“It was telly delivering what telly does best.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.

“Tompkinson is better suited to playing a conscientious copper than a vet. Clever casting is only half the story, though, and this one was far cleverer than first impressions might have suggested. It wasn’t the most shocking thing to hit our screens this year…but it was telly delivering what telly does best.”
Matt Baylis, Daily Express

“What it lacked in originality it made up for in cliches, with the result a perfectly watchable hotch-potch of every tense psychological thriller-type thingy ever made.”
Sarah Vine, The Times

“It ended up bogged down in psychology, and almost devoid of thrills.”
Brian Viner, The Independent


“There was a time when dialogue and acting were the main components in setting the mood of a drama. Now music seems to be deemed at least as important, to the detriment of those of us who prefer to judge for ourselves what is going on, without the help of a string quartet.”
Brian Viner, The Independent

“If the programme itself communicated anything, however, it’s that dead oceans are a much stronger possibility than that question mark implies… I’m sorry, but can someone try being a bit more optimistic, just to get everyone motivated?”
Tim Dowling, The Guardian

“[It] is basically The Young Ones Version 2.1…so we have plenty of drinking, snogging, swearing and general grossness, combined with clever observational comedy and slick, highly professional performances. “
Sarah Vine, The Times


“It was all absurdly contrived and at the same time surprisingly heartening. Not many British television personalities succeed on American TV…but then none of them, not even the Teletubbies, were on a mission to re-educate.”
Brian Viner, The Independent