“Clever, funny, interesting - a cut above the rest.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.

Show Me the Funny

Show Me the Funny, ITV1

“Clever, funny, interesting - a cut above the rest.”
Sarah Vine, The Times

“It’s almost impossible to fully enjoy the humiliation, since the premise of what they’re going is that much more admirable. As with Junior Apprentice, it feels cruel to laugh.”
Alice-Azania Jarvis, The Independent

“On this show, nobody was going to show us the funny.”
Stuart Jeffries, The Guardian

New Tricks, BBC1

“A pity that last night’s well-researched story left a bad taste in the mouth…you don’t have to be an Albanian to feel this show was on dodgy ground. If a scriptwriter wants to avoid giving the impression that everyone from a certain community is a bad egg they ought to ensure at least one character from the community isn’t.”
Matt Baylis, The Daily Express

Sirens, Channel 4

“Clumsy attempts to shock…combine with dreary, male-oriented jockeying and jibing to create something that’s not offensive, original or remotely fun to watch.”
Matt Baylis, The Daily Express

Antiques Master, BBC2

“Looks like rather a lot of fun…In the same way as Come Dine With Me, I can see this catching on at home.”
Alic-Azania Jarvis, The Independent

British Masters, BBC4

“If regional racism is bad, surely erasing Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland from the cultural map is worse…I watched this livid in London; heaven knows how viewers reacted in Cardiff, Belfast or Edinburgh.”
Stuart Jeffries, The Guardian