And while most of the nation were banking on football coming home (it's not, sadly), there was a mystery playing out on BBC Two when a group of schoolgirls didn't come home from a day trip into the Australian wilderness.
The adaptation of Joan Lindsay's iconic novel casts Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer as a sadistic headmistress whose devious secrets may hold the key to the girls' disappearance.
Picnic at Hanging Rock is definitely a series for the moment, coming from female writing duo Beatrix Christian and Alice Addison, and with five out of seven episodes directed by women.
The eerie tone certainly resonated with the majority of those fans tweeting along:
#PicnicAtHangingRock Good start, looking forward to next week's episode ☺- ⭐Pat_Tee⭐ (@Nutty_Nora_007) July 11, 2018
Well that was one dickens of an hour of top drama. Looking forward to the mystery deepening next week. #PicnicatHangingRock- Ian Cann 🏳️🌈 (@thebeercolonel) July 11, 2018
#picnicathangingrock Love that this is set up like a proper #MYSTERY. People who are wandering about a forest and not being where they were expected to be when the girls go missing. Love the dream like quality or both the hot Ozzie weather and the setting.- Holly Dean - Young (@Elfinholly) July 11, 2018
I have no idea what's going on,but i like it. And i love mrs.Appleyard's costumes. #picnicathangingrock- Ruby Wijker ♑ (@Rubyboe_) July 11, 2018
It's strange and creepy but I'm liking it so far #PicnicAtHangingRock- 💫✨ (@grimeshelby) July 11, 2018
#PicnicAtHangingRock Lush sets, excellent plainish costumes, amazing tailored & beautifully coloured costumes, creepy, classy, stiff upper lippy and a mention of bloomers as well! I'm hooked & spooked!- David Thomas (@nevereverDave) July 11, 2018
There were a few complainers, but they were in the minority.
#PicnicAtHangingRock The first episode just never seemed to get going. The 1975 movie directed by Peter Weir is definitely better.- Luke Thorne (@LittleLuke1) July 11, 2018
#PicnicAtHangingRock just doesn't have the atmosphere of the film at all. Not sure I'll watch the next episode.- Sara (@Tywyngirl) July 11, 2018
Not sold completely on #PicnicAtHangingRock yet. Felt parts of the first episode weren't needed. However, will give it another look next week.- The Film Grump (@KJCrighton) July 11, 2018
#PicnicAtHangingRock I can't keep up with what's going on i am lost and need sat nav .- Kerri Banks (@KerriBanks9) July 11, 2018
That's quite a positive reception, overall. When Digital Spy recently chatted with star Natalie Dormer, she suggested that Picnic at Hanging Rock's appeal may be that it leans more towards science fiction than costume drama.
"It's not a costume drama – it's helpful to think of it more in sci-fi terms," she told us. "Just because there's horses and corsets, it's actually got a more psychedelic, non-linear tone to it."
Picnic at Hanging Rock continues next Wednesday (July 18) at 9pm on BBC Two.
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