Lucy Mangan, The Guardian

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Recent articles by Lucy:

Sherwood finale review – every arrow hit its mark

Stuffed with the best British acting talent in a generation, this gloriously directed, superbly written ending was quietly devastating. There seems to be nothing its creator James Graham can’t do → Read More

Scouting for Girls: Fashion’s Darkest Secret review – terrible tales of sexual abuse in the modelling industry

Grooming, conditioning, coercive control: nowadays we have words for fashion’s horrific treatment of young women in bygone decades. This sober expose puts the atrocities in the spotlight → Read More

Digested week: the joy of missing out on Glastonbury, and why moaning works

Glastonbury makes me revel in my sprung mattress, from where I can watch RMT boss Mick Lynch dressing down media pundits → Read More

Lenny Henry’s Caribbean Britain review – a controlled explosion of joy

While it doesn’t ignore the years of racism and prejudice, this is a warm celebration of Caribbean contributions to UK culture … and it couldn’t come at a more important time → Read More

The Offer review – Godfather origin story drags on for longer than all three movies

This overly long, endlessly cliche-ridden drama about the making of Francis Ford Coppola’s classic mafia film lacks any point. Just watch the trilogy instead → Read More

How to Hire a Hitman review – proof that the human race is utter garbage

This chilling investigation into how easy it is to hire a contract killer on the dark web shows exactly why we should pull the plug on the internet for good → Read More

Brian Cox: Seven Days on Mars review – out of this world!

The staggering science and jaw-dropping feats of humanity at mission control for Mars make the particle physicist more excited than ever. Will they find signs of life? → Read More

The Lazarus Project review – Paapa Essiedu thrills in fun, stylish brain-scrambler

In Joe Barton’s gripping timebending saga, an app developer gets drawn into a secret society that keeps saving the world from imminent demise … until the cracks start to show → Read More

God’s Favorite Idiot review – Melissa McCarthy has a divine gift for lifting the spirits

The authentic chemistry between the actor and her co-star husband elevates these apocalyptic hijinks to a higher plane … if not all the way to heaven → Read More

Sherwood review – the cleverest, most compelling show I’ve seen in years

James Graham’s crime drama about a crossbow killing rocking an ex-mining town is the TV equivalent of bowling a strike. Everything you could hope for is here → Read More

Avoidance review – Romesh Ranganathan may make you feel seen in the worst way

This gentle, truthful, beautifully performed comedy about the ultimate beta male is painful in its accuracy – and will speak to so many of us → Read More

Backstage With Katherine Ryan review – there are laughs, but why does it feel so cringemaking?

Ryan and fellow standups from Jimmy Carr to Desiree Burch are filmed behind the scenes, but no one really lets rip. What a wasted opportunity → Read More

Ms Marvel review – a glorious debut for the MCU’s first Muslim superhero

Instant stardom awaits the new girl in the Marvel universe. She’s funny, charming and effortlessly bats off preconceptions in this joyful coming-of-age tale. Let the geek girls inherit the Earth! → Read More

Not noice! Farewell Brooklyn Nine-Nine, you absolute joy of a comedy

From its endlessly funny cold opens and perfectly eccentric world to its uniquely diverse cast, the sitcom has managed eight wonderful seasons. Tonight, it bows out on a high → Read More

Everything I Know About Love review – fun, if utterly exhausting

This riotous show based on Dolly Alderton’s memoir about her 20s is full of great nights out, dire men and depleted bank accounts. It’s no Sex and the City, but it’s still a laugh to spend time with these millennials → Read More

My latest menopause symptom? A new-found obsession with growing things in my garden

Husbands and children leave you alone while you’re gardening because it looks like hard work → Read More

The Boys series three review – still hilarious, ultraviolent and brilliant

The superhero satire goes from strength to strength. Between the actors, the writers or the viewers, it’s hard to say who’s having the most fun → Read More

The Midwich Cuckoos review – women’s rights are under attack, and this is what they make?

An entire village of women fall inexplicably pregnant in this pedestrian remake of the creepy sci-fi novel. Given the times we live in, it’s a hugely wasted opportunity → Read More

Abbott Elementary review – the gags come so thick and fast they take your breath away

This hilarious mockumentary set in a US school is full of astonishingly rapid-fire jokes, immaculate timing and note-perfect acting. It’s absolutely charming → Read More

Drawers Off: The Big Naked Painting Challenge review – a gentle teatime treat

Jenny Eclair is back with more amateur artists sketching nudes for a prize – and one finds it so awkward he can barely draw life model Roy’s body. What fun → Read More