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Stacey Dooley has responded to critics of her upcoming BBC Three series Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-Up Star.

The show will see Dooley, along with two judges – established makeup artists Dominic Skinner and Val Garland – attempt to find the next big name in the UK’s makeup industry. 

Dooley, who won Strictly Come Dancing 2018, has been accused of “selling out”, having previously made a name for herself by presenting gritty documentaries and doing investigative journalism. 


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“It’s painfully predictable: there are always people who are desperate to put you in your one camp and never let you leave,” she told the Mail Online.

“The idea that you could be interested in the Yazidi community and also in lipstick blows people’s minds. It’s a really short-sighted Stone Age attitude; it’s boring, actually.” 

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1/18 Derry Girls (Channel 4)

“It is sometimes remarked that the Troubles in Northern Ireland make for an unpromising backdrop for a sitcom about adolescent kids. Well, yer man’s wrong, as they might say. Derry Girls, returning for a triumphant and exuberant second run, proves that humour, dark or otherwise, can be quarried from even the most unlikely of locations.”

Peter Marley

2/18 Fleabag (BBC)

“While there are plenty of well-turned one-liners, the deeper attraction of Fleabag is schadenfreude. The character is as old as Daisy Buchanan or Lydia Bennett or Scarlett O’Hara. The best compliment to Waller-Bridge and her cast is that they find fresh clothes in which to dress these ancient monsters.”

BBC/Two Brothers/Luke Varley

3/18 Home (Channel 4)

“Home is a rather gentle, unobtrusive variation on the sitcom theme – but one that is built on a quite a bizarre premise. The twist is that a family who returns to Surrey from a holiday touring around France discover a Syrian refugee stuffed in the back of their SUV. Not only that, but, after a few moments of blind terrified panic about a suicide bombing, they eventually adopt him like he’s stray cat that’s just wandered in.”

Channel 4

4/18 Leaving Neverland (Channel 4)

“Michael Jackson has long looked like a burning tire yard. There were the allegations, the out-of-court settlements, the arrest, the trial and not-guilty verdict. But there has been nothing like Leaving Neverland”

AFP/Getty

5/18 This Time with Alan Partridge* (BBC1)

“This Time with Alan Partridge is such a consistently strong creative achievement that fears for the future of Alan Gordon Partridge, may, once again, be allayed. Or Alayned, perhaps.”

BBC

6/18 Shetland (BBC1)

“Like all the best detective dramas, Shetland engages the audience in the very process of detection. That way we grow intrigued, and we care. And so we find ourselves sitting next to Henshall in his (prominently featured) Volvo V70 estate, sharing his thoughts, intercepting suspects and being driven off the road by unidentified enemies.”

BBC/ITV Studios

7/18 The Umbrella Academy (Netflix)

“It is both a revisionist – and frequently batty – take on the caped milieu and a winningly knotty mystery. And it surely is the first big-budget superhero tale more indebted to Wes Anderson than to Stan Lee.”

Netflix

8/18 Baptiste (BBC1)

“Yet again the Williams have woven a brilliantly tangled web, helped in no small part by Karyo’s quietly arresting central turn”

PA

9/18 Catastrophe (Channel 4)

“There’s really been nothing quite like Catastrophe on our screens before, and it deserves its cult status for the quality of everything the production team do, not least the stunning cinematography in this finale. Thanks, all. I’m glad Catastrophe died happy.”

Channel 4

10/18 Inside Europe: Ten Years of Turmoil (BBC2)

“For anyone who’s not altogether sure how British politics turned so suddenly into a rolling dumpster fire from which all exits are blocked then Inside Europe: Ten Years of Turmoil is a necessary public service to explain exactly, and exactly how needlessly, we all came to be here.”

BBC/European Council Newsroom

11/18 Les Misérables (BBC1)

“West believes Valjean to be “the greatest hero in all literature”, and he plays the part with all the care and intricacy such a character deserves.”

BBC/Lookout Point/Laurence Cendrowicz

12/18 Danny Dyer’s Right Royal Family (BBC)

“You see, saint or sinner, prince or pauper, we are all part of one race, the brotherhood of man. And the saintly and regal Danny Dyer stands as its finest ambassador.”

BBC

13/18 The Secret Life of the Zoo (Channel 4)

“This documentary goes behind the shrubbery to show off these animals and their guardians. The humans are a pretty exotic bunch too, judging by some of the lines they come out with.”

Channel 4

14/18 A Year of British Murder (Channel 4)

“The programme-makers must have done much to win the confidence of so many friends and families, as they went through unspeakable personal pain; but they repay that confidence with an understated and powerful film.”

Channel 4

15/18 Brexit: The Uncivil War (Sky Atlantic)

“Despite what some feared, the casting of Cumberbatch doesn’t simply flatter Cummings – the A-lister is too good a chameleon for that. But, inevitably, as he scrawls out his campaigning brainwaves on a whiteboard, there is a touch of that deductive maverick Sherlock in his portrayal of this scruffy, balding political saboteur.”

Nick Wall

16/18 The Paras: Men of War (ITV)

“From the outset the production is elevated by its sensitive handling of the men – and the Paratroopers remain exclusively male – involved. These kinds of programmes have a tendency to fetishise toughness, lingering on assault courses and weaponry.”

Jonny Ashton/ITV

17/18 Billy Connolly: Made in Scotland (BBC2)

“Billy Connolly: Made in Scotland is a meandering look back over his life, career, and national identity – a “Proustian wander through Scotland”. There’s a lot of mordant chat about the weather, illustrated with shots of dark grey clouds above even darker grey lochs.”

BBC/7Wonder/Jaimie Gramston

18/18 Doctor Who – New Year’s Day special (BBC1)

“As a slightly cheesy reminder of what we love about Doctor Who – i.e. the fact it gives us an intergalactic eccentric in a big flappy overcoat shouting at Daleks – this is a New Year treat that more than delivers”

BBC


1/18 Derry Girls (Channel 4)

“It is sometimes remarked that the Troubles in Northern Ireland make for an unpromising backdrop for a sitcom about adolescent kids. Well, yer man’s wrong, as they might say. Derry Girls, returning for a triumphant and exuberant second run, proves that humour, dark or otherwise, can be quarried from even the most unlikely of locations.”

Peter Marley

2/18 Fleabag (BBC)

“While there are plenty of well-turned one-liners, the deeper attraction of Fleabag is schadenfreude. The character is as old as Daisy Buchanan or Lydia Bennett or Scarlett O’Hara. The best compliment to Waller-Bridge and her cast is that they find fresh clothes in which to dress these ancient monsters.”

BBC/Two Brothers/Luke Varley

3/18 Home (Channel 4)

“Home is a rather gentle, unobtrusive variation on the sitcom theme – but one that is built on a quite a bizarre premise. The twist is that a family who returns to Surrey from a holiday touring around France discover a Syrian refugee stuffed in the back of their SUV. Not only that, but, after a few moments of blind terrified panic about a suicide bombing, they eventually adopt him like he’s stray cat that’s just wandered in.”

Channel 4

4/18 Leaving Neverland (Channel 4)

“Michael Jackson has long looked like a burning tire yard. There were the allegations, the out-of-court settlements, the arrest, the trial and not-guilty verdict. But there has been nothing like Leaving Neverland”

AFP/Getty


5/18 This Time with Alan Partridge* (BBC1)

“This Time with Alan Partridge is such a consistently strong creative achievement that fears for the future of Alan Gordon Partridge, may, once again, be allayed. Or Alayned, perhaps.”

BBC

6/18 Shetland (BBC1)

“Like all the best detective dramas, Shetland engages the audience in the very process of detection. That way we grow intrigued, and we care. And so we find ourselves sitting next to Henshall in his (prominently featured) Volvo V70 estate, sharing his thoughts, intercepting suspects and being driven off the road by unidentified enemies.”

BBC/ITV Studios

7/18 The Umbrella Academy (Netflix)

“It is both a revisionist – and frequently batty – take on the caped milieu and a winningly knotty mystery. And it surely is the first big-budget superhero tale more indebted to Wes Anderson than to Stan Lee.”

Netflix

8/18 Baptiste (BBC1)

“Yet again the Williams have woven a brilliantly tangled web, helped in no small part by Karyo’s quietly arresting central turn”

PA


9/18 Catastrophe (Channel 4)

“There’s really been nothing quite like Catastrophe on our screens before, and it deserves its cult status for the quality of everything the production team do, not least the stunning cinematography in this finale. Thanks, all. I’m glad Catastrophe died happy.”

Channel 4

10/18 Inside Europe: Ten Years of Turmoil (BBC2)

“For anyone who’s not altogether sure how British politics turned so suddenly into a rolling dumpster fire from which all exits are blocked then Inside Europe: Ten Years of Turmoil is a necessary public service to explain exactly, and exactly how needlessly, we all came to be here.”

BBC/European Council Newsroom

11/18 Les Misérables (BBC1)

“West believes Valjean to be “the greatest hero in all literature”, and he plays the part with all the care and intricacy such a character deserves.”

BBC/Lookout Point/Laurence Cendrowicz

12/18 Danny Dyer’s Right Royal Family (BBC)

“You see, saint or sinner, prince or pauper, we are all part of one race, the brotherhood of man. And the saintly and regal Danny Dyer stands as its finest ambassador.”

BBC


13/18 The Secret Life of the Zoo (Channel 4)

“This documentary goes behind the shrubbery to show off these animals and their guardians. The humans are a pretty exotic bunch too, judging by some of the lines they come out with.”

Channel 4

14/18 A Year of British Murder (Channel 4)

“The programme-makers must have done much to win the confidence of so many friends and families, as they went through unspeakable personal pain; but they repay that confidence with an understated and powerful film.”

Channel 4

15/18 Brexit: The Uncivil War (Sky Atlantic)

“Despite what some feared, the casting of Cumberbatch doesn’t simply flatter Cummings – the A-lister is too good a chameleon for that. But, inevitably, as he scrawls out his campaigning brainwaves on a whiteboard, there is a touch of that deductive maverick Sherlock in his portrayal of this scruffy, balding political saboteur.”

Nick Wall

16/18 The Paras: Men of War (ITV)

“From the outset the production is elevated by its sensitive handling of the men – and the Paratroopers remain exclusively male – involved. These kinds of programmes have a tendency to fetishise toughness, lingering on assault courses and weaponry.”

Jonny Ashton/ITV


17/18 Billy Connolly: Made in Scotland (BBC2)

“Billy Connolly: Made in Scotland is a meandering look back over his life, career, and national identity – a “Proustian wander through Scotland”. There’s a lot of mordant chat about the weather, illustrated with shots of dark grey clouds above even darker grey lochs.”

BBC/7Wonder/Jaimie Gramston

18/18 Doctor Who – New Year’s Day special (BBC1)

“As a slightly cheesy reminder of what we love about Doctor Who – i.e. the fact it gives us an intergalactic eccentric in a big flappy overcoat shouting at Daleks – this is a New Year treat that more than delivers”

BBC

Speaking about one of her reports to Mosul, Iraq, Dooley said: “I was getting out of the car and I could smell death; there were dead bodies on the ground and you had to walk relatively close to them because there were unexploded IEDs [improvised explosive devices] everywhere so you could only go in certain areas.

“But after all that, it seemed really important to be at home and enjoy some escapism. Anyway, I’ve earned my stripes; I don’t need to prove myself to anyone.”

Dooley has recently caused controversy by appearing in a charity video for Comic Relief. She has been accused of perpetrating a “white saviour” narrative.

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