The Musketeers

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Fans of The Musketeers may be disappointed that series three will be the last, but all good things must come to an end, and the popular BBC One drama is set to go out with all guns blazing.

It’s a brave stance to take in a media world where commercial pressures often dictate that if you’re on to a good thing, you might as well milk it for all it’s worth.

Co-produced by BBC Worldwide and BBC America, The Musketeers has been an international success story, broadcast around the world and flourishing in line with the tried-and-tested TV formula: If it works well in the first season, give the viewers more of the same, with a few variations.

Loosely based on The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, the title was changed simply to The Musketeers. (In the novel, d’Artagnan, who aspires to be a musketeer, meets up with the other three.) There have been strong performances throughout from Tom Burke as Athos, Santiago Cabrera as Aramis, Howard Charles as Porthos, and Luke Pasqualino as d’Artagnan.

Our heroes have been pitted against a trio of top-notch villains, in the form of Peter Capaldi as Cardinal Richelieu, Marc Warren as the Comte de Rochefort and finally Rupert Everett as the Marquis de Feron, the Governor of Paris, and illegitimate brother of Louis XIII. 

Having reached the end of the main storyline, fleshed out with additional characters and sub-plots, it appears that the programme has now run its natural course. One major advantage of jumping before you’re pushed is that you get the chance to tie up all the loose ends satisfactorily, and end it on your own terms. This is far preferable to the annoying habit of plotting the final episode in the hope of securing another season, complete with cliff-hangers and loose ends, only for the series to be cancelled and viewers left with a wholly unsatisfying ending.

As executive producer Jessica Pope says: “Once we knew it was going to be the last season, we could play to that, so instead of doing a rather unsatisfying ambiguous end, we knew we could do something extraordinary – which we have done.”

It’s a smart move to stick to the old showbiz adage: “Leave them wanting more.”

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~ by A_A on June 24, 2016.

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