“An utterly compelling, sometimes very scary film.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.


U Be Dead, ITV1

“ITV produced an utterly compelling, sometimes very scary film in which every plot turn, however unlikely, slapped us hard like a home truth.”
Andrew Billen, The Times

“Very well done, with a nice rising tension that gnawed away at you… A classy dramatisation.”
Sam Wollaston, The Guardian

From a viewers point of view, all of this was disturbing, diverting, sometimes distasteful, but in the main, deeply dissatisfying.
Matt Baylis, Daily Express

“Guilty pleasure in a dangerous liaison.”
Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent

My Funniest Year: 2000, Channel 4

“It’s classic slump television, the sort of thing you watch because there’s nothing else on and your volition is lying on the floor somewhere, underneath a pizza box. The concept is insultingly lazy.”
Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent

Grumpy Old Schooldays, BBC2

“Rather than listen, you end up focusing elsewhere, wondering where they found that footage of the fruity old schoolmaster who adored hitting boys with a slipper, or why the producers hired former football player Matt Le Tissier to speak just twice.”
Matt Baylis, Daily Express

The Simpsons, Sky1

“A constant barrage of warm humour, some genuinely moving moments and the world’s biggest armpit fart. Gorgeous. The Simpsons can still do it.”
Sam Wollaston, The Guardian

The Yorkshire Dales on Film. BBC4

“A chocolate box collection of clips showing how the place has been seen on screen.”
Sam Wollaston, The Guardian