James Walton

Shocking: Channel 4’s Partygate reviewed

Plus: a fine, sure-footed start to BBC1's Boiling Point

Boris Johnson kept the rules coming – at least when he wasn’t (at ‘Party No. 7’) welcoming his underlings to ‘the most unsocially distanced occasion in the UK’. Credit: Rob Parfitt/Channel 4

If there were special awards for Most Subtlety in a Television Drama, Tuesday’s Partygate would be unlikely to win one. You could also argue that, in contrast to most of its characters, it didn’t really bring much to the party. And yet, in a rare challenge to the law of diminishing returns, the more it pounded away with its sledgehammer, the more effective it became.

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