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‘The Crown’ Episode 2 review: ‘Hyde Park Corner’ sees Elizabeth head to Africa

‘Hyde Park Corner’ begins with Elizabeth (Claire Foy) and Philip (Matt Smith) on a tour of Africa, spending the duration of the episode in Nairobi. It’s a look at the decadence and dark side of royalty, with the first confrontation with the colonialism and imperial tendencies that the crown still represented at this point; Elizabeth...

‘The Halcyon’ Episode 2 recap: Conflict is brewing in ITV’s new hotel drama

It’s May of 1940 and the skies above London are full of RAF planes as ITV’s new hotel drama The Halcyon continues. The “phony war” rapidly becomes real when the Dutch surrender and German tanks cross the Maginot Line. Conflict is brewing within The Halcyon and battle lines are drawn. Lady Hamilton observes Richard Garland...

‘Sherlock’ review: ‘The Lying Detective’ is all about confessions

The only true measure of a great episode of TV is when you spend ten minutes after the credits repeating “wait, what?” like a mantra. ‘The Lying Detective’ was all about confessions; inner secrets laid bare for all. Our big bad, Culverton Smith (what a great name) is on the end of the spectrum, relishing...

‘Sherlock’ review: Amanda Abbington is brilliant in ‘The Six Thatchers’

The fourth season of Sherlock certainly didn’t pull any emotional punches with its first episode, ‘The Six Thatchers’. The loss of Mary Watson is not only an important game-changer as far as the show’s central dynamic is concerned, but also delivers a kick to the gut with its poignancy. Thing is, it’s only really effective because...

‘Death In Paradise’ Season 6 Episode 1 review: Sally Bretton adds a new dynamic

Hit comedy drama Death in Paradise returned tonight to help us beat the blues with some sun, sand, sea… and murder. Now in its sixth season, BBC One’s detective show is the perfect antidote to a wintry January, adding a little mystery to the New Year. When a researcher at the Saint Marie Volcanic Institute is found dead...

‘Inside No. 9’ Christmas special review: ‘The Devil Of Christmas’

The opening episode of the third season of Inside No. 9 is a Christmas-themed nightmare, dealing with the old legend of Krampus. It also, to some extent, deals with the legend of the BBC multi-camera studio bound dramas of the seventies and eighties, employing both old-fashioned cameras and indeed retired camera operators. All of which...

‘Jonathan Creek’ special review: ‘Daemons’ Roost’ is the best the show’s been in years

[To the tune of the show’s ‘Danse Macabre’ title sequence…] ‘Jonathan Creek, Jonathan Creek; In recent years his show has been quite weak. The quality’s begun to leak; Is this one much better? Let’s take a peek…’ Well, Jonathan Creek‘s 2016 Christmas special, ‘Daemon’s Roost’, is neither festive, nor particularly special but it is the...