“Believable or not, it’s pretty compelling.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.


Bouquet of Barbed Wire, ITV1

“Guy Andrew has written excellent, and admirably sparse dialogue; Ashley Pearce’s direction is clever without being overly tricksy… And most conspicuously of all, the casting is spot-on and the acting utterly splendid.”
Brian Viner, The Independent

“Believable or not, it’s pretty compelling. There are two more to go and I’m thinking we’re nowhere near rock bottom yet in terms of behaviour.”
Sam Wollaston, The Guardian

Daybreak, ITV1

“Slick, professional and engaging. But electrifying? Not so much.”
Sarah Vine, The TImes

Him and Her, BBC3

“It’s all pretty inappropriate really, and puerile, smelly, and ever so slightly shocking. But in a nice way. Him and Her is strangely charming, warm, touching even – as well as being funny. Best of all, it rings totally true.”
Sam Wollaston, The Guardian

Grandma’s House, BBC2

“[This] has provoked catcalls and bouquets in roughly equal measure. I’m with the bouquet-throwers, and while I’m aware that you’d have to sit through quite a lot of amateur dramatics before encountering an actor quite as wooden as Simon Amstell, I think he gets away with it, which may indeed be part of the conceit.”
Brian Viner, The Independent

My Family’s Crazy Gap Year, Channel 4

“In spite of all the earnest intentions, this turned out to be a hugely funny and entertaining slice of television.”
Matt Baylis, Daily Express

“They all get along splendidly, and learn from each other; we’re all the same underneath bla bla bla.”
Sam Wollaston, The Guardian