Tuesday April 7, 2020

Guts, gore and sidelong glances galore

Critical Sky 1; Wolf Hall BBC Two; The South Bank Show Sky Arts 1; Dara and Ed’s Big Adventure RTE One; Immigration Street Channel 4; Meet the Ukippers BBC Two

1st March, 2015
The cast of Critical (Sky 1)

A bit like snooker in black and white, the guts and gore of Your Life in Their Hands (BBC TV) came in several shades of grey when it was first broadcast in 1958. Audiences had to wait until the 1970s and colour TV before blood squirted a proper shade of red.

The series was factual, not fiction, the operations real, but television, like romantic pulp fiction, has always had a hankering after people playing doctors and...

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