Walter won't be back next week, as this was a pilot the BBC have aired to test the water. For me, it was a resounding flop, but a Friday night BBC audience at 9pm may think otherwise. If a series is forthcoming, maybe employing some comedy writers would help wrestle the basic idea into something fun for a Sunday evening. But if we never hear another peep from DI Walter Gambon, I won't lose any sleep over it.Dan Owen, Dan's Media Digest, 9th August 2014
If a tree falls in a forest with no-one to hear it, does it still make a sound? Philosophers remain divided on that one, so here's another puzzler: if a comedy appears on the BBC, but isn't funny, is it still a comedy? Approach it from a different angle: if the BBC fail to acknowledge good, new writers, whom I'm assuming are out there and pitching to the Beeb, should we still dutifully pay our licence fee?Julie McDowall, The Herald, 8th August 2014
The BBC's new police comedy drama manages to be both profoundly silly and gripping, writes Jake Wallis Simons.Jake Wallis Simons, The Telegraph, 8th August 2014
It's a truth universally acknowledged that broadcasters don't put good new stuff on Friday nights at the height of summer. Which doubtless explains why Walter has washed up here where it will probably die quietly, alone and unnoticed.
It's a woefully under-written comedy/drama about a decent cop, the Walter of the title played by Adrian Dunbar, that's neither funny nor dramatic. So why are we reviewing it, you might ask, dear reader? Well, because it's new and the cast give their hearts and souls to material that doesn't deserve it.
Dunbar in particular (so brilliant as Line of Duty's closed, troubled anti-corruption cop Ted Hastings) is winning as the hapless Walter, a widower with money troubles and a really annoying teenage daughter. And he has a dippy but endearing sidekick (Alexandra Roach, from Utopia). Walter is obviously angling for a series, but I wouldn't bother.Alison Graham, Radio Times, 8th August 2014
New comedy-drama starring Adrian Dunbar as old-school DI Walter Gambon, struggling with debt, life as a widower and the technological implications of Policing 2.0. As the Met transmogrifies into a branch of PC World around him, Walt finds himself handed an exhaustingly enthusiastic partner and a hefty workload bequeathed by a deceased colleague. It's a bit light on laughs but there's still just enough to keep your interest contained in custody.Mark Jones, The Guardian, 8th August 2014