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Annihilation, Netflix review - not quite a sci-fi masterpiece

Adam Sweeting

Mild controversy hovers over the new film by Alex Garland, the novelist-turned-screenwriter-turned-director. Garland’s 2015 directing debut, Ex Machina, was a slow-burning hit which found favour with critics and film festival juries.

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Being Blacker, BBC Two review - absorbing film about family, culture and society

Jasper Rees

They don’t commission many television documentaries like Being Blacker (BBC Two) any more. That is not unconnected to the fact that Molly Dineen downed her camera a decade ago.

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Below the Surface, BBC Four review - terror in Copenhagen

Adam Sweeting

Read Adam Sweeting's review of the Below the Surface Finale

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Civilisations, episode 2, BBC Two review - Mary Beard on the cultural offensive

Tom Birchenough

The sheer ambition of the BBC’s new Civilisations is becoming apparent.

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Collateral, series finale, BBC Two - Carey Mulligan hares to the finish

Jasper Rees

In a revelatory interview for the Royal Court’s playwright’s podcast series, David Hare admits to a thin skin. In his adversarial worldview, to take issue with him is – his word – to denounce him. He’s quite a denouncer himself, of course.

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Tones, Drones and Arpeggios: The Magic of Minimalism, BBC Four - brilliant appraisal

Matthew Wright

By most measures, minimalism is the most successful movement in 20th-century music, certainly orchestral music.

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Civilisations, BBC Two review - no shocks from Schama

marina Vaizey

Lord Clark –  “of Civilisation”, as he was nicknamed, not necessarily affectionately – presented the 13 episodes of the eponymous series commissioned by David Attenborough for BBC Two in 1969; it was subtitled “A Personal View”, and encompassed only Western Europe (from which even Spain was excluded).

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Save Me, Sky Atlantic review - it's grim down south

Adam Sweeting

Workrate of the Week award goes to Lennie James, who not only stars in this new six-part drama but wrote and executive-produced it as well. James (who starred in the first series of Line of Duty, and has hit it big in The Walking Dead) plays the central character Nelly Rowe, a wily chancer living on a Deptford council estate who suddenly finds his chequered past catching up with him.

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Marcella, Series 2, ITV review - more twisted tales of detection

Adam Sweeting

Marcella’s writer Hans Rosenfeldt was the creator of Scandi classic TV drama The Bridge, the one that made detectives with emotional disorders the flavour du jour, but you do have to wonder what kind of police force would continue to employ DS Marcella Backland (Anna Friel).

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Working with Weinstein, Channel 4 review - portrait of a predator

Saskia Baron

While this well-crafted documentary chose to open with footage of the stars and glitz of the American awards ceremonies, the focus of Working with Weinstein (Channel 4) was almost entirely on Harvey Weinstein’s involvement over more than 30 years in...

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