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To the Ends of the Earth 

In 1812, young British aristocrat Edmund Talbot travels by ship to Australia, and learns more about himself and about life than he had ever bargained for.
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Series cast summary:
Benedict Cumberbatch ...  Edmund Talbot 3 episodes, 2005
Jared Harris ...  Captain Anderson 3 episodes, 2005
Jamie Sives ...  1st Lieutenant Summers 3 episodes, 2005
Richard McCabe ...  Mr. Brocklebank 3 episodes, 2005
Victoria Hamilton ...  Miss Granham 3 episodes, 2005
Tim Delap ...  Mr. Bowles 3 episodes, 2005
Vanessa Pike Vanessa Pike ...  Mrs. Pike 3 episodes, 2005
Jonathan Slinger ...  Mr. Pike 3 episodes, 2005
Robert Hobbs ...  Lieutenant Cumbersham 3 episodes, 2005
Sam Neill ...  Mr. Prettiman 3 episodes, 2005
Chris Walker Chris Walker ...  Oldmeadow 3 episodes, 2005
Denise Black ...  Mrs. Brocklebank 3 episodes, 2005
Paula Jennings Paula Jennings ...  Zenobia 3 episodes, 2005
Brian Pettifer ...  Wheeler 3 episodes, 2005
Tom Fisher ...  Askew 3 episodes, 2005
Daniel Evans ...  Parson Colley 3 episodes, 2005
Theo Landey ...  Bates 3 episodes, 2005
Calum Callaghan Calum Callaghan ...  Willis 3 episodes, 2005
Adam Woolf Adam Woolf ...  Phillips 3 episodes, 2005
Jonathan Pienaar ...  Smiles 3 episodes, 2005
Kirsty Motzouris Kirsty Motzouris ...  Phoebe Pike 3 episodes, 2005
Kelly Motzouris Kelly Motzouris ...  Annibel Pike 3 episodes, 2005
Daniel Newman Daniel Newman ...  Gibbs 3 episodes, 2005
Danelle Drury Danelle Drury ...  Mrs. East 3 episodes, 2005
Damon Berry Damon Berry ...  Mr. East 3 episodes, 2005
Lionel Newton Lionel Newton ...  Jones 3 episodes, 2005
JJ Feild ...  Lieutenant Deverel 2 episodes, 2005
Niall Macgregor Niall Macgregor ...  Lieutenant Benét 2 episodes, 2005
James Gracie ...  Billy Rogers 2 episodes, 2005
Joanna Page ...  Marion Chumley 2 episodes, 2005
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In the early 1800s young Edmund Talbot travels on a not too sea-worthy ship to New South Wales to take up a post with its governor. He keeps a journal, recording his impressions of crew and passengers. He gets on well with the Captain, Anderson, an amateur botanist who grows plants in his cabin, but, due to a social gaffe, well-meaning young parson Colley falls foul of the captain, later getting drunk and having gay sex with crew members. Despite Edmund's efforts to broker an understanding he remains in his cabin, where he literally wastes away. Edmund has a sexual encounter with the comely Zenobia, travelling with her parents, but he comes to realize that they are not related at all, merely a sexual threesome. Miss Granham, travelling to take up the job of a governess, falls for the older Mr. Prettiman, whom Edmund despises as a free-thinker, though they eventually reconcile. Prettiman is badly injured in a fall and Miss Granham agrees to marry him immediately, with flowers provided ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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An Epic Journey of Self Discovery

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6 July 2005 (UK) See more »

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(3 parts)

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16 : 9
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The blue striped cotton day dress Victoria Hamilton (Miss Granham) wears is the same costume worn by Kate Beckinsale (Emma Woodhouse) while telling Mr. Knightley about Harriet's reply to Mr. Martin in Emma (1996), by Julie Cox (Annabella Milbanke) while writing to Byron in Byron (2003), and by Amanda Lawrence (Poyner) while working for the Meagleses in Little Dorrit (2008). See more »

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At the end of the series when Edmund is on the dock looking out at the small boats, the same slender blond girl wearing a tan blouse passes behind him twice, from left to right, in a few seconds. See more »

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Edmund Talbot: Good God!
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Horatio Hornblower by Leo Tolstoy
6 November 2006 | by B24See all my reviews

The three-part series ended last night on PBS, which I believe was its first wide exposure to an American audience. The richness of its text and the unique quality of its filming are high points. It seems very novel to view and hear an action play employing the vernacular of Georgian England, Jane Austen's filmed drawing rooms being the primary example of that form of speech. Yet it is the scope of drama overwhelming the senses that makes quaint language fit perfectly into each and every scene. Such bold exposure to an old reality is evocative of literary giants like Tolstoy or Shakespeare while at the same time entertaining in the manner of a C. S. Forester or Patrick O'Brian sea saga. The universality of basic human condition lies at its center.

Narrator Talbot as played by an actor with the almost perfectly appropriate name of Benedict Cumberbatch (surely not even Dickens could beat that one!) alternates between stodgy jingoism and extreme vulnerability, an acting tour de force. Indeed, I cannot recall among this very fine cast any misstep of interpretation. That is a tribute not only to the actors themselves, but to the director as well.

The most impressive element, however, is how perfectly life aboard a man-of-war en route to Australia in the early 1800's is presented. That is especially true of how the motion of the ship becomes almost a character itself, something sea stories rarely take into account except as backdrop. Anyone who has ever experienced mal de mer in person will recognize it instantly, and appreciate all the more how difficult it must have been to recreate within the context of filming.

This is no fanciful Pirates of the Caribbean. Some effort must be expended in attaining an understanding of its nuances.


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