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Three women fight to survive the man’s world of Amer­ica’s fron­tier colonies: Jamestown!

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When the Jamestown colony was set­tled by the Bri­tish in 1607, only men made the long jour­ney over to Amer­ica. The eight-episode first sea­son of Jamestown (2017-cur­rent) takes place in 1619 and af­ter 12 sweaty, lonely years of grunt­ing in the wilder­ness, it’s time to wife up. Three women – Jo­ce­lyn, Alice and Ver­ity – have set off to marry to­tal strangers, ac­com­pa­nied on the trip by Vir­ginia’s new gover­nor Sir Ge­orge Yeard­ley (Ja­son Fle­myng) and his wife Tem­per­ence (Claire Cox). Here’s what the boat dragged in, fel­las!

1 Feisty Ver­ity (Nimah Walsh) ar­rives on the day that her tavern-owner hubby-to-be Mered­ith Rut­ter (Dean Len­nox Kelly) is pun­ished for pub­lic drunk­en­ness and blas­phemy. “She’s gobby and sar­cas­tic,” ex­plains Ni­amh. “They’re strong women kick­ing against a sys­tem that doesn’t al­low for that.”

Posh, am­bi­tious Jo­ce­lyn (Naomi 2

Bat­trick), who con­fesses to Alice that she mur­dered a man, is be­trothed to moral Vir­ginia Com­pany ad­min­is­tra­tor Sa­muel Castell (Gwilym Lee). “She is in­tel­li­gent and po­lit­i­cal. She im­me­di­ately makes things hap­pen in Jamestown. She’s a true be­liever in equal­ity for women,” says Naomi.

Farm girl Alice (So­phie Run­dle) 3

thinks she’s hit the jack­pot when sexy Si­las Shar­row (Stu­art Martin) col­lects her at the docks, but he’s just tak­ing her to his vile rapist brother Henry (Max Beesley). “Alice is a de­cent, hard-work­ing farm girl. She has a bru­tal in­tro­duc­tion to her new life,” says So­phie. “Shipped over to be wives? Imag­ine how ter­ri­fy­ing it was!”


“Women were out­num­bered by at least eight to one,” ex­plains pro­ducer Sue de Beau­voir, “but this gave them power. They were a prized com­mod­ity and see­ing how so­cial dy­nam­ics shift through their eyes makes this [Jamestown] all the more in­ter­est­ing.”


The ladies of the new land (from left): Ver­ity, Jo­ce­lyn and Alice. The show was re­newed for a sec­ond sea­son (also eight episodes long) be­fore sea­son 1 had pre­mièred. They will again be film­ing in Hun­gary later this year.

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