sun 09/08/2020

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Sex Education, Series 2, Netflix review - the teen sex show we deserved

Jill Chuah Masters

Netflix’s Sex Education has returned to our screens and streams. The show made waves last year for its refreshing take on the teen comedy-drama. It took on abortion, consent and female pleasure — subjects strikingly absent from our actual high school educations.

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The Split, Series 2, BBC One review - where the law and family fortunes collide

Adam Sweeting

The return of screenwriter Abi Morgan’s series about a largely-female London law firm is no doubt in tune with our gender and equality-conscious times, but that doesn’t mean it’s great television.

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The Pale Horse, BBC One review - when in doubt, do another Agatha Christie remake

Adam Sweeting

You could sometimes begin to believe that the notion of original TV drama is dying out, replaced by an interminable stream of adaptations and remakes. Did somebody mention Dracula?

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Secrets of the Museum, BBC Two review - the incredible hidden worlds of the V&A

Marina Vaizey

The nation’s public attics – museums – hold a huge jumble of objects collected and used in all sorts of ways to tell us stories of past and present.

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The L Word: Generation Q, Sky Atlantic review - is the new Word as good as the old Word?

Adam Sweeting

The L Word originally ran for six seasons between 2004 and 2009, and its then-revolutionary depiction of the lives of a group of lesbians in Los Angeles won it both a fanatical audience and acclaim for its game-changing content, exploring such topics as same-sex marriage, gay adoption and female sexuality which weren't being seen elsewhere on TV.

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Universal Credit: Inside the Welfare State, BBC Two review - drowning in a bureaucratic quagmire

Adam Sweeting

The benefits system is feared for its resemblance to a vast poisonous swamp, from whose clutches many travellers fail to return. Universal Credit began to be rolled out in 2013, having been announced in 2010 by Conservative work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith, and was supposed to bulldoze a path through the welfare jungle. However, it remains mired in controversy.

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Baghdad Central, Channel 4 review - thriller set in the aftermath of the Iraq war

Adam Sweeting

Inspector Muhsin al-Khafaji of the Iraqi police may be set to become one of those classically dog-eared, depressed and down-at-heel detectives who have proliferated in crime fiction. He could join a lineage that includes Martin Cruz Smith’s battered Russian sleuth Arkady Renko, or Bernie Gunther, anti-hero of Philip Kerr’s Berlin Noir trilogy. Or he may create his own category of one.

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Shock of the Nude with Mary Beard, BBC Two review - when does art become erotica?

Marina Vaizey

Are you a fan of oysters or Marmite? Mary Beard is not to everybody’s taste, but love her or loathe her she is not only a distinguished academic but a ubiquitous writer and presenter of classical histories, connected travels, and ruminations on societal problems.

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Belsen: Our Story, BBC Two review - inside the unfathomable horror of the Holocaust

Adam Sweeting

The 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz reminds us once again of the unfathomable horror of the Holocaust. The revival of anti-semitism in our own country and elsewhere is why it’s worth telling these terrible stories again and again.

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Young, Sikh and Proud, BBC One review - siblings divided by their attitudes to faith

Adam Sweeting

Journalist Sunny Hundal has a long track record as a writer and blogger concerned with issues of race, politics and ethnicity.

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