BBC Four confirms Mystery Road transmission date

We’ve known for a while the Australian series, Mystery Road, was due to come to these shores via BBC Four but had to stay schtum about it. But now we can shout from the rooftops: it is indeed coming to the UK. The six-part Aussie series tells the story of Detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen),…

REVIEW: Picnic At Hanging Rock (S1 E6/6)

Crime dramas often stand and fall on their conclusions. Like crime fiction, viewers like to find out whodunit and why, and have invested time and emotional connection into a series. It’s a bold show that doesn’t deliver those satisfying conclusions, and I was interested to see whether Picnic At Hanging Rock would deliver more than…

Australian series Safe Harbour picked up by Hulu in the US

Now this does sound like an interesting series. Picked up by Hulu for the US, Aussie drama Safe Harbour tells the story of five Australians on a yachting holiday from Darwin to Indonesia, whose idyllic vacation takes a disastrous turn when they come across a broken-down fishing boat, full of desperate asylum seekers. The Australians…

REVIEW: Picnic At Hanging Rock (S1 E5/6)

Over the past two episodes, Picnic At Hanging Rock has been much better. The mystery of the disappearance of the three girls and their teacher, Greta McCraw, has taken a backseat and instead the series has focused on the fall-out from the incident at Hanging Rock, and it has been better for it – we’ve…

REVIEW: Picnic At Hanging Rock (S1 E4/6)

After last week’s third episode, the series’ best by some distance, I was interested to see whether the fourth instalment of Picnic At Hanging Rock would continue its improvement. If last week’s episode was about Irma, this episode was about young Sara Waybourne. Infatuated with missing Miranda, this gifted, sensitive young girl had been through…

REVIEW: Picnic At Hanging Rock (S1 E3/6)

I’ve had my issues with Picnic At Hanging Rock, but have always felt that if they get it right then it could be something approaching half-decent. And, wouldn’t you know it, in this week’s third episode – the half-way point of the series – things calmed down to the extent that it did indeed approach…

REVIEW: Picnic At Hanging Rock (S1 E2/6)

  Last week’s series opener of Picnic Hanging Rock – a new adaptation of Joan Lindsay’s seminal novel – was a curious affair. Inelegantly told and badly scripted, there was also a sense that the wannabe steampunk stylings clashed with the ethereal, woozy Victorian period and setting. I felt it didn’t quite know what it…

INTERVIEW: Ioan Gruffudd, Harrow

In a recent interview, Welsh actor, Ioan Gruffudd said that he had been dying to play the sort of characters who appeared in Liar and now Harrow. In Harrow, Gruffudd plays Dr Daniel Harrow, a forensic pathologist with a total disregard for authority. He has an unfailing empathy for the dead which helps him solve even…

REVIEW: Picnic At Hanging Rock (S1 E1/6)

We’ve documented the story – or at least examined the fall-out from it – behind Joan Lindsay’s 1969 novel, Picnic At Hanging Rock (read that here). There’s no doubt that the tale of four missing convent girls at the dawn of the 20th century caused a stir in Australia, and even today there’s discussion and…

INTERVIEW: Natalie Dormer, Picnic At Hanging Rock

The new version of Picnic At Hanging Rock starts in the UK on BBC Two next week, and, among other things, it brings Natalie Dormer back onto our screen as the fearsome Mrs Appleyard. If you don’t know, the story is set in the dawn of the 20th century, 70km northwest of Melbourne in the Australian state…

Australian series Bad Mothers set to start production in October

A new eight-part Australian crime drama, Bad Mothers, will begin production in Melbourne in October. Starring Jessica Morais (pictured), Bad Mothers has the tagline: Some mothers are perfect with a beautiful home and the perfect family but sometimes behind that pristine picket fence, there’s a world of dirty … little … secrets. Four very different…