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…

BBC Two confirms Picnic At Hanging Rock transmission date

Picnic At Hanging Rock has been a beguiling story already told in Peter Weir’s 1975 film adaptation, but a few weeks ago a new version – starring Game Of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer – was released in non-UK territories on Amazon Prime. The British television rights had already been snapped up by BBC Two, and now…

The Kettering Incident creator back with new Australian crime drama

Last year, spooky Australian crime drama The Kettering Incident – which was a mash-up of the crime and horror genres – garnered a cult viewership when it appeared on Sky Atlantic in the UK. The series creator, Victoria Madden, is now back with a new eight-part drama, The Gloaming, produced by Madden and John Molloy (Molly, Boys in…

Harry comes to All4 on Friday 1st June

Every so often a series sneaks under the radar, especially when it comes to online streaming services. Channel 4 is putting a lot of original series on its All4 site; some under the Walter Presents, some with under no banner at all. Harry – from New Zealand – is one such series. Which is a…

Miss Fisher movie greenlit

Australian series, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (shown on Alibi in the UK), is one of our favourite staples – it’s full of Golden Age style and substance, and, well, old-fashioned fun. And, in Essie Davis, the series has an engaging and brilliant star. There have been three, hugely watchable series on the small screen, but…

UKTV’s Alibi announces transmission date for Harrow

UKTV channel Alibi has picked up Ioan Gruffudd’s latest starring vehicle, Harrow, a 10-part Australian series that mixes police and medical procedural thrills. Dr Daniel Harrow (Gruffudd) is no ordinary forensic pathologist – he’s brilliant, unorthodox… and a failure as a husband and a father. His total disregard for authority and unfailing empathy for the…

Review: Top Of The Lake: China Girl (S2 E5/6), Thursday 24th August, BBC Two

And so this head-scratching, sometimes infuriating, sometimes brilliant drama continued this week with another perplexing episode. There was so much good stuff in there, as usual, but there were more inconsistencies and scenes and character arcs where you just sat there and said to yourself, “Say what, now?” NB: Spoilers ahoy!