Natalie Dormer mystery-drama Picnic At Hanging Rock coming to BBC 2

Ex Game Of Thrones star Natalie Dormer heads the cast of a new Aussie mini-series, Picnic At Hanging Rock, coming soon to BBC Two

Ex-Game Of Thrones and The Hunger Games star Natalie Dormer can next be seen in the Australian mini-series, Picnic At Hanging Rock which will be shown on BBC Two later this year.

The six-part series, based on the 1967 novel of the same name by Joan Lindsay, is set in 1900 and is about the mysterious disappearance of a group of teenage school girls during a Valentine's Day picnic out in the Australian bush. Natalie plays school headmistress Hester Appleyard and the cast also includes ex-Home and Away star Samara Weaving as wealthy schoolgirl Irma Leopold and Orange Is The New Black's Yael Stone as school busy-body Dora Lumley.

“I’m excited that BBC Two is bringing this magical reimagining of an Australian classic to the UK audience”, says Natalie Dormer. "It’s is a collaboration of which I’m very proud to be a part.”

A successful film adaptation of the book was released back in 1975 and the cast included the late Vivean Gray best remembered as nosey neighbour Mrs Mangel in Neighbours.

Picnic At Hanging Rock will be shown later this year on BBC Two

Simon Timblick

Simon has long been a fan of soap operas, and especially loves OVER-THE-TOP plots involving evil twins, hair-pulling catfights and natural disasters.

Anyone remember the Sunset Beach earthquake/tidal wave?

Or when Krystle Carrington got locked in the attic and replaced by look-a-like Rita in Dynasty?!

Simon has written for a variety of TV and childrens’ magazines/websites including Inside Soap, Nickelodeon, What’s On TV, Radio Times, Metro, Girl Talk, Disney Girl, Toxic! and Digital Spy.

He has reported LIVE from the red carpet at The British Soap Awards interviewing glammed-up stars from soapland, and hosted a Facebook LIVE session for Metro with Home and Away legend Ray Meagher (Alf "Stone the flamin' crows!" Stewart) to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Aussie soap.

Simon is also co-author of The Treasures Of Coronation Street (Carlton Books)

And the writer and director of (very!) low budget fright flick, Midsummer Night's EVIL and the sequel webisodes series, The Hatchet Woods HORROR.