Television

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.

Good job making tracks

Making NZ doco

REVIEW: The history of rail is an excellent parallel to a history of us, so deeply involved was it in the settling of New Zealand.

My pick of the Talent shows

britains got talent

The Voice Australia is head and shoulders above other talent shows on television.

Campbell sniffs out scandal

john campbell

As traditional as Vince Martin's Christmas tyre song: a John Campbell dag-rattler aimed at the Government within striking distance of the election, as in Tuesday's Campbell Live, TV3.

Intelligence a bit basic

Intelligence

Anyone led to expect intelligent viewing from TV One's new cyber-thriller, Intelligence, Mondays, on the basis of its name will quickly catch on.

Grisly murders, quiet charm

bletchley circle

What better way to spend a wintry evening than in front of a warm set on a Thursday night watching 50s nostalgia?

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