“Like its progenitor, Veena Sud’s adaptation is realistic, confidently slow-paced.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.

The Killing, Channel 4

“Like its progenitor, Veena Sud’s adaptation is realistic, confidently slow-paced, interested in the theory that character is destiny, acted with subtlety and filmed, and scored, with a melancholy, but never sentimental, beauty.”
Andrew Billen, The Times

“If you loved the Danish version, and felt an ache of longing at the end of each episode, culminating in something like bereavement when it was all over, then this will be like meeting the cousin of someone you were once in love with, a combination of curiosity and sorrow.”
Zoe Williams, The Guardian

“For those with an eye for detail rather than the bigger picture the Seattle transplant might be something of a letdown.”
Matt Baylis, The Express

“The plot was so cringemakingly familiar. It’s almost impossible to suspend disbelief when you’re watching new actors play a set of characters that you’ve already come to know intimately, with different faces and different voices.”
Tim Walker, The Independent

New Cowboy Builders, Channel 5

“One thing I found fascinating about the entertaining ‘New Cowboy Builders’ is the fact that no cowboy ever does it once and gets out of the game.”
Matt Baylis, The Express

Candy Bar Girls, Channel 5

“With my minimal knowledge of the so-called lesbian “scene”, I’m unable to confirm whether Candy Bar Girls constitutes a worthy portrayal, though I suspect not.”Tim Walker, The Independent

“A reasonable insight into gay lives, and rather sweet.”
Andrew Billen, The Times

The Apprentice: The Final Five, BBC1

“I have what amounts to a crush on every remaining contestant … It managed to divest me of this unhealthy interest, for which I guess I should be grateful, though at the time I was disgruntled.”
Zoe Williams, The Guardian