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  • Help C4 (1)
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    Critics: Help

    2021-09-17T08:57:00Z

    “It is rare that a TV drama manages to be agonising and compelling; unbearable yet utterly immersive”

  • The Man Putin Couldn't Kill
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    The Man Putin Couldn’t Kill

    2021-09-16T08:37:00Z

    “It was all pretty entertaining, which is an odd approach but in keeping with the man who hasn’t been killed (yet)”

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    Spice Girls: How Girl Power Changed the World

    2021-09-15T08:11:00Z

    “Documentaries like this can be have-your-cake-and-eat-it feasts of nostalgia. It is thrilling to remember the rush, but this is also an attempt to reassess the era.”

  • Look Away
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    Look Away

    2021-09-14T08:56:00Z

    “An intelligent film that does a fine job of avoiding prurience while describing a world in which terrible things happened”

  • Endeavour
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    Endeavour

    2021-09-13T08:50:00Z

    “Watching Endeavour is like swaying in a soothing hammock of nostalgia”

  • A Killing In Tiger Bay
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    A Killing in Tiger Bay

    2021-09-10T09:31:00Z

    “A masterly job of unpacking the story”

  • Death on the Common: My Mother's Murder
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    Death on the Common: My Mother’s Murder

    2021-09-08T09:33:00Z

    “Rarely has such a TV documentary featured someone so unwilling to capitulate into self-pity or be defined by the victim card.”

  • Fever Pitch: The Rise of the Premier League
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    Fever Pitch: The Rise of the Premier League

    2021-09-07T09:00:00Z

    “It was a story told with energy and vim, with decent contributions. But I’m not sure there was much here that we didn’t already know”

  • Grantchester
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    Grantchester

    2021-09-06T09:04:00Z

    “I find it hard to believe that there was ever an Anglican clergyman in those days who looked so buff or so Brando-esque on a motorbike”

  • Imagine… Bernardine Evaristo: Never Give Up
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    Imagine… Bernardine Evaristo: Never Give Up

    2021-09-03T08:33:00Z

    “This was largely an upbeat, unpretentious 70 minutes, Evaristo appearing to be refreshingly unaffected for a writer so fêted”

  • Lee Mack's Road to Soccer Aid
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    Lee Mack’s Road to Soccer Aid

    2021-09-02T08:52:00Z

    “Mack has bags of charm and an everyman quality that made this hour a pleasure to watch”

  • 9/11: Inside The President's War Room
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    9/11: Inside the President’s War Room

    2021-09-01T09:11:00Z

    “Gives the sensation of being in the room in a way that few documentaries ever have”

  • Vigil
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    Vigil

    2021-08-31T09:28:00Z

    “It’s a dense, sharply written, absolute treat of a show about a murky, unseen world that doesn’t want to break the surface and show itself”

  • Class Off 2021
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    Sixteen: Class of 2021

    2021-08-27T09:34:00Z

    “Channel 4 discovered long ago that schools are fertile ground for TV producers.”

  • Gossip Girl
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    Gossip Girl

    2021-08-26T08:45:00Z

    “It saps its juicy premise of all its fun, is po-faced and didactic rather than enjoyably preposterous”

  • Britannia
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    Britannia

    2021-08-25T08:50:00Z

    “Britannia’s sheer sensory overload brings its own bonkers rewards”

  • mastermind
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    Mastermind

    2021-08-24T09:06:00Z

    “Clive Myrie executed his debut with quiet, classy efficiency, having the air of a genial headmaster overseeing a spelling test”

  • Donald Trump and Ruby Wax
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    When Ruby Wax Met

    2021-08-23T08:55:00Z

    “This was a fascinating snapshot of a time before the glossy pre-prepared anecdotes of today’s formulaic talk shows”

  • The Chair
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    The Chair

    2021-08-20T08:58:00Z

    “The tone is morosely funny and the story goes down easily in 30-minute servings”

  • Changing Rooms
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    Changing Rooms

    2021-08-19T08:42:00Z

    “It’s still good fun, but feels generic. Changing Rooms spawned countless imitators, which means that nothing here seemed fresh”