“The emotion of the relationships was necessarily squeezed towards melodrama.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.

The Night Watch

The Night Watch, BBC2

“I found myself wanting to know what had happened…The only thing I wasn’t very much is moved…too much emotional complexity from too many characters for too little screen time.”
Sam Wollaston, The Guardian

“The emotion of the relationships was necessarily squeezed towards melodrama and the overlap between global and personal history couldn’t help but look a little soapy at moments.”
Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent

“Creating a sense of mystery is fairly easy. What’s more difficult is delivering on your promises and despite all the very good things about The Night Watch that’s what it failed to do.”
Matt Baylis, The Daily Express

“Thanks perhaps more to the acting than the plotting, they [the women] fascinate. Anna Maxwell Martin, enunciating carefully, is, as usual, excellent as Kay.”
Andrew Billen, The Times

Imagine, BBC1

“Some fresh interviews and footage…though sadly we’ve all seen the film already and know what follows the happy ending Lennon briefly contrived.”
Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent