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A true masterpiece!
on 7 July 2010
This is, simply, one of the best pieces of television drama that I have seen. With simply compelling performances, especially by Ian Mc Shane as King Silas, this roller coaster of (sadly, but a single) season which depicts the fortunes of Shiloh, the Benjamin dynasty and the rise of a hero, David Shepherd (Christopher Egan) will have you reveling in the magic of Michael Green's splendidly told and sumptuous production.
Based on the Old Testament events around Saul, Solomon and David, this 21st century rendering resonates with just how alike the events of those times are to our own in terms of what motivates both our triumphs and our downfall. With excellent support roles by the likes of Brian Cox, Allison Miller, Sebastian Stan, Eamon Walker and Susanna Thompson, this is truly one show you shouldn't miss, even if it means buying the region 1 version to do so.
If you enjoy you drama at the level of 'The Lion in Winter' (Peter O'Toole and Katherine Hepburn) then this is certainly for you.