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‘Atlantis’ Season 2 Episode 6 review: ‘The Grey Sisters’

After a swift six episode run Atlantis is taking its mid-season break – a function of the later start caused by Doctor Who returning to the autumn schedules – and it is a chance to catch our breath. With a more dramatic and action packed tone, the show has certainly covered some ground in those...

‘Doctor Who’ Christmas special spoiler-free review: ‘Last Christmas’

A crowded room. Friends with tired eyes. It could only be the press launch for the Doctor Who Christmas special where BBC top brass, Doctor Who production staff and assorted hacks and ne’er do wells join in the annual celebration of that most seasonal of figures: the Doctor. We know the drill by now –...

‘Babylon’ Season 1 Episode 6 review

Well, if there’s one thing we’ve learned tonight, it’s that the writers of Babylon certainly know how to leave us on a heck of a cliffhanger! Seriously, we have to wait how long for the next episode?! Cliffhanger aside, there’s certainly a lot of excellent plotting on offer in this week’s finale. First of all,...

‘The Fall’ Season 2 finale review

If there’s one thing The Fall has really, really done right, it’s that I find myself almost breathlessly grateful that Rose Stagg is alive. We must be thankful for such small mercies in a narrative world that provides so few at best. If I were to list all of the things and people in this...

‘Ripper Street’ Season 3 Episode 1 review: ‘Whitechapel Terminus’

Regardless of the off-screen traumas, all the principal cast are present and correct for the commencement of the late Victorian crime drama’s third season, which takes place in and around the streets of down-at-heel Whitechapel. Four years have passed since the climatic events which closed the second run and many of the characters find themselves...

‘The Missing’ finale review: ‘Till Death’

The Missing’s finale of brings us to Russia, children being accosted by a hooded figure and a glimpse of that stick drawing with big ears. It’s a tantalising opener in an episode that, depending on which side of the fence you reside, either gives enough resolution to be satisfactory or delivers one twist too many...

‘Black Mirror’ Christmas special review: ‘White Christmas’

This Christmas special of Charlie Brooker’s techno-horror show manages to compact the show’s usual three-part run into one, feature-length, portmanteau episode. Rafe Spall’s Potter wakes up in a shelter in the middle of a featureless snowy tundra, and finds Jon Hamm’s relentlessly upbeat Matt making a Christmas meal for them. Anyone who has seen Prometheus...

‘Atlantis’ Season 2 Episode 5 review: ‘The Day of the Dead’

Though we never truly believed it for a moment, Pasiphae’s twitching fingers at the start of this episode signalled that the former Queen of Atlantis was not quite dead. Despite being wounded by Ariadne’s arrow, she retained enough evil wherewithal to raise the necropolis in an attempt to deal with Jason and his friends. While...

‘Doctor Who’ audio boxset review: ‘Dark Eyes 3’

This third ‘Dark Eyes’ collection for Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor contains a slight change of tack, being entirely Dalek free. Instead, it is styled as “Doctor Vs Master” with the rival Time Lords clashing across the history of humanity’s war with The Eminence. The Master in question is Big Finish’s terrific home-grown incarnation, played to...

‘Babylon’ Season 1 Episode 5 review

After a rocky couple of episodes, it really feels like Babylon is back to full strength this week, with a barnstorming episode that finally brings lagging storylines up to a point of interest. One wonders whether the show would have worked better with a lower episode count, but regardless of such wonderings, it’s certainly nice...