“Ruth and Eamonn have conjured up a straightforward remake of That’s Life!”

Do The Right Thing

Do The Right Thing, Channel 5

“No one actually says ‘Shosheges!’ or produces a potato that looks like a pair of breasts, but Ruth and Eamonn have conjured up a straightforward remake of That’s Life!. In fact, the only problem with the format is Eamonn, who trundles around like a spare wheel.”
Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail

“A heartbreaking documentary exploring the question of when, if ever, a child who’s being kept alive mechanically should die. In the end, what we were left with was a gut-wrenching sense of the sadness of these cases, and deep unease at the thought that medical progress might only make them still complex and difficult to resolve in the future.”
Gerard O’Donovan, The Telegraph

“The raw grief of Mimi’s family and the quiet, authentic kindness of the medics made for powerful viewing, sometimes too much to bear.”
Matt Baylis, Daily Express

“My Baby’s Life: Who Decides? looks at whether it can ever be right to let a baby die. Catch up on All 4 if you missed it, and you’re feeling emotionally strong enough.”
Sam Wollaston, The Guardian

Four Days That Shook Britain, ITV

“Seen all together like this provides something new – not just a reminder of the scale and the awfulness of three months last year, but something of the national response to it all as well. There was hatred and polarisation, the flames of extremism fanned. But there were positives, a glimmer of hope. Solidarity, as well as bravery and kindness.”
Sam Wollaston, The Guardian

“Such anniversary documentaries can, when done properly, be something more than just harrowing. They can be strangely uplifting. This was one of them.”
Carol Midgley, The Times

“These journeys are a perfectly pleasant way to spend an hour even though Portillo’s questions are sometimes jaw-droppingly basic. You can’t knock Portillo’s enthusiasm, though. Not every presenter could almost yodel with joy for a trip that involves admiring 1,800km of oil pipeline.”
Carol Midgley, The Times

“His shows are always fun, though not for their insights. One museum curator remarked that Stalin was his nation’s best-known celeb, and that ‘to be from a country of a mass murderer is not so good’. That’s as profound as it gets. But Michael is such a happy traveller, it really doesn’t matter.”
Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail