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The Mash Report could do better

BBC2’s ‘satirical and surreal news show’, The Mash Report, returned for a second series last Friday. Sadly, any evidence of improvement in this would-be comedy is about as hard to detect as progress in the Brexit negotiations. It remains an awkward mash-up… Continue Reading →

Detectorists – comedy grounded in reality

I can’t listen to Simon & Garfunkel without thinking of the ‘lookalike’ duo played by Simon Farnaby and Paul Casar in the BBC4 series Detectorists. The resemblance to the real Paul and Art may be slight, but there’s always time… Continue Reading →

Great British Menu or great British ego trip?

Great British Menu is rapidly becoming my favourite comedy show on the Great British TV Channel otherwise known as BBC2. Last night, finals week of Great British Menu turned into Great British Blacksmith, as one of the contestants found a… Continue Reading →

The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story

After four episodes, The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story seems to be distinctly lacking in gravitas. I love TV legal dramas, but I would have expected a real-life story about a horrific double murder to be a bit… Continue Reading →

War and Peace: big hits and some misses

For once the BBC content warning about “upsetting scenes” was not misplaced. I’m not talking about those hyperactive leeches that made an appearance early in Episode 5 of War and Peace, or the demise of Prince Nikolai Bolkonsky (magnificently played… Continue Reading →

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