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 Posted:   Apr 26, 2013 - 10:38 AM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

With filming well underway for the forthcoming BBC One drama, The Musketeers, the first official image of the cast together has been released.

Written by Adrian Hodges, the series charts 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 just, and are heroes in the truest and most abiding sense - men we can trust and believe in to do the right thing, regardless of personal risk.

Adrian Hodges, creator of the series, said: “The four actors look brilliant together and it seems like they have been working together for years. The camaraderie between them makes each action-packed scene exciting and authentic, and the image we have released today really encapsulates that.”

The accomplished cast also includes Peter Capaldi, Tamla Kari, Maimie McCoy and Hugo Speer.

The 10-part drama (10x60-minute) for transmission in 2014 is a BBC Drama Production for BBC One, co-produced by BBC WorldWide and BBC America.

Jessica Pope is the BBC executive producer, Adrian Hodges is an executive producer and lead writer, and Colin Wratten is producer.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2013/the-musketeers-image-release.html

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 26, 2013 - 10:45 AM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

I'll check this out. I always enjoy English historical action/adventure shows. At least we know it can't possibly be worse than that dreadful Musketeers movie Paul Anderson made a couple years ago.

 
 Posted:   Aug 28, 2013 - 10:26 AM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

Created by Adrian Hodges, The Musketeers is set on the streets of seventeenth century Paris, where law and order is more an idea than reality. More than King Louis XIII’s personal bodyguards, Athos, Aramis and Porthos stand resolutely for social justice, for honor, for valor, for love – and for the thrill of it. Luke Pasqualino (Skins, The Borgias) will star as D’Artagnan alongside Musketeers Tom Burke (Great Expectations, The Hour) as Athos, Santiago Cabrera (Merlin, Heroes) as Aramis and Howard Charles (Royal Shakespeare Company) as Porthos. Together they are a crack-team of highly trained soldiers. The Musketeers, premiering in 2014, is a BBC Drama Production for BBC One, co-produced by BBC America and BBC Worldwide.

http://www.bbcamerica.com/musketeers/

 
 Posted:   Oct 21, 2013 - 6:37 PM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

The Musketeers tells the story of an elite group of soldiers who protect the king at any cost. D’Artagnan (Luke Pasqualino), Athos (Tom Burke), Aramis (Santiago Cabrera) and Porthos (Howard Charles) are brothers in arms, fighting for what is just, regardless of personal risk.

Writer and creator Adrian Hodges says: "I'm thrilled we can finally release the first image since wrapping filming on The Musketeers. I hope the picture gives a good idea of the look and intensity of the Musketeers themselves, and a hint of the excitement of each powerful, dramatic and action-filled episode."

The accomplished cast also includes Peter Capaldi, Tamla Kari, Maimie McCoy, Hugo Speer, Ryan Gage and Alexandra Dowling as well as a multitude of guest stars.

The 10-part drama (10x60-minute) for transmission in 2014 is a BBC Drama Production for BBC One, co-produced with BBC America in association with BBC Worldwide.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2013/musketeers-action-shot.html

 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2014 - 1:48 PM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

The Musketeers - the TV drama that Peter Capaldi was filming when he learnt that he had won the role of the Doctor - begins on BBC One on Sunday 19th January at 9pm. Consisting of ten one-hour episodes and set in 17th-century Paris, it sees Capaldi portraying the villainous Cardinal Richelieu in a contemporary take on the characters created by Alexandre Dumas. Talking about the hazards of filming the swashbuckling series, Capaldi said: "The production suffered from a lot of injuries: dislocated shoulders, bruised shins, the odd concussion. It's one of the occupational hazards of being a swashbuckler. I myself suffered a nasty dislocated thumb, but embarrassingly not from swinging a sword around. Instead, my injury came from a domestic the cardinal was having with Milady, Maimie McCoy. I threw her against the wall not realising I'd caught my thumb in her large frock. I felt a jab of pain. And when the director said "Cut" I looked down and saw my thumb was on the wrong way round. Nasty! Instinct took over and I shoved it back. Which made my eyes water and my knees weak. The lesson clearly was, never get into a fight with Maimie McCoy!" The series has been directed by - among others - Saul Metzstein, Toby Haynes, and Farren Blackburn, with music by Murray Gold.

http://www.doctorwhonews.net/2014/01/people-120114-130617.html

 
 Posted:   Jan 19, 2014 - 2:18 PM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)

So what did people make of this one?

So far I quite liked it.

It's been 'cleaned up' for PC: note that, despite the rough and colourful sets and gritty ambience, D'Artagnan no longer fights duels just for the hell of it, he has to have a murder to avenge! No doubt this is to send out certain 'youth' messages on violence for 2014.

But it's quite atmospheric, and Capaldi's far worse a fiend than Dumas' Richelieu ever was.

It doesn't displace Lester's trilogy for me as top, but it's pretty good.

What's the general feel?

 
 Posted:   Jan 19, 2014 - 4:15 PM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

BBC America have set the airdate for Spring 2014.

http://www.bbcamerica.com/musketeers/

 
 Posted:   Jan 21, 2014 - 5:41 PM   
 By:   CH-CD   (Member)

So what did people make of this one?

So far I quite liked it.

It's been 'cleaned up' for PC: note that, despite the rough and colourful sets and gritty ambience, D'Artagnan no longer fights duels just for the hell of it, he has to have a murder to avenge! No doubt this is to send out certain 'youth' messages on violence for 2014.

But it's quite atmospheric, and Capaldi's far worse a fiend than Dumas' Richelieu ever was.

It doesn't displace Lester's trilogy for me as top, but it's pretty good.

What's the general feel?



I'd had enough after 20 minutes and switched it off.

Just WHY are today's directors SO afraid of Colour ?

Yet another production shot in the now ubiquitous "Sludge-O-Vision" !

No, sorry!....20 mts of Brown.....and pounding drums was more than enough for me !



 
 Posted:   Jan 22, 2014 - 10:07 AM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)

I'd had enough after 20 minutes and switched it off.

Just WHY are today's directors SO afraid of Colour ?

Yet another production shot in the now ubiquitous "Sludge-O-Vision" !




Yes, but I think they were going for an atmospheric Rembrandt-style lighting, which is de rigueur for 17th Century flicks. I think Lester's was fairly muted for the same reason.

There are eras, and genres, and scenarios that cry out for colour in the art direction. The 17th Century, with all that dark scheming, alchemy, religious warring, ideological upheavals, plus a mini ice-age don't forget, is more muted, as in the art of the time, and art directors can't resist that. It's not set in Italy.

 
 Posted:   Feb 12, 2014 - 5:50 PM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

A second series of BBC One's fresh and contemporary take on the classic Alexandre Dumas characters has been commissioned following an impressive launch. With a consolidated audience of 9.3 million for episode one of The Musketeers, this makes it the BBC’s biggest new drama launch since Call The Midwife.

Set on the streets of 17th-century Paris where law and order is more an idea than reality, the series follows The Musketeers who are far more than King Louis XIII’s personal bodyguards, but ultimately stand resolutely for social justice: for honour, for valour, for love and for the thrill of it.

The Musketeers has proved a successful addition to BBC One’s line-up with the first three episodes averaging 6.3 million viewers in the overnight ratings.

Charlotte Moore, Controller, BBC One, says: “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."

The current 10-part series stars Luke Pasqualino (Skins, The Borgias) as D’Artagnan alongside The Musketeers, Tom Burke (Great Expectations, The Hour) as Athos, Santiago Cabrera (Merlin, Heroes) as Aramis and Howard Charles (Royal Shakespeare Company) as Porthos. Together they are a crack-team of highly trained soldiers. All four cast will return in series two.

Kate Harwood, Head of Drama England at BBC Drama Production, says: “I am delighted that Jessica Pope, Adrian Hodges, Colin Wratten and their team are able to go back to 17th-century Paris, round up those superb Musketeers and fight some more good fights for the BBC One audience."

Creator Adrian Hodges says: “I'm completely thrilled to be able to continue the journey we have begun on The Musketeers. Writing and helping produce the show has been one of the greatest challenges and joys of my professional life.”

With a further seven episodes of the Sunday night 9.00pm drama still to come, viewers can expect to see a stellar guest cast including JJ Field, Vincent Regan, Ashley Walters, Amy Nuttall, Tara Fitzgerald, Annabelle Wallis, Zoe Tapper, Vinnie Jones and Sean Pertwee.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2014/musketeers-series-two.html

 
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