“It is like watching the video for Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse Of The Heart on repeat.”

Keeping Faith

“Side-stepping the bombast so beloved of noisier contemporary thrillers, writer Matthew Hall once again zeroes in on the human drama swirling around divorced mother and plucky lawyer Faith Howells. The spell cast is low key yet irresistible.”
Ed Power, The Telegraph

“It is like watching the video for Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse Of The Heart on repeat — a damburst of soft rock and overwrought acting. That makes it perfect viewing for a Saturday evening, telly to enjoy with a box of chocolates or a brimming glass of cheap vino.”
Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail

“Eve Myles, as Faith, spent the first half of the episode uncharacteristically subdued – applying lipstick in slow motion and challenging James Nesbitt’s Bloodlands character for the most time spent staring meaningfully into the distance. Here the staring was accompanied by the sort of mournful vocal soundtrack that seems to have become de rigueur for putting the atmosphere into atmospheric thrillers.”
Gerard Gilbert, The i

Line of Duty, BBC1

“The good news is that Line of Duty upped its game slightly from last week’s dour, flat opener. However, it is by no means cooking with gas yet. I enjoyed the interview with DCI Jo Davidson (Kelly Macdonald), where she threw half of her colleagues under the bus. It was nowhere near the best LoD interviews, but at least we’re warming up.”
Carol Midgley, The Times

“Clever drama series can require effort on the part of the viewer, but surely not this much. The only one providing entertainment is Hastings (Adrian Dunbar). If you’re a newcomer, you might consider throwing in the towel.”
Anita Singh, The Telegraph

“After a disappointing start, with an insipid opening sequence and a script constructed largely from random initials, the second episode struggled to pick up pace. It did feature a trademark Line Of Duty confrontation in the interview room, between Superintendent Hastings and softly spoken DCI Jo Davidson (Kelly Macdonald), but the scene lacked the explosive tension and sudden shocks we’ve come to expect. It all feels very much as if Line Of Duty is running out of energy and impetus.”
Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail

Brotherhood: The Inner Life of Monks, BBC4

“It was an intimate and surprisingly moving documentary, these men giving everything to God even when, as one brother said, some family members considered it a waste of a life. As a piece of television, it was mental detox.”
Carol Midgley, The Times

“It was something vanishingly rare: a serious-minded, contemplative film about faith. Prayer and service, life and death were all examined and treated with due reverence.”
Anita Singh, The Telegraph

Tina, Sky Documentaries

“Even if you don’t know the backstory, it is all astonishing to watch. This is not the definitive film about Turner’s life. It is not hagiographic, but it is a loving swan song.”
Lucy Mangan, The Guardian

“Paloma Faith: As I Am lived up to its soul-baring title, including the disclosure of a past suicide attempt, but that wasn’t the only revealing aspect of a remarkable documentary about the Hackney-born singer-songwriter with a flamboyant dress sense. Jane Mingay’s film was also a candid insight into the relentless grind required while the music biz squeezes every last drop of value from fleeting pop careers.”
Gerard Gilbert, The i

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