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Far Far Away has shared lots of hi-res episode stills for The Nevers, including some new ones of Tom Riley as Augustus Bidlow. The Nevers begins on HBO this Sunday, 11th April.

I have been incredibly lucky, and was able to watch the first 2 episodes of the new sci-fi / fantasy series last night. Tom Riley fans are in for a real treat. 

Augustus Bidlow is very different to any other character I have seen Tom play in the last 13 years. The nearest would be a cross between Philip Horton (Lewis) and Bobby Argyll (Marple). I was delighted to find that we see more of Tom as Augie on screen than anticipated from the low key promotional material shared so far, and it is a true pleasure to see Tom on screen again, disappearing inside this new character with innocent charm, vulnerability and hidden secrets. Tom has great chemistry on screen in his scenes with James Norton as Hugo Swan, and Ann Skelly as Penance Adair, and the script offers lots of humerous tit-bits familiar to fans of Da Vinci's Demons, as well as stunning costumes and incredible sets.

The first two episodes properly flew by, with a rollicking storyline which captures you as you are watching, and takes you along for the ride. It may be quite fast paced with lots of action, but the cinematography makes it a beautiful ride, and really worth mutiple viewings. The whole cast is fantastic, but mostly I can't wait to find out what happens to Augustus Bidlow. 

August, 1896. Victorian London is rocked to its foundations by a supernatural event which gives certain people - mostly women - abnormal abilities, from the wondrous to the disturbing. But no matter their particular “turns,” all who belong to this new underclass are in grave danger. It falls to mysterious, quick-fisted widow Amalia True (Laura Donnelly) and brilliant young inventor Penance Adair (Ann Skelly) to protect and shelter these gifted “orphans.” To do so, they will have to face the brutal forces determined to annihilate their kind.

Don't just take my word for it!

The acting is superb and each character feels wholly unique and positioned to be as exciting as the next. Laura Donnelly and Ann Skelly steal the show in this opening episode and they are very easy to root for thanks to their powers, abilities, and great acting from both. The fact is, there isn't another fantasy series like The Nevers currently being released that is made for adults. Especially one that isn't a direct adaptation of a comics series and for that reason I suspect most comic book fans will enjoy this and very much will dig its vibe. AIPT


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