“A second episode that seemed interested only in piling on as much convoluted conspiracy-thriller cliché as possible”

Next of Kin

“I really liked the opening episode of Next of Kin because of its strong portrayal of an integrated, middle-class British-Pakistani family. Sadly, all of that good work went out of the window in a second episode that seemed interested only in piling on as much convoluted conspiracy-thriller cliché as possible.”
Gerard O’Donovan, The Telegraph

“For 45 minutes I was asking myself: ‘Is this show really rubbish or am I missing the point?’ And then the secret agents turned up in Lahore, wearing sunglasses and smart-casual suits like Crockett and Tubbs from Miami Vice. Mystery solved! Next Of Kin is actually a surreal sitcom.”
Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail

Village of the Year, Channel 4

“Doubtless its intentions were good but I came away from Village of the Year thinking it couldn’t have done a better job of confirming every urbanite’s prejudices regarding life in the country. OK, so it’s a daytime TV series aimed primarily at those who have nothing better to do – or watch – of an afternoon. But Village of the Year really did seem more like a bored London TV executive’s fantasy of country life than a true representation of reality.”
Gerard O’Donovan, The Telegraph

Panorama: Trump Voters – One Year On, BBC1

“If you are still bamboozled by Trump’s appeal, Panorama’s Trump Voters: One Year On is a must-watch. It still seems unbelievable that Trump is the US president. But after watching this episode of Panorama, it’s much easier to understand why vast swathes of forgotten America continue to be won over by him.”
Daisy Wyatt, The i

“Dotted throughout are sobering statistics from a recent YouGov survey. These results speak to why this documentary is so frustrating, and so bleak. They lay bare the simple fact that, well, facts aren’t what they used to be.”
Rebecca Nicholson, The Guardian

Surgeons: At the Edge of Life, BBC2

“You might not care to see tumours in dishes, or peer into chest cavities, but in terms of insights into people doing this extraordinary job, this is well worth a look. Just don’t try and eat your dinner while you’re doing it.”
Matt Baylis, Daily Express