Posts by: Malcolm Stewart

‘Downton Abbey’: Series 2 Episode 1 review

Last series, in the space of only a couple of episodes, Downton Abbey established itself as the pedigree television brand; so now it’s back on our screens, it feels like normal (silver) service has resumed.

‘Appropriate Adult’: Episode 2 review

After last week’s opening instalment of Appropriate Adult, which was concerned with the police investigation into the killings of Fred and Rose West, the action shifts for this concluding part.

Top 6 TV character actors

If you're clever, and you have the right scripts, it's possible to make a virtue of typecasting by forging a career as a solidly dependable performer who can be relied upon to fill a certain you-shaped niche.

Why is ‘Doctor Who’ so hard to write?

Is Doctor Who the hardest drama on television to write? From comments made by both of its showrunners since 2005, you’d be inclined to think so. But what is it about this programme that makes it so uniquely problematic?

‘The Hour’ DVD review

This is so immersive a world for the viewer that, after only one episode, we longed to put on a v-neck sweater, grease our hair, and smoke an awful lot of cigarettes.

‘The Hour’: Episode 6 teasers

Taking viewers behind the scenes of a 1956 broadcast news room, Abi Morgan's new drama series The Hour concludes with its sixfth episode next week. Here's 10 teasing lines from the episode...

‘The Hour’: Episode 5 teasers

Taking viewers behind the scenes of a 1956 broadcast news room, Abi Morgan's new drama series The Hour continues with its fifth episode next week. Here's 10 teasing lines from the episode...