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Channel 4

Before We Die, Channel 4 review - underwhelming and unengaging Scandi noir

The new import is the latest procedural from Scandinavia, this time focusing on Stockholm’s biker gangs. The first episode aired Tuesday night, with the rest of the series available on All4 now. In the age of the boxset binge, this availability is...

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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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Kiri, Channel 4 review - transracial adoption drama muddies the waters

“I’m black – I need to find out how black people live.” So reasoned Kiri, sitting in the back seat of the car driven by her social services case worker. She was on the way from her prospective adopters, a white middle-class couple who already...

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Trump: An American Dream/Angry, White and American, Channel 4 review - a timely look at Trump and the causes of Trump

There are, as I’m sure many of you are aware, four key stages of political change. Denial, anger, acceptance and, finally, documentary film-making. Now that the Donald has been ensconced in the White House for over a year, Channel 4’s, Trump: An...

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George Michael: Freedom, Channel 4 review - just a supersized commercial?

You might expect a posthumous 90-minute documentary – and that’s before you insert the ad breaks – about one of the biggest stars in British pop music over the last 30 years to shed some light on how said artist became so huge, but also how his...

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Educating Greater Manchester, Channel 4 review - a study of hope, humanity and heart

Cast your minds back, if you will, to 2011. Remember Jamie Oliver’s Celebrity Fight School? I think that was the title… in any case, it was an astonishing vanity project which seemed to suggest that the reason so many kids were being failed by...

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The Great British Bake Off, Channel 4 review – a cake with adverts is still a cake

By the outrage it prompted, you’d be forgiven for thinking that The Great British Bake Off’s move to Channel 4 was a national disaster. If only the public felt so indignant about the sale of the Post Office, or the creeping privatisation of a...

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Wasting Away, Channel 4 review - we can't fix people while the NHS is broken

Journalist Mark Austin is no stranger to conflict, having reported from war-torn landscapes including Rwanda, Iraq and even the ITN newsdesk. However, when the battle lines were drawn closer to home and involved an enemy he couldn’t see, the veteran...

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The State, Channel 4 review - dishonest portrait of British jihadis

It’s a burning question of western civilisation: what persuades young people brought up among us to walk out on their lives and join the cult of murderous fanatics who call themselves Islamic State? If any dramatist could attempt a coherent answer...

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The Handmaid's Tale, Series 1 finale, Channel 4 review - exquisite to look at but glacially slow

Come awards time, it’s inevitable that Elisabeth Moss will be collecting a few for her portrayal of Offred, the endlessly-suffering lead character in The Handmaid’s Tale (her real name is June). But I reckon the real stars of the show are...

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50 Shades of Gay, Channel 4 review - no better place in the world to be gay?

It’s half a century since homosexuality was partially decriminalised in England and Wales, so who better to cast his gaze over the lie of the land than stately homo Rupert Everett? The accomplished actor (and even finer diarist) started as he meant...

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Election Night 2017, BBC One, ITV, Channel 4, Sky News

The latest test of the nation’s perseverance and patience – a snap election called just before the negotiations for Brexit are due to start – seemed like an extraordinary act of hubris at the start. The initial billing of “Strong and...

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