“Everything about Hattie is good – the performances, the writing, the direction, the lot.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV

Hattie, BBC4

“You also couldn’t entirely suppress the feeling that a biopic called “John” might have been more interesting, since Le Mesurier’s part in this was fascinating, a collision of upper-class British reserve with bohemian sexual melodrama.”
Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent

“Everything about Hattie is good – the performances, the writing, the direction, the lot. It’s warm and sad, moving and very, very human, a proper television treat.”
Sam Wollaston, The Guardian

“With no car chases, murders or beautiful locations to enliven things, no political or social significance to make us care, the plays fall back on witty but psychologically suggestive dialogue that gets room to breathe, and on detailed, subtle character acting, that, as last night, can break your heart.”
Andrew Billen, The Times

Mary Portas: Secret Shopper, Channel 4

“I bow the knee to the Queen of Shops (copyright BBC) and her expensive makeover for Pilot looked great fun. But it isn’t only high-street brands that can run into trouble when they over-extend a franchise.”
Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent

“It’s the widespread rudeness of the nation as a whole that needs sorting out and I doubt Mary Portas can do that in a TV show.”
Matt Bayliss, The Express

“It’s all remarkably, well, frank, I suppose. And that’s a good thing – get everything out in the open, literally. It’s just making me feel very old and unworldly.”
Sam Wollaston, The Guardian

Cowboy Builders, Channel 5

“The programmes resident attack dog Dominic Littlewood turned to the internet to research a potentially dodgy carpenter.”
Matt Baylis, The Express