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The Luminaries

Six-part drama series The Luminaries is an adaptation of the Man-Booker Prize winning novel of the same name.

Coming to TVNZ 1, and also airing on BBC Two in the UK, the series is being adapted for the screen by novelist Eleanor Catton and directed by Claire McCarthy (Ophelia, The Waiting City).

The drama stars Eva Green (Casino Royale, Penny Dreadful, Sin City, A Dame to Kill For) as Lydia Wells, Eve Hewson (Robin Hood, The Knick, Bridge of Spies) as Anna Wetherell and New Zealand actor Marton Csokas (The Equalizer, Lord of the Rings, Into the Badlands) as Francis Carver.

The Luminaries tells an epic story of love, murder and revenge, as men and women travelled across the world to make their fortunes. It is a 19th century tale of adventure and mystery, set on the Wild West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island in the boom years of the 1860s gold rush.

The story follows defiant young adventurer Anna Wetherell, who has sailed from Britain to New Zealand to begin a new life. There she meets the radiant Emery Staines, an encounter that triggers a strange kind of magic that neither can explain. As they fall in love, driven together and apart by fateful coincidence, these star-crossed lovers begin to wonder: do we make our fortunes, or do our fortunes make us?

The Luminaries 6x60’ episodes will be produced by Working Title Television – a joint venture between NBCUniversal International Studios, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, and Southern Light Films for BBC Two, in association with TVNZ.

The Luminaries has been supported by the New Zealand Film Commission.

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