British Sky TV will, this May, serve up what appears to be a rather randy, feminist take on the saga of the first settlement on the American frontier — Jamestown.
Set in 1619, Jamestown follows the settlers as they establish a community in the New World. Amongst those landing on shore are a group of women destined to be married to the men of Jamestown, including three spirited women from England: Jocelyn (Naomi Battrick), Alice (Sophie Rundle) and Verity (Niamh Walsh). Leaving their old lives behind, these women have embarked on this journey to start afresh, fulfill their dreams and become the female pioneers of an exciting new western outpost.
Battling against inhospitable wilderness, suspicious indigenous people and a host of brutal challenges with ambition, power and entrepreneurial spirit on their side, these pioneers will define a new way of life. Jamestown will reveal the spirit of adventure and true grit of these early adventurers who travelled in search of a better life. Leading the cast of settlers are Max Beesley, Jason Flemyng, Dean Lennox-Kelly, Shaun Dooley, Stuart Martin, Steven Waddington, Matt Stokoe and Burn Gorman.
With whole-hearted tales of love, affairs, births, marriage and death, Jamestown tells a modern story in a historic setting. With all manner of trials, the settlers come together to conquer and adjust to the realities of their new lives on the other side of the world. Jamestown is a place for them to build new lives and start again but it is also somewhere past secrets can be buried.
“Tells a modern story in a historic setting” is always a big red flag for me. ANACHRONISM ALERT!!! MODERN SOAP OPERA PEOPLE IN COSTUMES! And given that “taking communion” scene in the trailer — she is taking communion, right? — it seems to be a particular kind of “modern story” at that…
Could be a bit of fun. Could be a disastrous piece of misandristic tripe. Could be a beautifully costumed mash-up of TV feminism and porn tropes — which is sort of confusing, but may be rich in subtext that I am unable to appreciate due to white male privilege. Or something. Regardless, it’s a frontier drama and I am professionally obligated to check it out.