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Benji Wilson

Benji Wilson
Benji Wilson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Daily Telegraph (UK)

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/5 94% Friday Night Lights: Season 1 (TV, 2006-2007) But of course, saying Friday Night Lights is about American Football is like saying The Wire is about wires. Forget the sport: this is a portrait of a community as seen through its youth, its teachers and its families.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
74% Dickinson: Season 1 (TV, 2019) It will infuriate staunch Dickinsonites, which is precisely what the poet, who often displayed a delicious sense of irony, would have wanted. What liberty a loosened spirit brings.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
43% See: Season 1 (TV, 2019) See takes itself seriously, but it takes the viewer seriously too, and that is how cult fandom begins.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
61% The Morning Show: Season 1 (TV, 2019) The Morning Show charges smack bang into MeToo, as well as showing women competing with women in the workplace and even, in one succulent moment, the carnage that big tech is reaping on traditional television. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
73% For All Mankind: Season 1 (TV, 2019) It begins with an interstellar plot twist that you can see coming, but still knocks you flat, and though at first there's a lot of all-American whooping and machismo, it soon becomes a more thoughtful analysis of American exceptionalism.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
3/5 96% State of the Union: Season 1 (TV, 2019) Pike and O'Dowd seemed to relax in to their roles; their ease with one another looked much more like that of a 15-year marriage than a read-through and a tech rehearsal.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
2/5 57% Million Pound Menu: Season 1 (TV, 2018) What pulled the rug from under Million Pound Menu was that it felt about as zeitgeist-y as doing the Macarena.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
4/5 86% Poldark: Season 5 (TV, 2019) The plot goes its own way, and it's perfect‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
3/5 45% Wild Bill: Series 1 (TV, 2019) There were more plots and sub-plots than a medieval strip farm, which means that daft as it was, if the show can work out what it's actually about then there's reason to stick around.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
5/5 100% The Virtues: Series 1 (TV, 2019) nyone who'd seen the first three parts of The Virtues... might have predicted that the finale would not be candyfloss and hugs. But it did, in its own way, achieve something close to redemption.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
4/5 68% Black Mirror: Season 5 - Smithereens (TV Episode) Scott, superb here, can deliver all of that with just a look. It's his astonishing control and range that elevated a too-tidy plot into something much messier and more profound.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
5/5 96% Chernobyl: Miniseries (TV, 2019) It's an anatomy of a disaster that mesmerises as it appalls.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
4/5 70% The Windsors: Season 1 (TV, 2016) The Windsors was low-budget, crude and rude. But it was all done with such cacophonous relish that resistance was useless.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
No Score Yet One Born Every Minute: Season 1 (TV, 2011) The greatest drama remains real life.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
4/5 92% This Country: Season 2 (TV, 2018) The script is laden with subtle but pithy observations offset, plus the performances are full of tenderness, both for their characters and, at times, for each other. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
4/5 86% Southcliffe: Miniseries (TV, 2013) Southcliffe was an exercise in poise and pacing, skipping backwards and forwards in time, ramping up tension as we moved inexorably towards the dire outcome.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
94% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - The Watchers on the Wall (TV Episode) In the context of an episode of blood and tempest, harum-scarum high drama, this sudden change of pace was simply masterful.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
96% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - The Mountain and the Viper (TV Episode) Part of Game of Thrones' excellence has been in managing to maintain huge suspense and excitement in spite of the fact that many millions of viewers who have read the books already know what's coming up.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
5/5 100% The League of Gentlemen: Anniversary Specials (TV, 2017) Rather than just wheel out the old favourites and let fans sing back the lines, there was a regular supply of new, good jokes, including a couple of the type of sight gags that indicate that the writers are as sharp as ever.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
96% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - The Laws of Gods and Men (TV Episode) Game of Thrones turned into a courtroom drama and once again showed its uncanny ability to get the big set pieces right.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
98% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - First of His Name (TV Episode) Though episode five was more about plot positioning than roistering whoopee action, it acted as a showcase for several of the best.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
96% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - Oathkeeper (TV Episode) From memory this is the first whodidn'tdoit in recent TV history, like a sort of medieval Cluedo played backwards.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Whitechapel: Season 4 (TV, 2013) The real mystery of Whitechapel is how Penry-Jones and the matchless Phil Davis wound up embroiled in this bunkum.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
4/5 75% Mums Make Porn: Season 1 (TV, 2019) It wasn't all done for entertainment: by intercutting scenes of teenagers talking about their experience, the show cleverly highlighted the reality gap between the generations.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
3/5 86% The Bay: Series 1 (TV, 2019) ITV's new crime drama is basically Baychurch, to the point that it would be of little surprise if Olivia Colman strode in in a lank grey trouser suit and started crying.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
3/5 82% Vikings: Season 1 (TV, 2013) Though Vikings tries hard, unfortunately it can't hold a flaming torch to the big medieval bad boy on the block [Game of Thrones].‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
2.5/5 60% Lilyhammer: Season 1 (TV, 2012) Lilyhammer kept overstepping the line that separates likeably eccentric from plain hokey.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Nadiya's Asian Odyssey: Series 1 (TV, 2018) Nadiya's Asian Odyssey, began last night and while it confirmed that Hussain is as likeable a screen presence as they come, it also confirmed that even a likeable screen presence can't save a duff programme.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
3/5 67% Babies: Their Wonderful World: Series 1 (TV, 2018) Their World does look wonderful, but because they can't tell us about it we have to rely on psychologists for interpretation - and the minute the adults get involved somehow the wonders cease.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
3.5/5 90% MI-5: Season 10 (TV, 2011) Spooks's brilliance has been to tiptoe along that line from start to finish.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
3/5 100% Endeavour: Series 5 (TV, 2018) You have to ask, if there hadn't been Inspector Morse, would Endeavour be worth the endeavour, and the answer is probably no. But Endeavour, as a foreshadowing of things to come, remains just about palatable.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
3/5 100% Women on the Verge: Season 1 (TV, 2018) Viewers of a sensitive disposition were being advised to look away now: this was warts and all comedy, with a focus on the warts.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
4/5 78% Defending the Guilty: Miniseries (TV, 2018) A show about barristers may not be hugely original but, in these days of feature-length first episodes, not outstaying your welcome is an innovation in itself.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
2/5 33% Bad Move: Series 2 (TV, 2018) Jack Dee is so good at looking disgruntled that the "annoyed" emoji should just be a bitmap of his face.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
3/5 89% Silicon Valley: Season 5 (TV, 2018) A little unsure of itself... To viewers wandering if it deserves their continued attention, hang on in there.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
2/5 0% Our Girl: Season 4 (TV, 2018) In the five years since Our Girl was first broadcast its original frame - naïve girl runs off to join the Army, like Private Benjamin but without the jokes - has been more or less completely dismantled. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
5/5 97% A Very English Scandal: Miniseries (TV, 2018) Yet, if not that much really happened, it was still a constant delight. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
No Score Yet HUMANS: Season 3 - Episode 1 (TV Episode) Humans is both compelling tragedy and riveting drama because it's about the humans, not the robots.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
4/5 93% The A Word: Season 2 (TV, 2017) Bowker's approach even at this point was to keep things light. It requires writing of great tact and a lot of skill to do so.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
87% The Last Kingdom: Season 1 (TV, 2015) This should brighten up the long, Thrones-less winter.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2015
3/5 90% Doctor Who: Season 9 (TV, 2015) Rarely has a show been so dependent on the skills of a single actor - and Capaldi is a good one: able to bring just enough emotional depth to a comicbook caper to render it dramatic.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2015
3/5 100% Catastrophe: Season 1 (TV, 2015) The funniest sequence by far was a painful dinner party towards the end in which Sharon and Rob found mutual solace in hating someone else... In the face of a common enemy suddenly two people spouting bawdy one-liners became a couple.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2015
4/5 93% Game of Thrones: Season 5 (TV, 2015) Essentially, this was an exercise in scene setting, the chess pieces being laid out on the board.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2015
3/5 79% Luther: Season 4 (TV, 2015) I hope that episode two slows things down. When you have a character as good as John Luther, and an actor playing him who basically is that man, it would be nice to spend a little more time in his company.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2015
3/5 53% Life's Too Short: Season 1 (TV, 2011) Gervais and Merchant's comedy does have a habit of growing on you.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2012
50% Come Fly With Me: Season 1 (TV, 2010-2011) Beneath the lurching mish-mash of brilliant performances, hamfisted stereotypes, great jokes, crass clunkers, inspired catchphrases and overworked mantras, there was a really quite good satire trying to get out.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2011