“It’s soapy and daft and, well, rather tired”


“It’s joyfully over-the-top, but there’s a sense that it needs to give everyone a bit more room, just to slow it down, and let them, and us, breathe.”
Rebecca Nicholson, The Guardian

“There’s a lot of soap-style relationship wrangling but not much more than soap-standard levels of credibility. You get the background noise of society’s eugenics-light obsession with looks and youth but, you know, believe me, some of us know all about that already.”
Sean O’Grady, The Independent

“It’s breathless and intense, but Age Before Beauty is about as authentic as Leanne’s bimbo eyelashes.”
Jasper Rees, The Telegraph

“This is exactly what we want from Tuesday night schlock: warring emotions, family feuds and resentments, lies, betrayals, secrets, heartaches, plotting and revelations … all in the time it takes to have a facial wax and get your eyebrows peeled, or whatever it is that happens in these places.”
Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail

“It’s soapy and daft and, well, rather tired. The salon might be back, but this is mutton dressed as lamb.”
Chris Bennion, The Times 

“Even the sign outside the beauty salon makes no sense until you’ve been told what the business is called. I thought it said Moo Cow and I was certainly making farmyard noises by the end.”
Matt Baylis, Daily Express

Viking Dead, Yesterday

“Too much dressing up in history docs can be tiresome, but this period does benefit from dramatisation: most people know little of the era beyond what we see in sword-and-dragon epics, from Game Of Thrones to The Last Kingdom.”
Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail

Inside the Factory, BBC2

“We actually got to find out how the sausage is made. This is excellent because a) it’s an actual metaphor, and b) [Gregg] Wallace, a man who looks like a cartoon butcher, could not have been happier.”
Chris Bennion, The Times