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‘Torchwood: Miracle Day’: Episode 1 review

So, by now, the whole world (well, almost) has had the opportunity to gaze upon the first episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day, the fourth series of the Doctor Who spin-off from writer Russell T Davies.

‘Sugartown’: Episode 1 review

Some programmes thrive on constantly treading the line between funny and serious without ever truly identifying which they are – Shameless did it for years before toppling over the edge – while others are content to nail their comedic or dramatic flags to the mast from the outset.

‘The Killing’: Episodes 1 & 2 review

There are only a few reasons why television remakes are commissioned, but the ways in which they can fail are as plentiful as there are fans to castigate a production company for daring to make such horrendous sows’ ears out of the silk purse originals.

‘Law & Order: UK’: Series 5 Episode 1 review

‘This is the NHS,’ a podgy pathologist points out to Detective Sergeants Brooks and Devlin at the beginning of the episode, ‘not CSI.’ – and there’s no mistaking the warmer, more down-to-earth British cousin of the long-running, long-faced American franchise for anything more transatlantic.

‘The Kennedys’: Episode 1 review

After a fair bit of scheduling problems in America, The Kennedys finally arrive at the BBC. Back in the US, the show was pulled by the History network; apparently because, according to some critics, its version of real-life events wasn’t anybody’s idea of history.

‘Stolen’ review

Stolen opens with the legend, ‘Once upon a time...’ printed on the screen. Like the fairytales that two German brothers collected and published in the nineteenth century, this is about as Grimm a story as it gets.

‘Luther’: Series 2 Episode 4 review

Even in a modern entertainment world where America, France and even Denmark are routinely exporting excellent psychological police thrillers as if there’s a NATO surplus, Neil Cross has proved with this show that British television hasn’t forgotten how to make them either.

‘Luther’: Series 2 Episode 3 review

One of the (many) great things about Luther is the bad guys. Despite their diabolical schemes and vicious acts of mass murder, they’re not bald-headed men in secret lairs. Instead, they’re frighteningly ordinary-looking young men.

‘Torchwood: Miracle Day’: Episode 1 spoiler-free review

‘No one dies these days!’ Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) yells to new acquaintance Esther Drummond (Alexa Havins) as they leap out of a top-floor window of the CIA archives in Washington, just in time to avoid a huge explosion that rips the building to bits.

‘Luther’: Series 2 Episode 2 review

The second instalment of the new series sees what started as a fairly narrow story opening up around John Luther (Idris Elba) as he searches for salvation amid the wreckage of his private life and the darkness that his life as a policeman brings him into incessant contact with.