Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Spin-Off Sharper Than the Old Bill

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Spin-Off Sharper Than the Old Bill

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Murder Investigation Team

9pm, ITV1

HERE, returning for a second series, is the murder-based spinoff from The Bill.

But don't let that deter you - this really is much slicker, classier and better-plotted than the parent programme, and it would probably prefer us to forget about its dodgy antecedents.

And luckily we can do just that, because there is little here to remind us that this team of detectives have anything to do with the officers of The Bill.

In fact, this is a good-quality, standalone crime drama, with good performances and a smart script. Who'd have thought it?

This time out the team, led by the terse Detective Inspector Trevor Hands (Michael McKell, who looks to me rather like he could be the dad of Marc Warren from Hustle), has a new recruit in the shape of young Detective Constable Eva Sharpe (Diane Parish), who is both clever and ambitious - "Sharpe by name, sharp by nature," says Hands warily. They also have a new commanding officer, Detective Chief Inspector Anita Wishart (Meera Syal), who cuts across police drama stereotypes by being a boss who is calm, quiet and considered. (See, it really isn't anything like The Bill.) Lindsey Coulson and Will Mellor return as Detective Sergeant Rosie MacManus and Detective Constable Jed Griffiths, bringing a low-key but effective touch of class.

In tonight's story, a game of hare and hounds played via mobile phones ends with a young man stabbed to death with an ice pick. But why?

"I don't believe anyone gets killed because of a game," snaps Hands.

"That's a bit rich, coming from a Millwall supporter," replies Griffiths.

The Private Life Of Harley Street

8pm, BBC2

From the smart house turned into sumptuous private doctors' practices to the hi-tech facilities and laboratories, Harley Street has for a long time been a byword for two things: medicine and money.

This eight-part documentary series takes cameras inside London's world-famous medical community, covering the huge range of treatments that the street offers, from groundbreaking surgery to very unusual complementary therapies. …

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