“Self-regarding sacks of bombast” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.


Bankers, BBC2

“It started out like an episode of 24. Has someone finally made a finance documentary with fight scenes, shagging and a downtown car chase? No of course not. After five delirious minutes of pulse-quickening mayhem, the show settles into the familiar rhythms of the didactic documentary”.
Tom Meltzer, The Guardian

“At least the apprentices aren’t losing vast amounts of our money, unlike the self-regarding sacks of bombast at the heart of Bankers”
Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent

The Apprentice, BBC1

“The format is beginning to show its age. Why are they always so surprised to get a call from Lord Sugar, for example, running around the house squealing in their pajamas as if the very last thing they could have imagined was being called on to perform in a reality-television show?” 
Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent

“The Apprentice these days is anything but real. Never mind, last night’s task to design a new piece of flatpack furniture, these candidates appear to have been hastily assembled from someone’s production notes. Posh one. Wide boy. Villain. Bitch.”
Ben Lawrence, The Telegraph

“My favourites were Hubert and Michelle, a couple who had been together for 29 years. She had checked in with back pain. We saw them bickering constantly and giggling a lot. 24 Hours in A&E permanently succeeds because it is filled with unexpectedly perceptive moments such as these.”
Ben Lawrence, The Telegraph