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The Split

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The Split - BBC iPlayer

Nicola Walker has returned to the court room as lawyer Hannah Stern in this BBC drama. According to The Guardian, the season two opener was "a tasty, racy treat" that viewers will "want to binge". It's been billed as the UK version of The Good Wife, and that leads to opportunities for some "interesting casting" with Donna Air the latest to appear in the new series. While it may not quite be at the stage of the US-based Julianna Margulies-led political drama - The Arts Desk claim the show "wanted to be The Good Wife but ended up as Doctors" - The Guardian say the whole series "slips down so easily" like "like a chilled glass of Chablis". Case closed.

 

Endeavour

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Unlike The Split, you wouldn't usually find Endeavour being described as a "racy treat", but the seventh series certainly got off to a steamy start with Morse, played by Shaun Evans, wasting no time getting himself acquainted with a female character. The Daily Telegraph said the start of the detective drama's latest series seemed to have "gone all James Bond" as Morse wooed a "sultry beauty" during a night at the opera. But normal service was later resumed and the Daily Mail provided some high praise indeed, describing the show as "easily the best period crime drama on telly" and if that wasn't enough, insisting the programme was at its "confident peak" with the season seven opener.

 

Homeland

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Headshot of CIA agent: Carrie Mathison

The eighth and final series of the US spy thriller returned to Channel 4 in February, and despite a risk of there being too much of a good thing - the show turns nine later this year - the i Paper says the programme "remains compelling viewing". While Claire Danes - who plays CIA agent Carrie Mathison - used to share the Homeland limelight with Damian Lewis, since his exit the Independent says all the programme's "life" comes from her performance and "every time she’s out of shot you crave her return". The Daily Telegraph is hopeful the first ep will lead to "a return to form" for the show, and the Daily Mail says the programme will be missed when it ends, claiming there has "never been a psychological spy drama like it".

 

This Country

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This Country, BBC iPlayer

Another series which looks set to go out on a high is BBC comedy This Country. The programme kicked off its final season with an emotional opening episode as creators and main stars, Daisy May and Charlie Cooper, paid tribute to their late friend and co-star Michael Sleggs, who passed away last year aged 33. The episode concluded with a round of applause for Sleggs - who played Michael "Slugs" Slugette - and the Daily Telegraph praised the tribute as "non-mawkish but really rather lovely". The mockumentary series looks to have saved some of its best praise until last, as The Guardian says the show "remains hilarious, potent and exquisite right to the end", and awards This Country one of its highest compliments, describing the programme as "The Office at its best". Kerry and Kurtan will be missed.

 

Flesh and Blood

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Flesh and Blood - ITV Hub

This brand-new ITV drama series plays out over four consecutive nights, so if it has taken you by surprise then it can be your next binge watch. Despite the hard-hitting nature of the plot - we find out there is a dead body in the first knockings of the opening episode, but we don't know whose it is - Radio Times say the thriller, which is played out in part like a documentary, is "mischievous, suspenseful and unexpectedly funny". Imelda Staunton leads the cast as nosy neighbour Mary, and The Times say the actress is the "big sell" in the star-studded line-up, which also features Russell Tovey and Francesca Annis. Set on the picturesque Sussex coast, the first episode will hook you with a "good story, well told", according to The Guardian, who insist that feat in itself is "rare enough". And they conclude that the "envy, turmoil and resentment"-filled drama is a "perfect recipe" to gorge on.