“Looks set to be a convincing psychological thriller, easily as compelling as its barnstorming predecessors”

The Cry

The Cry, BBC1

“The Cry looks set to be a convincing psychological thriller, easily as compelling as its barnstorming predecessors – especially for anyone who was less than gripped by the sprawling political-espionage game Bodyguard’s later episodes became.”
Lucy Mangan, The Guardian

“This was quality stuff, wasn’t it? Subtle, nuanced, a psychological thriller that built suspense while tapping in to the worst parental nightmare: a stolen baby (apparently). Jenna Coleman’s portrayal of Joanna was raw and resonant and only slightly undermined by the fact that Coleman looks gorgeous even when she’s supposed to be dog rough.”
Carol Midgley, The Times

“Quite a lot of this feels overwrought and schematic, but there’s no denying the potency of the central proposition. Coleman is equally convincing as a cold and wounded victim and as a failing mother who has one memorable outburst on the long flight to Australia aimed at the smug, tutting fellow travellers.”
Jasper Rees, The Telegraph

“The constant cross-cutting back and forth in time was occasionally a little wearing (though it mirrored Joanna’s sense of exhausted dislocation) and Alistair’s a little too much the Useless Partner. But there’s plenty to explore in all the central characters. I doubt there’ll be as many suicide vests and shootouts as The Bodyguard. But if you prefer your drama slow-burning and psychological, The Cry may be a more enticing prospect.”
Jeff Robson, The i

Farther and Sun: A Dyslexic Road Trip, BBC4

“Farther and Sun: A Dyslexic Road Trip was a cleverly titled documentary that asked whether it is just a ‘curse’ or offers the differently wired a gift. By the end, alas, the question hadn’t been definitively answered, but we did spend time with the film-maker Richard Macer’s delightful son, Arthur, 11. Macer said he didn’t want his son encumbered by a label that was only negative. With this charming, light-touch film he is certainly helping to change that.”
Carol Midgley, The Times

“This was an eye-opening and engaging tour of a subject little-visited by television. If it lacked one element, it was the honest admission that not all dyslexics find a way to break free and express their abilities.”
Jasper Rees, The Telegraph