Nearly 24 million viewers watched the Queen give a rare address to the nation, pre-recorded by a cameraman wearing protective equipment, followed by breaking news that the prime minister was on his way to be admitted to hospital, following persistent symptoms of the coronavirus. If this were a movie or a box set drama it would seem implausible, but this is television reality. Television is uniquely able to address a mass audience, to look them in the eye, talk to viewers directly and provide a sense of collective identity. Households in lockdown are watching more, feeling strangely connected in their social isolation. Television seems both socially important and surreally trivial. Almost five million viewers watched a virtual horse race. It was really rather good. These are strange and challenging times. There will be no newsletter next Monday as it will be a public holiday. I wish you well.