Marchlands (2011)

Recommended
UK/USA
Television Mini-Series
Director: James Kent
Writers: Stephen Greenhorn, David Schulner
Cinematographer: Lukas Strebel
Composer: John Lunn
Cast: Denis Lawson, Jodie Whittaker, Dean Andrews, Alex Kingston, Tessa Peake-Jones, Jamie Thomas King, Elliot Cowan, Shelley Conn, Ethan Griffin, Sydney Wade, Elizabeth Rider, Sophie Stone, Anne Reid

The tragic, unexplained drowning of an eight-year-old girl in 1967 not only deeply affects her family, but also impacts upon the lives of two other families who subsequently live in their eponymous home – in 1987 and 2010 – in this intricate, well-acted mini-series, which deftly moves between eras whilst, for the most part, skilfully revealing its mysteries (though the final episode perhaps wraps things up just a little too easily). Iain.Stott