The Sunday Telegraph - - Television & Radio - Or­deal by In­no­cence Bri­tain’s Big­gest War­ship


Sarah Phelps has ad­mit­ted that she played fast and loose with the con­clu­sion to her lat­est Agatha Christie adap­ta­tion – and it’s to fan­tas­tic ef­fect. This su­perla­tive fi­nal episode, which plays out mostly in the past, pulls all the var­i­ous threads to­gether as we fi­nally find out what hap­pened in the days lead­ing up to the mur­der of Rachel Ar­gyll (Anna Chan­cel­lor). Along the way there are be­tray­als, small and large, and the slow re­veal­ing of long-kept se­crets as the creep­ing at­mos­phere of para­noia and dread threat­ens to en­gulf all the in­hab­i­tants of the very iron­i­cally named Sunny Point. It’s an episode filled with out­stand­ing per­for­mances: Chan­cel­lor, es­pe­cially, ex­cels, giv­ing us a mon­ster who’s ca­pa­ble of be­stow­ing her love in the most sur­pris­ing of places. Sarah Hughes BBC TWO, 8.00PM

This doc­u­men­tary fol­lows cap­tain Jerry Kyd and his 700-strong crew as they pre­pare to take up their po­si­tions on the HMS Queen El­iz­a­beth, the Royal Navy’s largest war­ship. What emerges is an in­ti­mate look at the nuts and bolts of keep­ing her afloat. SH

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