Monday Sharp Objects 9pm, Sky Atlantic
FIVE episodes in, and it’s getting hard to avoid the conclusion that the decision to spread this adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel over eight hours had less to do with material that was crying out for the epic treatment than with TV’s current demand for a steady supply of box-set size series. Charitably, you could say the stunned and creeping pace replicates the mood of the sick, sun-dazed Southern town and the hazy mindset of the alcohol-blurred protagonist Camille (a terrific Amy Adams). Really, though, rather than generating deep atmosphere, the show feels caught in a holding pattern of repeating the same limited box of tricks (here come another umpteen memory flashes) over and over again, and eking out revelations we’ve already figured out to pad the running time. Tonight, Wind Gap launches into its treasured Calhoun Day celebrations, but festivities are soured by rising tensions, and the publication of Camille’s newspaper story on the murders. Meanwhile, we learn yet more about the nature of her self-harming.