“Although funny in places, it is also scary, as any drama peopled by monsters ought to be”


Succession, Sky Atlantic

“The main problem was the genre: was this a family saga or a sledgehammer satire? (I was surprised, when I’d finished watching, to see it described in America as “comedy”.) There’s no reason why it couldn’t have been both, but this episode lurched between the two. Still, it’s early days. I plan to put up with this bunch for a while longer.”
Orlando Bird, The Telegraph

“As you might imagine from one of the creators of Peep Show and The Thick of It, the writing is savage, the dialogue sharp and foul-mouthed. Although funny in places, it is also scary, as any drama peopled by monsters ought to be.”
Tim Dowling, The Guardian

“Jesse Armstrong has achieved the impossible in rustling up an even more resoundingly dreadful group of people than those he helped to create in Peep Show or The Thick of It.”
Gabriel Tate, The Times

Meet the Drug Lords: Inside the Real Narcos, Channel 4

“To fans of the dramatised documentaries that Netflix does so well, such as Narcos and El Chapo, this was heady stuff. Some of the scenes and characters could have been created by screenwriters — for example, the jungle bandit who’s leading a running battle with American anti-drugs agents.”
Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail

“A sweatily tense, unapologetically testosterone-fuelled documentary.”
Gabriel Tate, The Times

The Prosecutors, BBC2

“The forensic approach was sometimes less than riveting; it would have been clear enough that this was highly demanding work without so many scenes of assorted law-enforcers looking knackered in strip-lit rooms. Mostly, though, it was very good: compelling without a trace of sensationalism.”
Orlando Bird, The Telegraph