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‘War and Peace’ Episode 6 review: BBC One’s epic adaptation concludes

Natasha and her family have packed up their things (along with a couple of wounded soldiers, because Natasha is just the sweetest little honeydew that ever there was) when she spies a bedraggled Pierre wandering the street. He can’t come with them, he tells her, because he’s going to kill Napoleon. That’s nice, dear. Pierre...

‘Call the Midwife’ review: Season 5 Episode 4 lacks the usual emotional resonance

This week’s Call the Midwife aims to be about how the allure of a university education could be derailed by an unexpected pregnancy, while dealing with the simmering tension of Barbara’s relationship with Tom (and her lack of communication with Trixie). The new season’s fourth episode also shows us that there are more cases of babies affected by...

‘Mr Selfridge’ Season 4 Episode 5 review: Harry’s fall from grace continues

Mr Selfridge continues its winning streak of episodes this week with an instalment that catapults some of the show’s favourite relationships into the fore, while also focusing on Harry’s turbulent fall from grace. “Have you ever noticed that we’re too wrapped up in ourselves to notice that we’re drifting apart?” Kitty and Frank are given...

‘Dickensian’ Episodes 14-15 review: We’ll get through this

It struck me, entering Hour Seven of Dickensian, and staring down the double-barrel of another of Mrs Bumble’s excruciating entendres (her Figgy Dowdy is ‘Extra moist’ this week), that this is a series which is a full four hours longer than BBC One’s War and Peace, and yet feels like it has half as much...

‘Ripper Street’ Season 4 Episode 5 review: ‘Men of Iron, Men of Smoke’

After last week’s visceral, gory case that leaned heavily on plot, Ripper Street went in the other direction this week with a case of the week that doubled up as something of a character study. The character in question was Thomas Gower (Jake Mann), a surprise returnee who first appeared all the way back as...

‘Agent Carter’ Season 2 Episode 2 review: ‘A View in the Dark’

By the end of the first season, Agent Carter had finally come to terms with the loss of Captain America, so it’s entirely understandable that this year she should be getting back into the dating game. Unfortunately her first date with Dr Jason Wilkes begins with him risking his career and livelihood simply by speaking...

‘The Nightmare World of HG Wells’ review: ‘The Moth’ and ‘The Purple Pileus’

Sky Arts’ celebration of the birth of HG Wells concludes this week with ‘The Moth’ and ‘The Purple Pileus’, adapted from the author’s short stories. In ‘The Moth’ Rupert Graves (Lestrade in Sherlock) stars as Professor Hapley, an entomologist in the middle of a personal feud with Professor Pawkins. Hapley takes great delight in ridiculing...

‘Mr Selfridge’ Season 4 Episode 4 review: ITV’s period drama is on a roll

As the final season of ITV’s Mr Selfridge almost reaches its midway point, the action is moved from the London store to the glamour of Biarritz, France, where Harry has whisked away the main UK press (and the troublesome Dolly Sisters) to impress them over the launch of his new stores. Gorgeous aerial camera work,...