Jamestown

Series 1 - Episode 1

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Review

Bill Gallagher’s sparky new drama starts with a shocking idea. On the coast of Virginia in 1619, a ship arrives bringing women to the fledgeling colony. The men have been there for 12 years and some have paid for the women – “maids to make wives”. Only now, on the dockside, do the women see who they are to marry.

Farm girl Alice (Sophie Rundle) likes the look of the man who collects her, a strapping hunk called Silas. One catch: it’s Silas’s brother Henry (Max Beesley) who has purchased her, and he’s a rougher proposition altogether, as she soon learns. Meanwhile, her pal Verity gathers she has landed the town drunk – and meets him as he’s being nailed to the stocks by his ear…

Putting women at the centre of a story about the birth of America (played here by Hungary) works well. It all looks gorgeous, like a Garden of Eden that venal men are set on ruining. As a just-plausible-enough period saga from the makers of Downton Abbey, this could run and run.

Summary

Historical drama following the fortunes of three women whose passage has been paid to the British colony of Jamestown, Virginia, in 1619, where the men they are duty-bound to marry await them. Alice, Verity and Jocelyn arrive with little idea of what the future holds or the disruption they are about to bring to the settlement. Starring Naomi Battrick, Sophie Rundle and Niamh Walsh, with Max Beesley, Dean Lennox Kelly and Jason Flemyng.

Cast & Crew

Alice Sophie Rundle
Verity Niamh Walsh
Jocelyn Naomi Battrick
Henry Max Beesley
Meredith Dean Lennox Kelly
Governor Yeardley Jason Flemyng
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Drama