“It really made you feel what it was like to be there at that time, as a young person full of dreams”

Joan Bakewell

Vive la Revolution!, BBC4

“Occasionally it felt like a linear lecture because, aside from Joan Bakewell’s commentary, it wasn’t broken up with current interviews, just acres of old footage. Yet given that it was such a glamorous era, made for TV, it was mesmerising.”
Carol Midgley, The Times

“If you weren’t familiar with just how extraordinary May 1968 was, you certainly were after this show. It really made you feel what it was like to be there at that time, as a young person full of dreams.”
Elisa Bray, The i

“This gossipy format has nothing educational about it: fronted by DJ Sara Cox, it belongs on Channel Five, not among the Beeb’s grown-up arts and business documentaries. But it’s agreeable viewing, because all the farmers are shy and self-effacing characters, not the muscle-bound braggarts you usually see on dating shows.”
Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail

“Passably watchable, this programme would be better if it trimmed down a bit. To fill an hour, a bewildering slurry of first meets and first dates is spread on thick, to the point where you can’t always tell one lovelorn farmer from another.”
Matt Baylis, Daily Express

Britain’s Fat Fight, BBC1

”This series, in which we saw Fearnley-Whittingstall shrink by a stone, turned out to be quite hard hitting.”
Carol Midgley, The Times

“The Fearnley-Whittingstall way is to talk good evidence-based horse sense. The ideas proposed both by him and the tiggerish neuroscientist Giles Yeo were simple, sensible and, in many cases, stealthy. There was no blaming or fat-shaming anyone.”
Jasper Rees, The Telegraph

Harry and Meghan: A Love Story, Sky 1

“This was far from the only documentary about the shortly-to-be-newly-weds, but it was a perfectly handy primer.”
Jasper Rees, The Telegraph

Taskmaster, Dave

“Taskmaster is an unashamed celebration of the bizarre and the mediocre: it’s imaginative and a bit crap, but it works.”
Sam Wollaston, The Guardian