Pay-tv films

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Pay Television -

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.

Alice Braga in

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.