“A glorified clips show.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.

“Anyone expecting a proper documentary would have been disappointed – this was a glorified clips show – and there was a definite sense that the first 20 years of the festival mattered a good deal less than the last 20, so skewed were the snippets on offer.”
Archie Bland, The Independent

“The show must be faulted for the paucity of clips before 1995 and its Panglossian omissions.”
Andrew Billen, The Times

“It would have been worthwhile seeing more of the massive effort that goes into preparing a festival of this size and cleaning up afterwards but the A-Z format didn’t allow for may detours.”
Matt Baylis, Daily Express

“Mainly clips then – and some of them wonderful.”
Sam Wollaston, The Guardian

“Its centrifugal force is Matt Smith, the best Doctor since Tom Baker…a man who gives every impression of bringing things together only at the very last moment and who may very well be doing just that.”
Andrew Billen, The Times


“Glee’s attention to families is sincere and thoughtful, and one of the things that elevates it above more mediocre middle-American treats…if there is one broader criticism, it’s that the dynamics that define the show haven’t especially moved on as the series has progressed. There’s no doubt that it’s a sweet note they strike, but it’d be nice if the writers could find some new ones for next time.”
Archie Bland, The Independent