The Wine Show
Here Matthew Rhys (The Americans) and Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey) loll about in a villa in Umbria while actual experts do the travel. The wine aficionados bring their finds, and stories, back to Italy where the celebs are educated. The yarns the experts hunt up are genuinely interesting. In this first episode Joe Fattorini starts in South Africa with the amazing tale of Klein Constantia, a wine enjoyed by Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Casanova and Napoleon – and recently resurrected. Later, Amelia Singer heads to the Clare Valley (Australia features prominently as the series progresses) and brings home a Riesling with a surprising back story. It's one of those shows that could be completely naff, but turns out to be completely delightful.
Matthew Rhys, left, and Matthew Goode star in The Wine Show on SBS.
Apple Tree Yard
It's often the case with thrillers that the journey is more important than the destination, and that's definitely true of Apple Tree Yard. As the bizarre adventures of Yvonne Carmichael (Emily Watson) have unfolded we've been urged to suspend disbelief, from the broom-closet-shag to the rolling revelations in tonight's big courtroom finale. Fortunately, such has been the strength of the performances (and kinetic, propulsive direction from Jessica Hobbs), any gaps in plausibility or credibility are easily skipped over.
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