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Little Boy Blue delivers final emotional blow - I watched in tears

It’s not often that a drama knocks the wind out of you by sheer emotional force. ITV’s Little Boy Blue has delivered some blistering blows throughout, right up to the final few minutes of the finale. Based on the true story of the murder of 11-year-old schoolboy Rhys Jones in Liverpool, a burning sense of injustice has underpinned the series from start to finish. Right and wrong has played out in black and white, brought to the fore in the final episode with the trial of Sean Mercer, James Yat
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Loaded is a bit like Fresh Meat, but not as funny

Four lads create a gaming app and sell it for £246m. What could possibly go wrong? Quite a bit, it turns out, which is the basis for Channel 4’s new comedy series, Loaded. It’s a fun premise and has lots of potential, but isn’t laugh out loud – yet. The founders of the game Cat Factory, a sort of Candy Crush that “mums play on the loo”, are an unlikely foursome. Yet, despite doubts from would-be investors, the entrepreneurs cash in their app game to an American buyer at an eye-watering price.
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ITV Encore's Harlots is as crude as it is camp - and it's great fun

The year is 1763, and one in five women make a living from sex. Welcome to Harlots, the new eight-part drama from ITV Encore, where breasts spill over painful-looking corsets and bare buttocks are exposed every 10 minutes. This lascivious look at the underworld of the whorehouse is a welcome departure from the usual Agatha Christie reruns that ITV’s sister channel is best known for. Released in partnership with the US on-demand service Hulu, Harlots features a stellar cast – including Samantha
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Big Little Lies is the most exciting drama since The Missing

It’s not often a drama comes along that combines humour and complexity, is filmed like a sun-kissed dream and stars an immense cast of A-listers. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Big Little Lies – a dark comedy drama starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley. I haven’t been so excited by a drama since The Missing. Big Little Lies is based on Liane Moriarty’s novel of the same name – except the fictional Australian town becomes Monterey, California. This is Stepford-on-sea,
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Broadchurch is back on fine form - it's about time

Broadchurch is back on fine form, finally. After an implausible second series that struggled to deliver sensitive storylines with subtlety, Chris Chibnall’s popular drama has returned to its best. I’m sure I wasn’t the only person to feel a pang of concern when I heard that Broadchurch was going to focus on sexual assault. Might another rape drama risk desensitisation? The clumsy handling of a character’s violent ex-partner in the last series also added to my fear. In one of the worst-scripted
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Meet the Lords? More like meet the entitled old men

BBC’s Meet the Lords has already made headlines with the widely reported anecdote of a peer who left a taxi waiting while he went into the House of Lords, in order to claim his £300 daily attendance allowance. If you were already sceptical about Parliament’s unelected upper chamber, this series won’t do much to change your mind. Filmed in a similar format to 2015’s Inside the Commons, this three-part documentary is the first time cameras have been allowed behind the scenes – and I’d like to be
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David Baddiel's searing honesty about Alzheimer's will help others

David Baddiel brings home the realities of caring for a relative with Alzheimer’s Disease in The Trouble With Dad on Channel 4, a searingly candid account of struggling to deal with his father’s Pick’s disease. Baddiel’s 82-year-old father Colin has a type of dementia that makes his behaviour inappropriate and abusive. When Baddiel and his brothers visit him, he calls them – among many other colourful phrases – “f***ing stupid twats”, and shows no interest in them. The last time Colin saw his
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The Real Marigold Hotel lacks the same magic as series one

After a successful first run, The Real Marigold Hotel is back for another slice of retired life in India. Inspired by the film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, the series sees eight celebrities over 65 live for a time in India to test out whether they could retire there. Like the film franchise, it is a charming watch. But like the second film, it doesn’t quite live up to the magic of its predecessor. Once you’ve seen one group of celebrity pensioners grapple with daily life in India, you’ve s
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Let's have a 'Back in Time For...' series set in the North

BBC2’s “Back in Time For…” strand is another charming format that is beginning to grow tired. After venturing into the 1950s and beyond for two years, the Robshaw family from Walthamstow returned last night to the Edwardian era in Further Back in Time for Dinner, taking over a house in Tooting, south-west London. The series is always lovely to watch, whichever period it is set in. The families chosen to go back in time have an endearing closeness and approach their new lifestyles with good humo
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Sugar Free Farm is great for a low brow lol

Sugar Free Farm returns for another series on ITV with another cohort of so-called celebrities trying to ditch sugar in return for an appearance fee. That said, the pay packet to take part in the sugar-free experiment can’t be too high, given that Britain’s Got Talent finalists from 2009 are among the contestants. It will also probably be the only time you see TOWIE’s Gemma Collins rubbing shoulders with Ann Widdecombe. The celebrities are a motley crew, but it is quite adorable how much they
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BBC's Revolting is meant to offend - satire should push boundaries

As Donald Trump increasingly resembles a Saturday Night Live skit, you have to wonder where satire can go from here. At least the new BBC sketch series Revolting – from the team behind BBC3’s The Revolution will be Televised – is an encouraging sign that satire is far from dead on this side of the pond. The brilliant Jolyon Rubinstein and Heydon Prowse return in character with their usual send-ups of British public life. While right-wing journalist Dale Maily (“Telling you the right way to thi
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This is Us will leave you feeling warm inside - cheesy lines aside

Another week, another US series. With Westworld having finished on Sky Atlantic and Gilmore Girls making a comeback on Netflix, there may be little room in your pre-Christmas schedule to make way for one more. But if you have time, This is Us on Channel 4 is worth the while. The drama hasn’t been nominated for a Golden Globe for nothing. The script is well-written, often laugh out loud funny and the characters are flawed and hopelessly lovable. A word of warning though: it is cheesy. There is
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