“Carvel brings out the character’s fundamental decency while keeping him at an emotional remove”

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Dalgliesh, Channel 5

“Carvel, with sideburns, a three-piece suit and a slightly bouffant hairdo, pulled off a quiet, restrained performance, gentle of voice and as big on facial expressions as dialogue. This subtlety was as far removed as you could get from his previous creepy weirdo roles, in ITV’s The Sister and the BBC’s 2020 adaptation of Christie’s The Pale Horse. But then Carvel is a great shape-shifter. Sometimes you don’t recognise him in roles, which I mean as a compliment. His understated performance gave things a touch of class, which was just as well because his boorish, moustachioed, cocky sidekick DS Masterson (Jeremy Irvine) was drawn as a cartoonish Sid the Sexist, who shared the fact that his “first porno” had featured twins.”
Carol Midgley, The Times

“Carvel brings out the character’s fundamental decency while keeping him at an emotional remove. Dalgliesh has a coolness about him, but also a charisma. The script drip-feeds us details about his life: the poetry, the wife who died. It gives us enough to want more, while remaining firmly focused on the crime at hand. As for the crime, the tension builds with a nice sense of dread – even if you weren’t familiar with the plot beforehand”
Anita Singh, The Telegraph 

“The 1970s setting of the nurses’ home was beautifully recreated, down to the fabrics on the furnishings — all the colour of milky coffee — and the green Woods Ware cups and saucers … for decades, the standard crockery for an NHS cuppa. This attention to period detail will draw inevitable comparisons with Endeavour. Certainly, fans of Shaun Evans as Morse will also enjoy Dalgliesh. But they’ll wonder, as I do, why Channel 5 bosses didn’t have the courage of their convictions to show the two hours in a single, engrossing, feature-length episode.”
Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail

Sort Your Life Out With Stacey Solomon, BBC1

“Once you’ve seen one of these shows, there’s nothing more to be gained. They’re all identical.  One family’s tat, laid out on a warehouse floor, is very much the same as every other family’s. The attraction of nosing through someone else’s clutter wears thin quickly. And Stacey’s storage solutions are often dreadful. After scolding a mum and her three daughters for having hundreds of books, Stacey replaced shelves with palm-sized metal tongues, clamped to the wall, just big enough for balancing a stack of three or four paperbacks. I shudder to think what P.D. James would say about that.” 
Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail

Catch and Kill: The Podcast Tapes, Sky Documentaries

“The diligence and the dogged, painstaking work done by Farrow to uncover the contours of the story, and then to prove it, is a reminder of what good investigative journalism can do and the power of the press to help right wrongs. We see Farrow accumulate and cultivate contacts, and witness the support offered to women who then felt able to go on the record about their sufferings. All of this proves uplifting, inspiring, and occasionally high-stakes. The part played by Ambra Gutierrez – a model who was assaulted as a 22-year-old in 2015 by Weinstein, and who agreed to wear a wire for the police, thinking fast in the most fraught of circumstances – could be the basis for a Hollywood thriller all by itself. Oddities and oversights, however, remain. There is no attempt, for example, to give the material a fresh spin by contextualising it within current events.”
Lucy Mangan, The Guardian

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