'This tale felt like it should have been a photo-story in Jackie Magazine.” Read on for the critics' full verdict on last night's TV

Fairy Tales, BBC1
“With its clunky moral message, this tale felt like it should have been a photo-story in Jackie Magazine.”
Matt Baylis, Daily Express

Fairy Tales, BBC1
“Not only was the choice of setting - the world of fashion and celebrity - blindingly obvious, the tone was patronising in the extreme.”
Gerard O'Donovan, The Daily Telegraph

Boy Called Alex, C4
“It was so unsentimental that there was in fact an unsettling disconnect between what we knew of Alex's daily routine - the Smartie-party bag piles of pills, the physio, the injections - and what appeared to be a boy with the enthusiasm and vitality of your average musical genius.
Helen Rumbelow, The Times

Boy Called Alex, C4
“The main strength of Stephen Walker's documentary (apart from its subject) was its refusal to indulge in the sentimental or the saccharine.”
Gerard O'Donovan, The Daily Telegraph

Pop! What is it Good For?, BBC4
“The show's problem was its format. The attempt to cram a decade's worth of bands, genres and bad tracksuits into an hour inevitably meant that no sooner had the pundits stated to discuss one topic than they were rushed on to another.”
Michael Deacon, The Daily Telegraph

Pop on Trial, BBC4
“What was most entertaining was hearing, after all the chat about hip-hop, trip-hop and grunge, what records the public was actually buying.”
Robert Hanks, The Independent