This epic tale of star-crossed lovers, destiny, gold and greed is a lush six-part period drama based on the Man Booker prize-winning novel by Eleanor Catton. 1865, New Zealand: welcome to the Gold Rush. Fresh-faced young woman Anna Wetherell (Eve Hewson) sets out for a new life, and has a romantic encounter with fellow passenger Emery Staines (Himesh Patel) on the voyage. But fate has other plans for them - and so does scheming fortune-teller Lydia (Eva Green), who takes Anna under her wing; while naive Emery falls in with ex-convict Francis Carver (Marton Csokas). Nine months later, the cruel George Shepard (Callan Mulvey) is investigating the murder of the mysterious Crosbie Wells (Ewen Leslie), and Anna is the prime suspect. With help from vengeance-seeking opium war veteran Sook Yongsheng (Yoson An) and Maori greenstone-hunter Te Rau Tauwhare (Richard Te Are), will the truth out? As the lovers try to find their way back to each other, they are confronted with magic and murder, romance and revenge, all fuelled by the gold-lust that seems to infect everyone around them. Both looking for a fresh start in this new land of opportunity, the pair are soon caught up in events beyond their control, and start to question: do we make our fortunes, or do our fortunes make us? After its successful run on BBC One, this stunning story of fate and fortune will be available on DVD and digital from 20 July 2020. ‘Visual opulence, thwarted romance and layers of cliffhanging mystery - a sultry, escapist summer hit.’ - The Guardian. You could win THE LUMINARIES on DVD, courtesy of Acorn Media International, by answering the following question: In which James Bond film did Eva Green play Vesper Lynd? Send your name, address and the answer to email@example.com by 14 August 2020, and the best of luck.
MY BRILLIANT FRIEND SERIES 2: THE STORY OF A NEW NAME
The award-winning, beloved Neapolitan Novels by Italian author Elena Ferrante tell riveting tale of love, loss, hardships and the enduring power of female friendship. After its run on Sky Atlantic this summer, the second series of this stunning, Italian-language adaptation My Brilliant Friend: The Story of a New Name will be released on DVD 27 on July 2020. Elena Greco is an elderly writer whose best friend Lila has disappeared without a trace, so Elena begins to write the story of their lives growing up together in a mob-ruled, poverty-stricken neighbourhood in 1950s Naples. As children, Elena (Elisa Del Genio) and Lila’s (Ludovica Nasti) friendship is put to the test as financial disparities provide them with very different opportunities in life. Lila’s writing genius is stifled after her parents can no longer afford further education and put her to work, while Elena flourishes in school, no longer in the shadow of her friend’s brilliance. The second series follows Elena (Margherita Mazzucco) and Lila (Gaia Girace) as adolescents into the Swinging Sixties, where this fierce, complex friendship must endure romantic rivalry and shocking violence, as the notorious Solara gangster family becomes harder to avoid entanglements with. Both growing into beautiful young women, they draw the attentions of a powerful gang-leader’s son, a grocer, a mechanic, a schoolboy and his father, all while navigating the trials and tribulations of marriage and university, abuse and motherhood, and critical acclaim for a novel that sparks jealousy between these women whose lives are so closely intertwined. Delve into this decades-long, push-and-pull friendship filled with secrets kept, and trust built and broken. Will Elena ever unveil the mystery of Lila, her brilliant friend, and her worst enemy? You could win MY BRILLIANT FRIEND SERIES 2, courtesy of Acorn Media International, by answering the following question: Which two celebrated Italian filmmakers directed this dramatic and deeply moving story? Send your name, address and the answer to firstname.lastname@example.org by 21 August 2020, and the best of luck.