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Those accustomed to slumping in front of Huw Edwards and Jeremy Paxman on a Tuesday night may have missed Utopia, Channel 4's new six-part conspiracy thriller, which started with someone in a comic shop having his brains knocked out with an iron pipe and three others gassed to death. Do Channel 4 think cold-hearted violence only appeals to young people rolling in from the pub?

It certainly caught the attention, with its pair of psychopaths – one a brutish potato of a man with a gun, the other, his cooler partner (modish suit, white shoes), with a liking, as we later discovered, for taking a person's eye out with a teaspoon. "Where is Jessica Hyde? »

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