Posts by: Andrew Curnow

‘Grantchester’ review: it’s a tale of two Maguire’s in Season 3 Episode 5

Having been impressed by guest star Charlie Higson’s appearance as errant husband Ronnie Maguire in last week’s episode of Grantchester, it was an unexpected delight to see him pop up again this week.  En route to leaving everything behind, Sidney wants to retrieve Mrs Maguire’s stolen savings and so tracks Ronnie down to a Romany...

‘Grantchester’ review: It’s the final straw for Sidney in Season 3 Episode 4

There is a crime in this week’s Grantchester (an accidental death by dangerous driving and the subsequent cover-up) but it’s pretty lowkey. Of much more interest to the drama is the subplot of the guilty party’s father using his Masonic contacts to ensure the crime goes more or less unpunished.  The Masons’ presence in the...

‘Grantchester’ Season 3 Episode 1 review: Geordie and Sidney are back

The basic set up of Grantchester, a cop and a vicar working together, is increasingly implausible – so the first episode of the new season wisely chooses to ignore it. Rather than contriving an elaborate reason for Sidney’s involvement, there’s just a phone call from Geordie telling him there’s been a murder and that’s it,...

‘Prime Suspect: 1973’ review: Episode 4 is efficient but unexciting

There’s an early episode of The Simpsons where, with the plot seemingly resolved partway through the episode the family gathers on the sofa. “Everything really wrapped up nicely,” declares Homer with satisfaction; “And much quicker than usual” he adds, with a post-modern awareness of how TV works. I mention this only because it’s how I...

‘Prime Suspect: 1973’ Episode 3 review: The truth slowly starts to emerge

The truth slowly starts to emerge in this week’s Prime Suspect: 1973 and apparently the only thing anybody is interested in, is helping Julie-Ann Collins. As we suspected last week, it was her father who fitted locks to her room in an attempt at ‘cold turkey’. Trying a somewhat different tack, we learn that her...