“This opener was a leap forward from the already-enjoyable first series”


Damned, Channel 4

“If it wasn’t funny, you could still take it at face value as an accurate and terribly bleak portrayal of a dysfunctional office environment: petty politics, casual cruelty and a fair amount of grinding futility.”
Tim Dowling, The Guardian

“This opener was a leap forward from the already-enjoyable first series, demonstrating all the benefits of a second run, but none of the drawbacks.”
Gabriel Tate, Telegraph

“Impressively directed by Marcus Plowright and Luke Sewell, Generation Gifted was at its best highlighting how money isn’t the only, or even the biggest, obstacle poverty puts in place.”
Gerard O’Donovan, Telegraph

“What made this documentary excellent was that it tackled the social mobility crisis not via graphs and studies, but from a child’s-eye view.”
Carol Midgley, The Times

Bliss, Sky 1

“As a comedy about bigamy, Bliss suddenly bristles with possibility – the mechanics of the week-on-week-off schedule are fascinating.”
Tim Dowling, The Guardian

“If David Cross had removed all the jokes, it would have made a very fine, uneasy drama about bigamy and the lies we tell ourselves. Unfortunately, he didn’t. And as a comedy, it fails pretty spectacularly.”
Rupert Hawksley, The Telegraph

Trauma, ITV

“The main problem with Trauma was that it didn’t have any killer twists. It proved totally predictable (i.e. the opposite of Doctor Foster).”
Jim Shelley, Daily Mail

The £1 Houses: Britain’s Cheapest Street, Channel 4

“The teaser for next week’s episode auguring burglaries and angry residents suggested it was. In human terms, bad, in TV terms, gold.”
Carol Midgley, The Times