The Musketeers is a BBC historical-action drama series based on the characters from Alexandre Dumas's novel The Three Musketeers and co-produced by BBC America and BBC Worldwide.
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The first episode was shown on BBC One on 19 January 2014. It stars Luke Pasqualino (D'Artagnan), Tom Burke (Athos), Santiago Cabrera (Aramis), Howard Charles (Porthos) and Peter Capaldi (Cardinal Richelieu). Ten episodes have been produced in Series One which aired from January to March 2014.
Jessica Pope and Adrian Hodges produced the series for the BBC. The series is largely filmed in Prague. All the major actors, except Capaldi, have been "contracted for the long run". The show was commissioned for a second series on 9 February 2014.
Set in 1630 Paris, D'Artagnan, Athos, Aramis and Porthos are a group of highly trained musketeers who fight to protect the King and Country. The Musketeers shows Athos, Aramis, Porthos and D'Artagnan as 'The Musketeers', commanded by Captain Treville.
The BBC had been developing the idea of a new series based on The Three Musketeers since as far back as 2007, when the project was envisaged as a Saturday evening show to run between series of Doctor Who. The eventual production of the series was finally announced in 2012, with Adrian Hodges in charge of the project.
Paris was not considered as a filming location as over the decades development had detracted from the grittier architecture wanted. Dublin was also considered before settling on the Czech Republic which suffered little damage during the two world wars and many historic buildings were intact and many privately owned stately homes were rented for filming.
Filming for the series took place mainly in Doksany, 30 kilometres north-west of Prague, where a Parisan square, a number of streets and the musketeers garrison were constructed. A disused convent had additional sets constructed including taverns, bedrooms and mortuary.
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