There are very few places left on the tube that offer well-made, old-fashioned swashbuckling fare fit for adults and tweens alike.
It's a role BBC America has played well for some time with richly produced, wonderfully acted series such as Sinbad, Atlantis, and now, The Musketeers.
Premiering at 9 p.m. Sunday with a 10-episode first season, The Musketeers is a lush, rousing iteration of the classic Alexandre Dumas story featuring a dream cast of newcomers and seasoned character actors.
Old-fashioned it may be in spirit, but this adventure tale is nothing if not exciting. The first episode opens with a bang: A masked gang of armed marauders attacks an inn on the road to Paris where aging merchant Alexandre D'Artagnan (Oliver Cotton) and his son (Luke Pasqualino) have taken rooms for the night.