2015 goes 18th and 19th Century, telly-wise – what can we look forward to?
I’m still waiting for something to even remotely provide me with the entertainment and delight of Garrow’s Law
and the handsomeness that’s Andrew Buchan (and no, neither “Call the Midwife”, “Downton Abbey” nor “Mrs Brown’s Boys” will do, thank you very much), but at least there is a faint light on the TV horizon for 2015 for us aficionados of the 18th and 19th century.
Let’s start with
with Aidan Turner (Ross Poldark) and Eleanor Tomlinson (Demelza).
BBC1, 8 episodes, scheduled for March 2015
Yes, yes, I know – Robin Ellis and Angharad Rees left mighty big shoes to fill, and there’s a good number of Poldarkites who feel there is no need for a re-interpretation. But after 40 years – why not? I’m confident that both Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson have the talent to tackle this task. Let’s wait and see (or rather, watch); I’ll definitely do the latter. And come on – Aidan Turner in uniform, what’s not to love!
He’ll always be Mitchell to me.
with David Wenham (Captain Arthur Phillip, 1st Governor of New South Wales), Joseph Millson (Major Robert Ross), MyAnna Buring (Elizabeth Quinn), Julian Rhind-Tutt (Tommy Barrett), Russell Tovey (James Freeman) a.o.
BBC2, 7 episodes, scheduled for Spring (?) 2015
Ah, now that sounds interesting! “Banish” will follow the lives and dares of a group of convicts (and their guards, I suppose) who try to survive in Australia in 1788. Very fascinating material (remember Jack Davenport in Mary Bryant? Yes? Ah…), and I’d watch just about anything with
George Russell Tovey, but David Wenham as well? We’re spoiled!
And, just in case I haven’t emphasised this enough: David Wenham in uniform! Quick, quick, pass the smelling salts!
Last but definitely not least:
JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL
with Eddie Marsan (Mr Norrell), Bertie Carvel (Jonathan Strange) a.o.
BBC1, 7 episodes, tba, 2015
Anybody here surprised that this is the one I’m the most excited about? No? I thought so. I CAN’T WAIT! BRING IT ON, BEEP! HUZZAH!
Set at the beginning of the 19th-century, England no longer believes in practical magic. The reclusive Mr Norrell (Marsan) of Hurtfew Abbey stuns the city of York when he causes the statues of York Cathedral to speak and move. With a little persuasion and help from his man of business Childermass (Cilenti), he goes to London to help the government in the war against Napoleon. It is there Norrell summons a fairy to bring Lady Pole (Englert) back from the dead, opening a whole can of worms…
If you know of anything else of interest coming up on television this year, please let me know.
And if none of this should be to your liking, you can still tune in on Monday, ITV1, 9pm, and watch “Broadchurch”, where Mr. Garrow and Mr. Pullings will deliver excellent drama.