Musketeers are courting trouble


The Musketeers (Friday, January 30, BBC1, 9pm)

What’s It All About? Series two of the Beeb’s lavish version of Alexandre Dumas’ classic tale continues.

This week, the king (Ryan Gage) sends the swordsmen to talk to prophet Emilie of Duras (Emma Lowndes), who is raising an army to march on Spain as a result of visions she claims to have received from God.

It’s obvious she and her followers pose a danger, and as anti-Spanish riots begin, Aramis (Santiago Cabrera) is chosen to return to her camp and discredit the woman - before she pushes France into war with its neighbouring country.

Rochefort also continues to clash with Ambassador Perales (Will Keen), and resorts to blackmail and murder to resolve the problem.

Look Out For: Aside from a superb job by the production designers and costume crew, there’s another deliciously sinister performance from Marc Warren as Rochefort. He’s one of the most enjoyable period drama villains since Alan Rickman’s Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

However, given Rochefort’s actions in this week’s offering, there’s a good chance the BBC3 pre-watershed repeat will be toned down.