to make cooking the Christmas dinner a totally stress-free experience, you haven’t actually got round to preparing anything, let alone finding the perfect recipe. But it’s not too late. 


Dispatches: Britain Under Water - Review

With an opening threat sounding more like the tagline to a horror movie – “the summer floods and why you could be next” – this programme follows the conventions of the “disaster-waiting-to-happen” documentary to the letter. 


Property Ladder - Review

Sarah Beeny can barely contain her disbelief at one of the most ambitious (ie unwise) schemes ever seen on Property Ladder. Wild-eyed Richard and borderline-hysteric Isabelle have had an idea seemingly over far too much coffee) to convert a small house in Chiswick into a luxury family home by digging out an absolutely enormous lower-ground area directly underneath it.


One Life: The Train You’ve Been Waiting For - Review

Nothing screams “weirdly British” like the phrase “transport enthusiast”. 


The Beckoning Silence - Review

Joe Simpson, famous for his remarkable tale of survival in Touching The Void, returns to the mountains to tell the story of one of mountaineering’s great tragedies.


The Great Wall of China - Review

Less a historical narrative about the Wall and more a biography of its creator, this mesmerising documentary tells the story of Qi Jiguang and his rise from lowly foot soldier to general, Chinese hero and creator of the largest man-made structure on the planet.


Battlestar Galactica: the new West Wing

When its final episode was aired in May 2006, the mighty West Wing left a huge vacuum in the schedules.


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