After some faltering early steps – poised precariously between enthralling paranormal drama and trying-too-hard teenage vom-com – The Fades has finally found the right balance.
In the second part of Series 5’s opening story, Sarah Jane and her Scooby gang continue to protect the life of an innocent.
Downton Abbey has played this cat and mouse game with us so many times before that we no longer know what’s misdirection and what’s just saggy plotting.
The fluctuation in quality between the apocalyptic and the adolescent in the opening instalment of The Fades was not, it seems, merely just the throes of a troubled birth.
The show’s more grownup viewers will find this difficult to watch without remembering that Elisabeth Sladen is no longer with us.
Bolstered by a wonderful soundtrack and a fine recreation of the smoky clubs and hostile theatres of the late fifties and early sixties, Shirley is a compelling story of a contradictory star.
Spooks proves that it still has the capacity to shock in this thrilling follow-up to last week’s series opener.
We speculated last week that the run of superb stories in the second segment of Doctor Who’s 2011 series might be in jeopardy. Guess what? We were right.
With its witty lines, engaging characters and multiple plot lines, Fresh Meat promises to be a lively, younger follow-up to Peep Show.