‘It’s all very soul destroying, isn’t it - actual police work?’ remarks DCI John Luther to his protégé DS Justin Ripley at the beginning of Episode 1 of this new series.
Over the course of its first four episodes, The Shadow Line has matured from an overwrought, rather confused melodrama plagued with florid verbosity into one of the BBC’s best thrillers in a very long time. In the fifth instalment, it gets even better.
After a promising but ultimately disappointing opening, the concluding episode of this two-part story was not only charged with rescuing the floundering tale of the doppelgangers in the acid-mining monastery, but also leading into the much-hyped mid-series finale.
Angry Boys stars Sydney-born comedian Chris Lilley (Summer Heights High) as Daniel and Nathan Sims, twin teenage brothers from small-town Australia who first appeared in the mockumentary We Can Be Heroes (transmitted as The Nominees in Britain by FX UK).
Any drama serial being broadcast over five consecutive nights has to work very hard to hook the viewer immediately and maintain a decent level of either excitement, intrigue or both from the opening credits onwards.
Three episodes into Series 2 and Psyschoville shows absolutely no sign of slowing down, with a healthy lack of respect for its own cast of characters, meaning that anybody runs the risk of being bumped off to further the story along.
BBC Two’s increasingly fascinating police drama reaches and passes its halfway stage in this episode, yet neither DI Jonah Gabriel (Chiwetel Ejiofor) nor Joseph Bede (Christopher Eccleston) appear much closer to accomplishing their respective goals than they were in the hours after the death of gangster Harvey Wratten.
After two episodes of stories written by new writers to the show, Life On Mars/Ashes To Ashes co-creator Matthew Graham returns to Doctor Who with a two-parter featuring some familiar faces. Question is, will we be asking for a double?
It may seem like sacrilege to some devotees of the late author, but not everything Douglas Adams produced was of the high quality as witnessed in the earlier instalments of The Hitch Hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.