The English

The English – a first look at Emily Blunt’s new Western series

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The show, which also stars Chaske Spencer, comes from writer/director Hugo Blick. 

The BBC and Prime Video have released a batch of images from their upcoming series The English, which describe as “… a mythical Western drama.”

The English - Emily Blunt as Lady Cornelia Locke

Starring Emily Blunt and Chaske Spencer, the show promises to take on themes of identity and revenge to tell a uniquely compelling parable on race, love and power.

Here’s the premise for The English:

An aristocratic Englishwoman, Lady Cornelia Locke (Emily Blunt) and Eli Whipp (Chaske Spencer) come together in 1890 mid-America to cross a violent landscape built on dreams and blood.

Both of them have a clear sense of their destiny but neither is aware that it is rooted in a shared past. They must face increasingly terrifying obstacles that will test them to their cores, physically and psychologically. But as each obstacle is overcome it draws them closer to their ultimate destination, the new town of Hoxem, Wyoming.

The English - Chaske Spencer and Emily Blunt

It is here, after an investigation by the local sheriff Robert Marshall (Stephen Rea) and young widow Martha Myers (Valerie Pachner) into a series of bizarre and macabre unsolved murders, that the full extent of their intertwined history will be truly understood, and they will come face to face with the future they must live.

The show’s impressive ensemble also includes Stephen Rea, Valerie Pachner, Rafe Spall, Tom Hughes, Toby Jones and Ciarán Hinds.

The English comes from writer/director Hugo Blick (The Shadow Line, The Honourable Woman). It’s producers are Wolf Gait Productions Ltd, a joint venture of Drama Republic Ltd and Eight Rooks Ltd. The executive producers are Blick, Emily Blunt, Greg Brenman (for Drama Republic) and Mona Qureshi (for the BBC). Its producer is Colin Wratten (Killing Eve).

Running across six-parts, the show airs on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer in November 2022. Prime Video then have the show in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Nordics.

We’ll keep you posted on The English and if you want more photos, check out the press release.