Lucy Mangan, The Guardian

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Recent articles by Lucy:

Five Guys a Week review: low stakes, middling bachelors – and big fun

A quintet of likable lads jostle for the affections of singleton Tara in the second series of the highly entertaining dating show that calls forth your inner judge. Resistance is futile → Read More

Ratched review – gothic, gory thrills with the Cuckoo's Nest villain

Sarah Paulson is brilliantly menacing as Nurse Ratched in Ryan Murphy’s latest Netflix series, which melds the 1975 film with his American Horror Story hallmarks → Read More

The Third Day review – will Jude Law make it out alive?

This portentous, pagan-tinged series about a man trapped on a mysterious island is full of spooky intrigue – if you can handle the absurdity of it all → Read More

Des review – David Tennant excels as a perfectly ordinary serial killer

This sensitive, finely worked drama shows us the unrelentingly bleak reality of the monstrous narcissist Dennis Nilsen’s macabre murders → Read More

The Duchess review – Katherine Ryan shows mums can raise hell too

The comic deftly plays an uber-bitch single mother in this semi-autobiographical Netflix series – though there is little nuance behind the unapologetic laughs → Read More

Nadiya Bakes review – keeping hope alive in these horrific times

The world’s loveliest baker serves up strawberry cupcakes, mango and coconut Victoria sponge, and great dollops of joy – while in her new series, Mary Berry offers comfort food Parisian-style → Read More

Sue Perkins: Along the US-Mexico Border review – darkness leavened with a dash of wit

More of a travelogue than a documentary, Perkins begins in the border town of Tijuana, where she finds tequila-fuelled parties sit uneasily alongside the scale of asylum seekers’ suffering → Read More

Louis Theroux: Life on the Edge review – 25 years of oddball odysseys

This new four-part series sees the documentary maker revisit the highlights of his long and varied career, from cornering hucksters to run-ins with neo-Nazis → Read More

Lodgers for Codgers review – can millennials and pensioners coexist?

Cash-poor youngsters play house with older people with space to spare, in an odd-couple experiment that’s lacking in insight but full of cultural clashes → Read More

I Hate Suzie review – Billie Piper is nude, lewd and joyously off the rails

Chaos reigns as Suzie Pickles’ life and acting career are turned upside down by a compromising phone hack, in this scabrously funny drama penned by Piper and Lucy Prebble → Read More

Peter: The Human Cyborg review – a heartrending transformation

Scientist Peter Scott-Morgan’s attempts to offset the effects of his developing motor neurone disease are truly incredible – as is the love story behind it → Read More

The Unbelievable Story of Carl Beech review – the paedophile ring that wasn't

From police interviews to Beech’s own blog posts, Vanessa Engle examines the man behind false claims of a high-powered abuse network, in this incisive documentary → Read More

Can Sex Offenders Change? review – abuse doc searches for answers

Presenter Becky Southworth – herself a survivor of sexual abuse – asks whether rehabilitation is ever possible in this tough one-off documentary → Read More

Manctopia: Billion Pound Property Boom review – the price of gentrification

This new four-part series shows the rapid changes occurring in Manchester city centre, as well as humanely profiling the winners and losers of its redevelopment → Read More

Derren Brown: 20 Years of Mind Control review – did he go too far?

This greatest hits reel of the illusionist’s career is heavy on ‘what the hell’ moments, but light on big reveals – or any interrogation of the ethics behind his stunts → Read More

Mandy review – from naked sushi model to tarantula assassin

Diane Morgan is the writer and star of this new comedy about a hapless, jobless heroine whose daft adventures always end in calamity – if not arson → Read More

Lose a Stone in 21 Days review – a sneering diet show that's hard to stomach

In a tired and questionable format, Michael Mosley tries to get participants to change their eating habits and lifestyles – because how hard can it be? → Read More

Cuba: Castro vs the World review – a triumph of historical illumination

The conclusion of this two-part documentary charted the end of the Soviet Union to the Clinton years and beyond, with the former US president joining a superb cast of talking heads → Read More

The Yorkshire Jobcentre review – the truth about benefits

This clear-eyed series follows the work of a Leeds jobcentre staff dealing with the myriad needs of 600 people a day, each with their different challenges → Read More

Squeamish About … review – Matt Berry's harebrained history lesson

Using archive footage, the actor takes us on a whistle-stop tour through the history of Britain – think Vic Reeves meets Philomena Cunk, in ye olden days → Read More