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‘Doctor Who’ audio story review: ‘The Rani Elite’ (Big Finish 194)

Concluding this trilogy of post-Mindwarp adventures for Peri and the Sixth Doctor, we are on familiar ground again when poor Ms Brown finds her mind is not her own. Reeled in by the Rani, who tries to play on the Doctor’s vanity by organising for him to be awarded with an honorary degree, the TARDIS...

‘Last Tango in Halifax’ Season 3 Episode 5 review

It’s hard to follow up a lesbian wedding, two marriage proposals and the death of a recently betrothed first time mum. Nevertheless, Last Tango in Halifax exploded back in to the living room this week, quite literally, when good boy Lawrence rebelled against the lack of stable status quo at home. Dismayed with his new...

‘Mr Selfridge’ Season 3 Episode 1 review

The famous department store opens its doors again as Mr Selfridge returns to ITV for its third season, bringing with it a fantastic mix of drama, despair and romance. Jumping ahead five years to 1919, the war is over but there are worse tragedies to come for the Selfridge family. Everything feels deliberately bigger with...

‘Call the Midwife’ Season 4 Episode 2 review

In the second episode of the new season, Call the Midwife doesn’t slow down as new midwife Phyllis Crane (Linda Bassett) is added to the staff at Nonnatus House. And, if you found last week’s tale of child neglect heart-wrenchingly sad, this week’s main story somehow takes the pain and misery up another notch. To say that the experiences...

‘Banana’ Episode 1 review

Russell T Davies’ new E4 series Banana explodes into the world with a slice of life that’s sweet and funny – so much so that at least twice, I laughed so loudly that I may have alarmed the neighbours. The episode’s hero is Dean (played by the stunningly brilliant Fisayo Akinade) audaciously sexual – soon...

‘Death in Paradise’ Season 4 Episode 3 review

Love is a key theme in tonight’s Death in Paradise, both with the central characters in the show and as the motive behind this week’s murder mystery. When the group leader of an historical re-enactment society (Adrian Lukis) is killed from a deadly dose of poisonous herbs he ingested, D.I. Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall) and...

‘Cucumber’ Episode 1 review

The opening scene of Cucumber sets out writer Russell T Davies’s stall. Taking Carry On level innuendo up several notches for the Tinder and Grindr generation, if you don’t like brazenly suggestive shots of cucumbers, bananas and men in tight jeans, then you’re in the wrong place. As middle-aged Henry (Vincent Franklin) walks around his...

‘Wolf Hall’ Episode 1 review: ‘Three Card Trick’

Hilary Mantel’s pair of bestsellers, Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies have been conflated into a new six-part drama for BBC Two. ‘Sumptuous’ is a somewhat overused phrase for these sorts of things, but it’s a fair description of at least this first episode, ‘Three Card Trick’, which introduces us to Thomas Cromwell at...