Your Next Box Set: The Musketeers
On the lookout for a new box set to spend your evenings devouring? Each week, hmv.com will be recommending a series that will swallow up your whole life until you finish the last episode.
This week we've picked BBC drama series The Musketeers...
What is it?
Alexandre Dumas' novel The Three Musketeers has seen a number of adaptations for the screen, including an impressive 19 feature films (if you count the animated ones), as well as a handful of live-action TV series and, of course, the children's animated series Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds, but last year the BBC revived the concept once more for new series entitled simply The Musketeers.
Created by Adrian Hodges, the man behind series like Survivors and Primeval, The Musketeers features all the familiar characters from Dumas' famous novel, but here the adventuring and the political overtones are mixed with a dash of comedy and some slick-looking cinematography.
Who’s in it?
Luke Pasqualino takes on the role of D'Artagnan, while the Musketeers themselves, Porthos, Athos and Aramis, are played by Howard Charles, Tom Burke and Santiago Cabrera respectively. Elsewhere there are appearances from Marc Warren in the role of Roquefort and Maimie McCoy, who appears as Milady de Winter, as well as the brilliant Peter Capaldi, who takes on the role of the sinister Cardinal Richelieu.
Why should I watch it?
If you're a fan of Dumas' novel and fancy seeing a revitalised version of this classic tale spun out by some brilliant performances from the show's talented cast, you'll find plenty to enjoy here and with two seasons already done and dusted, there's a very healthy 21 episodes to get your teeth into.
Altogether now: “One for all, and all for one...”
Describe the show in three words…
Swashbuckling, Francophile fun.