Westerns and Emily Blunt are two things that aren’t normally on the BBC – but both are being combined for brand new Western period drama The English. With high-profile names and eye-catching scenery, it looks set to be one of the highest quality productions in BBC history.
The English is an international co-production, set to premiere on both Amazon Prime in the US and BBC Two in the UK. Blunt takes a starring role as main character Cornelia Locke, an Englishwoman who travels to the West in the 1890s, seeking revenge on a man she believes to be responsible for the death of her son. While there, she meets ex-cavalry scout, and member of the Central Plains Indian Tribe Pawnee Nation, whom she discovers she may have a shared history with.
Themes of identity and revenge are prominent in the show, and both characters have a “clear sense of their destiny but neither is aware that it is rooted in a shared past. They must face increasingly terrifying obstacles that will test them to their cores, physically and psychologically” according to the BBC’s synopsis for the show. It goes on to say “but as each obstacle is overcome it draws them closer to their ultimate destination, the new town of Hoxem, Wyoming”.
The supporting cast has some big names like Rafe Spall, Tom Hughes, Stephen Rhea and Ciaran Hinds. From the initial images released, The English certainly looks the part of a sprawling western, with the kind of vivid picturesque imagery of orange deserts and silhouettes on horseback that you’d expect from an Old West tale.
Hot on the heels of other Western-themed shows like Westworld and Yellowstone, The English clearly wants to cement itself amongst the best and most prestigious dramas. As a sprawling character-driven drama with meditations on love, race and power, the show will surely be one to remember.
The English will premiere on BBC Two on November 10th.
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