|To the Ends of the Earth|
|Based on||Novel by William Golding|
|Written by||Leigh Jackson|
|Directed by||David Attwood|
|Starring|| Benedict Cumberbatch |
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||3|
|Executive producers||Hilary Salmon|
|Running time||277 minutes|
|Production company||Tightrope Pictures in association with BBC|
|Release||6 July –|
20 July 2005
To the Ends of the Earth is a three-part BBC television miniseries adaptation of the trilogy of novels of the same name by William Golding. It premiered in the United Kingdom on BBC Two in July 2005, and in the United States on PBS as part of Masterpiece Theatre in October 2006.
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jared Harris, the series was critically acclaimed with The New York Times calling it "an intriguing drama"and The Guardian "the best TV drama of the year by a nautical mile."
A BBC press release quoted Cumberbatch's description of the series as "...a sort of rock and roll 1812 period drama about a young man’s gap year. It’s full of filth, dirt, discovery, sex, drugs, dancing, love, spiritual awakenings and massive sweeping changes!”
We found Benedict Cumberbatch fairly early. We needed a very good actor, someone young enough to be believable as an aristocratic, an almost slightly dislikeable character who is an adolescent in terms of his views of the world, his upbringing. But we also needed someone who could hold the screen for four and half hours, in every scene. We needed someone with experience who was not only a very good actor, but also with terrific comic timing. Benedict was the ideal answer to that.
Director of To the Ends of the Earth David Attwood
In 2005 the books were adapted as a BBC drama serial, written in part by the late Leigh Jackson, who fell ill after completing the first film and while working on the second and third. Attwood hired Tony Basgallop to complete the work, crediting him with bringing his own voice to the project. Attwood dedicated the films to Jackson. Attwood had been interested in developing a film adaptation since reading the first novel of the trilogy, Rites of Passage.
The production crew built two ships to film. The company filmed in South Africa at Richards Bay, as they wanted to convey the feel of the tropics. They encountered heavy weather at this location.Whilst filming in South Africa, Benedict, with friends Theo and Denise, went for a weekend driving trip around Sodwana Bay. On the return they broke down and were carjacked. Prior to the event they had been listening to Radiohead's How to Disappear Completely, a song that when Cumberbatch hears it, "reminds [him] of a sense of reality, even humour and with it, a reason to hope that somehow I would survive a small event in a big country and escape to live a fuller life."
Original music was composed by Rob Lane for the production. Heard more than once was a Methodist hymn, "Lord, whom winds and waves obey," with words by Charles Wesley, set to "Nuremberg," alt. from Johann R. Ahle, 1664; from Hymns for the Nation, 1782.
The mini-series also aired in the United States on PBS as part of Masterpiece Theatre in 2006. In 2016, it became available on Netflix and Hulu streaming.
The series received very good reviews. The Guardian said, "The performances are superb ... The best TV drama of the year by a nautical mile." The miniseries earned six BAFTA nominations, including one for Best Drama Serial, and Cumberbatch received the Monte-Carlo Television Festival’s award for Best Performance by an Actor.
When the series aired in the United States on PBS' Masterpiece Theatre,TheNew York Times said "It’s an intriguing drama, and depressing in a way that seems morally important, but its merits are also staked on its seeming true to life."
On Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an 81 percent approval rating.
The series was dedicated to the memory of the writer, Leigh Jackson, who had been working on the first episode's script when he died of cancer in 2003.
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