“So tense that there were times when it was hard to watch…Seriously good television.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.

“Will they escape their criminal fates? We need a second series to know for sure. Top Boyhas earned one for sure.”
Andrew Billen, The Times

“[It] got better and better as it went on, concluding last night with an episode so tense that there were times when it was hard to watch… The drama involved virtually no preaching at all, but a sense of morality was everywhere.. Best of all, it always found a little time for something other than plot… Seriously good television.”
Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent


“Russell Beale spoke too fast, in a prissy, hectoring manner, suggesting that a great actor need not make a great presenter.”
Andrew Billen, The Times

“Programmes like this would be impossible without historical précis, even though the result can sometimes sound a little glib. ..I’m not in a position to say what you would make of the programme if you already knew a lot about music, but if you don’t it offered a pretty enjoyable introduction to the subject.”
Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent


“To think…anything or anyone is really being addressed, or changed, or helped would be a mistake. Having said that, it is very entertaining television.”
Sam Wollaston, The Guardian