But her devoted friends, including Sir Cliff Richard, Paul O’Grady and Jimmy Tarbuck, painted a lovely portrait of a woman who was clearly fabulous company. It was touching to hear them reminisce about her and to learn how she overcame the grief of losing her beloved Bobby to cancer in 1999, finding a new lease of life as a single woman in her sixties. “There are some people who are stars. Who twinkle,” said Sir Cliff, and on this evidence it was a fitting tribute. … [Read more...] about Cilla: The Lost Tapes, review: these forgotten home videos made for a lovely tribute to Our Cilla
Crocodiles love is here review
The world’s longest-running serial drama aired an hour-long special to mark its milestone 10,000th episode and it was impossible not to join Rita (Barbara Knox) in her misty-eyed reverie. This was a road trip with a difference, full of loving nods to the programme’s past and a fitting way to celebrate a remarkable milestone – along with a hint to a long goodbye from its only original character. … [Read more...] about Coronation Street, 10,000th episode review: is Ken Barlow quitting the cobbles?
We have reached Last Tango: The Bungalow Years. Sally Wainwright’s drama about love’s not-so-young-dream is back, and things have moved on since we were last here. The show began in 2012 when former teenage sweethearts Celia (Anne Reid) and Alan (Derek Jacobi) were reunited thanks to their grandchildren connecting them on Facebook. … [Read more...] about Last Tango in Halifax, review: Anne Reid is on sparkling form as Last Tango returns with authenticity and bite
The eight-part drama, based on Harlan Coben’s bestseller, grabs you from the outset. Handsome everydad Adam (Richard Armitage) believes that he has the perfect life with lovely wife Corinne (Dervla Kirwan) and their two boys, until a mysterious stranger informs him that Corinne faked her last pregnancy and subsequent miscarriage. Adam confronts Corinne, she disappears, and the stage is set for a show in which you question whether anyone is quite what they seem. … [Read more...] about Harlan Coben’s The Stranger, series 1 review: a twisty domestic thriller to devour in one sitting
Evans directed this stylish episode to kick off the seventh series and who could blame him for wanting to inject a bit of glamour into his character’s life, particularly after enduring that terrible moustache in series six? Perhaps he has worked out that a regional detective sergeant’s salary really can stretch to a box at Teatro La Fenice and a hotel with silk sheets. … [Read more...] about Endeavour, series 7 episode 1 review: Morse discovers his inner 007 in a reliable return