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Old 26-02-2013, 10:57
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/lat...g-release.html

Luke Pasqualino (Skins, The Borgias) will star 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.





Peter Capaldi (The Hour, The Thick Of It), Tamla Kari (Cuckoo, The Inbetweeners Movie), Maimie McCoy (Loving Miss Hatto), and Hugo Speer (Bedlam) will also star in this thrilling 10-part series created by Adrian Hodges, which is a fresh and contemporary take on the classic characters created by Alexandre Dumas in his much-loved novel, made by BBC Drama Production.

Set on the streets of 17th-century Paris where law and order is more an idea than reality, the series follows Musketeers Athos, Aramis and Porthos 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.

D’Artagnan, a skilled fighter from rural Gascony, meets the three Musketeers while on a mission to right the wrong of his father’s death. Although he meets the men in unfortunate circumstances, he finds kindred spirits in the other soldiers. Athos, who has rejected his noble roots to become a Musketeer, quickly befriends D’Artagnan, but has a past which is shrouded in mystery, and is prone to getting in trouble.

Porthos is a larger-than-life character, who has come from humble beginnings to become a solider in the most elite regiment in the land, finding a family in the other Musketeers. Never short of admirers, Aramis has an effortless charm which leads him in and out of love. Despite this, he is a shrewd pragmatist who is a ferocious in battle and commands a key place in the brotherhood.

Constance Bonacieux (Kari) leads a dull but comfortable life married to a cloth merchant, but her life is turned upside down when D’Artagnan tumbles into her world, and she becomes involved with The Musketeers.

Cardinal Richelieu (Capaldi), while striving to achieve his vision of a thoroughly modern France, is a shadowy character who will stop at nothing to achieve his objectives. Milady (McCoy) is the Cardinal’s secret weapon, the most mysterious and beautiful of villains whose motives are often concealed.

The King relies on the advice of The Cardinal, his shrewd wife Queen Anne and also Captain Treville (Speer), the brave and respected commander of The Musketeers who keeps an eye on the soldiers to ensure they stay out of trouble. The series bursts with escapism, adventure and romance and is set to thrill audiences with cracking stories every week.

Creator Adrian Hodges says: “I'm thrilled to be working with such a dynamic, talented and attractive ensemble cast on our new version of The Musketeers. 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. I'm thrilled by their ability and commitment and honoured they've chosen to come on board to help us create what we hope will be our modern and original take on this great story and its classic characters.”

Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama, says: “The ambition of this drama is clearly illustrated with such a world class mix of talent - the perfect team to take the audience on thrilling action adventures every week.”

The 10-part drama (10x60) 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.

Filming will commence in March 2013 and was commissioned for BBC One by Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama and Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC One.
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Old 26-02-2013, 12:24
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Will be watching this one.

Good casting.
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Old 26-02-2013, 12:54
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Will be watching this one.

Good casting.
Me too!

Although some of the casting is no great surprise

Santiago Cabrera (aka Lancelot) playing Aramis: "Never short of admirers, Aramis has an effortless charm which leads him in and out of love. Despite this, he is a shrewd pragmatist who is a ferocious in battle and commands a key place in the brotherhood."

Peter Capaldi (aka Malcolm Tucker) as Cardinal Richlieu: "is a shadowy character who will stop at nothing to achieve his objectives"

Should be good!
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Old 26-02-2013, 15:14
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I hope the endings not as disappointing as Merlin! I know it's not even started yet, but great TV shows deserve a good ending!
Looking forward to this next year tho Lancelot
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Old 26-02-2013, 15:18
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This would be great on Saturday nights! Imagine the schedule:

6.25 SCD
7.50 Atlantis
8.35 The National Lottery Draws
8.45 The Musketeers
9.45 Mrs. Browns Boys or Similar

But alas, I fear it'll be shunted away at 9pm Sunday opposite Downton Abbey.
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Old 26-02-2013, 15:51
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This is great news! Will this be a more adult oriented adaptation or will it be a Merlin-type Saturday evening show?
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Old 26-02-2013, 19:32
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This is great news! Will this be a more adult oriented adaptation or will it be a Merlin-type Saturday evening show?
It's an hour long but I don't think it will be adult orientated.

It kind of does seem more like it'd appeal to Saturday teatime slot to a degree.
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Old 26-02-2013, 20:27
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This is great news! Will this be a more adult oriented adaptation or will it be a Merlin-type Saturday evening show?
As far as I know, it's going to be a "Merlin-type" early Saturday evening show. It's not starting until 2014 so it going to be a replacement for Atlantis (as I understand it) for that 6-9pm time slot. Atlantis is believed to have been commissioned for a five series run so it's possible that The Musketeers will run in the schedules either the three months before or the three months after that airs.

On paper The Musketeers has a brilliant cast and there's good people at the helm, it's a cracking good story as well so fingers crossed for this one.
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Old 26-02-2013, 21:24
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As far as I know, it's going to be a "Merlin-type" early Saturday evening show. It's not starting until 2014 so it going to be a replacement for Atlantis (as I understand it) for that 6-9pm time slot. Atlantis is believed to have been commissioned for a five series run so it's possible that The Musketeers will run in the schedules either the three months before or the three months after that airs.

On paper The Musketeers has a brilliant cast and there's good people at the helm, it's a cracking good story as well so fingers crossed for this one.
Sounds good either way! So, assuming that Atlantis goes beyond a first series, the Beeb then plan to cover Saturday nights for the Sept-June period with Atlantis, Doctor Who and 3 Musketeers! Brilliant plan!
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Old 26-02-2013, 21:35
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Sounds good either way! So, assuming that Atlantis goes beyond a first series, the Beeb then plan to cover Saturday nights for the Sept-June period with Atlantis, Doctor Who and 3 Musketeers! Brilliant plan!
Yep I think that's the plan
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Old 26-02-2013, 21:59
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I am quite looking forward to this. The casting does look good.

As far as I know, it's going to be a "Merlin-type" early Saturday evening show. It's not starting until 2014 so it going to be a replacement for Atlantis (as I understand it) for that 6-9pm time slot. Atlantis is believed to have been commissioned for a five series run so it's possible that The Musketeers will run in the schedules either the three months before or the three months after that airs.

On paper The Musketeers has a brilliant cast and there's good people at the helm, it's a cracking good story as well so fingers crossed for this one.
Sorry, off topic but I just had to say: Dear God No! Not again!

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Old 26-02-2013, 22:03
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I am quite looking forward to this. The casting does look good.

Sorry, off topic but I just had to say: Dear God No! Not again!

Hahaha....I wonder if we'll all still be posting on here in 5 years time, moaning about the ending of Atlantis and starting a S1 re-watch thread to take the pain away.
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Old 26-02-2013, 23:22
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yay. Another male lead action show with the token 'female friend'.

Sure, we can't judge yet. But in terms of female roles, this has Merlin Mk.2 written all over it.
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Old 27-02-2013, 01:04
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I am quite looking forward to this. The casting does look good.

Sorry, off topic but I just had to say: Dear God No! Not again!

Heh, Adrian Hodges is an award-winning and nominated script writer, somehow I suspect there's going to be slightly better continuity and show running on this
Atlantis, on the other hand, is a whole 'nuther ball game.

yay. Another male lead action show with the token 'female friend'.

Sure, we can't judge yet. But in terms of female roles, this has Merlin Mk.2 written all over it.
As it's been produced by a completely different team, I doubt it. You might want to level that accusation at Atlantis.
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Old 27-02-2013, 12:08
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yay. Another male lead action show with the token 'female friend'.

Sure, we can't judge yet. But in terms of female roles, this has Merlin Mk.2 written all over it.
I actually do get where you're coming from.

Perhaps the next show should either female orientated or perhaps something with a more even male/female ratio?
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Old 27-02-2013, 12:16
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Well, there are quite a few important women in the original story, Milady de Winter, Queen Anne, Constance Bonacieux. It depends what the writers actually DO with the characters that will make the difference . . . and they can always add in their own!

I'd quite like to be a Musketeer - perhaps they could include me!
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Old 27-02-2013, 12:19
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This would be great on Saturday nights! Imagine the schedule:

6.25 SCD
7.50 Atlantis
8.35 The National Lottery Draws
8.45 The Musketeers
9.45 Mrs. Browns Boys or Similar

But alas, I fear it'll be shunted away at 9pm Sunday opposite Downton Abbey.
That would be a much better schedule than the present one. Casualty needs to be axed or at the very least moved to a different day.
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Old 27-02-2013, 12:27
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Perhaps the next show should either female orientated or perhaps something with a more even male/female ratio?
Why though? I'm female and I can't stand this bloody positive discrimination idea. If the story is good enough it's good enough whether there's a male or female lead role. The Three Musketeers is classic literature with some very strong female roles in the novel, it's insulting imho that a female character should be created just so she's on equal footing with men.

I don't need a TV programme to have a female lead to appreciate it as a woman providing what is given to me on the screen is well written, directed and acted.
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Old 27-02-2013, 12:44
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Why though? I'm female and I can't stand this bloody positive discrimination idea. If the story is good enough it's good enough whether there's a male or female lead role. The Three Musketeers is classic literature with some very strong female roles in the novel, it's insulting imho that a female character should be created just so she's on equal footing with men.

I don't need a TV programme to have a female lead to appreciate it as a woman providing what is given to me on the screen is well written, directed and acted.
I didn't suggest for The Muskateers to do it, maybe more that if another genre type thing is done for it to be more female lead in response to Ed's post.

So far the only female actress announced Muskateers is Tamla Kari, but I'm sure more will be announced as we get closer and more spoilers become available.
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Old 27-02-2013, 12:51
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I didn't suggest for The Muskateers to do it, maybe more that if another genre type thing is done for it to be more female lead in response to Ed's post.

So far the only female actress announced Muskateers is Tamla Kari, but I'm sure more will be announced as we get closer and more spoilers become available.
Yes I know, I'm not talking about just The Musketeers though, but TV shows in general. Why should a strong female lead be created "just because". If the story warrants it is one thing, to create one just so there's some sort of sexual correctness is what's annoying
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Yes I know, I'm not talking about just The Musketeers though, but TV shows in general. Why should a strong female lead be created "just because". If the story warrants it is one thing, to create one just so there's some sort of sexual correctness is what's annoying
Fair point.
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Old 27-02-2013, 14:04
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So far the only female actress announced Muskateers is Tamla Kari, but I'm sure more will be announced as we get closer and more spoilers become available.
Apart from Maimie McCoy that is, also mentioned in the Press Release and copied into the OP.

There are at least three major female roles in the tale Constance, Milady De Winter and of course the Queen.

Whilst Constance and the Queen are historically little more than Damsels in Distress (at least in the first book), Milady is a major nemesis and the central villain of the piece. Richelieu lurks and plots, Rochefort turns up occassionally to duel but Milady does so much more.

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Old 27-02-2013, 17:34
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As it's been produced by a completely different team, I doubt it. You might want to level that accusation at Atlantis.
I already have.
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Old 27-02-2013, 17:41
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Yes I know, I'm not talking about just The Musketeers though, but TV shows in general. Why should a strong female lead be created "just because". If the story warrants it is one thing, to create one just so there's some sort of sexual correctness is what's annoying
Because the alternative is Merlin's women-only-there-to-make-the-tea attitude (or poison it, in Morgana's case!).

For me, it's not about sexual correctness. It's just about a bit of a balance. And kick-ass women are cooler than your generic damsels in distress.
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Old 27-02-2013, 18:37
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Why though? I'm female and I can't stand this bloody positive discrimination idea. If the story is good enough it's good enough whether there's a male or female lead role. The Three Musketeers is classic literature with some very strong female roles in the novel, it's insulting imho that a female character should be created just so she's on equal footing with men.

I don't need a TV programme to have a female lead to appreciate it as a woman providing what is given to me on the screen is well written, directed and acted.
Well said. There are many dramas featuring strong female characters. Indeed, even in Merlin we had Morgana and Guinevere, without whom the entire show would have largely been redundant. I don't watch dramas thinking "there should be more females or more males in it." If the story is well told it becomes 100% irrelevant whether its about a bloke or a woman.

I would finish by suggesting that it is infact the female companion in Doctor Who who is the most important character in that show. She enables the viewer to understand the doctor through human eyes and is therefore able to keep him in check.
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