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20/10/2018
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      Afternoon Edition's TV reviewers this week are Scott Bryan, TV Editor at Buzzfeed and Anna Leszkiewicz, deputy culture editor at the New Statesman.  They are sharing their thoughts on the new BBC One thriller Informer, which stars Paddy Considine (plays DS Gabe Waters) and Nabhaan Rizwan (plays Raza Shar).

      What did you think? Leave your reviews below...

      Scott says: "You have to get through the first hour to enjoy the second"

      "This whole drama is about a world I never knew existed. I didn't know how this world operates between the police and people giving them information.

      "I think they needed to take time to explain the relationship, to explain the context, but I think it was just too long explaining things.

      "It was about the fiftieth minute when Raza and Gabe were in the car together - get to it sooner!

      "However, I have seen episode two, and that was like bang, straight off with that dynamic between police and informer, which is the real interest for me. 

      "The second...

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    • Photo: Amazon

      Our Must Watch reviewers this week are Scott Bryan, TV Editor at Buzzfeed, and Hayley Campbell, journalist, reviewer and host of the BBC pop culture Podcast “Unpopped”.

      What did you think of The Romanoffs? Leave your comments below.

      Scott says: "The show doesn't know what it is itself."

      "Amazon now throw money at things hoping something will stick. I'm not saying this is a winning strategy - but it can work.

      "This show cost $50 million. They got Matthew Weiner who did Mad Men, and gave him complete control. They are films, this is not a TV show.

      "The whole marketing around this show suggests its like Black Mirror - but all of these stories stand alone. These stories have nothing to do with each other.

      "They're dropping one each week, because who would watch eight episodes of 90 minutes in one go, I have no idea.

      "The weird thing about it is that it's surprisingly watchable. But the show doesn't know what it is itself.

      "There are some fleeting moments of interest. In the...

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    • Photo credit: Steve Dietl/ Netflix

      Our Must Watch reviewers this week are Scott Bryan, TV Editor at Buzzfeed, and Hayley Campbell, journalist, reviewer and host of the BBC pop culture Podcast “Unpopped”.

      Leave your own comments below.

      Hayley says: "This is a must watch."

      "Each character has a job or a role that is them dealing with childhood trauma, which is interesting in these times of writing about mental health.

      "The writer character, who wasn't there for most of the scary bits, is trying to piece together the story for his book. The child who was the most scared of death now works in a funeral home as an undertaker - it's really clever.

      "This is based on the Shirley Jackson novel from 1959; it was turned into a film in 1963 and again in 1999 - and I didn't find those ones scary, but I find this one terrifying because it really gets inside your head.

      "The scary bits are so subtle, they really freak you out.

      "It's not so much scary zombies - it's little, subtle things that are not supposed to be that...

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    • Photo credit: Tereza Cervenova/ Channel 4

      BBC Radio 5 Live Afternoon Edition’s TV reviewers this week are Scott Bryan, TV Editor at Buzzfeed and Emma Bullimore from the TV Times.

      What did you think? Leave your reviews below…

      Emma says: “I thought it was fine."

      “I love a relationship drama so I'm thinking ‘great this is going to be something I really get on board with.’

      “And it was great but I didn't really see where the...

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    • (Photo: BBC/Boundless Taylor Herring)

      BBC Radio 5 Live Afternoon Edition’s TV reviewers this week are Scott Bryan, TV Editor at Buzzfeed and Emma Bullimore from the TV Times.

      What did you think? Leave your reviews below…

      Emma says: "It's just Apprentice gold."

      "It is a big deal. 

      "It's like every other episode of The Apprentice you'll have ever seen - so if you like it, you won't be disappointed.

      "But, there are no...

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    • BBC Radio 5 Live Afternoon Edition’s TV reviewers this week are Anna Leszkiewicz from The New Statesman and Christopher Hooton from The Independent.

      What did you think? Leave your reviews below…

      Anna says: “It’s not just a retelling of the same old story we’ve heard before”

      “The premise of this documentary is - they’ve got a lot of unseen footage of the family talking about why...

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    • Maniac, streams on Netflix from Friday 21st September

      BBC Radio 5 Live Afternoon Edition's TV reviewers this week are Boyd Hilton from Heat Magazine and journalist Hayley Campbell. They're sharing their thoughts on Netflix's new series, Maniac.

      What did you think? Leave your reviews below...

      Hayley says: "It’s hard to figure out what this show is"

      “Maniac stars Jonah Hill and Emma Stone, who previously worked together in the film ‘Superbad’. It’s...

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    • BBC Radio 5 Live Afternoon Edition's TV reviewers this week are Boyd Hilton from Heat Magazine and journalist Hayley Campbell. They're sharing their thoughts on Channel 5's new documentary, Michael Palin in North Korea. 

      And Michael joined us to talk about filming the documentary.

      What did you think? Leave your reviews below...

      Michael Palin was a guest on BBC Radio 5 Live, talking about...

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    • (Photo credit: Sid Gentle Films)

      BBC Radio 5 Live Afternoon Edition's TV reviewers this week are Scott Bryan from Buzzfeed and TV critic Joe Michalczuk. They are sharing their thoughts on the new BBC series Killing Eve, which is based on the books by Luke Jennings and stars Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer.

      What did you think? Leave your reviews below...

      Scott says "It's my favourite TV show of this year"

      "There is nothing else...

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    • (Photo: ITV)

      Afternoon Edition's TV reviewers this week are Scott Bryan from Buzzfeed and TV critic Joe Michalczuk. They are sharing their thoughts on the new ITV thriller Strangers, which stars John Simm.

      What did you think? Leave your reviews below...

      Joe says "I was really impressed with it."

      "I thought it was a really promising opener.

      "It stars John Simm as a UK academic who lives this very...

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