The Lost City of Z – BBC2

This glorious looking true-story adventure stars Charlie Hunnam as early-20th-century English explorer Percy Fawcett

This glorious looking true-story adventure stars Charlie Hunnam as early-20th-century English explorer Percy Fawcett.

A convincing Hunnam’s Fawcett embodies doughty Edwardian pluck and endurance as he braves killer piranhas, dangerous rapids and the poison darts of cannibal tribesmen, not to mention the derision of the British scientific establishment, in his quest to prove that the Amazon jungle was home to an advanced civilisation.

Hunnam gets fine support from Sienna Miller as his wife, torn between sympathy and anxiety, a magnificently bearded Robert Pattinson as his aide-de-camp and Tom Holland as his eldest son.

Writer-director James Gray handles his exotic period settings with assurance, while Darius Khondji’s lovely photography captures the jungle’s beauty and mystery.