The nights are drawing in. Summer has given up the ghost. Autumn is upon us and Winter, like the ice-cold hand of Death, is tapping a bony digit on our shoulder.
On a slightly more positive note, the long evenings are the perfect time to enjoy some top new drama on Channel 4.
Saturday saw the launch of The Pillars of the Earth, an epic love story set against a backdrop of war, religious strife and power struggles in 12th century England. The drama is executively produced by renowned filmmaker Ridley Scott who, as this trailer indicates, brings some big-screen panache to the TV table.
An impressive cast including Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Hayley Atwell and Donald Sutherland star in this adaptation of Ken Follett’s novel. The website features video diaries that document the mammoth task (tusk?) of bringing this sprawling adventure to the screen, and an intriguing series of Author’s Blogs.
And, of course, if you missed Saturday’s opening double-bill you can watch it here on 4oD.
Theres another drama double-bill debut this Friday on Channel 4, when The Event launches itself at an unsuspecting British public. This conspiracy thriller follows everyman Jason Ritter on an investigation that exposes the greatest cover-up in US history.
Personally, I don’t believe in conspiracy theories. Mind you, I’ve probably been programmed to think like that…
Finally, if it’s high drama you’re after, those glamorous US divas of suburbia are returning to Channel 4 on Monday evenings. No, not Desperate Housewives (although brand new Series 7 is now airing on Sunday evenings), but the Real Housewives of New Jersey.
If you’re unfamiliar with this ‘reality’ series about the hilarious infighting between a bunch of glam East Coast moms, here’s a recap from Series 1.
Now that’s what I’m talking about…