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The English – Dark Western Series

Set in the mythic mid-American landscape in the year of 1890, Dark Western Series The English follows Cornelia Locke, an Englishwoman who arrives into the new and wild landscape of the West to wreak revenge on the man she sees as responsible for the death of her son. Upon meeting Eli Whipp, an ex-cavalry scout and member of the Pawnee Nation by birth, they join together and discover a shared history which must be defeated at all costs, if either of them are The English - Dark Western Series to survive. The English is a slow burn, beautifully shot and wonderfully acted, with a story that develops gradually over the six episodes. Chaske Spencer is absolutely spellbinding as Eli Whipp, the Indian scout who accompanies the always excellent Emily Blunt as she traverses the American Midwest on her revenge mission. Rafe Spall is playing a particularly awful character, while Tom Hughes is perhaps let down a little by the only part that lacked a proper resolution. This is not a happy series, quite miserable at times and often very nasty, but it still uplifting in its own way. A Dark Western series (ironically, shot in Spain) that, while very different, compares to Unforgiven for its feeling of reality.

The English is a revisionist dark western series television drama produced by the BBC and Amazon Prime, written and directed by Hugo Blick. It stars Emily Blunt and Chaske Spencer. It premiered in the United Kingdom on BBC Two and iPlayer on 10 November 2022, and in the United States on Amazon Prime Video on 11 November 2022.

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