30 March 2014

New Worlds to air on April 1st (C4)


The four-part sequel to The Devil's Whore begins on Channel 4 on April 1st (trailer above), with the action this time moving to the latter part of Charles II's reign ...

The preview from the makers reads:
'It’s 1680. Charles II has reigned in England for 20 years. Hope that the restoration of the monarchy would bring stability to a realm fractured by civil war is fading. Fears that his Roman Catholic brother, James, will succeed to the throne open old religious wounds and fan the embers of republican idealism. King Charles reacts with brutal force, while continuing to hunt down those responsible for his father’s execution.
'His vengeful eye falls upon Massachusetts, New England, where the Puritans have established a virtual commonwealth and where one of the remaining regicides has found safe haven. As the King tightens his grip on the colony, the English settlers confront a more immediate threat – the Native Americans…'
The Devil's Whore, I felt, was a missed opportunity, with a simplistic plot and a want of really character depth (though I did enjoy John Simm as the brooding Sexby). The north American context of New Worlds sounds exciting, though the trailer looks like someone's been watching Game of Thrones ... let's wait and see ...

simplistic plot and shallow characters make for a missed opportunity, - See more at: http://www.englishcivilwar.org/p/media.html#1
A simplistic plot and shallow characters make for a missed opportunity, t - See more at: http://www.englishcivilwar.org/p/media.html#1
A simplistic plot and shallow characters make for a missed opportunity, t - See more at: http://www.englishcivilwar.org/p/media.html#1
Channel 4 introduction to New Worlds
Watch the whole of The Devil's Whore on 4od
The English Civil War in film and television

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