Hugo Blick's highly anticipated epic western The English starring Emily Blunt and Chaske Spencer is finally here.


Beginning in the year 1890, the series revolves around aristocratic Englishwoman Lady Cornelia Locke (Blunt) and a Pawnee ex-cavalry scout, Eli Whipp (Spencer), as they attempt to traverse the Wild West in the hopes of reaching the new town of Hoxem, Wyoming.

According to the BBC, the powerful drama takes the core themes of identity and revenge to tell a uniquely compelling parable on race, love and power.

The six-parter is written and directed by multi-award-winning Hugo Blick, whose acclaimed TV series include The Honourable Woman, Black Earth Rising and The Shadow Line.

Read on for everything you need to know about where to watch The English below.

The English release date

Chaske Spencer as Eli Whipp in The English.
Chaske Spencer as Eli Whipp in The English Drama Republic/BBC/Amazon Studios

The English landed on BBC Two on Thursday, 10th November, 2022, in the UK, with episodes dropping weekly, before launching on Prime Video on 11th November elsewhere around the world.

Where can I watch The English TV series?

All six episodes of The English are now available on BBC iPlayer, so fans who don’t want to wait weekly for new episodes to arrive on BBC Two can watch the series at their own pace.

In the same vein, all six episodes are also available to watch on Prime Video.

How many episodes are in The English?

There will be six episodes of The English in total.

In the UK, the series will air on BBC Two on Thursdays from 10th November, meaning that one new episode will land each week until the sixth episode, which is set to air on BBC Two on 15th December 2022.

The English plot: What is it about?

The sprawling epic western centres on aristocratic Englishwoman Lady Cornelia Locke (Emily Blunt), who is grieving the loss of her son, and Pawnee ex-cavalry scout Eli Whipp (Chaske Spencer) who come together in 1890 mid-America to cross a violent landscape built on dreams and blood. Cornelia is hellbent on revenge as she sets off on her journey with Eli, who teaches her how to survive on their perilous cross-country journey.

Emily Blunt as Cornelia Locke in The English.

The BBC's official synopsis reads: "Both of them 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.

"But as each obstacle is overcome it draws them closer to their ultimate destination, the new town of Hoxem, Wyoming. It is here, after an investigation by the local sheriff Robert Marshall (Stephen Rea) and young widow Martha Myers (Valerie Pachner) into a series of bizarre and macabre unsolved murders, that the full extent of their intertwined history will be truly understood, and they will come face to face with the future they must live."

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The English: who is in the cast?

Emily Blunt leads opposite Chaske Spencer, who is known for Wild Indian and Marvel’s ECHO.

The series's acclaimed ensemble cast also includes Stephen Rea (The Shadow Line, The Honourable Woman), Valerie Pachner (The King's Man), Rafe Spall (The Salisbury Poisonings), Tom Hughes (A Discovery of Witches), Toby Jones (Detectorists) and Ciarán Hinds (The Terror).

The English trailer

The BBC recently shared a trailer which features Emily Blunt's character Cornelia enlisting Chaske Spencer's Eli to help her survive an epic journey across mid-America, before seemingly falling in love.

The English launches on BBC Two on Thursday 10th November. All episodes will be available to stream on BBC iPlayer. Check out more of our Drama coverage or visit our TV Guide to see what’s on tonight.


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