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Storming its’ way into view today is the brand new trailer for upcoming BBC show The Musketeers set to hit screens at the end of January. The 10-part series has a cracking cast, top quality writer and, if the trailer is anything to go by, some serious action to keep us entertained on what appears to be the BBC’s new Saturday night ‘must-see TV’.
Fans of Doctor Who can starve off their withdrawal following the Christmas Day regeneration as 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi plays statesman Cardinal Richelieu, the main enemy of the Musketeers. Filling the Musketeers’ boots are Luke Pasqualino (Skins, The Borgias) as D’Artagnan, Tom Burke (Great Expectations, The Hour) as Athos, Santiago Cabrera (Merlin, Heroes) as Aramis and Howard Charles (Royal Shakespeare Company) as Porthos. Here’s the very worthy sounding plot summed up:
‘Set in 17th century Paris D’Artagan, Athos, Aramis, and Porthos fight »
- Victoria Bull
Actor renowned for role of ruthless spin doctor Malcolm Tucker to play Cardinal Richelieu in adaptation of Dumas classic book
He gave the nation a glimpse of his role as Doctor Who on Christmas Day, but before that series returns viewers will first have a chance to re-examine the political machinations of Peter Capaldi, as he takes on the role of Cardinal Richelieu in BBC1's gritty, updated take on the tale of the Three Musketeers.
The 10-part drama, which will begin next month and appears destined for a Saturday-night slot, is a modern take on the Alexandre Dumas tale without doing what its writer Adrian Hodges described as the "full Sherlock".
The feathers and the tabards are gone – fans of the 1973 Richard Chamberlain film will be disappointed – and in their place is a world that is a "bit smelly, a bit dirty", said Hodges. "But it's still about heroes, »
- John Plunkett
It is only a few years since the success of reality TV had people fearing for the future of scripted entertainment.
If broadcasters could top the ratings with a bunch of wannabes prepared to go on screen for free (they would be richly remunerated, went the theory, by the tabloids in due course) then what need for big budget comedy and drama?
But the winners of the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards tell a different story.
At the height of reality TV mania, Rupert Murdoch even launched a dedicated channel. The Fox Reality Channel featured more reality shows than you could shake a remote control at, although rather fewer that you might remember – My Bare Lady, Househusbands of Hollywood and surely the ultimate in reality TV, Gimme My Reality Show! »
- John Plunkett
What did you make of this year's Christmas television offerings – from Doctor Who to The Snowman and the Snowdog; Restless and Miranda to the Downton Christmas special? Tell us which shows you loved and which left you disappointed
You couldn't say this was a vintage year for Christmas television. There were the usual specials of varying quality – from Doctor Who (decent) to Downton Abbey (ludicrous) and Outnumbered (awful) via Call the Midwife, Miranda and, of course, The Royle Family, but in general there seemed surprisingly few hits in the festive schedules.
Channel 4 brought viewers something new(ish) with its followup to The Snowman, which had charm if not quite the magic of the original. But it felt as if ITV had largely given up aside from Downton – which trundled along for two hours before sticking all its plot in the last three minutes – and the not terribly inspiring Doors Open with Stephen Fry. »
- Vicky Frost
4 items from 2013
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