tue 19/06/2018

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Mad Dogs, Sky 1

Yes, the Sky 1 drama department is trying to elbow some room on the national sofa and their policy with Mad Dogs is to cast it to the very hilt. Thus John Simm, Philip Glenister, Max Beesley and Marc Warren, playing four old lags who’ve sort of lost...

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Hawaii Five-O, Sky1/ The Promise, Channel 4

They've remade everything else, so what took them so long to get around to Hawaii Five-0? Maybe the exotic Hawaiian locations of JJ Abrams's Lost helped to trigger flashbacks of Steve McGarrett & co, which would explain why Abrams's...

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Brucie and David Jason in TV Gong Fest

We were saddened by the absence of such artsdesk favourites as Spooks and Sherlock from the list of winners of last night's National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, who were all chosen by the public's votes. Of course, we share the national...

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Hawaii Five-O comes to Sky1

Return to 'Five-0': (l to r) Grace Park, Scott Caan, Alex O'Loughlin, Daniel Dae Kim

Thirty years after the original series came to the end of its 12-year history, Hawaii Five-0 is about to burst back onto British TV. The new-look Five-0 kicked off in September last year on the American CBS network, and will debut on Sky1/Sky1 HD in...

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Sky Atlantic seeks TV's higher ground

Steve Buscemi in 'Boardwalk Empire', having it large in 1920s Atlantic City

Sky hasn't generally been synonymous with top TV drama, but its new channel, Sky Atlantic HD, is aiming to change that. Launching on 1 February, the channel has been built around Sky's deal with the American HBO network, which means viewers will get...

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Year Out/Year In: Television on Demand

“Television is pretty awful at the moment,” said Eileen Atkins the other week. “Is that because I'm getting old?” Age wouldn’t dare to wither Dame Eileen, of course, who has just bounced back in fine sparky fettle in the BBC's remake of...

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Single Father, BBC One/ Thorne: Sleepyhead, Sky1

The American networks have so far been able to resist the stick-insectish charms of David Tennant, but the BBC would probably start up a new channel just for him if he asked them. In this new four-parter, his comeback appearance after handing over...

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TV Cops and Killers

Phil Davis as DS Ray Miles (left) and Rupert Penry-Jones as DI Joseph Chandler in 'Whitechapel'

If you can’t play a cop or a mass murderer, steer clear of the acting profession. That would be the logical inference from the swarms of cops’n’killers series cramming the TV schedules. You’d think we’d have had enough, what with Luther, all the CSI...

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Chris Ryan's Strike Back, Sky1

Andrew Lincoln's SAS soldier ponders the rights and wrongs of invading Iraq

Chris Ryan and Andy McNab are the Pepsi and Coca Cola of gung-ho, modern SAS war fiction, a lucrative genre that these one-man brands have carved up so effectively between them that it would take a gate-crasher of Nick Clegg-like proportions to...

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24, Sky1

Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer - 24's Eighth Day brings no rest for the veteran agent

Another day, another plot to destabilise the planet. Early scenes in the eighth series of 24 show us a mellow, semi-retired agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) playing grandad to his daughter Kim's child, and planning to return with them from New...

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Modern Family, Sky1 / Question Time, BBC One

American critics have been fanfaring Modern Family as something of a sitcom revolution for its wit, intelligence and the cast's all-round expertise. It might take longer to grow a British fanbase, because you need a few spins around the circuit...

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Fringe, Sky 1

In Superman's DC Comics universe, Bizarro World is a cube-shaped planet where everything on earth is echoed in back-to-front form. A smidgen of Bizarro thinking has surely infiltrated the bewildering environment of Fringe, where a special team of...

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