The Moorside

It didn't sound that promising. gloomy, sordid case (the Shannon Matthews kidnap, cooked up by her mum and a relative), protests by relatives of the girl concerned, and snide rumours about locals being paid for their involvement...money involved in making TV. who knew? Sheridan smith would of course be brilliant, but otherwise...

How wrong can you be? This was a consistently intelligent, sensitive two-part documentary, which wasn't at all interested in the sordid headlines. The core of it was a powerful triangular relationship, involving the sad mum at the centre of it all, and two of her friends, one a passionate activist who wants to assert the qualities of the estate in sticking together, the other more cautious, more sceptical, and quicker to the truth. All three were terrific. We end up sadder and wiser, thinking through what's gone on - high quality TV.