All articles by: Les Hull

TV: Shakes and bakes

Published: October 12, 2017
Written by Les Hull

Upstart Crow BBC 1 The Great British Bake Off Channel 4 The irony of Ben Elton’s career is that he came onto the scene as a young, alternative writer-performer knocking …

Television: Emergency service

Published: September 24, 2017
Written by Les Hull

Ambulance BBC?1 The fly on the wall documentary, where we follow a group of people in a particular occupation, getting to know the various personalities, goes back some years. Showing …

Strike one

Published: September 9, 2017
Written by Les Hull

Strike:?The Cuckoo’s Calling BBC?1

TV: Pregnant pauses

Published: July 29, 2017
Written by Les Hull

In the Dark BBC 1 A pregnant crime solver on the screen is not that common. The last one I remember was in the film Fargo. Now there is In …

TV: Down memory lane

Published: July 13, 2017
Written by Les Hull

Who Do You Think You Are? BBC 1 Porridge: Inside Out Yesterday It might have been tempting, at one point, to have marvelled at Who Do You Think You Are? …

TV: Cut according to the cloth

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by Les Hull

Broken BBC 1 There’s a long tradition of comedy clergy featuring in English language fiction; many theatrical farces from the Ben Travers era usually brought one onto the stage by …

TV: Metal Gurus

Published: June 17, 2017
Written by Les Hull

The Detectorists BBC 2 Having been launched on BBC 4, The Detectorists is enjoying a promotion and repeat on BBC 2. Written and directed by its star, Mackenzie Crook (pictured), …

TV: Strong storylines

Published: June 6, 2017
Written by Les Hull

EastEnders BBC 1 Count Arthur Strong BBC 1 There are two groups of writers of soaps in the world: those who write detailed scripts for the episodes, detailing all the …

TV: The Doctor is in

Published: May 20, 2017
Written by Les Hull

Doctor Who BBC 1 Doctor Who has returned for a 10th season since its rebirth and this is the last with head writer and executive producer Steven Moffat as show …

TV: Caring and sharing

Published: May 10, 2017
Written by Les Hull

Peter Kay’s Car Share BBC 1 Two characters in a room talking is all you need for a successful television comedy, some producers say – as long as you make …

TV: Swastikas in London

Published: March 27, 2017
Written by Les Hull

SS-GB BBC 1 The “alternative world” in fiction has been with us since the 1930s and soon after the concept was invented the favourite subject for such stories became: “What …

TV: More than a trace of authenticity

Published: February 28, 2017
Written by Les Hull

Call the Midwife BBC 1 Tracey Ullmann’s Show BBC 1 Many people appear to have made a mistaken assumption about Call the Midwife, the Sunday night drama now in its …

TV: All in good time

Published: February 11, 2017
Written by Les Hull

Timeless E4 There doesn’t seem to be that much science fiction on television these days. Doctor Who continues to enjoy good health – returning in the spring. And there is …

TV: Laurels for Hardy

Published: January 29, 2017
Written by Les Hull

Taboo BBC 1 The new historical drama Taboo opened very effectively with an arrival. The central character, James Delaney (Tom Hardy), was seen landing on the English coast and riding …

TV: Festive round-up

Published: January 25, 2017
Written by Les Hull

Festive round-up Various Channels Of all the TV offerings presented to us over the holiday period, the special Emmerdale episode showing vicar Ashley Thomas’s dementia from his perspective deserves a …

TV: Repeat as unnecessary

Published: December 20, 2016
Written by Les Hull

Walliams and Friend BBC 1 I’ve commented before on the repetitive nature of the sketch show in modern times; how with the advent of programmes like The Fast Show, we …

TV: Poliakoff’s dramatic dilemmas

Published: December 3, 2016
Written by Les Hull

Close to the Enemy BBC 2 I am not all that familiar with the work of writer and director Stephen Poliakoff.  I know the BBC tends to trumpet his offerings …

TV: Extraordinary and truthful

Published: November 18, 2016
Written by Les Hull

Ordinary Lies ITV 1 To come up with six 30-minute episodes in the space of a year is probably about par for the course in television; it is what one …

TV: Telekinetic teen terror

Published: November 4, 2016
Written by Les Hull

Him ITV 1 As a newcomer to the “frightening teenager” story – I’ve never seen the film Carrie – Paula Milne’s three-part drama Him is engrossing. A young man (the …

TV: Talk about things you’d like to do

Published: October 25, 2016
Written by Les Hull

The Graham Norton Show BBC 1 The talk show is a curious television phenomenon. As Graham Norton settles in for his latest autumn run, it prompts childhood memories of what …

TV: Ripping yarns return with a prime cut

Published: October 11, 2016
Written by Les Hull

Ripper Street BBC 1   Ripper Street is back on mainstream television. Amazon Prime now commissions it and has the first run of each new season, but the show has …