Is BBC Two's Picnic at Hanging Rock series a hit?

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From Digital Spy

BBC Two made the brave decision to go ahead with the premiere of prestige drama Picnic at Hanging Rock against, ermm, a little sporting event going over on ITV on Wednesday (July 11).

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.

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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:

There were a few complainers, but they were in the minority.

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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