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‘Jamestown’ TV series from ‘Downton Abbey’ producers coming to U.S.

Niamh Walsh plays one of the lead characters in the British TV show “Jamestown,” which airs in the U.S. on Friday. (Courtesy Sky UK Limited)
Niamh Walsh plays one of the lead characters in the British TV show “Jamestown,” which airs in the U.S. on Friday. (Courtesy Sky UK Limited)

An eight-part miniseries about the original site of the first permanent English settlement in America will debut in the U.S. on March 23.

“Jamestown” will air on the PBS MASTERPIECE Amazon channel and PBS Passport, according to a news release from James City County.

A new episode will be available each Friday exclusively on streaming. The PBS MASTERPIECE Amazon channel is included with Amazon Prime subscriptions.

“Jamestown” is produced by Carnival Films, who also produced “Downton Abbey”.  

Last May, the show aired on Sky 1 in the U.K. Season 2 of “Jamestown,” another eight-part miniseries, debuted in the U.K. last month.

The television drama pivots around three fictional female leads, played by Naomi Battrick, Sophie Rundle and Niamh Walsh. They play three of about 150 young women who were sent to Jamestown in 1619 to become planters’ wives, the release stated.

While the series is based on historical events that took place in Virginia in 1619 and subsequent years, the show is an interpretive drama and not a documentary of actual events.

Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation President and CEO James Horn was a historical consultant on the series, providing counsel to ensure an accurate portrayal of the conditions in the early days of Jamestown.

“It’s certainly a goldmine from a storyteller’s point of view,” read a review of the show published in the Guardian. “There are all sorts of horrors here – the birth of the British empire and of modern America, war and slavery just round the corner. It’s an almost endless [stream] of stories, and the three recent arrivals, each with their own horrors and journeys, are a good route in.”

A video trailer for the May 5, 2017 U.K. airing of ‘Jamestown’ previews the series’ first season, which is about three young women who were sent to Jamestown in 1619.

WYDaily archives were used in this story.

Troy Jeffersonhttp://wydaily.com
Troy Jefferson is the city of Williamsburg and James City County reporter for the WYDaily. Jefferson graduated from Michigan State University and the University of Maryland. When he is not writing stories, he enjoys romantic comedies.

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