No more boys and girls

“Dr Javid Abdelmoneim’s fascinating gender experiment came to a suitably heart-warming end in the final show of BBC2’s two-parter. New tests showed that after a term spent trying to erase gender barriers the boys were more in touch with their feelings and the girls had grown in self-belief.”
Sarah Hughes, The i

“The experiments with the children offered compelling evidence that boys can get a kick out of sewing and girls can conquer geometrical puzzles. It was repetitive at times, to ensure the messages got home. But No More Boys and Girls should be compulsory viewing in schools up and down the land.”
Jasper Rees, The Telegraph

“This was innovative, thought-provoking stuff, both as TV and as an educational venture. I wondered though if the final results were pointing somewhere no one really wanted to go. Equality made the girls grow, in every way. The boys, not so much.”
Matt Baylis, Daily Express

The State, Channel 4

The State

The State

“If you’re feeling generous, The State illustrated how idealism, however misplaced, can ride roughshod over intellect and rational thought. Even if you’re not, this complex, difficult and troubling series provoked conversation and debate, as all the best contemporary dramas should.”
Gabriel Tate, The Times

“The real charge against The State is not the unfair one that it risks justifying extremism. Rather, it’s that Kosminsky fails to make us empathise with his three Brit protagonists or really understand why they chose Isis. And yet, despite this shortcoming, The State is compelling and deranging.”
Stuart Jeffries, The Guardian

Location, Location, Location, C4

“They’ve been doing it for 17 years, and it’s as watchable as ever. The saucy frisson between them, which once had viewers desperately guessing whether Kirstie and Phil were conducting a secret affair, has mellowed. These days, they just bicker amiably, like an old married couple who long ago decided gardening is more pleasurable than sex.”
Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail

“You might think that this is a property to pass over in search of more eye-catching fare. And yet, almost against the odds, this opening episode was something of a charmer. There was no playing to the cameras or arguing for the sake of it but instead a straight-forward journey in which you crossed your fingers and hoped that it all worked out for everyone in the end.”
Sarah Hughes, The i