TV Times top picks for tonight
What’s on telly tonight? Here the TV Times team of expert reviewers highlight the best shows on Wednesday 11th July
Picnic At Hanging Rock, 9pm, BBC2
The haunting 1975 film about three schoolgirls and their teacher who vanish during a picnic in the Australian wilderness in 1900 is hard to forget. It was so powerful that many people believed it was a true story. In fact, the movie was based on a novel and this new six-part series fleshes out the story and the characters. Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer heads the cast as Hester Appleyard, the enigmatic English headmistress of the boarding school whose past is cloaked in mystery. The sense of dark secrets, repressed sexuality and ominous fates is palpable, while the stunning scenery – both spellbinding and dangerous – adds to the eerie atmosphere. Rating: ****
Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing, (times vary), BBC2
Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse are hoping to catch roach on the beautiful River Wensum in Norfolk. As Bob catches another minnow, he reflects on feeling old and how people now offer him a seat on the train. The friends chat about their old party days when Bob would go out till 4am – he struggles to make it to 4pm these days. Also, Bob shares an effective trick to magic away bald spots before the pair head out for dinner and a very detailed discussion of their various ailments! Rating: ****
Secrets of the National Trust, 9pm, Channel 5
Alan Titchmarsh is in Northern Ireland at the glorious Mount Stewart on the shores of Strangford Lough in County Down. The neo-classical house and stunning gardens, home to the Stewart family for more than 250 years, have just undergone a three-year, £8million restoration to bring them back to their early 20-century best. Alan discovers more about Lady Edith, who lived at the property back then and made it a hub of glamorous parties and entertaining. Nina Wadia also discovers there was more to Lady Edith than the hostess with the mostest – she was an active member of the Suffragist movement. Rating: ***
More previews tomorrow.
David is the What To Watch Editor and has over 20 years of experience in television journalism. He is currently writing about the latest television and film news for What To Watch.
Before working for What To Watch, David spent many years on TV Times magazine, interviewing some of television's most famous stars including Hollywood actor Kiefer Sutherland, singer Lionel Richie and wildlife legend Sir David Attenborough.
David started out as a writer on TV Times before becoming the title's deputy features editor and then features editor. During his time on TV Times, David also helped run the annual TV Times Awards. David is a huge Death in Paradise fan, although he's still failed to solve a case before the show's detective! He also loves James Bond and controversially thinks that Timothy Dalton was an excellent 007.
Other than watching and writing about telly, David loves playing cricket, going to the cinema, trying to improve his tennis and chasing about after his kids!
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