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6 of the best Scouse sitcoms

With its unique brand of humour, Liverpool is a renowned bedrock of comedy. Consequently, it has been the setting for some memorable sitcoms, some more successful in capturing the Scouse spirit than others…   The Wackers (1975) Produced by London based Thames Television and written by Mancunian Vince Powell, The Wackers set out to be...

‘The Good Karma Hospital’ Episode 6 review

“It kind of makes sense, Once you get used to it…” The sixth and final episode (for now) of ITV’s The Good Karma Hospital dawns with Dr Walker’s house being deluged by the first heavy rain of monsoon season. “One never knows when the rain will come,” but nothing can dampen the spirits of the...

‘The Replacement’ Episode 3 recap: A somewhat unsatisfactory ending

The final episode of this BBC One drama series concludes leaving the audience with some uncertainties. Writer/director Joe Ahearne brings a measure of suspense into the plot by using scenes with little script, whilst the viewer is left assuming the rest.  This technique is used skilfully in office scenes where Ellen (Morwen Christie) watches her...

‘The Replacement’ Episode 2 recap: BBC One’s new thriller continues

After last week’s gripping opener, this episode begins with Ellen (Morven Christie) holding the baby. Her emergency Caesarean section produces a baby girl, though the mystery death of her boss, Kay, remains unsolved.  Paula (Vicky McClure), her ‘replacement’ maternity cover at work, claims “it doesn’t make any sense.” Was it suicide or was she pushed?...

‘The Replacement’ Episode 1 recap: BBC One’s new thriller is gripping

This new fast-moving drama series starring Morwen Christie (The A Word) and Vicky McClure (Line of Duty) promises to be a roller-coaster ride from start to finish as writer/director Joe Ahearne keeps viewers gripped to their TV sets over the next three weeks. At the top of her career, Ellen, (Morwen Christie) falls pregnant. She...

‘The Good Karma Hospital’ review: Episode 4 crammed a lot into the hour

“Never believe the brochure…” The fourth episode of The Good Karma Hospital begins with the picture upside down but do not adjust the set, it’s simply Dr Walker watching a local soap opera, in an attempt to learn the language, while doing some early morning beach yoga before the start of another busy day at...

‘The Replacement’ review: Episode 1 is brooding, melodramatic and strange

A psychological drama about an architect who becomes pregnant may not, on paper have us reaching eagerly for our popcorn but this looks set to be a show that has little interest in conforming to any expectation. There’s a strange sense of unreality that binds it all together and not in a bad way. It...

‘The Good Karma Hospital’ Episode 3 review

“So treat me here, if you’re so worried about it. Hospitals are for sick people” Viewers tuning into the third episode of ITV’s The Good Karma Hospital might not have been altogether prepared for what greeted them. For barely had the episode begun before Neil Morrissey made a cheeky appearance, (reminiscent of a memorable James...

‘The Good Karma Hospital’ Episode 2 review: ‘Northern Exposure’ meets ‘Death in Paradise’

“But haven’t you ever dreamed of a new life? To just wipe the slate clean, start again?” After last week’s introductory ‘fish out of water’ episode (Northern Exposure meets Death in Paradise), the second visit to The Good Karma Hospital wastes no time with a ‘Previously’ summary but settles quickly into a formula familiar to fans...