Are you sitting comfortably? Freeview’s got some amazing stories to tell. Best-selling author Philip Pullman hit the nail on the head when he said: “After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” Stories link us to the past, help make sense of the present and provide glimpses into the future. And with Freeview, you have instant access to a wonderful world of stories told by skilled tellers of tales, plus with Freeview Play, you never have to miss an important chapter as you can catch up straight through the TV guide! Here’s just some of the fabulous fables to look forward to. Top of the Lake – Season 2 BBC Two July 2017 Taking up the story from series one’s explosive conclusion, series two of Top of the Lake sees Detective Robin Griffin (Elisabeth Moss) relocating from New Zealand’s South Island to Sydney. And she’s plunged straight into investigating a body in a suitcase that’s washed up on Bondi Beach. The trail takes her to a brothel where, with the show’s hallmark weirdness taking centre stage, Robin encounters Mary, the daughter she was forced to give up. The quirky characters in this show really bring writer/director Jane Campion’s terrific story to life. Nicole Kidman plays a blinder as Mary’s mother, and Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie takes on a comical role as Robin’s junior officer. Paula – Episode 3 BBC Two Thursday 8 June at 9pm Catch-up on the series so far with Freeview Play There’s an ominously dark and menacing feel to this three-part thriller. The central character is Paula (Denise Gough), a young chemistry teacher who finds her life spiralling out of control after a one-night-stand with James (Tom Hughes), a handsome handyman who also happens to be a sociopath. It’s a toxic stew of infidelity, blackmail, murder and revenge. And the questions keep piling up: will Paula self-destruct? Will the killer be revealed? And what’s the meaning of James’s terrifying hallucinations? Prepare for your spine to be chilled! The Handmaid’s Tale – Episode 2 Channel 4 Sunday 4 June at 9pm Catchup with Freeview Play Elisabeth Moss is back, but this time in a very different – but no less compelling – role. Here, she plays Offred, a young woman living under a dictatorship where women are brutally oppressed and the most fertile are kept solely to make babies. Living under unrelenting scrutiny, Offred must come to terms with the knowledge that just one wrong move will lead to her execution. Many have observed that this brilliant adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel about a dystopian future is in tune with a nightmarish vision of a world that appears to be unfolding for real – with anxieties about surveillance, control, technology and terrorism. But at its heart, The Handmaid’s Tale is a superb story. One review has called it “the best thing you’ll watch all year”. Hard to argue with that! Predestination Film4 Friday 2 June at 9pm Looking for a mind-bending time-travel thriller? Then look no further than Predestination. Ethan Hawke plays John, a bartender doubling up as a secret agent who’s sent back in time to prevent crimes before they take place. On his final assignment, he’s joined by a mysterious figure known only as ‘The Unmarried Mother’ to stop a serial killer from launching an attack that could kill thousands of people. But it’s not as simple as that. Multiple twists raise questions about who John and The Unmarried Mother really are. And the final reveal is a shocker. As John observes: “Time catches up with us all.” It Follows Film4 Friday 2 June and 10:55pm Talk about a haunting! This modern classic wrenches a creepy nightmare into the daylight, as a young woman discovers a seemingly innocent sexual encounter has terrible consequences. Plagued by unsettling visions, young Jay comes to understand that she’s been the victim of a sexually-transmitted curse. And the only way to release it is to pass it on. This is one heart-stopping teen horror that’ll make you think twice before signing up to a dating app. The Loch ITV Sunday June 11 at 9pm Set in the heart of a small Scottish community, The Loch follows a village sustained by myth and bordered by untamed nature. The story sees Detective Annie Redford (Laura Fraser) dealing with her first murder case, the body of a local man and a single heart washed up on the shores of the Loch, ensuing turmoil.