Sunday, June 12, 2016

SPOTLIGHT ON HISTORY'S 'BARBARIANS RISING' EPIC SERIES WITH TOM HOPPER, BEN BATT AND 'CLEVERMAN' SF DYSTOPIAN SERIES WITH IAIN GLENN, RYAN CORR, FRANCES O'CONNOR

 'BARBARIANS RISING' EPIC SAGA
WITH TOM HOPPER & BEN BATT
Two programmes today that I've forgot to mention before and they are already airing, but it is never too late to catch up. BARBARIANS RISING is already on at History Channel around the world (mostly on Tuesday evenings, methinks). It is a mix of docu series with lavish live action scenes and it has a stellar cast including our beloved MERLIN and BLACK SAILS star Tom Hopper and Ben Batt whom we loved in GO BETWEEN.
THOSE WHO DEFIED ROME
Barbarians Rising tells the epic story of those who fought for independence from the world's first military dictatorship. Their names are legend, but their real stories have not been told before. Big themes will be explored through intimate, personal character profiles of history's greatest warriors, set against the violent backdrop of a world on fire. The characters include: Hannibal (Nicholas Pinnock), the brilliant military strategist and sworn enemy of the Empire who vows a blood oath at the age of 9 to avenge his father's defeat; Spartacus (Ben Batt), the slave-turned rebel who led a people's revolt against Rome's elite; Boudica (Kirsty Mitchell), the Celtic warrior Queen, a woman who commanded men in one of the most ambitious attempts to overthrow a tyrant; and Attila the Hun (Emil Hostina). Arminius the leader of the Germanic tribes is played by Tom Hopper, while Gavin Drea is Alaric the King of Visigoths!


 'CLEVERMAN' SF SERIES
CONFLICTED DYSTOPIA
Also already airing, over at Sundance TV is Australian sf series CLEVERMAN airing Wednesday evenings! Set in the near future, CLEVERMAN is a startlingly original drama rooted in Aboriginal mythology. The series depicts a deeply conflicted and anxious dystopian society, fearful of a minority group living among them, endowed with extraordinary physical traits. One young man – The Cleverman – struggles with his own power and the responsibility to unite this divided world, but he must first overcome a deep estrangement from his older brother. Iain Glen, Ryan Corr and Frances O'Connor lead the cast.

16 comments:

  1. Barbarians looking really good!

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    1. Catch them on your cable History, Fran

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  2. I was pretty sure Hannibal was an Arab, not black.

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    1. yes, tons of people are complaining about it around the web, it is quite a scandal

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  3. That Barbarians Rising look so promising. I always enjoy this kind of plot. And the settings of ancient Rome will always be thrilling for me :)

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  4. History is one of the channels I really do miss. Looks like an interesting series.

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    1. they occassionally have great docu series like this one with great live action inserts

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  5. I'm heading over to the History Channel website right now to check when Barbarians Rising is on!

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  6. I have been reading some books about the Barbarians so I'm looking forward to this series!

    Greetings
    Peter

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    1. it is already airing, check your cable TV for History

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  7. I'm not sure either of these are for me today. Someday I may try Barbarians. Maybe, but not any time soon.

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    1. I'm thinking of torrenting Arminius episode, I adore me some Hopper!

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