sun 16/06/2019

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Don't Forget the Driver, BBC Two review - trying to beat the Bognor blues

Adam Sweeting

Bognor Regis was once renowned for its restorative climate and was much favoured by George V (he awarded the town the “Regis” tag), but times have changed if Toby Jones’s new series is anything to go by.

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Fleabag, Series 2 finale, BBC Three review - Phoebe Waller-Bridge's miraculous situation tragedy

Jasper Rees

The problem with Fleabag (BBC Three/BBC One) is that it makes almost all television look pedestrian. It’s like the difference between Fleabag’s scummily inadequate boyfriends and the unattainable perfection embodied by the cool sweary priest. Earth vs heaven. Water/wine. And now it is gone.

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The Widow, ITV review - Kate Beckinsale stars in tale of a missing husband

Markie Robson-Scott

The Williams brothers (The Missing, Liar, Rellik, Baptiste) are back.

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This Time with Alan Partridge, Series finale, BBC One review - back to his worst

Jasper Rees

Piers Morgan hated This Time with Alan Partridge (BBC One) and predicted it would be pulled before the end of the series. This may be taken as a kitemark of quality.

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Line of Duty, Series 5, BBC One review - already it's dark, dirty and dangerous

Adam Sweeting

Congratulations to Stephen Graham, guest-starring in this fifth season of BBC One’s Line of Duty, for still being alive at the end of episode one, a favour not routinely granted to headline names in Jed Mercurio’s...

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The Beatles: Made on Merseyside, BBC Four review - when the Fab Four were five

james Woodall

Documentaries about the 20th century’s most fabled quartet keep coming.

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Dead Pixels, E4, review - gamers for a laugh

Jasper Rees

The joke in Dead Pixels, a new sitcom on E4, is that there is a better life to be pursued in the fantasy world of videogames. In this alt. environment, outcomes can be controlled by consoles and keyboards, squeamishness about violence can be parked and you are free to be your best or worst self.

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Road to Brexit, BBC Two review - a rotten historian for a rotten parliament

Adam Sweeting

Let me be clear. The agonising process of the UK’s departure, or not, from the EU will be an infinite field of academic study over the decades to come.

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Victoria, Series 3, ITV review - can Her Maj cope with the Age of Revolution?

Adam Sweeting

 ITV has an enviable knack for creating populist historical costume dramas which never seem to wear out, despite a million rotations on ITV3.

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Pose, BBC Two review - transgender goes mainstream

Markie Robson-Scott

NYC, 1987. AIDS is ravaging the city, Reagan’s in power, Trump is in his tower. The American dream is available - to some. And for some of those to whom it’s not, there’s the world of balls, vogueing and competing for trophies. If your family has kicked you out for being gay or trans, the balls are a place where you can strike a pose, find acceptance and make your legendary mark.

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