The 39 Steps (last Sunday, BBC1) is not by any stretch of the imagination a complicated story.
Yet at every turn a 'helpful' (ie bloody irritating and wholly unnecessary) voice would pop up to explain what was happening.
And even if it isn't, you may well have ended up feeling more partial, more stirred in unexpected areas, than you'd thought possible. Margaret (Anna Madeley) is a young woman in Victorian London who decides to become a prison visitor after the death of her father.
'Perhaps it will put me on the path to new happiness,' she says.
Based on the acclaimed series of semi-autobiographical novels by Edward St Aubyn, Patrick Melrose hilariously skewers the upper class as it tracks its protagonist’s harrowing journey from a deeply traumatic childhood through adult substance abuse and, ultimately, towards recovery.