Death and Nightin­gales 9pm, BBC Two

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Writer-di­rec­tor Al­lan Cu­bitt’s stark pe­riod drama set in late 19th-cen­tury County Fer­managh has been suc­cess­ful in hold­ing view­ers un­der its spell, largely due to a dra­matic ten­sion sus­tained by the three leads: Matthew Rhys (for­lorn landowner Billy Win­ters), Ann Skelly (Win­ters’s frus­trated step­daugh­ter Beth) and Jamie Dor­nan (“mad Repub­li­can” and Beth’s beloved, Liam Ward). As the fi­nal episode plays out, the cou­ple’s es­cape plan runs into dif­fi­cul­ties and their lives are placed in dan­ger. Ex­cel­lent.

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