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‘The Honourable Woman’ Episode 5: ‘Two Hearts’ review

‘Secrets are weird,’ Ephra Stein (Andrew Buchan) tells sister Nessa (Maggie Gyllenhaal). ‘People think you share them – but you don’t.’ Not if you’re a selfish, narcissistic, emotionally-stunted handpump hopelessly in thrall to the Israeli government, MI5 and your own penis, perhaps. But if you’re the best British drama series of 2014 (note to Hugo...

‘Utopia’ Series 2 Episode 4 review

You know Chekhov’s Gun, right? The dramatic principle that everything should have a purpose. Anton Chekhov explained it with a rifle – ‘If it’s not going to be fired, it shouldn’t be there’ – and Utopia loves to follow that rule. Hardly is a pistol pulled in Episode 4 without someone’s blood painting the wall....

‘Doctor Who’ spin-off ‘Counter-Measures’: Series 3 audio boxset review

Some Doctor Who stories have characters so well written and cast that they leave you wanting more. Like Jago and Litefoot before them, the team from 1988’s ‘Remembrance of the Daleks’ cried out for their further exploits to be chronicled. Now three series in, Group Captain Ian ‘Chunky’ Gilmore (Simon Williams), Professor Rachel Jensen (Pamela...

‘The Honourable Woman’ Episode 4: ‘The Ribbon Cutter’ review

Giving drama a backdrop of contemporary world events is a double-edged sword. While it lends realism and gravitas to a story that might otherwise be as fantastic as it is fantastic (as it were), it can also be like trying to use a live tiger as a sofa: there’s a real danger of it biting...

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ movie review

Guardians of the Galaxy is a strange entry into the Marvel canon. Based on a lesser known comic franchise, and featuring such an outlandish group of characters as a genetically engineered, gun totting raccoon and a sentient tree, it’s something of a wonder that it got made at all, let alone into a big-budget, tent-pole...

‘Utopia’ Series 2 Episode 3 review

What’s a modern conspiracy thriller without some hacking? Nothing. Since humanity first hooked its TV up to an Atari to play Pong, ‘hacking’ has been an entirely misrepresented but convenient techno-obfustication to leapfrog plot difficulties faster than the speed of typing. It’s the wi-fi Expelliarmus. A deus.exe machina. And it’s no different in Utopia, where...

‘We’ll Never Have Paris’ movie review

Ideally, in a romantic comedy, you should want the leads to get together at the end of the film. There should be romance. There should be comedy. We’ll Never Has Paris is occasionally funny. It is also based on a true story. ‘Unfortunately’ the title card informs us, and that’s certainly true. Written by and...

‘The Honourable Woman’ Episode 3: ‘The Killing Call’ review

It’s probably a bit early to be reaching for True Detective-sized superlatives when discussing The Honourable Woman. Yet with each instalment surpassing the last, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to resist. Comparisons with Nic Polazzo’s acclaimed thriller are both fitting and inappropriate. The suspense that hangs over Hugo Blick’s serial like Victorian smog, making it almost...

‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ movie review

Matt Reeves’ sequel to 2011′s Rise of the Planet of the Apes is an involving story of power, fear and the struggle for peace. But the real star here – and indeed, the crowning glory of this year’s Hollywood blockbusters – is the breathtaking CGI. A decade on from the events of the previous film,...

’24: Live Another Day’ Episode 12: ’10pm-11am’ review

Twelve episodes sooner than normal, we reach the end of the latest season of 24. Live Another Day has been an experiment from the off – a twist on the formula designed to breathe new life into the show and hopefully extend the longevity of the franchise for future seasons – and as we reach...