“It was an enjoyable canter through the more famous cancellations”


Cancelled, Channel 4

“Bacon was the ideal person to guide us through cancel culture’s greatest hits…He was taking a risk, actually, bringing them to national attention. It was an enjoyable canter through the more famous “cancellations”, including Andrew Graham-Dixon getting banned from speaking at the Cambridge Union for doing a Hitler impression, JK Rowling falling foul of the trans lobby for mocking the phrase “people who menstruate”, and the Edward Colston statue’s unexpected bath. Much of it was already known, but it was an interesting zippy crash course for anyone who these days just feels too tired to keep up.”
Carol Midgley, The Times

“The problem with Cancelled, a reasoned attempt by Richard Bacon to get to the heart of cancel culture, is that nobody is quite sure what cancel culture is…Then there was the humourless influencer who examined Bacon’s old tweets, briskly dismissing the idea that he was sending up exactly the sort of opinions she condemned.Bacon clearly thought that “wokeness” had gone too far.”
Anita Singh, The Telegraph

“He treated the hour as if it was his audition to be the next Question Time presenter, zipping round the country by train to interview People With Opinions — then signed off with a booming: ‘Good night! But his interviewees were never the ones at the centre of the debate…At the core of the programme, a serious point was buried in waffle.”
Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail

Yellowjackets, Sky Atlantic 

“It’s witty, sharp, dark, knowingly schlocky and often very gruesome. It isn’t perfect. Because it straddles three timelines — the pre-crash teenage school era; the survival era with students dressed like shamans and satanists; and the present when they are being sent mysterious postcards threatening to expose what terrible things they did to stay alive — it becomes frustrating” 
Carol Midgley, The Times

“A deliciously dark thriller, and features Ricci with a bubble perm that makes her look like one of the Golden Girls. But the black comedy is mixed into a story of genuine horror…Sometimes the traversing between then and now feels too hectic. But other times you’ll be relieved to cut away from the wilderness because the scenes set there are truly unnerving. They’re also pretty high on gore, as when we see the aftermath of the crash. Throw in the suggestion of something supernatural, plus a suspected murder plot in the present day, and there’s a hell of a lot going on. But it had me gripped.”
Anita Singh, The Telegraph 

Banksy Most Wanted, BritBox

“A fine job of keeping ennui and irritation at bay. Its swift jog-trot through the history of one of Bristol’s most famous sons, with extensive footage of his work – in situ, on merch, in the hands of collectors who had tempted freeholders to part with parts of their non-party walls – still allowed plenty of time for consideration of the wider, more philosophical issues raised by his art…Rouvier and Richard’s film covered a lot of ground enthusiastically, intelligently and as unpretentiously as I’ve ever seen it done.”
Lucy Mangan, The Guardian 

The Wheel of Time, Amazon Prime Video

“After the Tolkien-esque derring-do of earlier instalments, this was where WoT lived up to its reputation as the fantasy work that had most influenced George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire (aka Game of Thrones). Forget swords and spells. Here was a satisfying hour of conspiratorial whisperings in darkened rooms and of bad things happening to good people. With the focus on the Aes Sedai order of female sorcerers, you could call it Game of Crones…As engaging with the audience’s sense of wonder, Wheel of Time is no slouch at shredding the viewer’s heartstrings.”
Ed Power, The Telegraph