Helen Razer
is a writer and broadcaster. She is The Saturday Paper’s television critic and gardening columnist.

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Television July 05, 2014


Politics is fertile territory for the small screen, but it has always been the sharp comedies that reveal the truth of the dark arts.

Gardening June 28, 2014

Coming up roses

Seeking rich, colourful reward for little toil? An old-school thorny friend sets the standard.

Gardening May 31, 2014

Dirty deeds of soil health

Improving the quality of your soil is a time-consuming labour of love, and compost is a rotten way to go about it.

Gardening May 10, 2014

Propagate and prosper

It may not be sexy, but nothing beats the satisfaction – or the economy – of growing plants from scratch.

Television May 03, 2014

The past imperfect

Mad Men’s glimpses into another era make us just as uneasy about our present.

Gardening April 19, 2014

Spring bulbs

Despite the regal appearance of spring flowering bulbs, their simple cultivation makes them a common pleasure.

Television March 29, 2014

National Geographic Channel’s Cosmos a win for learning

When a man known for vulgar humour combines with a beautiful mind, the resulting TV is no joke.

Culture March 08, 2014

Girls stripped bare

Since when does creating true art have to go hand in hand with ‘keeping it real’?