Saturday, January 25, 2020

NEW PERIOD SET SERIES TO EXPECT IN THE FIRST PART OF 2020: FROM NEW ZEALAND GOLD RUSH, POST NAPOLEONIC LONDON TO ARCTIC, RUSSIAN IMPERIAL COURT AND AGATHA CHRISTIE

     WINT/SPRING 2020 EPIC SHOWS
 THE LUMINARIES
 Arriving sometime very soon (probably sooner to New Zealand than to BBC) is the six episode adaptation of Eleanor Catton's book THE LUMINARIES starring Marton Csokas, Eva Green, Eve Hewson and Callan Mulvey. It is an adventure mystery set in the midst of New Zealand's 1860's gold rush. Expect a trailer very soon.

THE PALE HORSE
 BBC is entering the race first as it will start airing their latest  Agatha Christie series THE PALE HORSE from February 9th. Rufus Sewell leads the two episode mini series as the man who investigates a murder in a beautiful little village. Is a trio of witches responsible for a series of sudden deaths there or is there a rational explanation? You can expect a trailer very soon!

MISS SCARLET AND THE DUKE
 A&E will greet spring with new six part period set drama MISS SCARLET AND THE DUKE starring Kate Phillips as London's first Victorian female detective with Stuart Martin playing her partner. It will air on UKTV's Alibi channel and on PBS Masterpiece in USA. In Germany it will air on RTL, in Australia on Seven Network.

    THE NORTH WATER 
BBC will also grace us with Arctic set four episode thriller series THE NORTH WATER based on the novel by Ian McGuire. Colin Farrell and Jack O'Connell star in a story set in a 19th century whaling expedition to the Arctic where an army surgeon finds himself on an ill-fated journey with a murderous psychopath. In search of redemption, his story becomes a harsh struggle for survival in the Arctic wasteland.

BELGRAVIA
Easter will, meanwhile, bring us Julian Fellowes' new 19th century set costume drama BELGRAVIA set to air on Epix from April 12th and possibly a bit earlier on ITV in UK.  It follows events decades after a crucial ball ahead of the battle of Waterloo when the emerging nouveau riche, including the Trenchard family, rub shoulders with London's established upper classes, and when secrets from the past threaten to emerge.

     THE GREAT 
Hulu will meanwhile, end the spring season with three part historical comedy THE GREAT in which Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult play Catherine the Great and Peter of Russia. The series offers an anti-historical ride through 18th century Russia following the wildly comic rise of Catherine the Nothing to Catherine the Great. It is out May 15th.

6 comments:

  1. The Pale Horse looks interesting, and I really hope it ends up to be witches!! North Water sounds like something my husband will make me watch right before bed so that I won't sleep the rest of the night. :)

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    1. Always blame the poor witches.... I do love me thrillers in isolated places, so the Arctic one should be fun.

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  2. I'm an Agatha Christie fan, so "The Pale Horse" sounds good to me! Besides, who can resist a trio of witches? Not me!

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    1. Hope it won't be as bad as BBC's previous Agatha was.

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  3. Add me to the list of people looking forward to The Pale Horse. I'd like to think I could have been a witch in a former life. Then again, we did discuss we were probably someone much more sinister seeing how many issues we have to deal with in our current lives :P

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    1. Maybe we was witches before we was Nazis, deary :)

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