“The Apprentice is more formulaic than Formula 1.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.

“The Apprentice is more formulaic than Formula 1. The suspicion remains that the producers leave less to chance than it seems. But The Apprentice remains high-octane fun and I duly welcome it back for another spin round the track.”
Andrew Billen, The Times

“Sadly, I have to report that unimaginative price-gouging triumphed over creativity, though naturally the editing did everything in its power to conceal that fact for as long as possible.”
Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent

“There is something quite depressing about all of it, to be honest. Well, they’re all so utterly ghastly. Mostly all talk too.”
Sam Wollaston, The Guardian

“We witnessed what could well have been the dullest moment in television history. Please wake me up when this series is finished.”
Matt Baylis, Daily Express

“Effortly rising above the brassy cacophony is Jeff Salmon, by some distance the most grating personality currently on television. Given the competition, that’s quite an achievement.”
Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent

Venice 24/7, BBC4

“The Pope draws crowds wherever he goes and where crowds gather near canals, people start falling in and drowning. You have to wonder what the city authorities have against railings.”
Matt Baylis, Daily Express

NCIS, Channel 5

“The episode crackled with testy, pop-son banter. You didn’t need to know their history inside out because the young man’s face said it all.”
Matt Baylis, Daily Express