Last Night’s TV: Broadchurch

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. But it was, rightly or wrongly, the crime-solving that overtook the show, finding itself in a situation not dissimilar to David Lynch’s Twin Peaks years earlier.


Jonathan Creek: Daemon's Roost

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

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.


Rod Hull: A Bird in the Hand

We all have TV shows we loved as a child, and for good reason, but is revisiting them as an adult purely for nostalgia all it’s cracked up to be? A recent online rendezvous with Rod Hull (and, of course, Emu) explains why it might be better to leave it all in the past.

If you’re in your thirties or over, you’ll appreciate this: There’s a strange current phenomenon where TV shows that you may have rose-tinted memories of (or perhaps missed the first time around, back when programmes were only on once), and never thought you’d see again, are now readily available to watch on YouTube.


TV Review: Peter Kay’s Car Share

People under a certain age would be forgiven for not knowing Peter Kay – a man that ten years ago was at his absolute pinnacle with multiple TV shows, stand-up tours and a Number One single, but then virtually disappeared in a self-imposed hiatus.

At that peak, despite being one of the driving forces behind stand-up becoming the arena-selling behemoth that it is today, Kay’s comedy was regularly being dismissed as too obvious and kitsch due to overexposure on our screens.


Best of 4oD / All 4 From 2014

With Channels 4’s recent on-demand service 4oD rebranding to All 4, here’s a look at three shows that you should definitely watch if you missed them last year.

Cucumber ( & Banana / Tofu)

Writer Russell T Davies’ natural successor to 1999’s legendary drama Queer As Folk, Cucumber was the centre-piece of ambitious three tiered output along with E4 sister show Banana and online documentary Tofu.

At times incredibly dark, but often laugh-out-loud funny, it divided the viewers and critics about the reality of its depiction of the Manchester gay scene, but nevertheless the underlying story arcs were one of genius.