Life and career
Banks-Smith began her journalistic career in 1951 as a reporter at the Northern Daily Telegraph. In 1955, after a brief stint at the women's section of the Sunday Mirror, she moved to the Daily Herald as a reporter. She worked for the Daily Express from 1960 to 1965 as a feature writer, moving to be a TV critic for The Sun in 1965. She left the newspaper in 1969 when it was bought by Rupert Murdoch.
Banks-Smith began writing for The Guardian in 1970, with her television column becoming a leading feature of the newspaper. She has remained with the paper for 50 years, though by 2010 she no longer wrote daily reviews. Until 2017 she wrote a monthly column for the paper entitled "A month in Ambridge", reviewing recent developments in the radio soap opera The Archers.
- Nancy Banks-Smith (2 March 2016). "Nancy Banks-Smith: 'I grew up in a pub – I thought Corrie was a documentary'". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
- Celebrating 40 years of Nancy Banks-Smith, The Guardian, 4 February 2010
- Nancy Banks-Smith (19 June 2020). "The night I watched Vera Lynn with Marlene Dietrich". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
- "Some who turned honours down", The Guardian, 22 December 2003, retrieved 31 August 2012.
- Nancy Banks-Smith archives of her television reviews in The Guardian
- Last Night's TV Archive of Guardian TV reviews (multiple reviewers) from 24 Dec 1998 onwards
- 'A nice little job for a woman at home', Nancy Banks-Smith on her 30 years as a TV critic, The Guardian, 21 November 2001
- Nancy Banks-Smith Classic Reviews, The Guardian, 4 February 2010