History's mini-series Hatfields & McCoys comes to the UK on Channel 5
Written by : thetvking published Friday 20th July 2012
Channel 5 have announced today that they have secured the rights to air Hatfields & McCoys. After agreeing a deal with Sony Pictures Television. The 3 part mini-series aired earlier this summer in the USA on History Channel, and the start studded cast averaged 14 million viewers. Becoming History Channel's top rated show, ever.
“Luckily, any weak points in the script, besides being overlooked because of the fantastic acting, are overshadowed be spectacular production value. Settings and costumes look great, and the music, when it doesn't veer into melodramatic territory, really helps set the tone. There is a lot to praise here, and the overall impression is very impressive. Look for some Emmy nods later this summer, and perhaps even a few wins.”
Hatfields & McCoys stars Kevin Costner (Dances With Wolves) as “Devil” Anse Hatfield, Bill Paxton (Big Love) as Randall McCoy, Tom Berenger (Platoon) as Jim Vance, Powers Boothe (The Final Season) as Judge Valentine “Wall” Hatfield, Mare Winningham (Georgia) as Sally McCoy, Jena Malone (Hope) as Nancy McCoy, and Sarah Parish as Levicy Hatfieldcand was Directed by Kevin Reynolds.
Katie Keenan Head of Acquisitions at Channel 5 said “Hatfield and McCoys will be a great addition to our autumn line-up and further cement Channel 5 as the most watched channel for US drama in the UK. Our viewers will love this gritty and gripping star studded drama.”
Sony Pictures Television’s Senior Executive Vice President European Distribution, Stuart Baxter, added: “We’re delighted that Channel 5 becomes the UK home for this record breaking mini-series and look forward to UK audiences being gripped by the explosive family saga of the Hatfields and McCoys.”
The Hatfield-McCoy saga begins with “Devil” Anse Hatfield (Academy Award winner Kevin Costner) and Randall McCoy (Bill Paxton) as close friends and comrades during the Civil War, they returned to their neighbouring homes - Hatfield in West Virginia and McCoy just across the Tug River border in Kentucky – to increasing tensions, resentments and misunderstandings that soon exploded into all-out warfare between the two families. As hostilities grew, friends, neighbours and outside forces joined the fight, bringing the two states to the brink of another civil war.
Their story also includes a tempestuous love affair between Hatfield’s son and McCoy’s daughter which had disastrous consequences, the execution of McCoy’s three young sons in retaliation for the Rasputin-like murder of Hatfield’s beloved brother; a New Year’s massacre of the McCoy clan and burning of their home, which sparked international headlines; a public clash between state governors; and ultimately the involvement of the United States Supreme Court.
Will you be watching Hatfields & McCoys? In the meantime, why not check-out the trailer below first. Hatfields & McCoys is set to air in the UK on Channel 5 this September.
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