“Where else would you find someone choosing their home on the basis of proximity to otters?” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.

Simon King’s Shetland Diaries

Simon King’s Shetland Diaries, BBC2

“Calling a programme Simon King’s Shetland Diaries sets out the stall really, suggesting it’s the personality that comes first, the place and its wildlife second.”
Matt Baylis, Daily Express

“It’s sort of about Shetland, and it’s sort of about Simon and his family and their time in Shetland… That man is so happy – what’s his secret?”
Sam Wollaston, The Guardian

“This was actually jolly fun, much better than watching Kirstie and Phil peruse out-of-town semis in Relocation, Relocation. For starters, where else would you find someone choosing their home on the basis of proximity to otters?”
Alice-Azania Jarvis, The Independent

Nicola Roberts: The Truth About Tanning, BBC3

“Nicola made a sweet and surprisingly non-media-savvy (in a good way) guide, who showed an endearingly quiet tenacity in pursuing her goals.”
Alex Hardy, The Times

“Oddly comic though Nicola’s scolding may have been, there was, of course, a serious message to it.”
Alice-Azania Jarvis, The Independent

Cutting Edge: 8 Boys and Wanting a Girl, Channel 4

“Having captured such pointed sadness, Cutting Edge failed to probe under its surface.”
Alex Hardy, The Times

Hotter Than My Daughter, BBC3

“For all the host Liz McClarnon’s kindly makeover advice, this was just another point-and-laugh show – and all the more cringey as it coated everything in those BBC3 nervous tics of quirky lingo and crazy camera shots.”
Alex Hardy, The Times

Chemistry: A Volatile History, BBC4

“Presented by a man so wondrously perfect for modern broadcasting purposes that if he didn’t exist we’d have to invent him.”
Matt Baylis, Daily Express