“Missing the important questions was a problem for Hotel of Mum and Dad.” Read the verdict on last night’s TV

The Great British Year (BBC1)

I wonder if Joseph Fiennes actually read the script of The Great British Year before agreeing to narrate it? He must have thought he couldn’t lose with a series on British wildlife but his voice-over nearly ruined this beautifully shot show.
Adrian Michael, The Telegraph

Pain, Pus & Poison: The Search for Modern Medicines (BBC4)

During the opening sequence Michael Mosley described the first recorded morphine overdose with such lyricism and tenderness that it might almost have been euphoric recall. Mosley certainly wasted no time getting stuck into the nitrous oxide a few moments later.
John Crace, The Guardian

In the week that Breaking Bad aired its final show, this first part of BBC4’s series was a fitting reminder of chemistry’s bad boy lineage.
Ellen E Jones, The Independent

Hotel of Mum and Dad (BBC3)

Missing the important questions was for more of a problem for Hotel of Mum and Dad (BBC3). Grown-up kids who can’t afford to leave home is a phenomenon well worth investigating – just not by means of a reality show in which two couples who have been bunkering down in a parent’s house are set the task of seeing how they manage living on their own for a week.
John Crace, The Guardian

Women Behind Bars (ITV)

Sir Trevor McDonald’s Women Behind Bars contains none of the absurdities extracted by Louis Theroux nor the visual originality of Werner Herzog’s Death Row. Nevertheless, MCD showed himself a sympathetic interview who knew there was nothing journalistically to be gained by reprimanding the woman prisoners for their crimes.
Andrew Billen, The Times