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'Mad Men' Season 7 Mid-Season Finale Review

Advertising [x]<p>by Kevin Yeoman<p>– on<p>in TV Reviews<p><b>[This is a review of Mad Men</b> <b>season 7, episode 7. There will be SPOILERS.]</b><p><b>-</b><p>For the second time in as …

Top of the Lake – TV review

I was braced for subtitles. I came to <b>Top of the Lake</b> (Saturday, BBC2) cold, not having read anything about it in advance, and the opening sequence took me by surprise. A young girl left her home, wound her way along a forest road to the shore of a lake, and waded in, fully dressed, up to her neck. …

Doc Martin, ITV, review

Adrian Michaels reviews the return of Martin Clunes's curmudgeonly GP, Doc Martin (ITV).<p>After two years of locum cover in Portwenn, <b>Doc Martin</b> reappeared for his sixth series as ITV’s misanthropic medic last night.<p>This enduring hit for ITV (the first series aired back in 2004) is by now rather flat. …

Comedy-Drama

Midsomer Murders review: ‘Just two murders in a two-hour episode – it’s hard not to be disappointed’

It’s the launch of a new English sparkling wine, and a boy carries a bottle out of the vineyard. What, did he make it out there in the field? Ferment it, bottle it and everything, then wait for it to age? No wonder he’s looking so cheesed off. Well, no one ever accused <b>Midsomer Murders</b> (ITV) of …

TV

CALL THE MIDWIFE Season 4 Review

<b>Call the Midwife</b>, now in its fourth season on PBS, must be one of the most conflicted series on television. On the one hand, it’s an exceedingly …

Call the Midwife

Netflix’s dark, family melodrama Bloodline demands to be binge-watched

<i>Bloodline</i>, Netflix’s noir family drama, is all wet. Not in the idiomatic sense—it’s quite engrossing and addictive—but in <i>Bloodline</i>, which unearths …

The Missing review – hauntingly brilliant television

“Ours are never going swimming again,” says my missus. “Or to watch football, or to France, or out of the house. Or my sight.” Oh, dear. Perhaps it wasn’t a good idea to watch <b>The Missing</b> (BBC1). But it is testament to the power of brothers Harry and Jack Williams’s drama, about the disappearance of …

Anthony Horowitz on the dark truth behind Foyle’s War

From Nuremberg to Palestine, Horowitz says Foyle’s War is rooted in true stories that must be told<p>Everyone is talking about austerity. Britain is …

Broadchurch season two, episode one review - an ingeniously seamless reboot

The only problem with making a TV drama that gains 8 million viewers, four Bafta awards and an American remake is the one that the second series of Broadchurch faced when it began at 9pm last night: you have to somehow follow it. Or at least, in modern TV, you do.<p>Many small-screen classics of the …

TV

The Casual Vacancy review: ‘The Archers meets Benefits Street’

One minute solicitor Barry Fairbrother was making a speech against the obscene spa development in his Cotswold village. The next he collapsed in the street and died, in full view of heartbroken townsfolk, including a half-cut fetish shop owner played by Keeley Hawes. Which, coincidentally, is how …

Books

Review: American Crime Is a Mystery With Meaning

<i>American Crime</i> is, like a lot of TV drama lately–<i>Secrets and Lies</i>, <i>Broadchurch</i>, <i>The Killing</i>–built around a murder. Someone has been killed, suspects …

Indian Summers review: Sumptuous period drama turns to edge-of-the seat political thriller

Deception, confessions and racial tensions, it’s all going on in Simla tonight as an inquest opens into the shooting.<p><i>Indian Summers</i> takes on the tone …

Drama

MR. SELFRIDGE Season 3 Review

Since it began, ITV’s (and a few months later, PBS’s) <b>Mr. Selfridge</b> has been like <b>Downton Abbey</b>‘s spunky, half-American cousin. It’s not quite as …

TV

Fortitude review: 'Twin Peaks in the arctic – unsettling and claustrophobic'

It’s called Fortitude, and that may be exactly what is required to watch Sky’s new big-budget murder mystery starring Stanley Tucci, Christopher Eccleston and The Killing’s Sofie Gråbøl.<p>The opening episode of the the arctic circle drama, which cost around £25m to make, and will air on Sky Atlantic …