“Perfect, Sunday evening drama.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.

Small Island

Small Island, BBC1

“A teensy bit unbelievable… It’s still perfect, Sunday evening drama – intensely acted, skilfully shot and subtly passionate about subjects no one should ignore.”
Matt Baylis, Daily Express

“It looks wonderful… It’s also well cast… What doesn’t work quite as well is the voiceover narration, which often gives the thing an overblown, sententious tone… It can also be unintentionally comic.”
Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent

“Sumptuous to look at, with fine performances.”
Sam Wollaston, The Guardian

“The 90-minute opening to this two-parter was a plod.”
Andrew Billen, The Times

Mark Lawson Talks to Alan Bennett, BBC4

“A superior and much less fussy one-hour interview [than Saturday night doc Being Alan Bennett].”
Andrew Billen, The Times