“This was a film that dealt in myths rather than reality.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.


“He was still clever, funny and relevant. And yet this film still left me feeling rather empty, as if I was grasping at air. The talking heads were partly to blame. Their repeated insistence on the words “hero”, “genius”, “national treasure” and “legend” felt as though JCC was being oversold… This was a film that dealt in myths rather than reality, and was dedicated to preserving an enigma rather than understanding one.”
John Crace, The Guardian

“A parade of Manchester media aristocracy testifying to the deep affection in which he’s held.”
Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent 

“Even though you know exactly what you are likely to get it still feels fresh and utterly compelling. Some credit has to go to the director and the editor who string the narrative together, but I can’t help feeling its main appeal is rather more primitive.”
John Crace, The Guardian

“You don’t have to agree with the chap to admire his broadcasting…no-one could have presented it so deftly as [Rory] Stewart.”
Matt Baylis, Daily Express


“There was so much learning so heavily worn in Lewis, I felt I was trapped in Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum.”
Andrew Billen, The Times


“After eight series, the rhetorical flourishes in the programme have become so predictable now that you feel they could film all the nuts and bolts with which the narrative is held together in a single busy day.”
Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent