Goodness Gracious Me - the BBC comedy that explored British-Asian culture - turns 20 this month.Alex Nelson, i Newspaper, 18th January 2018
While Murder On The Blackpool Express is probably not an instant classic, the playfulness of its fine cast make it an affable diversion, and a happy slice of family viewing (9.30pm actually seems like too late a slot) that could bear many a bank holiday repeat.Steve Bennett, Chortle, 11th November 2017
The Christmas spirit has already started this year. Not just with the John Lewis adverts but with this comedy.Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 11th November 2017
I don't think I've ever seen a more impressive cast lined up for a TV comedy than the one Gold has assembled for its special one-off original commission Murder on the Blackpool Express. So I ought to namecheck them, oughtn't I?
There's Johnny Vegas, Sian Gibson (best known for Peter Kay's Car Share), Nigel Havers, Una Stubbs, Griff Rhys Jones, Nina Wadia, Sheila Reid, Kevin Eldon, Mark Heap, Kimberley Nixon, Katy Cavanagh, Matthew Cottle, Susie Blake and Javone Prince. There you have them: some of the best comedic talent from the past half a century or so - and a lot for the scriptwriters and directors to live up to.
Where do you go with that lot? Well, Blackpool, obviously, on a "literary coach tour" with Vegas driving and Gibson as the guide, but also a journey of detective investigation to discover exactly which of the assembled odd bods did for pensioner Marjorie, murdered by means of a dodgy cob with coronation chicken filling. There's one clue for you. Remember: Means, Motive, Opportunity. Enjoy.Sean O'Grady, The Independent, 11th November 2017
This indie comedy about Muslim people looking for love in Manchester suffers from terrible production values, wasted talent and a critical lack of laughs.Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 20th April 2017
This one-off is a reminder of how funny Goodness Gracious Me is. Meera Syal and Nina Wadia are the Competitive Goddesses, sitting on clouds totting up how many worshippers they have on their smartphones. Meanwhile, Captain Brownadder takes to the trenches, and Gandhi is reinvented in a Martin Scorsese film. One of the highlights sees the India Broadcast Company, home of "lavish new costume drama, Brownton Abbey", deal with a new head of diversity who suggests an English season.Hannah Verdier, The Guardian, 25th August 2015