“A mesmerising presence who seems to speak in perfect sentences.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.

Imagine: Jeanette Winterson – My Monster and Me, BBC1

“Winterson is a mesmerising presence who seems to speak in perfect sentences and construct perfect images as constantly and naturally as the rest of us breathe… By the end of it you felt as refreshed and exhilarated as if you had been bathing in a rough sea.”
Lucy Mangan, The Guardian

“Winterson is a very obliging subject for a television profile… And she knows, as a storyteller, what works… She also knows, I think, what makes a good picture on screen and will supply the words that make it work… An engrossing story, nicely told at every level.”
Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent

“I felt sorry for Yentob, forced to play her sycophantic yet slightly ironic therapist, cozily nudging her to tell us the one about how it was her cat who saved her by licking her awake as she sat in the fume-filled car waiting to die. And I also felt annoyed for us, because Winterson surrendered her privacy on her terms.”
Andrew Billen, The Times

The Great Land Rush, BBC4

“Like the rest of the Why Poverty? season, it was a fantastically comprehensive and comprehensible film that delivered vast amounts of information about the problem and its possible ramifications without being dry or ever losing sight of the human beings at the epicentre. Wonderful.”
Lucy Mangan, The Guardian

“Was it progress or exploitation? I don’t know the answer. The film didn’t push one on me. I feel closer to the truth, though, for having heard more opinions of the people affected by the issue than people concerned about it.”
Matt Baylis, Daily Express