Tom Sutcliffe was born in Yorkshire in 1956.
He studied English at Emmanuel College Cambridge and joined the BBC on graduating. He edited Radio Four's long running arts programme Kaleidoscope before leaving in 1986 to join The Independent newspaper as Arts Editor.
He currently reviews television for The Independent and writes a weekly culture column for the paper. Since 1999 he has also presented Saturday Review, Radio Four's weekly arts discussion programme.
He's the author of Watching, a collection of essays on film, and presented a six-part series of the same name for BBC 2.