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TV Critics

20 July '12

“The film was always warm enough to raise a smile.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.

Bank of Dave, Channel 4

“Dave’s personal combination of naïf and hard-nosed entrepreneur remains solid television gold.
Lucy Mangan, Guardian

“The film was always warm enough to raise a smile, and often so incongruous as to be hilarious.”
Alex Hardy, The Times

“A cockle-warming documentary on the unlikely topic of home-grown banks.”
Matt Baylis, The Express

Natural World Special: Living with Baboons, BBC2

“It was like The Jeremy Kyle Show minus the cliffhanger DNA tests.”
Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent

“If they had tracksuit bottoms and access to the internet, everyone would think the baboons were a bunch of humans.”
Matt Baylis, The Express

Panorama: The Truth About Sports Products, BBC1

“You were torn by the end of the programme between thinking that you’d just seen a Panoramic sledgehammer used to crack a nugatory nut and internally wailing with despair.”
Lucy Mangan, Guardian

I Love Special Olympics, BBC4

“It was a touching film, but one that failed to show rather than simply assert what the competitors gained from their training and competing.”
Lucy Mangan, Guardian

The Toilet – an Unspoken History, BBC4

“It began as Horrible History and ended as something altogether more earnest, though no less interesting for that.”
Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent

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