All articles by: Les Hull

Television: Here comes the sun

Published: January 27, 2018
Written by Les Hull

Hard Sun BBC 1 The premise behind Hard Sun is that the authorities are keeping a colossal secret from everyone else: the world is going to end in five years’ …

TV: Comedy times two

Published: January 15, 2018
Written by Les Hull

300 Years of French and Saunders BBC 1 Eric, Ernie and Me BBC 4 A high number of programmes over the festive period were retrospective compilations and tributes – notably …

TV: Didn’t they do well?

Published: December 20, 2017
Written by Les Hull

Strictly Come Dancing BBC 1 Blitz: The Bombs That Changed Britain BBC 2 The success of Strictly Come Dancing over the past 15 years is all the more remarkable when …

TV: Blinding finish

Published: December 7, 2017
Written by Les Hull

Howard’s End BBC 1 Peaky Blinders BBC 1 Never having read Howard’s End or seen the Merchant-Ivory big screen adaptation, I came to the BBC’s new four-part serialisation without any …

TV: Bizarre life of Brian

Published: November 21, 2017
Written by Les Hull

Zapped Dave When it comes to stories set in strange and exotic places, I tend to be more of a science fiction fan. I prefer such worlds to be actual …

TV: Georgie girl

Published: November 14, 2017
Written by Les Hull

Our Girl BBC 1 Red Dwarf XII Dave Our Girl started with Lacy Turner playing the title role of a female British Army medic who finds herself in harm’s way …

TV: Back behind bars

Published: October 20, 2017
Written by Les Hull

Porridge BBC 1 Electric Dreams Channel 4 If there’s one key ingredient that is going to make the new version of Porridge a success, it is the fact that Dick …

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 …