18/01/2014 17:45 | By Lorna Cooper, MSN TV
The Musketeers: BBC1's new drama is an enjoyable romp

The Musketeers off to a cracking start

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BBC1’s new swashbuckling drama The Musketeers will certainly liven up cold winter nights. Kicking off on Sunday 19 January at 9pm, it’s yet another in a long line of adaptations of Alexandre Dumas’ classic novel.

This version sees former Skins actor Luke Pasqualino as D’Artagnan, Tom Burke (The Hour) plays Athos, Santiago Cabrera (Merlin) is Aramis and Howard Charles is Porthos. Of particular interest will be Peter Capaldi, the new Doctor Who, as the scheming Cardinal Richelieu. It’s clear he relishes sinking his teeth into the role of the dastardly statesman. Capaldi is definitely one of the bright spots in this production – it’s impossible to take your eyes off him.

Episode one sees Athos, Porthos and Aramis dispatched to find a missing musketeer carrying important letters on behalf of King Louis XIII (Ryan Gage, seen most recently in The Hobbit). But Cardinal Richelieu, keen to increase his political power, attempts to sabotage the reputation of the musketeers.

Meanwhile, d’Artagnan travels to Paris to avenge the brutal murder of a loved one. Will he bring the murderer to justice? And can the Musketeers protect King and country?

If you have fond memories of Richard Lester’s wonderful 1970s Musketeer movies with Michael York, Oliver Reed, Richard Chamberlain, Frank Finlay and the stunning Raquel Welch, you’ll probably enjoy this incarnation as it also mixes rousing action and adventure with romance, an attractive cast (all those heaving bosoms!) and humour.

Click on the photos for more of an insight into The Musketeers.

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