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A Very British Hotel Chain: Inside Best Western, Channel 4 review - requiem for the hospitality industry?

Adam Sweeting

Do TV companies get some sort of financial incentive to use the phrase “A Very British…” in their programme titles? This now-meaningless descriptor has been applied to airlines, brothels, political coups, the Renaissance, Margaret Thatcher, sex scandals, Brexit and lord knows what else. When you can’t think of an original title, you know what to do.

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Harry's Heroes: Euro Having a Laugh, ITV review - jokey documentary delivers painful emotional truths

Adam Sweeting

Former Liverpool manager Bill Shankly famously commented that football is far more serious than a matter of life and death.

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Arena: The Changin' Times of Ike White, BBC Four review - musical mystery becomes personal

India Lewis

The most obvious comparison for The Changin’ Times of Ike White (BBC Four) is 2012’s Searching for Sugar Man, with its story of a potential star having vanished into thin air at the brink of fame and fortune.

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Hollywood, Netflix review - rosy escapism serving good causes

David Nice

If you're catering for wish fulfilment, you might as well go the whole hog. Some say that Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, in their latest peachy extravaganza, aim no higher than the cheesier fantasies of the late 1940s Hollywood they take into neverland.

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs The Reverend, Netflix review - bold, but only a partial success

Adam Sweeting

Tina Fey and Robert Carlock’s hit comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix) ended its fourth series in January last year, but this belated interactive special suggested there could be new life in it yet.

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I Know This Much Is True, Sky Atlantic review - riding a carousel of catastrophe

Adam Sweeting

Adapted by writer-director Derek Cianfrance from Wally Lamb’s 1998 novel, this HBO production (on Sky Atlantic) presents a huge canvas for Mark Ruffalo, who plays the twin brothers Dominick and Thomas Birdsey.

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The Last Kingdom, Season 4, Netflix review - blood, guts and dirty politics

Adam Sweeting

Meanwhile back in the Dark Ages, Uhtred (son of Uhtred) is still seeking to reclaim his ancestral seat of Bebbanburg and manoeuvre through the treacherous currents of Saxon politics.

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Rob and Romesh vs Ballet, Sky 1 review - unlikely lads throw themselves in as bait

Adam Sweeting

The odd-couple comedy duo is a time-tested concept, and Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan have discovered a chemistry that works. Rob is the giggling excitable one, while Romesh, aided by a sleepy right eye which conveys a sense of harsh judgmentalism, adds a blast of deadpan scepticism.

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The A Word, Series 3, BBC One review - Christopher Eccleston steals the show

Adam Sweeting

Christopher Eccleston isn’t the easiest actor to love, because he gives the impression he’ll reach through the screen and grab you by the throat if you don’t appreciate his ferocious thespian intensity, but with the role of Maurice Scott in The A Word (BBC One), he’s found the perfect vehicle for his particular set of skills.

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Westworld, Season 3 Finale, Sky Atlantic review - Dolores’s plans come to fruition

Joseph Walsh

After a season that sought to redefine what Westworld could become, the finale exposed the confused arc, before limping towards an emotionally weak ending.

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