There’s a real buzz around for sci-fi fans at the moment as the trailer for the BBC’s new adaption of The War of the Worlds has just been released. It’s of course not the first version of HG Well’s classic, but surprisingly it’s the first time that the BBC has created a version for TV.
Not sure on the actual release date yet, but it’s supposed to be Autumn of 2019 so could be pretty soon. Of course there’s been many other versions of this brilliant story, the last major one was Stephen Spielberg’s film from nearly 15 years ago starring Tom Cruise. This brought the story into a modern context and to be honest didn’t change the feel that much. It was an excellent version, but for me moving the story back to it’s original setting – Edwardian England is where it’s best told.
The BBC definitely excels in these period Science fiction stories and there’s still a treasure trove of them on the BBC iPlayer if you look around. You’ll always find lots of Doctor Who’s to enjoy but if you want a recommendation, settle down for the evening and watch Quatermass and the Pit – all six episodes are on the BBC iPlayer currently.
Back to the War of the Worlds, the BBC has cast Eleanor Tomlinson and Rafe Spall as the lead couple. There are more famous names with Robert Carlyle playing the astronomer Ogilvy, and Rupert Graves (from Sherlock Holmes where he played Inspector Lestrade) as George’s brother Frederick.
BBC War of the Worlds Trailer
Here it is –
Here’s the take from the Independent’s film correspondents.
Rafe Spall, Eleanor Tomlinson, Rupert Graves and Robert Carlyle star in the three-part series, about a collection of Brits waging war against an alien invasion.
Spall and Tomlinson are George and Amy, a couple attempting to begin a new life together in London at the same time as aliens from Mars arrive on earth.
“HG Wells’ seminal novel has been adapted for the screen many times, but it’s always had a contemporary (and American) setting,” director Craig Viveiros said in a statement. “This is the first version to be set in London… during the Edwardian period.”
Writer Peter Harness added: “The version of The War of the Worlds that I wanted to make is one that’s faithful to the tone and the spirit of the book, but which also feels contemporary, surprising and full of shocks: a collision of sci-fi, period drama and horror.”
It’s been delayed, and was originally scheduled to be shown Christmas 2019 so hopefully will be worth waiting for. If you’re outside the United Kingdom it probably will appear on Britbox if it’s available in your region. However you can watch it without delay and all the other thousands of great shows on BBC iPlayer by investing in an inexpensive VPN program.
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