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To the Ends of the Earth 

In 1812, young British aristocrat Edmund Talbot travels by ship to Australia, and learns more about himself and about life than he had ever bargained for.
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Series cast summary:
Benedict Cumberbatch ...  Edmund Talbot 3 episodes, 2005
Jared Harris ...  Captain Anderson 3 episodes, 2005
Jamie Sives ...  1st Lieutenant Summers 3 episodes, 2005
Richard McCabe Richard McCabe ...  Mr. Brocklebank 3 episodes, 2005
Victoria Hamilton ...  Miss Granham 3 episodes, 2005
Tim Delap ...  Mr. Bowles 3 episodes, 2005
Vanessa Pike Vanessa Pike ...  Mrs. Pike 3 episodes, 2005
Jonathan Slinger ...  Mr. Pike 3 episodes, 2005
Robert Hobbs ...  Lieutenant Cumbersham 3 episodes, 2005
Sam Neill ...  Mr. Prettiman 3 episodes, 2005
Chris Walker Chris Walker ...  Oldmeadow 3 episodes, 2005
Denise Black ...  Mrs. Brocklebank 3 episodes, 2005
Paula Jennings Paula Jennings ...  Zenobia 3 episodes, 2005
Brian Pettifer ...  Wheeler 3 episodes, 2005
Tom Fisher Tom Fisher ...  Askew 3 episodes, 2005
Daniel Evans ...  Parson Colley 3 episodes, 2005
Theo Landey ...  Bates 3 episodes, 2005
Calum Callaghan Calum Callaghan ...  Willis 3 episodes, 2005
Adam Woolf Adam Woolf ...  Phillips 3 episodes, 2005
Jonathan Pienaar ...  Smiles 3 episodes, 2005
Kirsty Motzouris Kirsty Motzouris ...  Phoebe Pike 3 episodes, 2005
Kelly Motzouris Kelly Motzouris ...  Annibel Pike 3 episodes, 2005
Daniel Newman Daniel Newman ...  Gibbs 3 episodes, 2005
Danelle Drury Danelle Drury ...  Mrs. East 3 episodes, 2005
Damon Berry Damon Berry ...  Mr. East 3 episodes, 2005
Lionel Newton Lionel Newton ...  Jones 3 episodes, 2005
JJ Feild ...  Lieutenant Deverel 2 episodes, 2005
Niall Macgregor Niall Macgregor ...  Lieutenant Benét 2 episodes, 2005
James Gracie ...  Billy Rogers 2 episodes, 2005
Joanna Page ...  Marion Chumley 2 episodes, 2005
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In the early 1800s young Edmund Talbot travels on a not too sea-worthy ship to New South Wales to take up a post with its governor. He keeps a journal, recording his impressions of crew and passengers. He gets on well with the Captain, Anderson, an amateur botanist who grows plants in his cabin, but, due to a social gaffe, well-meaning young parson Colley falls foul of the captain, later getting drunk and having gay sex with crew members. Despite Edmund's efforts to broker an understanding he remains in his cabin, where he literally wastes away. Edmund has a sexual encounter with the comely Zenobia, travelling with her parents, but he comes to realize that they are not related at all, merely a sexual threesome. Miss Granham, travelling to take up the job of a governess, falls for the older Mr. Prettiman, whom Edmund despises as a free-thinker, though they eventually reconcile. Prettiman is badly injured in a fall and Miss Granham agrees to marry him immediately, with flowers provided ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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An Epic Journey of Self Discovery

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6 July 2005 (UK) See more »

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(3 parts)

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Stereo

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16 : 9
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Jared Harris plays the role of James Moriarty in "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" (2011). Benedict Cumberbatch plays the titular role in "Sherlock" (2010). Both appear in this together. See more »

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At the end of the series when Edmund is on the dock looking out at the small boats, the same slender blond girl wearing a tan blouse passes behind him twice, from left to right, in a few seconds. See more »

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Edmund Talbot: Good God!
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disgustingly real
6 April 2017 | by jackrawlinsSee all my reviews

I found this mini-series unwatchable. All the people are various degrees of appalling, so there is no one to care about. The shipboard scenes are gritty, so if you think dirt equals authenticity, you'll love it, but I was completely unconvinced. The ship is absurdly roomy and often deserted, and the crew completely without discipline and often drunk, which ship's companies simply were not allowed to be. Cumberbatch is his usual icy, callous self, which works for others but not for me. Scenes of ship handling, sail handling, or the logistics of ship governance are almost nonexistent. The focus is entirely on the middle-class boors, hypocrites, and prigs who make up the paying passengers. The precise opposite of the splendid Master and Commander, this series seems to set out to document exactly how repulsive and boring ship voyages in the Napoleon era could be.


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