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‘Tatau’ Episode 3 review

I suppose that if BBC Three’s Tatau is teaching us anything, it’s that even the most picturesque of locales can hide a fierce underbelly of dodgy activity and horrible people who really ought to just be content to get to live on a magnificent beach. Is anyone on this island not involved in some kind...

‘Poldark’ finale review

‘Hold onto your cocoa. Sunday nights just put on a tricorn hat and got sexy.’ That was the garrulous opening line from our Episode 1 review: a sentence which was subsequently quoted by a national newspaper and paired with a forensically-chosen screengrab of swoon-magnet Aidan Turner displaying the kind of body you could set your...

‘Critical’ Episode 9 review

There is a slight sense of ‘same old, same old’ and ‘what else have you got?’ to this week’s episode of Sky1’s new medical drama. A non-responsive, hypothermic teenager is a serious case but it does feel like a bit of a come down after recent weeks. Or maybe I’m just becoming as hard-hearted as...

‘Atlantis’ Season 2 Episode 9 review: ‘The Gorgon’s Gaze’

With Ariadne languishing in prison at Pasiphae’s mercy, Jason has become a despondent fugitive hiding in the hills. Add to that a guilt-wracked Medusa, who knows she does not deserve her happiness, and things were looking grimmer than usual in Atlantis. Luckily the gods have listened, as this instalment delivered action for Pythagoras and Medea,...

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ movie review (contains spoilers)

Marvel’s ambitious shared cinematic universe is now officially the biggest film franchise of all time. Much like Avengers Assemble marked the culmination of the characters’ first individual adventures, so Age of Ultron marks the culmination of Phase II of the project (even if this summer’s Ant Man officially still part of Phase II). But while...

‘Thunderbirds Are Go’ Episode 5 review: ‘Fireflash’

In previous weeks, we’ve observed how Thunderbirds Are Go is at its best when offering something new in terms of plot. So, along comes ‘Fireflash’, a remake of the classic series’ inaugural episode ‘Trapped in the Sky’. Not a straight-up verbatim remake, but a remake nonetheless, ‘Fireflash’ has all the key ingredients of the original...

‘Blake’s 7′ audio story review: ‘Truth and Lies’

In ‘Truth and Lies’ the quest for missing crewmember Dayna comes to a conclusion as the Liberator crew have tracked her to the obscure planet Appalion Five. Of course, nothing is straightforward… Justin Richards, the series script editor, wrote this final piece and took great care to balance the story, giving the regular crew plenty...

‘Doctor Who’ spin-off book review: ‘Lethbridge-Stewart: The Forgotten Son’

Just as Terry Nation famously retained rights over the Daleks, so did Henry Lincoln & Mervyn Haisman over their characters and creations who starred in ‘The Abominable Snowmen’ and ‘The Web of Fear’. The latter tale, of course, famously featured the debut of the Doctor’s long-standing ally Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart – best known to Doctor...

‘Inside No. 9′ Season 2 Episode 5 review: ‘Nana’s Party’

This week, Inside No. 9 receives a 999 call as something goes terribly wrong at a birthday party. In truth, quite a few things go wrong before the episode is out, but let’s go back a bit – as indeed the episode itself does, starting with a dramatic prologue before going back in time and...

‘W1A’ Season 2 Episode 1 review

W1A, the trailers tell us: it’s not just a postcode; it’s a state of mind. They’re not wrong. Most of the pre-publicity for the BBC satire-sitcom has, inevitably, focused on the inclusion of a prescient storyline involving a Mr J. Clarkson (of which more later). But, in truth, W1A is more than just a game...