“Hagiographical bilge.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.

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Michael Jackson: The Last Days, Five

“Hagiographical bilge… John Grierson will be spinning so rapidly in his grave that Michael Jackson himself might envy the moves.”
Brian Viner, The Independent

EastEnders, BBC1

“The singing and dancing may be over in the new soap operas – Cowell and Brucie and all that – but there’s still plenty going on in old soapland.”
Sam Wollaston, The Guardian

How To Win At Chess, BBC4

“Surprisingly, it was a bit of a corker.”
Brian Viner, The Independent

Games Britannia, BBC4

“Nostalgically fondling the copy of Lord of the Rings he owned as a 12 year-old boy, he sniffed its pages, and said ‘my precious’. In that opening minute, we knew all we needed to know about [Benjamin] Wolley.”
Helen Rumbelow, The Times