BBC One’s The Musketeers is a ‘fresh and contemporary’ take on original & Peter Capaldi injures himself on set

by Nick Barnes

BBC One The Musketeers

The BBC has today announced a very exciting new drama that is set to air later this month. The new show, titled ‘The Musketeers’ gives the original novel a fresh and contemporary feel. Not only that, we’ll be seeing a very familiar face…

The brand new Doctor, Peter Capaldi will star in the drama as Cardinal Richelieu.

Speaking about the series, creator and executive producer Adrian Hodges has said that although the new drama will be inspired by the novel, it is not an adaptation. The new version will take on new adventures that may even be inspired by the events of the period and sometimes, by more contemporary issues that have been given an historical spin.

He said: “It seemed to me that although the adventure genre, however broadly defined, has remained evergreen at the cinema, it had been a long time since I’d seen anything of this kind on TV, at least outside of the family slots and dark hybrid fantasies like Game of Thrones”.

The Musketeers has been crafted in a way that viewers will be able to view everything that they expect from the genre. There will be period detail, sword fights, muskets, brave and romantic heroes and heroin’s, enormous risks, rescues at the last minute, to name a few aspects to look forward to.


One person that is taking on a big role is Doctor Who’s very own Peter Capald. He will play the role of Cardinal Richelieu who is a protector and confidant of the king and first minister of France.

“He runs the country. He is a military figure as well as a religious and political one. He has a network of spies and operates like an illegal secret service to pursue his ends. He is by nature Machiavellian,” Capaldi explained.

The drama is a serious take on swashbuckling and with that comes injuries. Capaldi revealed that there have been plenty of injuries on set ranging from dislocated shoulders, bruised shins and the odd concussion.

Capaldi himself has also been at the forefront of a bit of injury whilst on set, but not from any swashbuckling activities. Instead, he trapped his thumb in a dress and dislocated it.

“I don’t think I would have been great in the 17th century,” he concluded “I would have enjoyed the frocks, and certainly some of the food would have been appealing, but the disease and hygiene would have worried me. I certainly would have missed the NHS”.