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News Louisa Mellor 9 Feb 2014 - 11:00
A second series of new BBC Sunday night drama The Musketeers is on its way...
Good news. The Musketeers' combination of period intrigue, impressive swordplay, handsome troubled heroes and a guest star parade of established UK talent has earned it a second series.
Writer Adrian Hodges (Survivors, Primeval) made it clear from the outset that his take on Alexandre Dumas' seventeenth century characters was not an adaptation of the original novel but in keeping with its spirit. The series' poetic license with the Dumas quartet meant that a second, and why not, a third and fourth series were all possibilities. If the show can maintain the ratings success of its first three episodes, which, between them, averaged over six million viewers in the overnights, it can look ahead to a robust future on BBC One.
Series two will see the return of all four Musketeers, »
The period romp launched with 9.3m total viewers on January 19, with the first three episodes averaging 6.3m in overnights.
BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore said: "Drama in 2014 has got off to a great start on BBC One and The Musketeers has really brought something fresh and new to the channel. I can't wait to see how things will develop in the next series."
"Writing and helping produce the show has been one of the greatest challenges and joys of my professional life," Hodges said.
Further cast details are yet to be announced, »
Adventure and derring-do is all very well, but in its third week, The Musketeers knows that it has to deliver something a little more substantial - happily then, the latest instalment shifts focus from action to character.
'Commodities' reveals a good deal about Porthos (Howard Charles) - the last of the Musketeers to have his backstory sketched in, we learn that he grew up on the streets, the child of a slave mother - and more still about Athos (Tom Burke) - the frosty one's exterior finally cracks, as a return trip home unveils some dark secrets.
The episode's rather frothy first quarter seems to promise something lighter than the previous two weeks, but from the moment Porthos is injured in battle, 'Commodities' grows progressively darker.
This is the first time the Musketeers have really felt vulnerable - not only is one of them wounded, but their cocky camaraderie takes a serious hit too, »
The Denver Broncos take on the Seattle Seahawks in tonight's 48th annual NFL final and global television extravaganza. For the less sports-inclined among us, there's the promise of the spectacular half-time show, which pairs the 90's rock icons Red Hot Chili Peppers with the soulful energy of Bruno Mars. It's either going to be amazing or a complete hot mess - and both are fine reasons to tune in. Kick off is at 11.25pm.
Damages: Lifetime, 10pm
Before Rose Byrne found comedy fame in 2011's Bridesmaids, she took the lead in this dark legal drama, which continues its fourth season tonight on Lifetime. Ellen (Byrne) needs help from the omnipotent Patty (Glenn Close), but resorts to deception in order to avoid owning her any favours.
The Musketeers: BBC One, 9pm
More swashes will be buckled as the period drama continues tonight. »
After moving behind the camera in 2011 with a striking adaptation of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus Ralph Fiennes’ second directorial outing had its UK premiere this evening, following a very successful festival run.
The Invisible Woman has Fiennes taking on the role of Charles Dickens in a turbulent time in the author’s life, when he embarked on a secret affair with a young actress (played by Felicity Jones). The film has garnered positive reviews already and Fiennes’ charisma and aptitude as a director allows the film to breathe, something which was lacking in the suffocating miasma of Coriolanus.
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Sunday night was a big one for new and returning British dramas in the UK. The Season 2 premiere of Jeremy Piven-starrer Mr Selfridge on ITV had an average 5.27M viewers for a 20.5% share, according to the overnights. That’s about 2M less than last year’s Season 1 bow of the department store period series. Season 2 kicks off in the States on PBS on March 31, the same day that Season 3 of Call The Midwife starts. That hit period medical drama returned to BBC One on Sunday night with a record 9.61M viewers and a 36.1% share. It was the most-watched program of the weekend in the UK and also the highest-rated episode ever of the show’s career. Midwife provided a strong lead-in for new BBC One series The Musketeers in its debut, which was up against Mr Selfridge. The updated spin on the classic tales of Alexandre Dumas stars new Doctor Who, »
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Capaldi plays villain Cardinal Richelieu in BBC One's new Sunday night drama, though his casting as the new Doctor will rule him out of any potential second series of The Musketeers.
"It hadn't occurred to me and when he was cast, it just seemed the most brilliant decision," said actor Tom Burke, who plays Athos. "I thought, 'Of course!' so I'm very excited."
Alexandra Dowling - who plays Queen Anne - said that she felt "a mixture of elated and sad" when Capaldi's casting was revealed in August.
"It was so exciting and then we were like... 'Oh no!' but it was just such a privilege to work with him," she said.
Maimie McCoy (Milady de Winter) also confirmed that Capaldi was a big fan of the sci-fi series »
When Doctor Who returned to our screens in 2005, it resurrected the notion of airing kid-friendly drama on a Saturday night, with Merlin and more recently Atlantis attempting to fill the void whenever Who was absent.
With The Musketeers, the BBC is taking a stab (no pun intended) at reviving another TV staple - the glossy Sunday night family drama - and on this early evidence, Primeval creator Adrian Hodges's revamp of the Alexandre Dumas classic is a palpable hit.
Hodges makes The Three Musketeers work for a modern age by essentially using Dumas's 1844 story as the template for a period procedural - right down to the tongue-lashing they receive from Hugo Speer's Captain Treville in his office, our Musketeers are cast as the maverick cops of 17th century Paris.
There's plenty of action, humour and saucy bed-hopping from the get-go, while the framing story is, appropriately enough, a »
Review Rob Kemp 19 Jan 2014 - 22:00
Rob checks out the first episode of the BBC's new adventure drama, The Musketeers...
So the BBC has a problem. What can it use to plug the hole left by one of its most successful series? Step forward, The Musketeers.
The show's well-edited trailers have promised big budget period action and drama imbued with a style and energy that should attract even those who may feel uninspired by yet another adaptation of Dumas’ classic. However, punchy trailers do not a good show make, so the question remains; does the BBC still have a problem?
In some ways, The Musketeers would seem like a safe choice. It’s material that has been endlessly copied, re-imagined and revamped and with such wide popularity there is already a high level of recognition and understanding. People sitting down to watch this show are going to know exactly what they’re going to get. »
Being touted as “A thrilling world of action, adventure and romance inspired by Dumas’ legendary characters” by the BBC, tonight is the premiere of its’ latest historical action drama ‘The Musketeers’. If you don’t know the plot already the series will follow the fortunes of The Musketeers - an elite band of soldiers operating in 17th century Paris. D’Artagnan (Luke Pasqualino), Athos (Tom Burke), Aramis (Santiago Cabrera) and Porthos (Howard Charles) fight for what is right against Cardinal Richelieu, the main enemy of the Musketeers, played by none-other than 12th Doctor Peter “Kidneys!” Capaldi.
The 10-part series has a cracking cast, top quality writing in the form of My Week With Marilyn writer Adrian Hodges and, if the trailer is anything to go by, some serious action to keep us entertained. Watch the trailer below and don’t forget to tune in to BBC1 tonight at 9pm.
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Call the Midwife: BBC One, 8pm
The third series kicks off with the nuns and midwives moving into the new incarnation of Nonnatus House. Apart from this change, it's business as usual as Jenny (Jessica Raine) becomes concerned about the mental state of a new mother, while Chummy (Miranda Hart) struggles to adjust to domestic life.
The Musketeers: BBC One, 9pm
The famous Musketeers of the Alexandre Dumas novel are re-imagined in a brand new series. This first episode sees swordsman d'Artagnan (Luke Pasqualino) arriving in 17th-century Paris seeking revenge for the death of his father. His quest soon brings him into contact with three young Musketeers (Tom Burke, Howard Charles and Santiago Cabrera) and the scheming Cardinal Richelieu (Peter Capaldi)...
Mr Selfridge: ITV, 9pm
The second series of the glossy period drama sees the store celebrating its fifth anniversary, while the prospect of a war in Europe looms. »
The stars of The Musketeers talk the BBC's "dark" and "edgy" reboot in a new Digital Spy video.
Tamla Kari (Constance Bonacieux) tells DS that the new Sunday night drama "doesn't follow the typical Musketeers story that everybody knows".
"We're putting a modern spin on it," agrees Luke Pasqualino (D'Artagnan) "It's not the standard fairy-tale Musketeers that you're used to."
The series begins this Sunday (January 19) at 9pm on BBC One.
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The Great Sport Relief Bake Off: Monday (January 13) at 8.30pm on BBC Two
After rolling up their sleeves and creating a load of tasty festive delights in the Christmas special, Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry return to their cushy judging roles as a bunch of hapless celebrities enter the tent for The Great Sport Relief Bake Off.
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14 items from 2014
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