Anita Singh’s verdict on Conversations with Friends: watchable without any wow factor

After the all-conquering hit that was Normal People, the same team has brought us another Sally Rooney adaptation, Conversations with Friends (BBC Three). But lightning doesn’t strike twice. Where the former was a story with universal appeal – who doesn’t remember their first love? – this one is more niche. Although if you’re a bisexual … Read more

Eurovision Song Contest 2022, review: Night belongs to Ukraine as Space Man returns to Earth

And then to the main event as the votes came in. First the national juries and a deluge of douze point for Ryder, whose cheery charm has worked a treat all week (all the more so because it is obviously completely unforced). Incredibly, he was in first place, ahead of Sweden going into the public … Read more

Eurovision 2022 results: The UK and Ukraine are among the favourites to win

Here is the full running order: 1. Czech Republic: We Are Domi – Lights Off 2. Romania: WRS – Llámame 3. Portugal: MARO – Saudade, Saudade 4. Finland: The Rasmus – Jezebel 5. Switzerland: Marius Bear – Boys Do Cry 6. France: Alvan & Ahez – Fulenn 7. Norway: Subwoolfer – Give That Wolf A … Read more

Series two of Gentleman Jack has been fruity and frivolous – and all the better for it

‘Stop being glib.” “Well, it’s one antidote to melodrama.” Having poured her heart out to Anne Lister (Suranne Jones) and been rewarded with facile deflection, Mariana Lawton’s (Lydia Leonard) frustrations were understandable – after all, their on/off affair had endured for 20 years against considerable odds. It also applied to the script: this second series … Read more

Searching for Michael Jackson’s Zoo, review: Ross Kemp reveals the true horrors of Neverland

What is Ross Kemp’s secret? There are people who pitch ideas to television networks in the vain hope that they will be commissioned, and then there is Kemp, who can seemingly suggest anything under the sun and it will get made. Trailing Somali pirates, getting high on spice in HMP Belmarsh, hosting a daytime quiz … Read more

Chivalry, review: Steve Coogan stars as sleazeball in smart satire on Hollywood and sexual politics

Steve Coogan is very good at playing a middle-aged man nervously navigating the new “woke” landscape while desperate to sleep with women half his age. In Chivalry (Channel 4), he is Cameron O’Neill, a Hollywood producer facing up to life in the MeToo era. Bobby Sohrabi (Sarah Solemani) is the right-on film director drafted in … Read more

The TV show that busts the myth that home births are for hippies

Allerton in Bradford is pronounced ‘Ollerton’. Except in Yorkshire Midwives on Call (BBC Two), where the narrator keeps saying it wrong. Look, I know it’s a little thing, but I was born in Allerton so it annoyed me. Programme-makers: please pay attention to the details. Anyway, this is a series about a team of Bradford … Read more

The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe, review: a very British crime story, superbly told

When the story of the “Canoe Man” emerged in 2007, I’d venture that the nation’s screenwriters were all sharpening their pens. You’ll probably remember it, or some of it: in March 2002 John Darwin, a 52-year-old former teacher and prison officer, was seen paddling out to sea in a canoe from the shore at Seaton … Read more

Dinosaurs: The Final Day, review: David Attenborough tried his best, but this was no Jurassic Park

I can’t have been the only one who watched a grey-haired Attenborough superimposed in front of a jungle full of meandering dinosaurs and thought, “Jurassic Park“. I’m afraid – and it pains me to speak ill of the monarch – that there was something about Dinosaurs: The Final Day (BBC One) that was so clearly striving … Read more

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