“He unearthed the holy grail of BBC TV…” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.

How Earth Made Us

How Earth Made Us, BBC2

“It’s great. Iain Stewart is so into his geology, it’s hard not to get excited. Well, a bit excited.”
Sam Wollaston, The Guardian

“As Stewart hopped around, getting his hands dirty without descending into some Top Gear challenge-style farce, he also unearthed that holy grail of BBC TV – the ability to inform, educate and entertain.”
Alex Hardy, The Times

“Stewart promised us wonders and began with something dazzling.”
Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent

“Pretty and weird, and good for telly… It does, however, suffer from the sickness of almost all modern documentaries, in that half an hour’s worth of argument is stretched to full an hour with endless, unnecessary examples.”
Matt Baylis, Daily Express

True Stories: Cowboys in India, More 4

“It was one of those exercises in klutz film-making that hope that they can make up in gawky, self-deprecating charm what they very obviously lack in terms of structure and results.”
Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent

This World: Obama and Me, BBC2

“Here was an excellent structure: part timeline of the president’s first year, courtesy of newsreel footage, and part personal insight into how those 12 months affected the opinions of six Obama voters in their daily lives.”
Alex Hardy, The Times

Gordon’s Great Escape, Channel 4

“The foul-mouthed chef is holidaying in India, like everyone else at Channel 4.”
Sam Wollaston, The Guardian