“The second instalment had more than enough standout moments to transcend its format.”

Super Senses: The Secret Powers of Animals

Super Senses: The Secret Powers of Animals, BBC1

“The second instalment had more than enough standout moments to transcend its format. A network would almost certainly pull in more viewers than London Live just by showing round-the-clock footage of a herd in the Masai Mara. It was an unexpected pleasure to find myself seeing something a bit different.”
John Crace, The Guardian

“What saved the show from embarrassing itself was the sheer enthusiasm of the presenters. We can’t replicate what these animals do, we can barely explain most of it, but we can admire it.”
Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail

Everyday Miracles: the Genius of Sofas, Stockings and Scanners, BBC4

“Mark Miodownik is an engaging presenter, but it was hard to pin down what he was trying to say beyond ‘Humans have adapted the material to their own advantage’, as he was trying to cram far too much into a single hour.”
John Crace, The Guardian

“Just as great inventions depend on their materials, so perhaps does great TV depend on the format. Given half the time, Miodownik could have zoomed in on the best examples and left the rest for a different programme.”
Matt Baylis, Daily Express

“Last night’s episode of this enjoyably melodramatic series continued to tick off items on writer Kay Mellor’s list of every horrible thing that could go wrong during a pregnancy.”
Ellen E Jones, The Independent

“The intensity of calamitous events is now literally incredible. If Kay Mellor hasn’t ticked off every single pregnancy-related medical condition yet, that’s probably because she’s saving a few for the last two episodes.”
Gabriel Tate, The Times

“Building the Dream is a poor man’s Grand Designs and not only because it’s an obvious knock-off.”
Ellen E Jones, The Independent

“I’d seen enough long before the end. Fifteen minutes of watching other people fret about their kitchen design is way too long. I only spent about 10 minutes on my own.”
John Crace, The Guardian