TV ex­tra Let the guess­ing games be­gin – riv­et­ing crime drama is back

The Herald Magazine - - EATRCTS TELEVISION - GEMMA DUNN Pic­nic at Hang­ing Rock (BBC2, 9pm)

Secrets of the Na­tional Trust with Alan Titchmarsh (C5, 9pm)

The pre­sen­ter trav­els to Greater Manch­ester to visit Dunham Massey, a Ge­or­gian man­sion once home to the Earl of Stamford. Dur­ing the mid-19th cen­tury, Dunham Massey passed into the hands of the teenage sev­enth earl, Ge­orge Harry Grey, who let the es­tate go into de­cline, but the man­sion was re­vived as a mil­i­tary hos­pi­tal dur­ing the First World War un­der the stew­ard­ship of the Count­ess Pene­lope. Alan ex­plores this grand house, and un­cov­ers se­cret store rooms, reads first-hand wartime ac­counts and even meets the fam­ily’s but­ler.

Killed By My Debt (BBC1, 10.45pm)

Fac­tual drama telling the story of Jerome Rogers and the de­struc­tive power of debt. In Jan­uary 2015, the south Lon­don 19-year-old fi­nally got what he’d been work­ing for – a new mo­tor­bike and his first real job as a courier. How­ever, in the hands of bailiffs, two £65 traf­fic fines rose to more than a thou­sand pounds. Some weeks, his take-home pay in his zero-hours job was as low as £12. Un­der the

CRIME drama fans re­joice – ITV grip­per Un­for­got­ten is back with a host of new sus­pects to try to pin down. The prime-time hit – penned by screen­writer Chris Lang and hailed as the “best de­tec­tive drama of the decade” – will see dream team De­tec­tive Chief Inspector Cassie Stu­art and De­tec­tive Inspector Sunny Khan (played by Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar re­spec­tively) re­turn for a third run, as they in­ves­ti­gate an­other emo­tion­ally charged cold case.

“We dis­cover a body that has been buried be­side a mo­tor­way,” Bhaskar, 54, re­veals of the six-part run.

“The mo­tor­way con­struc­tion work­ers dis­cover it while do­ing some re­pair work on the road and we then find out that it was a young girl who went miss­ing at the turn of the mil­len­nium – New Year’s Eve, 1999.”

It dif­fers from pre­vi­ous sea­sons, he says, “be­cause in this one the in­ves­ti­ga­tion cen­tres around four friends and their fam­i­lies who rented a hol­i­day home near where a young girl went miss­ing”.

Much like its pre­de­ces­sors, the lat­est Un­for­got­ten in­stal­ment plays host to a line-up of ac­claimed Bri­tish ac­tors – and what a se­lec­tion it is.

Alex Jen­nings, Kevin McNally, Neil Mor­ris­sey and James Fleet join forces to star as four for­mer school friends who, hav­ing stood by one an­other through thick and thin, find their re­la­tion­ships tested to the limit.

For Walker, 48, wel­com­ing new­bies into the fold is one of her favourite as­pects of the role.

“I ac­tu­ally did my first ever job with James Fleet in Four Wed­dings and a Fu­neral, which I am in for a blink!” she re­calls.

pres­sure of his debt, Jerome went to the woods where he’d played as a child and com­mit­ted sui­cide. With Chance Per­domo. A search for the miss­ing pupils and the gov­erness finds no trace of them at Hang­ing Rock, and Hester tries her best to con­tain mount­ing hys­te­ria at the school. She be­lieves young or­phan Sara may know some­thing about the dis­ap­pear­ance. A young English­man, the Hon­ourable Michael Fitzhu­bert, was the last per­son to see the girls alive, and when the search is aban­doned, he re­turns to Hang­ing Rock to con­tinue to look for them and gov­erness Miss Greta McGraw. Star­ring Natalie Dormer and Har­ri­son Gil­bert­son.

“I met James there and have done plays with him since. I think he is ab­so­lutely re­mark­able in this show.

“I had also worked with Alex Jen­nings on Spooks, but I hadn’t worked with Neil Mor­ris­sey or Kevin McNally be­fore, so that was ex­cit­ing.”

While the who­dunit drama is obliged to check cer­tain boxes – there’s a body, tick, and sus­pects, tick – that’s where the sim­i­lar­ity ends.

First off, the case in­ves­ti­gated this series is the most re­cent to date, with the vic­tim hav­ing gone miss­ing only 18 years ear­lier – pre­vi­ous series

Sanjeev Bhaskar as DI Sunny Khan and Nicola Walker as DCI Cassie Stu­art re­turn for a third series of Un­for­got­ten

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