“By some sort of New Year miracle, it defied all expectations to be enchanting and really rather lovely.”

Flirty Dancing

Flirty Dancing, Channel 4

“By some sort of New Year miracle, Flirty Dancing defied all expectations to be enchanting and really rather lovely. It was an irresistible, grin-inducing illustration of the joys of dance.”
Michael Hogan, The Telegraph

“This is a very silly programme, based on a hammy and overstretched premise that is treading the same path as any number of other shows where the makers claim to have found a new way of potentially solving the mysteries of love. I devoured it, obviously, and I look forward to watching every single future instalment, probably more than once.”
Rebecca Nicholson, The Guardian

“I enjoyed it, particularly the process by which these young men are basically stripped of their identities (they are all called Joe), broken down, then built up again in a sort of radicalisation to become ‘men of war’.”
Carol Midgley, The Times

“There were none of the ‘snowflakes’, ‘phone zombies’ and ‘selfie takers’ demanded by recent Army posters. The documentary didn’t try to do anything different either. It followed the tried-and-tested format of shadowing three recruits, switching back and forth between them.”
Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail

“It was all reasonably good fun but wholly implausible. The incidental dramas were pretty thin fare, resting on whether people in the Caribbean knew the meaning of the phrase ‘budgie smugglers’, and a time-worn mistaken-identity gag. Ardal O’Hanlon remains likeable, but an unlikely cop. Death in Paradise, as ever, remains nothing to write home about.”
Chris Harvey, The Telegraph

“This show isn’t about realism it’s about escapism. It’s feelgood, sunshine murder with a cold beer afterwards. There’s enough corn and ham to feed an army, but paradoxically it’s quite enjoyable to watch. In a switch-your-brain-off kind of way.”
Carol Midgley, The Times

“Fiona Bruce hopped into the Question Time hot seat amid Brexit tumult and a febrile political atmosphere. Yet she brought calmness, clarity and even some dry wit to her impressive debut. All in all, this was a highly promising inaugural episode.”
Michael Hogan, The Telegraph