Shiny Shelf
By Mags L Halliday on 06 January 2011 4 COMMENTS

The return of 165 Eaton Place is compact and lively, with only the odd wandering accent to let it down.

By Mags L Halliday on 08 July 2010 Comments Off

ITV1’s new drama is one ‘Identity’ that should have remained a secret.

By Mags L Halliday on 24 May 2010 Comments Off

A couple of years ago Philip Glenister, TV’s Gene Hunt, swore he “wouldn’t do bloody ‘Tin Machine’” so it’s best to assume that this really is the end of the ‘Life on Mars’/'Ashes to Ashes’ franchise. Huge spoilers ahead…

By Mags L Halliday on 16 April 2010 4 COMMENTS

‘Ashes to Ashes’ is not a great TV drama. It’s enjoyable, and a pleasant lightweight watch for the weekend. But it’s not a great police procedural series, and it’s not an overly complex mystery series.

By Mags L Halliday on 18 October 2002 Comments Off

Somewhere, there’s a checklist of what all period TV drama must contain. Tipping the Velvet checks all the boxes and then some…

By Mark Clapham on 16 May 2002 Comments Off

Uncomfortably stuck between attempts at US style slickness and the banal reality of most BBC drama production, this new espionage thriller becomes slightly laughable as a result, a hybrid that’s comical due to its internal contradictions.