Television

Ripping and real

Pirates of the Airwaves

Pirates of the Airwaves has some great advantages, but it would have been better as a movie.

The Dome's knives are out

The Dome

After a promising start, Under the Dome is now getting silly.

Harsh Georgian justice

Garrow's Law

Before Judge John Deed, before Boston Legal and even before Perry Mason, there was Will Garrow, and he was real.

A granny knot of a plot

Line of duty

The final of SoHo's Line of Duty seemed designed to leave the view gasping.

Scars left by an Antarctic mountain

Erebus doco

The Erebus doco on TV One took a harrowing, but thoughtful look at the gruelling job of cleaning up the wreckage site.

Viewers polarised

Tributes left on the CTV site's wire fence

OPINION: If only Gaylene Preston had spared us the thrush, racism, violence and ''disaster sex".

Familiar faces fail to save Pramface

Pramface

The same old faces pop up British comedy Pramface, which just isn't that good or that funny.

Trust us, we're the BBC

Trust Me I'm a Doctor

Trust Me, I'm a Doctor might as well have the subtitle, Trust Us, We're the BBC.

Hope and Wire sapped of potency

hope and Wire

In its attempts not to offend, a series about the Canterbury earthquakes seems to let the truth get in the way of a good story.

Paradise lost to Jonathan Creek's charms

Jonathan Creek

JANE CLIFTON - Wellington

The return of Jonathan Creek easily outclassed the formulaic Death in Paradise.

Broadchurch was best of British

Broadchurch

It's nice to see British drama back up there, with the stunningly good Broadchurch bowing out last night.

Respite from in-your-face violence

Rhys Ifans

The Playhouse series is a great respite form violent dramas such American Horror Story, Game of Thrones and Utopia.

Utopia novel and graphic

Utopia

Utopia is a socks-knocking-off piece of television - but it should come with a warning about when to "look away now".

Old footage made like new

war news

War News is an interesting take on how World War I might have been reported had modern technology been available at the time.

Changing course in dream home search

Escape to the Country

REVIEW: Escape to the Country's has had a series of presenters and some are worse than others.

GoT shocks to the core - again

Prince Oberyn GoT

Only those heroically strong of stomach could have failed to flinch at Game of Thrones latest death scene.

Educational TV that's witty

James May

James May's new series Things You Need to Know is a witty piece of educational television.

Faking cancer not the first time

cancer

Everybody has bumped into them at some time or another, those attention-seeking wretches who pretend to be suffering from cancer.

In the nick of time

the bill

There are occasional advantages to being on a permanent time-lag for some overseas television series – one being, we're only now saying goodbye to The Bill, UKTV, Saturday.

Anything goes in Babylon

cop

New police show Babylon, SoHo, Mondays, will tell you "the current position based on the facts we have in front of us at this time" – as well as the complete shemozzle behind it.

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