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The Moonstone BBC1, 2.15pm THE Beeb has gone back in time for this new daytime drama series, which is part of its Love To Read season.

It's a period drama set in 1849 and features all the classic ingredients such as posh people and parlour games, butlers and maids, mysterious foreigners and missing jewels.

The Moonstone of the title is a huge diamond, given to debutante Rachel Verinder on her 18th birthday, which then goes missing that night. Oh, and which may or may not be cursed.

And the disappearance of which has prevented Rachel and her one true love Franklin Blake from being together, so he's back one year later to try and finally solve the case and win back the heart of his girl.

The cast includes Joshua Silver, Miranda star Sarah Hadland and Cold Feet's John Thomson.

CHRIS TARRANT: EXTREME RAILWAYS Channel 5, 9pm ROBSON GREEN has his fishing, Joanna Lumley travels to exotic locations, Martin Clunes frolics with dogs and horses, and Chris Tarrant? He likes trains.

Yes, it does sound a bit like Alan Partridge has been coming up with programme ideas again, a la Youth Hostelling with Chris Eubank. But turns out the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire host likes nothing more than riding the rails across the globe.

But obviously, to make it into a TV series, they can't just have him on any old commuter train in Britain. So instead he's off to Alaska, to experience the 'Ice Train to Nowhere'.

Well, maybe not nowhere, but it's definitely not much of a tourist hotspot, thanks to minus 50 degrees temperatures, avalanches, and grizzly bears.

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 31, 2016
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