The exploration of the intersecting lives of the three main characters is wonderfully nuanced
Jul 29, 2016
Six day and six nights of watching the two U.S. political conventions on TV is a rare experience of illumination and petrifying fear
Jul 27, 2016
Usually the first day of a convention makes for geeks-only TV. Not so on Monday morning
Jul 26, 2016
In television, you live or die by the numbers and the Republican presidential nominee’s numbers are tumbling
Jul 25, 2016
At two hours, the TV movie is too short to tell the story with the subtlety it deserves
Jul 22, 2016
As a climax to the Republican convention, his speech accepting the party’s presidential nomination and what surrounded it was anti-climactic
Jul 22, 2016
If Wednesday was your day for watching the Republican convention on TV, you picked the wrong day.
Jul 20, 2016
It’s inconceivable that Chris Christie would want to josh about that time at the Republican Convention he incited an angry, frothing throng that was chanting ‘Lock her up! Lock her up!’
Jul 20, 2016
The web series, filled to the brim with rough-hewn East Coast humour, is so rude and filthy, it’s like comedy from another country
Jul 19, 2016
Difficult People is an aptly-titled look at a world through a misanthropic lens – which makes for a great escape
Jul 19, 2016
John Doyle is The Globe and Mail's television critic. His column appears in the Review section Monday to Thursday and on Saturday. He has been the paper's critic since 2000. From 1995 to 2000 he was the critic for Broadcast Week, the Globe's television magazine.
Born in Ireland, John holds a BA in English Literature and an MA in Anglo-Irish Studies from University College, Dublin. He came to Canada in 1980 to pursue a PhD in English Literature at York University in Toronto. Having done some student and freelance journalism in Ireland, John continued to write in Canada and eventually abandoned writing for academic reward to concentrate on writing for money. After working briefly in radio and in television, he began writing a column for Broadcast Week in 1991.
Always argumentative, John has the distinction of winning a gold medal, at the age of 10, for his debating skills in the Gaelic language. His freelance articles were widely published in Canada, the U.S., Britain and Ireland and lectured on television and other aspects of popular culture. In a profile of John published in Toronto Life magazine in July, 2000, Robert Fulford wrote, "A critic as intelligent, industrious and ambitious as John Doyle should be cherished."
In 2004, John was called less charitable names. His columns mocking the Fox News Channel on its arrival in Canada attracted the attention of Fox News star Bill O'Reilly, and the channel's viewers wrote in their thousands to John, often abusively. The battle between John and Fox News viewers was the subject of international coverage, including a feature story in The New York Times.
John has won two internal Globe and Mail awards for his writing. His Globe columns have been reprinted in the U.S., the U.K. and in Australia.
His book, A Great Feast of Light: Growing Up Irish in the Television Age (Doubleday Canada) was published to acclaim in Canada in October, 2005. The book has now been reprinted many times and published in five countries, including the U.K. and Ireland.
Doyle also writes about soccer for The Globe and Mail and other publications. For the Globe he covered World Cup 2002 in Korea/Japan, Euro 2004 in Portugal, World Cup 2006 in Germany and Euro 2008 in Austria /Switzerland. He has also written extensively about soccer for The Guardian and The New York Times.
His book about soccer, The World is a Ball: The Joy, Madness, and Meaning of Soccer (Doubleday Canada) was a national bestseller in Canada on publication in the summer of 2010 and longlisted for The William Hill Irish Sports Book Of The Year. It has also been published in the U.S., Ireland, the U.K. and Croatia.
He has written essays for TV Quarterly (The Journal of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences) and wrote the introduction to the book Rockburn: The CPAC Interviews (Penumbra Press, 2007). He was profiled in the book A Story To Be Told: Personal Reflections on the Irish Emigrant Experience in Canada (Liffey Press, Dublin, 2008).