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Chris Tookey

Freelance Journalist — Freelance
Covers:  television shows, film, theatre, radio, culture, pop culture, current affairs, celebrities

Chris was for 20 years movie critic for the Daily Mail & prior to that the Sunday Telegraph. He is still writing for

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Christopher Tookey


Since 2002 and ongoing: Latest version of Tookey’s Film Guide, the biggest and most authoritative collection of film criticism in the world

2013: The Trophy Hunter. First of a series of mystery thrillers.

2013: Superhero. First of a series of ...

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Nov 03, 2017

More about my book "Better Criticism": Chris Tookey is a much-missed critic... erudite and witty. (Simon Rose, Share Radio)

Nov 03, 2017

About my book "Better Criticism": “I would recommend it... He doesn’t pull his punches.” (James Cameron-Wilson, Share Radio)

Oct 27, 2017

Fifth review of my book "Better Criticism":“Excellent...a cogent and carefully written analysis.” (Beth Porter, London Progressive Journal)

Oct 27, 2017

Fourth review of my book "Better Criticism": “This book should be read by any aspiring film critic” (William Russell, Glasgow Herald)

Oct 27, 2017

Third review of my book "Better Criticism": “Excellent... definitive book on the subject.” (Maureen Paton, former theatre critic, Express)

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What was your first job as a journalist?

I edited Isis at Oxford University, which was an instructive and enjoyable experience.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

I used to use a typewriter but computers are wonderful inventions - I'm all Appled up.

What does it mean to be a journalist?

For me, journalism is telling the truth, however unpopular - and, in doing so, write in as entertaining and informative manner as possible.