“If Trust were oil, it would be a surface slick: shiny and colourful but just one molecule thick.”


Trust, BBC2

“Trust looks fabulous, in a stylised, camp kind of way. It sounds great, too. But for 10 hours of my time I want more than spectacle, chortles, the odd grimace, wow, haha and ouch. If Trust were oil, it would be a surface slick: shiny and colourful but just one molecule thick, probably not worth much further investigation or investment.”
Sam Wollaston, The Guardian

“Trust looks ravishing, as you would expect from Danny Boyle, its director, and has a cracking 1970s soundtrack. But if it is to match Succession for sheer quality of characterisation and quickness of wit, it’s still got work to do.”
Carol Midgley, The Times

“While the production is lavish, the stylised, in-your-face storytelling and the patchy characterisation make Trust hard work. With nine more episodes to come, it is difficult to see who will stick with it till the end.”
Terry Ramsey, The Telegraph

“This brims with soapy, over-the-top melodrama. With Getty’s harem of doting lovers, his new pet lioness, and a protracted sub-plot about his penile injections, subtle this is not. At times, that can make it hard to take entirely seriously. Trust is a tempting portrait of a house divided, but it has some way to go to truly grip.”
Sarah Carson, The i

Joanna Lumley’s Silk Road Adventure, ITV

“Few other people would get away with the fact-light content and broad-strokes history, but Lumley is such an amiable travelling companion, it is forgiven. She (and her production team) know to keep the mixture frothy, with just enough facts to let viewers feel they are learning something.”
Terry Ramsey, The Telegraph

“As with most of Joanna’s travelogues, you do wish her awe could occasionally be toned down just a little, allowing space for a tad more irreverence. Not to be rude or mean-spirited but simply to remind us how funny she can be.”
Mike Ward, Daily Express

“Lumley is jovial, charming, and easy company, and flashes of Ab Fab’s Patsy are always satisfying. You didn’t come here for an in-depth dissection of Balkan history and geopolitics. You came to watch Joanna Lumley have a good time.”
Sarah Carson, The i

Hang Ups, Channel 4

“I can’t let Hang Ups, which ended last night, disappear without saying what a joy it has been. I know not everyone concurs, but we’ll have to agree to disagree. I loved it. It’s been a while since there’s been a terrestrial comedy series that I’ve genuinely looked forward to.”
Carol Midgley, The Times