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‘Broadchurch’ review: Episode 6 is Season 3’s strongest so far

This week’s Broadchurch episode, the strongest so far, is all about people trying to escape the prisons they carry with them – and often finding that they can’t. While Lenny Henry’s Ed Burnett spends the majority of the episode under police custody, brooding in an actual cell or a police interrogation room, and Joe Miller...

‘Legion’ finale review: ‘Chapter 8’ is limited by a conventional structure

It’s been a memorable first season for Legion. We’ve had multiple dance sequences, a short silent film, a classroom lecture, a giant ice cube floating in the astral plane, multiple alternate realities and a man gruesomely folding in on himself. Noah Hawley hasn’t held back from exploring David Haller through a deeply disorientating, often surrealist...

‘Broadchurch’ review: Season 3 Episode 5 is packed full of drama

At the end of last week’s episode, viewers saw Laura Benson (Kelly Gough) coming forward to inform the police that she was assaulted two years ago in a similar manner to Trish. Gough does a good job over the course of her brief screen-time; her role in this story was never going to be as...

‘Legion’ review: ‘Chapter 7’ is an episode of clarity and catharsis

The world of Legion is a world of uncertainty. David Haller has always been a man (or a mutant) at odds with his own infinitely complex mind. Syd’s powers have left her uncertain about whether her body truly belongs to her. Melanie is unsure of whether to grieve her husband or hope for his imminent...

‘Fortitude’ review: Season 2’s finale leaves many questions unanswered

The final episode of Fortitude Season 2 leaves many questions unanswered, but provides plenty of scope for a third run. After murdering Vladik, Dan has alienated himself from his most loyal ally, Petra. When Shentel Biotech officials mistake Petra for Dan and run her off the road, the sheriff comes to Petra’s aid but it’s...

‘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...

‘Prime Suspect: 1973’ review: Episode 4 is efficient but unexciting

There’s an early episode of The Simpsons where, with the plot seemingly resolved partway through the episode the family gathers on the sofa. “Everything really wrapped up nicely,” declares Homer with satisfaction; “And much quicker than usual” he adds, with a post-modern awareness of how TV works. I mention this only because it’s how I...

‘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...