Alison Graham

Alison Graham
Alison Graham's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Radio Times
Publications: Radio Times

TV Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
50% Bomb Girls: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2014) It's such a formulaic drama that, high explosives notwithstanding, it could easily be any old soap, any old where. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
91% Cold Feet: Season 6 (TV, 1998-2018) Writer/creator Mike Bullen hasn't gone for a clean-slate reboot, so this revisit feels unforced and natural. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
88% Cold Feet: Season 7 (TV, 1998-2018) It's good to meet the Manchester mob again. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
67% Cold Feet: Season 8 (TV, 1998-2018) It's a deliciously light start to a new series of [Mike Bullen's] beloved comic drama that looks at the minefields of middle-class middle age without ever being patronising or preachy. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
89% Toast of London: Season 3 (TV, 2012-2015) It's a thin episode to open a new series of the cult, award-winning comedy, with far too few rank idiocies and not enough laughs. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
No Score Yet Toast of London: Season 2 (TV, 2012-2015) Toast of London is spectacularly coarse (in the opening episode Toast signs up for a Prostitutes and Celebrities Blow-Football Tournament). But Berry is brilliant as Steven. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
88% The Great British Baking Show: Series 8 (TV, 2010) The baking is as tough as ever, including an eye-popping showstopper round packed with inventive artistic delights. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
92% The Great British Baking Show: Series 9 (TV, 2010) Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith, Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding have settled into a nice rhythm, to the point where everyone can take part in a Back to the Future parody sketch poking fun at a game Prue for prematurely tweeting the name of last year's winner. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
94% The Great British Baking Show: Series 7 (TV, 2010) Another 12 quivering little lambs gambol up to the Tent of Dreams, borne aloft by the joy of being a contestant in the mighty The Great British Bake Off. And then they meet Paul Hollywood... - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
100% Unforgotten: Season 3 (TV, 2018) There are chilling scenes in the final episode. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
100% Unforgotten: Season 2 (TV, 2018) Chris Lang's thoughtful thriller is so much more than a murder-of-the-week. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
73% Unforgotten: Season 1 (TV, 2018) This wonderfully human, and humane, crime drama ends with a haunting and moving episode, an essay in the corrosive power of secrets that have been secret for too long. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
57% The Shadow Line: Season 1 (TV, 2011) I know it's divided audiences, and I know some have found it slow to the point of madness, but I can't hear a word against The Shadow Line. Not a word, I tell you. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
92% This Country: Season 2 (TV, 2017) This Country is full of pin-sharp observations about the endless small boredoms of life in a tiny community. And there are profound insights from a maudlin Kurtan about missing something when it's gone; "like Blockbusters." - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
84% Sherlock: Season 4 - The Lying Detective (TV Episode) It's another heart-twisting episode that might bring you to tears, or it might make you long for the playful Sherlock and John of old. Or both. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
100% State of Play: Season 1 (TV, 2004) It's the finest thing Abbott has ever done; his script is taut, spare and never patronises a grown-up audience. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
57% Dark Heart: Series 1 (TV, 2018) Just look at the female characters, ciphers who exist solely and exclusively to drive Will Wagstaffe (who is brilliant and intuitive, of course) through the story. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
71% Upstart Crow: Season 3 (TV, 2016-2018) It's little more than a passingly intellectual, very broad pantomime. But hey ho, Upstart Crow harms no one, it's got a good heart in its own way, and it's so daft it's impossible to despise. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
48% Sherlock: Season 4 - The Six Thatchers (TV Episode) Everyone rises to the demands of a gripping, brutal story that leaves Sherlock lost in the abyss. Gripping. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
88% Pride and Prejudice: Season 1 (TV, 1995) Colin Firth is Mr Darcy -- cool, arrogant, cruel and a bit sexy. Yes, he takes an impromptu swim in his blouson and breeches and emerges, dripping, into the melting hearts of millions of sighing women. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
86% Sherlock: Season 3 - His Last Vow (TV Episode) Fans of The Killing and Borgen will find The Last Vow, the final helping of the three-part Sherlock feast from 2014, even more piquant, as it comes with a dash of Dane. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
96% Sherlock: Season 3 - The Sign of Three (TV Episode) Writers Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss and Steve Thompson have obviously taken their feet off the pedals and decided to freewheel down a steep hill in The Sign of Three, just to see where they end up. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
76% Sherlock: Season 3 - The Empty Hearse (TV Episode) The Empty Hearse couldn't be more of a treat if it came wrapped in tissue paper and ribbon and was delivered to each of us individually by the Red Arrows. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
90% Mrs. Wilson: Miniseries (TV, 2019) The flashbacks to the early years of Alison and Alec's marriage are done masterfully - and there's a lovely surprise at the end. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
No Score Yet Midsomer Murders: Season 19 (TV, 0) As is usual with Midsomer Murders, the plot is of little consequence because we're spending all of our time playing Spot the Next Victim. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
No Score Yet Whitechapel: Season 3 (TV, 2009-2013) Whitechapel has a big fault - its stories' endings never stack up and feel rushed - but it has the great virtue of being exquisitely well made. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
57% Death in Paradise: Season 6 (TV, 2011) The return of Death in Paradise in early January is as inevitable as a new year hangover, though it's feeling a bit creaky. What was once a warm and rejuvenating breath of air now feels stale. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2019
No Score Yet Death in Paradise: Season 5 (TV, 2011) Yes, the plots are made of the thinnest gauze and the characters cut from the thickest cardboard. But there you have it, Death in Paradise is what it is: sunny, silly and a huge hit. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2019
60% Death in Paradise: Season 4 (TV, 2011) As it's the fourth series of this sunny bundle of murder puzzles and unspoken love (bumbling detective Humphrey Goodman is still mooning over comely Camille), the killings-of-the-week long ago slipped the bonds of any kind of realism. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2019
40% Death in Paradise: Season 3 (TV, 2011) It must be a thankless task and he's a good light comedian so he's fine, but there's still a Ben Miller-shaped hole in Robert Thorogood's cheerful murder-puzzle drama. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2019
No Score Yet Death in Paradise: Season 2 (TV, 2011) Nobody should expect The Wire from Death in Paradise; it is what it is - a sunny, frothy slice of escapism that should be welcomed in a TV detective world that's gone noir. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2019
67% Death in Paradise: Season 1 (TV, 2011) You'll have no trouble seeing where Death in Paradise is going, as it's not exactly taxing. But it is rather winning in a quiet way, and Robert Thorogood's script is affable. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2019
60% Lilyhammer: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2014) Other fish-out-of-water films and TV series have done it so, so much better and quicker. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
No Score Yet The Frankenstein Chronicles: Season 2 (TV, 2015-2017) The Frankenstein Chronicles might be hokum, but it's jolly good, rip-roaring hokum, oozing with Victorian gothic atmosphere and a heavily menacing air. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
3/5 100% Flatpack Empire: Miniseries (TV, 2018) I'm hooked on the happy Ikea staff in the BBC2 show. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
78% The Frankenstein Chronicles: Season 1 (TV, 2015-2017) It has a solid period feel and a grubby menace, and a terrific cast led by Sean Bean. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
No Score Yet Witnesses: A Frozen Death: Season 2 (TV, 2014-2015) It's an impressively eerie start to this very good French thriller. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
98% Broadchurch: Season 3 (TV, 2013-2017) It's quietly brilliant. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
86% The Widower: Season 1 (TV, 2014) Reece Shearsmith is powerfully creepy as Malcolm Webster. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2015
100% Last Tango in Halifax: Season 3 (TV, 2012-2017) Though the tone of this third series of Sally Wainwright's brilliant, all-too-real family drama has been dramatically different from that of the first two, it doesn't mean this new sharpness isn't welcome. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2015