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‘Fortitude’ review: Season 2 Episode 9 delivers gory nightmare fuel

Back on brilliant form, this week’s Fortitude episode recovers from last week’s missteps and delivers gory nightmare fuel at its finest. Vladik nails Dan to a post in the mines whilst he explains the logic behind his elaborate ritual, as well his complicated world view. Vladik, like the writers of Fortitude, is interested in systems...

‘Broadchurch’ review: Season 3 Episode 4 is confident, mostly elegant storytelling

This isn’t a particularly Trish-centric episode of Broadchurch, but she is still far and away the best thing about it; if Julie Hesmondhalgh isn’t showered with gongs come award season, it’ll be criminal. The opening quarter of this fourth instalment sees Trish returning to the scene of her assault at the Axehampton party. This detail...

‘Fortitude’ review: Season 2 Episode 8 is an uneven chapter

An uneven chapter of Fortitude, this week’s episode contains some flashes of brilliance amongst its cruder plot developments. Vladik puts the final preparations in place for his ritual, though takes the time to murder a few unfortunate witnesses and give Elena a makeshift funeral. It’s a relief to see someone treat the much-maligned Elena like...

‘Prime Suspect: 1973’ Episode 3 review: The truth slowly starts to emerge

The truth slowly starts to emerge in this week’s Prime Suspect: 1973 and apparently the only thing anybody is interested in, is helping Julie-Ann Collins. As we suspected last week, it was her father who fitted locks to her room in an attempt at ‘cold turkey’. Trying a somewhat different tack, we learn that her...

‘The Good Karma Hospital’ Episode 6 review

“It kind of makes sense, Once you get used to it…” The sixth and final episode (for now) of ITV’s The Good Karma Hospital dawns with Dr Walker’s house being deluged by the first heavy rain of monsoon season. “One never knows when the rain will come,” but nothing can dampen the spirits of the...

‘The Replacement’ Episode 3 recap: A somewhat unsatisfactory ending

The final episode of this BBC One drama series concludes leaving the audience with some uncertainties. Writer/director Joe Ahearne brings a measure of suspense into the plot by using scenes with little script, whilst the viewer is left assuming the rest.  This technique is used skilfully in office scenes where Ellen (Morwen Christie) watches her...

‘Inside No.9’ Season 3 Episode 5 review: ‘Diddle Diddle Dumpling’

‘They deserve to be together. They belong’. It’s a line about a pair of shoes, but it’s equally descriptive of the pair behind this series. Obviously by this point you don’t need to be told one of the central conceits of Inside No.9 – that each episode takes place within a location with that number...

‘Broadchurch’ review: Season 3 Episode 3 explores toxic masculinity

If there’s a defining theme that seems to run through Broadchurch 3, but is particularly prominent in this third episode, it’s toxic masculinity. As Hardy says, “it makes me ashamed to be a man”. Chris Chibnall’s script dwells on the many ways the men of Broadchurch act suspiciously, defensively or even aggressively at the thought of...

‘Call the Midwife’ review: Season 6’s eventful finale is all about change

After a season spent boldly exploring complex and difficult themes, Call the Midwife delivers a finale largely focused on positive major life changes for its characters, like Shelagh giving birth and Barbara getting married. That’s not to say that the subplot this week about a woman who’s rushed to the hospital with a blood clot...