Two-time Oscar nominee Emily Watson stars in BAFTA award-winner Amanda Coe’s adaptation of the bestselling novel by Louise Doughty, Apple Tree Yard. Watson plays Yvonne Carmichael, a London-based biologist, wife and mother. Despite her success and enviable family, she is suffering a case of “middle-aged invisibility”. After briefing a Commons select committee, she is swept off her feet by the charismatic Mark Costley (Ben Chaplin). Yvonne lays careful plans to keep her two lives separate, but everything is put at risk when a life-changing act of violence ultimately leads to a court trial. (In the opening scenes we see her in chains, and she appears maudlin, but no doubt half the fun was getting there.) This new documentary series promises to take audiences beyond the architecture and delve into the scandals, triumphs and betrayals of Windsor Castle’s royal inhabitants. Built after the Norman conquest of 1066, it is said to be the largest and longest-occupied inhabited castle in the world, and as such has seen more than its share of royal births, deaths and marriages; sieges and battles; and controversial deeds. Featuring dramatic reconstructions, intimate interviews and archive footage, this four-part series is well worth a watch. Queen of the South Thursday, 8.30pm, Showcase La Reina del Sur, the novel by Spanish writer Arturo Perez-Reverte, has been adapted twice for TV: first as a telenovela starring Kate del Castillo for NBC’s Spanish language channel Telemundo, and again here as Queen of the South starring Brazilian actress Alice Braga in the lead role. She plays Teresa Mendoza, a woman forced to seek Queen of the South refuge in the US after her drug-dealing boyfriend is murdered in Mexico. In the process of trying to bring down the leader of the drug trafficking ring that has her on the run, she ultimately becomes a drug baron herself and one of the wealthiest women in the world. In this first episode of season two, Teresa brokers a deal with an eccentric smuggler, Camila (Veronica Falcon) and struggles to rebuild her empire, while Don Epifanio (Joaquim de Almeida) takes on a new partner he may not be able to control. A little known fact about David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive (Sunday, 8.30pm, Premiere): it was conceived as a film about the Twin Peaks character Audrey Horne (Sherilyn Fenn), which was to be titled Mulholland and premiere alongside a third season that was never made. Junking all but the title, the deeply surreal Mulholland Drive gave us Naomi Watts as aspiring actress Betty Elms with co-stars Justin Theroux, Laura Harring, Ann Miller and Robert Forster. (Watts stars in the new Twin Peaks continuation series.) A trio of films for fans of the red planet is airing Sunday night on the Action channel: Red Planet (4.15pm), Mission to Mars (8.30pm), and the most recent, The Martian (6pm), starring Matt Damon as a botanist whose crewmates leave him behind when the mission goes to pot. Rather than succumb, Damon’s character, Mark Watney, elects to “science the shit out of [the situation]” and farm his own food to survive long enough for help to arrive. A wonderful homage to science and ingenuity, but not one to watch during dinner. Adapted more often to film and TV than any other fictional character, check out Mr Holmes (Monday, 10.40pm, Masterpiece), featuring Ian McKellen as the elderly detective.
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