sun 21/01/2018

BBC Two

The best TV to watch this week

Cure the January blues with our guide to the pick of the best dramas and documentaries coming to a TV near you or already available for streaming.Thursday 18 JanuaryBritannia, Sky Atlantic – eagerly awaited Romans-in-Britain series by Butterworth...

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Alan Partridge: Why, When, Where, How and Whom?, BBC Two review - a helping of Christmas Partridge

Over 25 years since his modest inception as a parody sports reporter, Alan Partridge has become one of comedy’s most enduring icons. With a new BBC series expected in 2018, we were treated to a tribute (or Partribute, if you will) to the impressive...

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Peaky Blinders, Series 4 Finale, BBC Two review – Tommy faces his reckoning

Luca Changretta got his just desserts, Alfie Solomons made a last gasp for the quiet life, and Thomas Shelby revealed his true enemy – Peaky Blinders wrapped up another exciting series in a high-octane and neat finale.Tommy always has a way out...

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The League of Gentlemen, BBC2 review - an anniversary to celebrate

In 1994, a group of students at Bretton Hall drama school – Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith – began writing and performing together. They took as their name the title of a Jack Hawkins film, The League of Gentlemen,...

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Joe Orton Laid Bare, BBC Two review - charming look at theatre's irresistible upstart

Laid Bare – it has a lurid implication which is all too suitable for Joe Orton’s work. During a time where the straight-laced British struggled to ease into sexual liberation, Orton stretched acceptability to its very limits. Salacious acts had been...

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Peaky Blinders, series 4, BBC Two review - new threats, same thrills

BBC Two’s flagship crime drama Peaky Blinders returns for another guilty dose of slo-mo walking, flying sparks and anachronistic soundtracks. In the opening episode “The Noose”, we’re served a familiar course of family disputes, sinister threats and...

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Motherland / Detectorists review - comedy classics go at their own pace

As Motherland settles down into its first series proper after last year’s pilot, it still seems to be going at a fair gallop. For those of you who haven’t seen it, the sitcom, written by Graham Linehan and Sharon Horgan along with Helen Linehan and...

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Newsnight: Grenfell Tower - The 21st Floor, BBC Two review - a simple, moving reconstruction

The streets around Grenfell Tower on the morning after it was consumed by fire heaved with people. A stream of donors brought food, clothes and toiletries, while news crews and journalists came in vans or on foot as if arriving in a war zone. Not...

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Chris Packham: Asperger's and Me, BBC Two review - 'like an alien from another planet'

Chris Packham, who devises and presents programmes about nature and animals, has described himself as "a little bit weird". This autobiographical documentary about himself explained what being on the autistic spectrum meant to him in particular in...

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Lucy Worsley's Nights at the Opera, BBC Two review - there's anti-elitism, and there's infantilism

The first thing to say about Lucy Worsley’s Nights at the Opera (BBC Two) is that it is laser-aimed at those who have not enjoyed many nights at the opera. Enjoyed in the sense of attended; also, probably, in the sense of enjoyed. Anyone who is a...

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Russia 1917: Countdown to Revolution, BBC Two review - words stronger than pictures 100 years on

It’s getting to that time of the century. A hundred years ago to the month, if not quite the day, the Winter Palace was stormed, and the Russian Revolution came to pass. To commemorate the communists’ accession, Russia 1917: Countdown to Revolution...

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Billion Dollar Deals That Changed Your World, BBC Two review - Big Pharma gets a diagnosis: it’s sick

“What if the way people understand the world is wrong? What if it isn’t politicians that shape the way people live their day-to-day lives, but secret business deals?” This is the question at the heart – and at the start – of Jacques Peretti’s...

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