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The Tunnel: Vengeance, Sky Atlantic review - entente not-so-cordiale

adam Sweeting

For the third and allegedly final time, we hasten back to the Kent coast for another outbreak of cross-Channel crime.

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Bancroft, ITV review - Sarah Parish's very cold case

jasper Rees

This week we were all meant to be gripped by a bunch of ancient geezers nicking diamonds in Hatton Gardens. The postponement of ITV’s nightly four-part drama – the second of four (four!!) different versions of the infamous burglary – is a bit of a mystery. Now you see it on the cover of the Radio Times.

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Blue Planet II, BBC One review - just how fragile?

Katherine Waters

The eel is dying. Its body flits through a series of complicated knots which become increasingly grotesque torques. Immersed in a pool of brine — concentrated salt water five times denser than seawater — it is succumbing to toxic shock. As biomatter on the sea floor of the Gulf of Mexico decomposes, brine and methane are produced, and where these saline pockets collect, nothing grows.

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The Crown, Series 2, Netflix review - all our yesterdays, cunningly rewritten

adam Sweeting

Beneath the creamy overlay of gowns, crystal chandeliers, palaces, uniformed flunkies and a sumptuous (albeit CGI-enhanced) Royal Yacht, a steely pulse of realpolitik fuels The Crown, returning to Netflix for its much-anticipated second series.

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Howards End finale, BBC One review - who isn't going to miss the Schlegel sisters?

jasper Rees

How good was Howards End (BBC One)? Practically flawless.

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Imagine... Rachel Whiteread: Ghosts in the Room, BBC Two review - making memories solid

sarah Kent

Eureka! A programme about a woman artist that doesn’t define her as a wife and mother first and an artist second.

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The Farthest: Voyager's Interstellar Journey, BBC Four review - awe-inspiring and life-affirming space odyssey

Owen Richards

Long before Barack Obama spoke about the audacity of hope, the Voyager mission left the Earth driven by something else: the audacity of curiosity. What do the outer planets look like? What are they comprised of? And what’s beyond that?

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Witnesses: A Frozen Death, BBC Four review - plummeting temperatures in the Pas de Calais

adam Sweeting

A thankless task, perhaps, to find oneself following in the footsteps of the berserk Spanish melodrama I Know Who You Are (theartsdesk passim).

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

Owen Richards

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 going on behind closed doors long before the Sixties, but everyone hid behind a modest front.

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Godless, Netflix review – a proper wild west ride

Owen Richards

There’s a storm heading to La Belle, the small forgotten town in the heart of the American West. As black clouds flash above the prairie, the injured body of Roy Goode (Jack O’Connell) falls at the door of widowed rancher Alice Fletcher (Michelle Dockery). After adding one more wound to his collection, she takes in the stranger and helps him heal.  

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