ROLAND WHITE reviewed last night’s TV.



Zara McDermott: Uncovering Rape Culture


The waves were crashing in an atmospheric way and clouds looking dark and moody made it clear that this was becoming more difficult. It was quite beautiful. Shetland (BBC1), of course. In the last episode of the series, we found out who murdered Alex Galbraith.

You might be disappointed if you tried to follow the numerous twists and turns. It was domestic, after all. Galbraith killed her husband after he revealed his role in the death of a young lady from a drug overdose 20 years earlier and in secretly burying her corpse.

Her career as a local politician would be harmed by the scandal. The scandal was made worse by the possibility that Mr G may have had an affair with a nun.

Douglas Henshall’s brooding, incorruptible detective inspector Jimmy Perez is an excellent role. He bears more that a passing resemblance with Kurt Wallander. Each man has a father who is suffering from dementia. Mr Perez senior gave his son the crucial clue.

Douglas Henshall is excellent as brooding DI Jimmy Perez

Douglas Henshall’s role as the brooding DI Jimmy Perez is superb

Both men have a tendency to overstep the boundaries. DI Perez once took one suspect into the moors where he believed Marie Ann Ross had been hidden. “Where is she?” He barks.

The suspect says, “You are standing on her.”

When things get difficult, both men love staring out at the ocean. Are there any other detective shows where so many crucial interviews are interrupted by waves breaking on beaches? Maybe it’s just Shetland?

DI Perez, who was still working on the Galbraith cases had been arrested for allegedly covering up assisted suicide. This means that there will be another series. Expect more thundering waves and dark skies.


In last night’s Universe (BBC2), Professor Brian Cox discussed black holes and admitted: ‘I don’t know what I’m talking about — and nobody else does either.’ This is not an entirely comforting statement considering the frightening power of black hole. 

The Hidden History of Rape CultureZara McDermott, a former Love Island contestant, recalled seeing a schoolboy with freckles following her through a London park four years ago. At the time, she was around 20 years old.

He grabbed her by the back, pulled her against the fence and then explained his plans in so vivid words that it was impossible to reproduce them here. But, you’ll probably get the point. The attacker fled the scene after passing motorists intervened. However, he wasn’t caught.

Although shocking, this documentary is not surprising. This documentary was a strong advertisement for single-sex schools and it made for uncomfortable viewing. As young as thirteen-years old, girls reported that their male classmates tried to lift their skirts and they were harassed for naked photos.

Perhaps boys were afraid of being portrayed on television, and they had resisted talking to them. Their knowledge of media and how it works is evident. Zara was able to convince the boys and girls of one London school that they should meet together at a park for a discussion. A young man stated, “We have to learn ourselves.” Talking to people is the best way to learn.

‘Nowadays everything is so sensitive — the boys don’t know what to say, what is right and what is wrong.’

This was a moment of breakthrough. But it is so sad that this conversation had to be started by the BBC. You guys, don’t refer to women as “you all” if your goal is to be more respectful of them.