The Luminaries (2020– )
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A stranger arrives in town and interrupts a secret council between the men of Hokitika. The events from the night Crosbie Wells died are pieced together.


Claire McCarthy


Eleanor Catton (showrunner)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Eve Hewson ... Anna Wetherell
Eva Green ... Lydia Wells
Himesh Patel ... Emery Staines
Marton Csokas ... Francis Carver
Ewen Leslie ... Crosbie Wells
Erik Thomson ... Dick Mannering
Callan Mulvey ... George Shepard
Benedict Hardie ... Alistair Lauderback
Richard Te Are ... Te Rau Tauwhare
Yoson An ... Sook Yongsheng
Michael Sheasby ... Walter Moody
Matthew Sunderland ... Joseph Pritchard
Joel Tobeck ... Benjamin Lowenthal
Mark Mitchinson ... Thomas Balfour
Byron Coll Byron Coll ... Charlie Frost


Lydia Wells realises that politician Alistair Lauderback is heading for Hokitika travelling overland and could meet up with Crosbie Wells, thereby finding out that she and Francis Carver had stolen his ship and his gold, the result being prison sentences for both of them. Walter Moodie arrives in town and encounters a council of men holding a secret meeting, and tells one of them that he has uncovered a secret on the ship he arrived on, the Godspeed. Carver gets to Crosbie Wells' cabin and forces him to drink poisoned alcohol. Written by EdinaJambo

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31 March 2021 | by cherithclarkSee all my reviews

I don't think I understand any of this show. I tried as hard as I could. Every now and again I thought I might have gotten it figured out, but then.... Would have loved to love this show but was impossible.

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English | Cantonese

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14 June 2020 (USA) See more »

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