epic story of love and loss, the
gripping lavish period drama New
Worlds takes place during the reign of
King Charles II in England and on the
other side of the Atlantic in the early
days of English Colonialism as promises
are broken and, despite a bloody civil
war, tyranny and terror still thrive...
AGAINST THE TURBULENT BACKDROP OF THE RETURN OF THE MONARCHY, New Worlds
is set during the reign of King Charles II (Jeremy Northam: The Tudors),
who took back his father's throne with promises of peace and better days. Four
young people struggle to choose their paths in the harsh reality of changing
times that continue to be turbulent.
The bloody English Civil War has been over for two decades but still King Charles
hunts down those he believes betrayed him and were responsible for his father's
execution, out to wreak a terrible revenge on them and anyone who gives them
gritty and at
times a raw and stark
decadence and excesses at Court are far removed from the shortages and drudgery
of the poor and torture and executions await those who are seen as traitors.
Some Puritans have fled to the perceived safety of Massachusetts, New England,
where the remaining regicides have gone into hiding but, as new settlers arrive
each day to escape the tyranny of the king, the townspeople quickly realise
that the Indians are not the only threat to their lives.
Angelica Fanshawe (Eve Best: Nurse Jackie) is living peacefully and quietly
in the Oxfordshire countryside, unaware that she and her family will soon be
in grave danger. Married to the kind and doting John Francis (Patrick Malahide),
she does not flaunt her Catholic faith but openly entertains Monmouth (Tom Payne),
the illegitimate son of Charles who is supported by Lord Shaftesbury (Andrew
Woodall) on his right to the throne.
Angelica's daughter Beth (Freya Mavor: The White Queen) is kidnapped
by the rebellious outlaw Abe (man-of-the-moment Jamie Dornan: The Fall;
soon to be seen in 50 Shades of Grey), who fights against the repression
of the poor. She little realises that her loving and tranquil life is about
to be changed forever.
Angelica has incurred the wrath of the cruel Hardwick (Michael Maloney), who
is desperate for her land on which he can build clay pits for bricks to rebuild
a London devastated by war. Currying the King's favour, he also proposes building
a new and grand palace.
Hardwick denounces Angelica as a traitor and "the devil's whore" and blackmails
young Will Blood (James McCordell) to be "the king's eyes and ears" at Fanshaw
House by suggesting that he will spare the life of Will's condemned father,
Colonel Thomas Blood (Stanley Townsend), who is languishing in The Tower along
with other supposed traitors and thieves awaiting barbaric torture, execution
and burning at the stake.
Across the Atlantic John Hawkins (Michael McElhatton) has established his company,
the Hawkins' Bay Company, and is ruthlessly staking a claim to Indian lands
and raising the rents of the settlers in an ironical and chilling echo of the
tyranny from which the settlers seek to escape.
His son Ned (Joe Dempsie: Game Of Thrones) disapproves of his father's
hard-nosed tactics as much as his father disapproves of his son's love for Hope
(Alice Englert: Beautiful Creatures), the tough and fearless daughter
of Pastor Russell (Sean Baker) and a true frontierswoman.
Hope has helped her father to conceal the last known regicide, William Goffe
(James Cosmo), from the king's men. She has an enemy: Ned's stepmother who,
while Ned is safely in England, promotes the girl's marriage to widower Henry
Cresswell (Geoffrey Streatfield).
Beth, Hope, Abe and Ned face tough decisions and, as their lives are turned
upside down, they will find their love and their loyalties tried and tested.
New Worlds is a story of love and loss; the fight for justice and the human
price paid for the freedoms enjoyed today. A marvellous costume drama; fascinating,
gripping, gritty and at times a raw and stark reflection of the age.
The people of two New Worlds the changing world of England and
the newly-discovered land on the other side of the Atlantic in America
struggle for survival against tyranny and oppression in a sweeping epic historical
drama where bloodshed, power and passion rule along with the vengeful King Charles
II. Be prepared for scenes of torture and gore.
New Worlds also features: Alex Meraz as Masca; Pip Carter as Judge Jeffreys;
Michael Fox as Luke; Amy Marston as Martha Hawkins; Malcolm Storry as Adam;
Holli Dempsey as Agnes; Guy Henry as Randolph; Morgan Jones as Timothy; Paul
Hamilton as Zacharia; Sarah Finnegan as Abigail; Niall Hayes as Benjamin; Miranda
Stewart as Barbara; and Morfydd Clark as Amelia.
Director of Photography is David Raedeker; Created by Martine Brant and Peter
Flannery, who are also Executive Producers; Produced by Johann Knobel; Directed
by Charles Martin. The Voices of The Choristers of St Thomas On-The-Bourne.
in the uncertain days of the 17th Century, this lavish period piece with a stellar
cast first aired on Channel 4 on 1 April (2014) followed by the DVD release
in the UK from RLJ Entertainment on 19 May 2014. Running Time: 260 Minutes on
two discs | Catalogue No: AV3162 | RRP: £19.99.
Special Features Include: Four Featurettes | Cast Interviews | Behind The Scenes.
"New Worlds… A marvellous costume drama; fascinating, gripping, gritty
and at times a raw and stark reflection of the age" Maggie