TV Highlights this Week - - by Rob Wallis

New Worlds – series premiere (Channel 4)

New Worlds – series premiere (Channel 4)

If you enjoyed The Devil’s Whore, Channel 4’s four-part English Civil War drama, you’ll want to check out New Worlds.

Set twenty years after the end of the previous series, New Worlds take us across the sea to the fledgling colonies of America. Ned Hawkins (Joe Dempsie), the son of a wealthy expat landowner, urges the villagers of Hadley, Massachusetts, to pay his father their rent else pay the cost. It’s only when the settlement, attacked by Native Americans, is saved by the timely intervention of fugitive Cromwellian, Colonel William Goffe (James Cosmo). Alongside Hope Russell (Alice Englert), independent daughter of the town’s pastor, Ned comes to understand that they are perpetrating a tyranny of their own. Meanwhile, back in England, William’s son, outlaw Abe (Jamie Dornan as a character invented for the series), takes a hostage, Beth (Freya Mavor) to help ensure his survival; in return, Beth discovers that her family’s place in this freshly-Royalist nation might be more precarious than she ever thought. Basically think Assassin’s Creed 3 with no assassin but most of the cast of Skins/Game of Thrones instead.

Always felt Restoration pieces a little twee? New Worlds could be just the tonic. The first episode is due to air on Channel 4 at 9PM, Tuesday, 1st April.

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Rob Wallis is a graduate of the London Film School and a recent member of the Online Film Critics Society. He also keeps a rarely updated, bare-bones blog, Of All the Film Blogs, (www.ofallthefilmblogs.blogspot.com). You can follow him on Twitter @robertmwallis.

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