The English by all3media, a new look at westerns

The series is an epic chase western that takes the central themes of identity and revenge to tell a unique and compelling parable of race, power and love. An aristocratic Englishwoman, Lady Cornelia Locke and a former Pawnee cavalry scout, reunite in 1890 in the middle of America to traverse a violent landscape built on dreams and blood.

Screenwriter and Director Hugo Blick described: “The English is an epic and intimate love story. We wanted to engage and entertain, and beyond that, show a female character in a role that is usually portrayed by male actors. In western stories, women usually work in bars or need rescuing, here our main character starts with her ‘pink suite’, but then she chooses an arrow and knows how to use it, and that’s not is not usual to see her too’.

Regarding the format and choice of hour-long episodes, Blick emphasized the importance of focusing on the story organically and not thinking whether it should be longer or shorter. We want the audience to not know where the story is going and be constantly surprised, and the format responds to that journey. It was organic hand in hand with AMazon and BBCunderstanding that the format serves the story and not the other way around.

The choice is great creativity and good partners. If the format becomes more important than the voice, you will surely end up getting lost. ‘Last but not least, producer Greg Brenman added, ‘The series engages with audiences and is ending as a limited run. Often when you leave the doors open, you lose the power and the exhilaration that can come from knowing that it’s all going to happen on a canvas and a frame.”

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