Sunday: Mapp & Lucia, 7.40pm, ABC
The first part in a three part series starring Miranda Richardson and Anna Chancellor. It's summer in the quaint town of Tilling and Miss Elizabeth Mapp, the town's resident schemer, is about to be knocked off her perch by bright new interloper Mrs Emmeline Lucas.
Monday: The Casual Vacancy, 8.30pm, Showcase
Based on J.K. Rowling’s novel, this series stars Michael Gambon and Julia McKenzie.
The town of Pagford is left in shock after Barry Fairbrother, a much liked and valuable member of the Parish Council and local community dies suddenly in his early forties, leaving behind a wife and four children. His death sets in motion a jostle for power as members of the local community put their names forward for the seat on Parish Council, vacated by Barry Fairbrother.
Tuesday: River Cottage Australia, 8.30pm, Lifestyle Food
After more than a year at River Cottage farm in picturesque Central Tilba, chef-turned-farmer Paul West is about to discover he’s in a little too deep. With mid-winter bearing down on the farm, Paul is struggling to cope with his litter of 18 fast-growing piglets, not to mention eight goats, fifty chickens, dairy cattle, ducks and a misbehaving dog. In this series it’s time for Paul to get real about the farm’s future.
Wednesday: Madam Secretary, 8.30pm, Ten
Elizabeth's plans to celebrate her 25th wedding anniversary with Henry are interfered when political issues arise around the case of a Mexican cartel smuggler who killed a Texas state trooper.
Thursday: The Invisible Woman, 8.30pm, Foxtel Romance
Nelly, a happily-married mother and schoolteacher, is haunted by her past. Her memories, provoked by remorse and guilt, take us back in time to follow the story of her relationship with Charles Dickens with whom she discovered an exciting but fragile complicity. Dickens - famous, controlling and emotionally isolated within his success - falls for Nelly, who comes from a family of actors. The theatre is a vital arena for Dickens - a brilliant amateur actor - a man more emotionally coherent on the page or on stage, than in life. As Nelly becomes the focus of Dickens' passion and his muse, for both of them secrecy is the price, and for Nelly a life of "invisibility". Stars Ralph Fiennes, Kristin Scott Thomas and Felicity Jones.
Friday: The Graham Norton Show, 8.30pm, Ten
Graham Norton showcases his wickedly cheeky sense of humour in this fast-paced interview show. Guests include: George Clooney, Dwayne The Rock Johnson, Hugh Laurie, Jessica Hynes & Snoop Dogg.
Saturday: Indian Summers, 8.30pm, BBC First
Filmed as it is on location in Malyasia, the series is set in the summer of 1932 against the sweeping grandeur of the Himalayas and the tea plantations of Northern India. India dreams of Independence, but the British are clinging to power. In the foothills of the Himalayas stands Simla; a little England where every summer the British power-brokers of this nation are posted to govern during the summer months.
The drama tells the rich and explosive story of the decline of the British Empire and the birth of modern India, from both sides of the experience. But at the heart of the story lie the implications and ramifications of the tangled web of passions, rivalries and clashes that define the lives of those brought together in this summer which will change everything.
Julie Walters plays Cynthia, a widow and doyenne of the expats Royal Club. A force to be reckoned with, her influence spreads throughout the community.
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