“Hell, it’s good.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.


Mad Men, BBC4

“Hell, it’s good. It starts off quite slowly, then gradually picks up mass and momentum, sucking you in as it goes.”
Sam Wollaston, The Guardian

“One of the things that makes Mad Men distinctive as television is the unhurried pace of its storylines, and the fact that some episodes pass without a great deal happening at all.”
Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent

“As always at this stage in a Mad Men series, it is hard to tell where the write Matthew Weiner is going with all this. You just know that it will be somewhere special.”
Andrew Billen, The Times

Time Shift: The North on a Plate, BBC4

“There’s something to be celebrated in this kind of journey, in its local pride and determination to see richness where others see only flat caps and derelict factories.”
Matt Baylis, Daily Express

Bang Goes the Theory, BBC1

“I can honestly say that I only totally understand exactly what happened in the Gulf of Mexico having seen Bang Goes the Theory. I’m not proud. They should be.”
Sam Wollaston, The Guardian

Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Channel Five

“Fans of this gritty import know it’s anything but average.”
Matt Baylis, Daily Express

Midsomer Murders, ITV1

“By the end, the episode had gone bonkers as we watched a shoot-out through the eyes of a crazed optician who thought Barnaby was Wyatt Earp.”
Andrew Billen, The Times