“One minute jaw-dropping the next strangely touching.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV

MY WEIRD AND WONDERFUL FAMILY, C4

“What, then, exactly made the Drewitt-Barlow family “weird and wonderful”? I am not sure if Daisy Asquith, a gifted but uneven documentary maker, knew…What the film needed was conflict. Asquith’s commentary mentioned this only in passing…it could have been the heart of a more interesting film.”
Andrew Billen, The Times

“They came across as brash and flash and obsessed with material things. Then again in that respect the Drewitt-Barlow’s were exactly like a lot of people.”
Matt Baylis, Daily Express

“As television it’s fabulous – one minute jaw-dropping the next strangely touching. Daisy Asquith’s film looks great too. She doesn’t judge; her style is gently probing rather than confrontational.”
Sam Wollaston, The Guardian

“It blurred the lines between the tribulations of being these particular children and the trials of being any child.”
Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent

“This frank and tender film certainly left the word “disability” far behind. This film triumphed in finding quality in all its subjects.”  
Matt Baylis, Daily Express

CELEBRITY MASTERCHEF, BBC1

“Having sat through an hour of not very committed, not very celebrity, chefs cooking not very well and being not humiliated, I now know why I have never watched more than ten minutes of this show before. It is as pointless as [hosts] Wallace and Torode’s tragic attempts to build tension.”
Andrew Billen, The Times

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