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‘The Crimson Petal And The White’: Episode 1 review

Blushing and pounding onto our screens with an incredibly strong off and on-screen pedigree is a new four-part BBC drama set in the darker side of Victorian London, revealing a world seething with vitality, sexuality, ambition and emotion.

‘Twenty Twelve’: Episode 3 review

After a so-so second episode, the latest "mockumentary" from the BBC delivers another fine blend of sitcom antics, character studies and catchphrases. Oh, and the "reality" of the 2012 London Olympic Games.

‘Wonders Of The Universe’: Episode 4 review

In the final part of this enthralling series, Professor Brian Cox takes a final journey across the world from the Karnak Temple in Egypt to the Yoho National Park in the Rockies, demonstrating the many facets of the one thing which connects us all with the myriad wonders of the universe around us: light.

‘Toast’ DVD review

The term ‘charming’, when used in this context, could tar a film with connotations of being fluffy and insubstantial; perhaps even twee.

‘Midsomer Murders’: Death In The Slow Lane review

Midsomer Murders is a difficult programme to fathom. At best, it’s an anachronism; a show cut adrift from its spiritual roots in the gentrified ITV police dramas of the ‘80s and ‘90s (Inspector Morse and The Ruth Rendell Mysteries, for example) and caught in a deluge of better, more contemporaneous detective-based shows.

‘Women In Love’: Episode 1 review

Women In Love, a two-part dramatisation of the D.H. Lawrence novels Women In Love and The Rainbow, traces the complex lives of two sexually-liberated sisters living in the early years of the twentieth century.

‘Twenty Twelve’: Episode 2 review

After an opening episode that some felt was disappointing, given the quality of the writer and cast, it’s a relief to announce that the second instalment of Twenty Twelve is very much up to the high comic standard of John Morton’s previous work.