Mum, BBC2

Last Night’s TV Review: Mum

The humble BAFTA award-winning comedy returns for a well deserved second series on BBC2.

To describe Mum as a gentle comedy probably undersells it, but seems apt for a show that does exactly the same to itself. With title character Cathy (Lesley Manville) having already dealt with the mayhem of her somewhat idiotic family while grieving for her recently passed husband, this second outing starts with another big, albeit less traumatic, milestone in her life – her 60th birthday.

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The Crystal Maze © Channel 4

The Crystal Maze

With the reboot of The Crystal Maze now in full swing after mixed reviews at the start, how is it fairing against the original version of the show? Here’s a rundown of the worst and best of the new series.

The Bad.

1. Ayoade is far too meta

Sure, it’s his usual style (see Gadget Man and Travel Man), but having the host constantly referring to ‘the show’, mentioning the editing and the game show format, shatters all the illusion of the original.

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Last Night’s TV: Hospital People

BBC One, 9.30pm

Despite well over two decades in the business, Tom Binns might not be one of the most well-known names in British comedy, but in a strange twist of fate, the character comedian has been instantly catapulted from the regular live circuit onto BBC One prime-time.

It’s certainly been a long journey for Binns. His characters Ivan Brackenbury (naively inappropriate Hospital Radio DJ) and Ian D Montfort (surprisingly accurate phoney psychic) have received rave Edinburgh Fringe reviews, but his own media career has fared terribly, including being fired by two separate radio stations and, more infamously, from Channel 4’s ill-fated late night sports show Under The Moon.

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Last Night’s TV: Broadchurch

ITV, 9pm

Just before the finale of the first series of Broadchurch producer Richard Strokes tweeted to ‘watch to the very, very end’. Viewers expected one final twist in an already incredible series, but what they got – an end-of-credits message proclaiming “Broadchurch Will Return” – divided fans.

From the very beginning Broadchurch was sold as a drama about community life, centred around a murder and its domino effect, rather than a basic whodunit.

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Jonathan Creek: Daemon's Roost

Last Night’s TV: Jonathan Creek: Daemons’ Roost

BBC One, 9pm

Finally, Jonathan Creek is back. Not just literally on our screens, but – after a spate of recent changes to the character and disappointing episodes – with a genuine return to form in this intriguing, if overlong, mystery.

This review contains spoilers. If you don’t want to know more than you should, look away now…

First, a recap. Originally Johnathan Creek took a fairly regular path – four series aired until 2004 – before retuning for two specials in 2009 and 2010.

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