Lucy Mangan, The Guardian

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Recent articles by Lucy:

Mare of Easttown review – Kate Winslet triumphs in a moreish murder mystery

Alongside an able cast, the actor gives a defining performance in this perfectly conjured HBO drama set in a bleak and deprived corner of Pennsylvania → Read More

Leonardo review – an insipid portrait of Da Vinci painted by numbers

Even an intense, smock-wearing Aidan Turner can’t salvage Amazon Prime’s cringe-inducing, broad-brush portrait of the Renaissance icon → Read More

Frank of Ireland review – the Gleeson brothers wreak man-baby havoc

Brian and Domhnall Gleeson star as a washed-up narcissist and his put-upon sidekick in a new comedy which has the air of a wasted opportunity → Read More

All That Glitters review – can ‘Bake Off for jewellery’ sparkle?

While the presenter and judges might look a little uncomfortable, thankfully the contestants in BBC Two’s new crafting contest are pure gold → Read More

Too Close review – could this ‘yummy mummy’ be a murderer?

Emily Watson and Denise Gough star in ITV’s compelling whydunnit, which boasts one of the most convincing cat-and-mouse games ever seen on screen → Read More

Them review – racist horrors lurk behind white picket fences

Amazon’s supernaturally-tinged tale of a black family in 50s LA who are loathed by their neighbours perfectly captures the menacing side of American suburbia → Read More

The Wedding Coach review – extremely loud and incredibly gross

Most weddings are noisy and panic-strewn. But this dire Netflix show has found somebody who wants to make them even worse → Read More

Intruder review – Sally Lindsay stars in thriller that quickly turns high farce

A panicked call to the emergency services kicks off this four-part thriller, but it’s hard to know if we’re meant to laugh or cry → Read More

Queen Elizabeth and the Spy in the Palace review – a rather Blunt documentary

Royals Declassified continues with the story of Anthony Blunt, a traitor at the heart of the monarchy. But does anyone care about the possible repercussions of a decades-old betrayal? → Read More

Churchill review – the character behind the caricature

British hero or imperial villain? The folly of such debates is laid bare by this richly nuanced historical study of the former PM → Read More

Lucy Mangan: My husband has gone away for a the week and it's bliss

I know I am not alone in feeling that time (temporarily) without one’s other half is not the disaster said other halves often imagine it to be → Read More

Pandemic 2020 review – a masterly mapping of the Covid outbreak

The team behind Once Upon a Time in Iraq has compiled a moving and sometimes hopeful three-parter that offers a global perspective on the crisis → Read More

Worn Stories review – a well spun yarn about the clothes that define us

This Netflix doc, based on Emily Spivak’s bestseller, weaves insightful narratives around different items of clothing → Read More

Tina review – celebration of a singer who is simply the best

Made with the full cooperation of its 81-year-old subject, this one-off about the astonishing life of Tina Turner is not a gritty documentary, but rather a loving swan song → Read More

This Is My House review – through the keyhole with Stacey Dooley

Luton’s leading presenter and celebrity judges separate real homeowners from a panel of fakes in this new reality show. It’s an intoxicating mix of hostility, joy – and ill-advised sofa-licking → Read More

Kate Garraway: Finding Derek review – devotion and honesty in the face of Covid

Following the GMB presenter as she copes with husband Derek Draper’s time in intensive care, this one-off documentary shows a human side behind the statistics → Read More

Football's Darkest Secret review – spare and unrelenting

This investigation into the crimes of Barry Bennell and others is unsensational, compassionate and necessary, and the courage of those who came forward shines through → Read More

Line of Duty review – bent-copper bashers prepare to suck diesel

Hastings, Arnott and Fleming return to expose police corruption, with Kelly Macdonald in tow. If it avoids narrative knottiness, this could be the best series yet → Read More

The Flight Attendant review – strap in for a first-class murder mystery

Far from The Big Bang Theory, Kaley Cuoco hits new heights as a cabin crew worker entangled in an elaborate crime in this slick and witty thriller → Read More

Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death review – a compassionate eulogy suffused with pain

Charlie Russell and Dov Freedman’s documentary captures the TV presenter’s joyful nature, the pitfalls of social media – and her family’s grief a year on from her death → Read More