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The Three Musketeers: The BBC's Latest Pre-Doctor Who E... - 3/4/2013 11:58:42 AM   
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When it comes to pre-Doctor Who entertainment - first there was Robin Hood, then Merlin, now they've gone, it's time for Atlantis and The Three Musketeers.

Atlantis is a brand new, thrilling fantasy drama, set in a time of legendry heroes, mythical creatures and gods. The action packed 13-part series brings to life the vast store of Greek myths and legends re-imagined for a new generation.

The line-up includes Mark Addy (The Syndicate, Trollied), Juliet Stevenson (White Heat, The Hour), Sarah Parish (Mistresses, Monroe), Jemima Rooper (Lost In Austen, Hex), Robert Emms (War Horse, Mirror Mirror), Aiysha Hart (Djinn, Honour) and Jack Donnelly (Dancing On The Edge, House Of Anubis).

The mythical city is currently under construction at sites in Wales and Morocco. Filming will commence in April and the programme will air this autumn.


In case that doesn't pan out (and also to have something for 2014), the BBC is also working on a new version of The Three Musketeers from Primeval co-creator Adrian Hodges.

Skins star Luke Pasqualino will play D'Artagnan in the 10-parter, opposite Merlin's Santiago Cabrera (Aramis), The Hour's Tom Burke (Athos) and theatre actor Howard Charles (Porthos). Peter Capaldi has also been cast as the shadowy Cardinal Richlieu in the "fresh and contemporary take" on Alexandre Dumas's classic novel.

"I'm thrilled to be working with such a dynamic, talented and attractive ensemble cast on our new version of The Musketeers," said Hodges.

"This series is all about passion, romance, heroism and action, and I can't think of a better group of actors to embody those diverse qualities."


Personally I can't wait. While I left Robin Hood and Merlin respectively after their second seasons, I do love me a bit of genre TV!

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RE: Atlantis and The Three Musketeers: The BBC's Latest... - 19/1/2014 7:38:27 PM   
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I think it's safe to say that Atlantis didn't pan out ... at all

I have reasonably high hopes for The Musketeers though, the trailer looks all right and Capaldi's presence gives it some credibility.

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RE: Atlantis and The Three Musketeers: The BBC's Latest... - 19/1/2014 7:45:14 PM   
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Maybe best to split the thread? Saturday teatime & Sunday at 9pm are presumably aiming for different audiences (even if the dialogue in the trailers sounded absolutely identical(?

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RE: Atlantis and The Three Musketeers: The BBC's Latest... - 19/1/2014 7:53:08 PM   
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ORIGINAL: elab49

Maybe best to split the thread? Saturday teatime & Sunday at 9pm are presumably aiming for different audiences (even if the dialogue in the trailers sounded absolutely identical(?


Well, there's already a separate thread for Atlantis (it didn't last long). There may not be enough interest in this to warrant a new one

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RE: Atlantis and The Three Musketeers: The BBC's Latest... - 19/1/2014 9:16:32 PM   
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Looks like fun, but hasn't the whole Muskateers been done enough?

I suppose it's far riskier to spend big bucks on an original idea than something with so much recognition...

Still, I'll give it a go...

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RE: Atlantis and The Three Musketeers: The BBC's Latest... - 19/1/2014 11:43:08 PM   
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Looks like fun, but hasn't the whole Muskateers been done enough?



Dumas is an evergreen perennial - it's going to be slung out of the adaptations cupboard every now and again. I don't know if I'll watch this one personally, but I don't have the slightest issue with someone taking a crack at it.

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RE: Atlantis and The Three Musketeers: The BBC's Latest... - 19/1/2014 11:47:09 PM   
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I enjoyed it. Started off slow but was thoroughly enjoying it by the end. Will be sticking with it

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RE: Atlantis and The Three Musketeers: The BBC's Latest... - 20/1/2014 12:41:03 PM   
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Good fun all right. The writing and acting weren't the best but not nearly as bad as Atlantis. That ending was also quite dark, hopefully it'll have some real impact character wise. Also a lot more time to develop the actual plot, in all of the adaptations I've seen I can never remember what the Cardinal's plan actually was.

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RE: Atlantis and The Three Musketeers: The BBC's Latest... - 20/1/2014 12:51:46 PM   
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I'm also of the opinion that the story is a timeless classic, I must have seen about every version on TV and film and I don't tire.

I thought this was perfectly adequate Sunday evening viewing. I can't say much better or worse than that. It feels like a checklist of swords, pistols and leather for the lads, buxom enhancing dresses for the girls, 17th century hovels and palaces. And there's nothing wrong with that. But a lot of the story was telegraphed (**spoiler* he wasn't the real Athos? wow!). And we've already thrown away pretty much any of the story that Dumas had for the adaptation, without it being clear if the writers have the ability to take the main components of the story and fulfil its ambitions.

I'm hoping that they let Capaldi go Jeremy Irons in the Borgias. That will be fun. Personally at the moment I don't think its any deeper than the Muskerhounds, but we'll see how it goes on.

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RE: Atlantis and The Three Musketeers: The BBC's Latest... - 24/1/2014 6:40:45 PM   
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I went in with low expectations and as a result was surprisingly entertained. Thing is, I couldn't really tell you what I liked about it. The characters are trading off previous knowledge, and it's nothing we haven't seen done before and better. The tone was well struck though I'll give it that.

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RE: Atlantis and The Three Musketeers: The BBC's Latest... - 27/1/2014 1:28:53 PM   
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Interesting second episode, fairly procedural stuff. It's beginning to feel a bit like the A-Team in the 1600s, not a bad thing.

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RE: Atlantis and The Three Musketeers: The BBC's Latest... - 28/1/2014 5:09:01 PM   
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It's not great, but strangely entertaining....

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RE: The Three Musketeers: The BBC's Latest Pre-Doctor W... - 10/2/2014 10:47:56 AM   
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already getting a 2nd season.

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RE: The Three Musketeers: The BBC's Latest Pre-Doctor W... - 10/2/2014 9:02:18 PM   
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quote:

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already getting a 2nd season.


... Yep, I'm happy with that


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RE: The Three Musketeers: The BBC's Latest Pre-Doctor W... - 10/2/2014 10:17:51 PM   
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... but without Mr Capaldi who was, lets face it, the best thing...

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RE: The Three Musketeers: The BBC's Latest Pre-Doctor W... - 11/2/2014 12:20:19 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Mister Coe

... but without Mr Capaldi who was, lets face it, the best thing...


Oh really? I hadn't realised that

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