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The Bafta-winning reunion show Long Lost Family (ITV) plucks at your heart strings like a concert violinist, and yet it never seems cynical or cheap. That's in large part down to the sensitivity of its two presenters, Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell, both of whom can draw on personal experience of family estrangement.

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The ancestors of documentary-maker Tim Samuels came to the UK from Romania, and this personal connection explains why Samuels' interest in the prophesied influx of Romanian immigrants (remember that?) has outlasted everyone else's.

Get with the programmers: Mike Judge’s new comedy, ‘Silicon Valley’

Silicon Valley, Sky Atlantic - review: A promising start for a satire with plenty of byte

The trouble with a well-directed satire is that, often, its targets become its biggest fans.

London calling: 'Nick and Margaret: Too Many Immigrants?'

Nick and Margaret: Too Many Immigrants? BBC1 - TV review: A bridge too far for the Apprentice duo

Nick Hewer and Margaret Mountford? Who left them in charge of Britain's social policy? Their combined repertoire of stern looks was ideally suited to acting as Sir Alan's advisers in The Apprentice, but surely the welfare system and immigration would benefit from more expert input? Apparently not, because almost exactly a year after Nick and Margaret: We All Pay Your Benefits, the gruesome twosome have returned with another over-simplified take on a complex issue. Nick and Margaret: Too Many Immigrants?, a two-part series and "social experiment" began on BBC1 last night.

Glasgow Girls on BBC3

Glasgow Girls, BBC3 - TV review

When the schoolgirl subjects of Glasgow Girls on BBC3 didn't like what was happening around them, they decided to take action.

Leading light: Rose Leslie in 'Utopia'

Utopia, Channel 4, TV review: Dennis Kelly's conspiracy thriller makes perfect start

No far-fetched conspiracy theories are necessary to explain the return of Utopia. Channel 4's acid-toned paranoid thriller got off to a disappointing start ratings-wise, but soon built a detail-orientated fanbase whose obsessiveness was almost a match for the show's own graphic-novel nerds. In February, David Fincher announced he'd be directing a HBO remake, scripted by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn. That's no small compliment, so it says something about the originality of Utopia's writer-creator Dennis Kelly that his second series is still the more exciting prospect.

Royal Marines Commando School, Channel 4

Royal Marines Commando School is a programme about real violence, the state-sponsored kind that sends young men to kill and die, but, from the vantage point of the Royal Marines' Commando Training Centre in Devon, all that seemed a very long way off.

World Cup 2014: Matt Butler: Defining moments of what we’ll remember as the age of rubbish Brazil

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Champneys, TV review: It's rather hard to discern what makes this spa hotel so special

There's nothing futuristic about the 90-year-old spa hotel and subject of ITV documentary Champneys.

Space oddity: Halle Berry stars in ‘Extant’

Extant, TV review: Slick sci-fi series has an intriguing plot, but the characters aren't quite out of this world

If you're yet to sign up for an online streaming service, then Extant, the glossy new Steven Spielberg-exec produced sci-fi series, may be the one that lures you in. Episodes will be available on Amazon Prime Instant Video one day after they're first broadcast in the US.

Mum’s the word: Lauren and Dan in ‘She’s Having a Baby’

She’s Having a Baby, TV review: Sky Living's cloying maternity documentary is misconceived

Sky is in the midst of making its lifestyle channel, Sky Living, home to Britain's Next Top Model and What Katie Did Next, less female-facing – luring younger men with shows like Hannibal and The Blacklist in a process it is calling "de-pinking" in reference to the channel's formerly roseate logo – although it might also have implications for gay viewers. After all, this is the channel that once gave us the much-missed Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.

In the dark: Eva Green and Josh Hartnett in 'Penny Dreadful'

Penny Dreadful, Sky Atlantic - TV review

Unconventional posthumous options were available in the concluding episode of Sky Atlantic’s gothic horror series Penny Dreadful. Billie Piper’s character Brona Croft, the consumptive Irish prostitute may have died a gruesome death, but that doesn’t prevent her from involvement in series two. Not if Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) has anything to do with it. After treating Brona on her deathbed, the young doctor gave this chilling reassurance to grieving Ethan (Josh Hartnett): “Don’t worry... I’ll take care of the body.”

No beating around the bush: Germaine Greer featured in 'Rebels of Oz'

Rebels of Oz, BBC 4 - TV review: A fascinating culture clash with Howard Jacobson and the wizards of Oz

Germaine Greer, Robert Hughes, Barry Humphries, Clive James; feminist, art critic, comedian, polymath. These are the four subjects of Rebels of Oz, the two-part documentary made by Independent columnist Howard Jacobson, which concluded on BBC4 last night. For Jacobson, who moved to Sydney in 1964, the connection between these four Aussie exiles must be almost intuitive, but he’s aware that the rest of us require further justification.

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