Monday, June 15, 2020


If, for obvious reasons, ITV decides to push Singapore Grip to Autumn, six episode epic drama THE LUMINARIES might very well be the last big historical series we shall enjoy till the new season arrives. The small screen
Luminaries will start on BBC June 21st
adaptation of Eleanor Catton's 2013 Man Booker Prize winning novel has just finished airing over at New Zealand but will hit British BBC next weekend, Sunday June 21st, and, if I'm not mistaken, it will also be available on Starz Play.

1860s Gold Rush
The series tells an epic story of love, murder and revenge, as men and women travelled across the world to make their fortunes. It is a 19th century tale of adventure and mystery, set on the Wild West Coast of New Zealand’s
Luminaries is a small screen adaptation of Eleanor Catton's book
South Island in the boom years of the 1860’s gold rush. The story follows defiant young adventurer Anna Wetherell (Eve Hewson), who has sailed from Britain to New Zealand to begin a new life. There she meets the radiant
The Luminaries will air in six hourlong episodes
Emery Staines (Himesh Patel), an encounter that triggers a strange kind of magic that neither can explain. As they fall in love, driven together and apart by fateful coincidence, these star-crossed lovers begin to wonder: do we make our fortunes, or do our fortunes make us?

What To Expect In Episode 1?
The story unfolds in two storylines. The first begins in 1866, with a mystery: a politician, Alastair Lauderback (Benedict Hardie), arrives at a cottage to find a woman, unconscious with opium; a Māori man, also
Eve Hewson leads the cast of the mini series
unconscious; and a corpse. Lauderback brings the woman to town, where she is arrested for public intoxication and held at the jail. The second storyline takes us back nine months earlier to 1865, beginning on the day of Anna
Eva Green plays evil fortune teller and brothel owner Lydia
Wetherell’s (Eve Hewson) arrival in New Zealand. She is fresh-faced and full of promise. After a romantic first encounter, she agrees to meet with fellow
Marton Csokas is a former convict in the new mini series
passenger, Emery Staines (Himesh Patel), but the scheming fortune-teller Lydia Wells (Eva Green) has other designs. Anna is taken under Lydia’s wing, and Emery under the wing of former convict, Francis Carver (Marton
Hamish Patel and Eve Hewson play the lead love couple
Csokas). In 1866 the corpse is brought back from the cottage and identified, and the town jailer, George Shepard (Callan Mulvey), mounts a murder
Erik Thomson, Richard Te Are, Joel Tobeck, Mark Mitchinson, Yoson An also star
investigation. Back in 1865, Emery and Carver are interrupted by a man shouting in Cantonese, who then tries to kill Carver. Lydia’s husband, Crosbie Wells (Ewen Leslie), returns home from the goldfield with a change in fortune.


Malena said...

HBO will show it in Spain on June 22th. I wonder when will it be shown in the USA.

Mary Kirkland said...

That sounds cool but I don't think it's really my kind of show.

Jax said...

I love her straw hat with the gold ribbon around it. I would totally rock that every time I go outside, although, with the gold it may look a bit extra. :)

DEZMOND said...

It is one of those series that aired on all possible and different channels worldwide LOL I try to cater to most of the world with airing info, but it has become so difficult :) For example, Beecham House, which we in Europe watched last year, starts only today on PBS in America.

DEZMOND said...

It does have stunning costumes, done by the same guy who did costumes in Harlots.

DEZMOND said...

The costume designer really had fun with this one, lots of velvety emeralds and golds in gowns and dresses.

Theresa Mahoney said...

The costumes and scenery both draw me to this one!

DEZMOND said...

It should be visually very pretty.