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TV Critics

21 Nov '11

“Mosley reported with clarity on new techniques but also reacted emotionally to what he saw.” Read on for the verdict on the weekend’s TV.

Frontline Medicine, BBC2, Sunday

“Presenter Michael Mosley travelled to Helmand to see how they’re treating once routinely fatal injuries with remarkable success. Their number one problem is massive blood loss, and their number one solution is putting it back.”
Tim Dowling, The Guardian

“Surgical teams at Camp Bastion base have been shattering survival statistics with a new way of giving blood, a technique that has started to become adopted to great success in A&E units back home.”
Matt Baylis, The Express

“Mosley reported with clarity on new techniques but also reacted emotionally to what he saw, visibly shaken after an “Op Minimise” loudspeaker announcement, which tells the camp that communications with the UK are temporarily suspended, so that the relatives of those who can’t be saved hear from the Army first.”
Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent

The Killing, BBC4, Saturday

“As a police procedural The Killing is grimly efficient and sporadically gruesome. As a melodrama it’s extraordinarily spare, and as a tour of Danish soft furnishings it’s an education.”
Tim Dowling, The Guardian

“The Killing II is a more conventional piece of work. On the other hand, the whodunit element is weaker than in The Killing I so we watch to find out not only who the murderer is but also what kind of drama we are actually following.”
Andrew Billen, The Times

“The writers haven’t strayed very far from the formula that worked last time. It isn’t long before the murder, apparently an open-and-shut domestic, turns out to have unexplained connections to a parallel political storyline – the attempts of a newly appointed justice minister to negotiate a tricky anti-terrorism bill into law.”
Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent

Garrow’s Law, BBC1

“Perhaps its secret is how much you can connect the legal wrangling to emotions of the people involved. This week we were offered something easier to grasp in the form of a pair of weavers, who happened to be brothers-in-law, falsely accused of criminal damage because of their association with illegal trade unions.”
Matt Baylis, The Express

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