‘Banished’ Episode 5 review

After a somewhat frustrating wait, this week’s episode finally delivered some of the drama and tension that previous instalments have only hinted at, and yet three dimensional characterisation and a sense of consequence were still vexingly absent. The episode opened with Freeman contemplating his new life in the pay of the Governor. His fellow convicts … >

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‘Banished’ Episode 4 review

The latest episode of Jimmy McGovern’s Banished once again raised some interesting issues, but again failed to capitalise on them by allowing any drama and tension mustered to dissipate almost immediately. Part of the problem is that, as Freeman discovered in this episode, the colony camp is a small canvas on which to paint. In … >

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‘Banished’ Episode 3 review

If you are to believe Jimmy McGovern’s version of the first British colony in Australia, it truly is a miracle that a modern civilisation emerged from these unpromising beginnings given the amount of time the commanding soldiers spent with nothing on their minds but where their next sexual encounter was going to come from. It’s … >

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‘Banished’ Episode 2 review

‘More than just a penal colony, what we have here ladies and gentleman is the birth of a nation.’ So says the idealistic yet unflappably pragmatic Governor Phillip in the second instalment of Jimmy McGovern’s new convict drama and yet moments before making this pronouncement Phillip is telling us that ‘England does not give a … >

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‘Banished’ Episode 1 review

The BBC have been on a good run recently when it comes to original historical drama, what with the excellent The Village and the equally good Peaky Blinders, not to mention the exquisite Wolf Hall. To continue the run they have enlisted the reliable talents of Jimmy McGovern, he of Cracker and The Lakes fame, … >

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‘Banished’ trailer: Jimmy McGovern’s epic new convicts drama

BBC Two has released the launch trailer for Accused writer Jimmy McGovern’s new convicts drama Banished. From the makers of Top Of The Lake, the seven-part series stars Myanna Buring (Ripper Street), Russell Tovey (Being Human) and Julian Rhind-Tutt (The Hour). > Order Banished on DVD on Amazon. Banished begins at 9pm on Thursday 5 … >

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‘Banished’ first clip: Russell Tovey in BBC Two’s convicts drama

The first clip from Accused writer Jimmy McGovern’s epic new convicts drama Banished has appeared online. From the makers of Top Of The Lake, the seven-part series stars Myanna Buring (Ripper Street), Russell Tovey (Being Human) and Julian Rhind-Tutt (The Hour). Opening in New South Wales, Australia in 1788, Banished is loosely inspired by events in … >

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BBC Two confirms start date for Jimmy McGovern’s ‘Banished’

Accused writer Jimmy McGovern’s epic new convicts drama Banished will begin next month. From the makers of Top Of The Lake, the seven-part series stars Myanna Buring (Ripper Street), Russell Tovey (Being Human) and Julian Rhind-Tutt (The Hour). Banished launches at 9pm on Thursday 5 March on BBC Two. The cast also includes David Wenham … >

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BBC Two drama preview trailer: ‘Peaky Blinders’, ‘The Fall’, ‘One Child’ and ‘Banished’

BBC Two has released a new trailer featuring some of the channel’s upcoming drama series. The one-minute preview includes clips from the second series of Birmingham gangster drama Peaky Blinders, the return of serial killer thriller The Fall, adoption drama One Child and Jimmy McGovern’s convicts drama Banished. Watch the trailer… Series 2 of Peaky … >

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