BEST OF THE REST
THIS is another new drama series which kicked off last night, and is also spread across three evenings this week.
To get you up to speed from the first series two years ago, yes Elizabeth Bancroft (Sarah Parish) is a police officer. A newly-promoted Detective Chief Superintendent, in fact. But yes, she is also a psychopathic killer.
She’s murdered her ex, tried to murder suspicious colleagues or got other people to do it for her, and framed or had fired anyone who stood in her way.
She’s now heading up a newly-merged service, is popular with colleagues and delivering impressive results, but she’s also in a dangerous pact with local crime boss Daanish Kamara and estranged from her son Joe, who was horrified to learn the truth about her. And when a disturbing double murder brings her personal and professional life crashing together, she’s forced to confront a chilling new enemy.
EARTH’S TROPICAL ISLANDS
IF YOU feel you can handle the prospect of staring at images of sunny tropical paradise islands in cold, dark January, then this new natural history series is an absolute belter.
Showing over three nights, it takes a look at the landscapes and wildlife of three of the most exotic, mysterious and remote islands on the planet.
Last night’s episode focused on the world’s oldest island, Madagascar. And tonight’s centres on what is believed to be the home of the greatest diversity of life found on any island, Borneo.
Thanks to its huge variety of habitats – mangrove forests, coral reefs, ancient jungles, towering mountains – there are more than 60,000 species of plants and animals here, many of which are found nowhere else on earth.
Like the ludicrously nosed proboscis monkeys, who have to deal with enormous saltwater crocodiles just to get their dinner.
Or, our favourite, the exceedingly rare (and exceedingly cute) sun bear.
Sarah Parish as Bancroft
Borneo’s proboscis monkeys feature