“90 per cent of the programme was the equivalent of a freak show’s painted promises.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.

Alien Investigation, Channel 4

“Everything about Alien Investigation, from the way the script was almost entirely composed of ominous-sounding questions to the wildly self-deluding experts who appeared in the early sections, should have told you that 90 per cent of the programme was going to be the equivalent of a freak show’s painted promises, while 10 per cent would be reserved for the disappointingly squalid reality.” 
Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent

“It’s a classic sales trick as well as storytelling trick, of course: hype the goods, build anticipation and build it so high that people don’t feel a sense of swizz when they realise what’s really there.”
Matt Baylis, The Express

Solar Mamas, BBC4

“A touching documentary about an Indian enterprise that teaches women from poor rural communities to become solar-power engineers.” 
Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent

“A small jewel in the Why Poverty? strand, traced the efforts of the Barefoot College in India to train impoverished women from around the world in the nuts and bolts of basic solar technology, with the aim of changing both lives and attitudes.”
Sam Wollaston, The Guardian

The Secret of Crickley Hall, BBC1

“The story was tightly plotted, in the sense there were no obvious holes in it. In mitigation too, it carried a faint message about the importance of coming to terms with loss.”
Andrew Billen, The Times

“The non-spooky side of things, a couple grieving for a lost child, was handled brilliantly, written and acted with hurtful honesty.”
Matt Bayliss, The Express