“An amazingly captivating programme.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.

Getting Our Way

Getting Our Way, BBC4

“An amazingly captivating programme – amazing because the subject sounded so dry… His tour is mercifully not a plodding chronology but a scattershot of ideas illustrated with plums pulled from across the centuries.”
Andrew Billen, The Times

“It’s rarely a good idea to make your audience feel inferior, or less privileged. My wife and I both sniffed.”
Brian Viner, The Independent

Generation Jihad, BBC2

“A brief attempt at psychology suggested that the youths in question had problems with their father but to be brutal Taylor’s year-long burrowing did not dig up anything very unexpected and I still don’t know what gets into these lads.”
Andrew Billen, The Times

“Fortunately this programme went beyond the websites to consider why these young men are turning on the society that raised them. In doing so, it turfed up some useful answers.”
Matt Baylis, Daily Express

“We should all watch Generation Jihad, although I confess I would find it easier without the throbbing synthesizer.”
Brian Viner, The Independent

Coronation Street, ITV1

“Death is one of the many uncertainties in soap. It’s often ridiculous, and this is surely one of the silliest ever.”
Sam Wollaston, The Guardian

King Jong-Il’s Comedy Club, BBC4

“Wired and wonderful… Both a telling portrait of what it’s like to live in fear, and also a hilarious scam that Sacha Baron Cohen would be proud of.”
Sam Wollaston, The Guardian

Dispatches: Post Office Undercover, Channel 4

“It was an unusual documentary in that it preferred to bash the workers rather than the management.”
Andrew Billen, The Times