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Full Synopsis

In this dramatic tale of intrigue and lust we follow the trials and tribulations of the manipulative Angelica Fanshawe (Andrea Riseborough – Happy-Go-Lucky, Party Animals) as she exploits a country in crisis in a bid to better her own position.

Set against the backdrop of the English Civil War, Angelica abandons her loyalties to the Royal Family following the execution of her childhood sweetheart and first husband, Harry Fanshawe. Destitute, Angelica finds herself on the wrong side of the law, suddenly embroiled in murder and misadventure in a bitter struggle for survival.

Fortune smiles on her once again in her alliance with Oliver Cromwell (Dominic West – The Wire) and her subsequent marriage to his trusted friend - the heroic revolutionary Rainsborough (Michael Fassbender - Hunger, 300) a man she adores. Angelica becomes Cromwell’s confidante as he begins his reign over England, but when her husband, protector and the father of her unborn child is murdered by Cromwell in a treacherous attempt to remain the Lord Protector, she is forced to face her demons and the disparate past set to ruin her.

With accusations of slander hanging over her, Angelica narrowly escapes death in the gallows - saved by the enigmatic mercenary Sexby (John Simm – Life on Mars). Driven mad by his love for her, he attempts a suicidal mission to assassinate Cromwell. Caught in a web of deceit and betrayal Angelica must fend for herself and her child, fleeing the country before her past catches up with her.

This sumptuous miniseries is a rich tale of love, betrayal and renewal set in a time when yesterday’s lovers could suddenly become tomorrow’s enemies.

Programme Information

Format:
HD
Aspect Ratio:
16:9
Episodes:
2
Duration:
90 Mins
Year of Production:
2008
Category:
Mini Series
Genre(s):
Historical & Period Drama

Awards

Result
Category
Award Name
Year
winner
best tv drama
the southbank show awards
2009
winner
best drama serial
rts (royal television society) awards
2009
winner
best actress (andrea riseborough)
rts (royal television society) awards
2009
winner
best writer (peter flannery)
rts (royal television society) awards
2009
winner
best drama series
broadcasting press guild (bpg)
2009
winner
best actress (andrea riseborough)
broadcasting press guild (bpg)
2009
winner
silver hugo - miniseries
hugo awards (chicago international film festival)
2009
winner
best drama serial
bafta television awards
2009
winner
best costume design
bafta tv craft
2009
nominated
best photography & lighting (fiction & entertainment)
bafta tv craft
2009
nominated
best production design
bafta tv craft
2009
nominated
collections and dramas
cinema tous ecrans international series competition
2009
winner
lighting, photography & camera photography: drama
rts craft
2009
nominated
makeup desgin: drama
rts craft
2009

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