TV re­view Out­back mys­tery is out there in style and at­ti­tude

The Herald Magazine - - TELEVISION ARTS - ALISON ROWAT Pic­nic at Hang­ing Rock (BBC2, Wed­nes­day, 9.05pm). Sharp Ob­jects (Sky At­lantic, Mon­day, 9pm) Wim­ble­don 2018 (BBC1, 1.50pm)

Regi­nald D Hunter’s Songs of the Bor­der (BBC2, 9pm)

The bor­der be­tween the US and Mex­ico has been in the news a lot re­cently thanks to Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and his wall, but as co­me­dian Regi­nald D Hunter dis­cov­ers, it’s also long held sway over the imag­i­na­tion of song­writ­ers in both coun­tries. In this doc­u­men­tary, Regi­nald takes a 2,000-mile road trip along the bor­der to learn what mu­sic can tell us about the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the na­tions. He dis­cov­ers that clas­sic Amer­i­can pop and coun­try has of­ten por­trayed Mex­ico as a land of es­cape and ro­mance but also dan­ger, while the mu­sic cre­ated by some of the 36 million Mex­i­can-Amer­i­cans who are also US cit­i­zens of­fers its own in­sights into top­i­cal is­sues such as iden­tity, im­mi­gra­tion and drug smug­gling.

Com­edy Gold: Les Daw­son and Friends (Chan­nel 5, 10pm)

He was king of the one-liner, ace piano player and a friend to moth­ers-in-law ev­ery­where. When Les Daw­son passed away in 1993, aged 62, the na­tion lost one of its best-loved en­ter­tain­ers. This cel­e­bra­tion of the charm­ingly lugubri­ous co­me­dian fea­tures price­less rou­tines and mo­ments from the ar­chives. It also shows how Daw­son forged his dead­pan act on the work­ing men’s club cir­cuit in the north-west of England and went on to TV star­dom, host­ing shows such as Blan­kety Blank, The Les Daw­son Show and Op­por­tu­nity Knocks.

SUN­DAY

RAF 100: Into the Blue (BBC2, 1.25pm)

As the RAF cel­e­brates the cen­te­nary of its for­ma­tion, BBC news­reader So­phie Ra­worth fol­lows the story of her grand­fa­ther. Ed­win Ra­worth was a pi­lot in the RAF’s pre­de­ces­sor, the Royal Fly­ing Corps, the air arm of the Bri­tish Army be­fore and dur­ing the First World War, un­til it merged with the Royal Naval Air Ser­vice on April 1, 1918. Us­ing clues among his pos­ses­sions, So­phie pieces to­gether Ed­win’s

IF there are any ner­vous horses in the vicin­ity, please ask them to leave while we dis­cuss

Then again, horses played a key role in this dar­ing reimag­in­ing of Joan Lind­say’s 1967 novel, so maybe they should stick around. In, out, what­ever, shut that barn door and let us crack on.

You were in for a sur­prise if Peter Weir’s starchy movie was your only ex­pe­ri­ence of the tale of four young ladies who van­ish while on an out­ing from their board­ing school in Aus­tralia. This adap­ta­tion oozed groovi­ness, with Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer as the sun­glasses-wear­ing, secrets-hoard­ing owner of the school. When she strut­ted her stuff, rock mu­sic played. Even when she was not strut­ting, it played. The style re­called Marie An­toinette, Sofia Cop­pola’s achingly trendy film about the French queen which fea­tured New Or­der and Bow Wow Wow on the sound­track.

Episode one was stuffed with por­tent, with a lot of sigh­ing go­ing on, strange noises oc­cur­ring and horses sweat­ing and snort­ing all over the shop. I think sex was in the air, or maybe it was just aw­fully hot.

was sheer class from start to fin­ish of the first episode. Per­haps it was the ob­vi­ous amount of money spent bring­ing to the screen Gil­lian Flynn’s novel about a washed-up reporter re­turn­ing to her home­town to in­ves­ti­gate the dis­ap­pear­ances of young girls. More likely it was Amy Adams, gen­uine movie star, play­ing said reporter. Be­tween her char­ac­ter’s taste for swig­ging minia­tures and her gen­eral to-heck-with-the-world at­ti­tude, Adams is a long way from her princess days in En­chanted. It suits her.

Boost­ing the class fac­tor fur­ther is Pa­tri­cia Clark­son play­ing mom­mie

ex­pe­ri­ences and those of other young men who fought and died above the bat­tle­fields of France and Bel­gium. Sue Barker presents live cov­er­age of the men’s sin­gles final at the All England Club, as the 13th and final day of com­pe­ti­tion draws to a close on the fa­mous grass courts. All eyes will be on the hal­lowed turf of Cen­tre Court, where this time 12 months ago it was Roger Fed­erer who was cel­e­brat­ing. Fed­erer’s straight-sets win over Marin Cilic saw him win his 19th Grand Slam ti­tle, claim­ing a men’s record eighth Wim­ble­don ti­tle in the process. He also be­came the old­est man in the Open era to win at SW19.

Madeleine Mad­den, Sa­mara Weav­ing and Lily Sul­li­van play three of the Aus­tralian board­ing school’s creme de la creme in BBC2’s Pic­nic at Hang­ing Rock

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