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Watch the Sound with Mark Ronson, Apple TV+ review - riveting survey of the technology that transformed music

Adam Sweeting

Producer to the stars and creator of the monstrously successful “Uptown Funk”, Mark Ronson knows a thing or two about making noises. He has combined this know-how with a laid-back knack for presenting to make this six-parter for Apple TV+, delving into the history of how developing technology has driven innovation in the music business.

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I Am Victoria, Channel 4 review - improvised drama in need of more substance

Adam Sweeting

This opener to the second series of Dominic Savage’s I Am… dramas starred Suranne Jones as the titular Victoria, an ultra-driven career woman surrounded by the trappings of material success but spinning into a dark vortex of depression.

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Bo Burnham: Inside, Netflix review - a masterpiece about lockdown angst

Veronica Lee

Some people perfected their banana loaf or sourdough bread during lockdown. Others tried to learn a new language or how to play an instrument. Bo Burnham produced this masterpiece.

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Professor T, ITV review - whimsical tales of boffinly detection

Adam Sweeting

ITV’s new detective mystery, Professor T, is an adaptation of a Belgian series of the same name, and was filmed in Belgium and Cambridge. Which is a bit weird since all the action supposedly happens in Cambridge.

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Reclaiming Amy, BBC Two review - Winehouse family and friends remember

Liz Thomson

“My worst fear? What am I scared of?” Amy Winehouse ponders. She pauses thoughtfully: “Myself.”

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Uprising, BBC One review - powerful documentary about the New Cross fire

Saskia Baron

Earlier this year, Steve McQueen addressed the forgotten history of black British people through the Small Axe dramas he made for the BBC. Now McQueen has turned to documentary for Uprising.

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Baptiste, Series 2, BBC One review - powerful comeback for the sorrowful French detective

Adam Sweeting

Baptiste (BBC One) has two powerful weapons in its armoury, in the shape of its stars – Tchéky Karyo as the titular French ‘tec, and Fiona Shaw as the central character in this second series.

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Lie With Me, Channel 5 review - abuse and betrayal in the Melbourne suburbs

Adam Sweeting

A joint production between Channel 5 and Australia’s Network 10, the four-part mystery Lie With Me didn’t do itself many favours by kicking off with its least persuasive episode.

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Carlos Ghosn: The Last Flight - Storyville, BBC Four review - the tycoon who fell to earth

Adam Sweeting

The extraordinary story of motor industry executive Carlos Ghosn is a heady combination of power, money, corruption and international politics, with a Mission: Impossible-style ending that carries it over the finishing tape in dramatic style. It might be considered a cautionary tale, except that Ghosn’s experiences and personality were so unique that a repeat performance could never happen.

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Sex/Life, Netflix review - Mills & Boon for the YouPorn era?

Adam Sweeting

Has Netflix succeeded in reshaping Mills & Boon for the YouPorn era?

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