“This is Hello! Magazine, turned into television.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.

“The conventions of the documentary demanded that she pretend to learn lessons along the way and announce that she’d been changed by the experience.”
Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent  

“This simplistic documentary was not helped by Gary’s four boys having taken a vow of adolescent omerta when it came to their feelings, nor by Danielle’s daughter being out of bounds – nor by writing the boy’s actual mother out of the script.”
Andrew Billen, The Times

“This is Hello! Magazine, turned into television.”
Sam Wollaston, The Guardian

“If she or her husband really were (down to earth) they wouldn’t be making a TV programme about their life together. Even so it felt as if Danielle’s determination to be a good stepmother to Gary’s four teenage boys was genuine.”
Matt Baylis, Daily Epxress

“It was lovely guilelessly boosting the pleasures of the English countryside in the manner of a Shell poster from the Thirties.”
Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent  

“The highlight here is when [Clare Balding] reveals another side to herself and loses it completely.”
Sam Wollaston, The Guardian