Simon Heffer wrote in the Sunday Telegraph yesterday:
Should you want to watch the three best new factual programmes that will be broadcast on BBC television this year – and I feel I am performing a rare public service by alerting you all to them – then be sure to watch Off Kilter, the three-part series written and presented by Jonathan Meades, which starts on BBC 4 at 9pm on Wednesday. Meades is probably Britain's foremost cultural critic.
There is almost no corner of that culture that remains alien to him, or unscrutinised in his original, penetrating way. This series is about Scotland, but don't let that put you off. Meades gives us Scotland as probably even most of the Scots do not understand it; whether in Aberdeen, the Western Isles or Gordon Brown's Kingdom of Fife, Meades both observes and recollects.
He recollects long beyond the normal scope of such activity, back into Scottish atavism. With the help of sometimes breathtaking photography by Luke Cardiff, and peppered with the auteur's own brand of visual and verbal quirks, this series is a masterpiece.