In addition to Marc Warren, as we previously reported on CB, two other names have been added to the next series of the BBC One Sunday night action adventure drama The Musketeers, which is currently being shot on location in Prague.
Colin Salmon is possibly best known as Charles Robinson, Judi Dench’s M’s right hand man during the Brosnan era. But previous to that, his key role in the acclaimed thriller series Prime Suspect got him first noticed. Doctor Who fans will recall him as Doctor Moon in the two-parter Silence in the Library, which introduced us to the character of River Song. However, more recently, Colin has been starring in the CW hit superhero TV series Arrow.
In The Musketeers, Colin will play Tariq, a mysterious interloper on the run from Spain. He is joined by his daughter Samara, a gutsy and resilient young woman whose life is put in danger when her father is exiled. Samara is played by Antonia Thomas. Antonia most recently starred in the movie Sunshine on Leith, which show-cased the songs of The Proclaimers and Sky Atlantic’s biog of the James Bond creator Fleming. Apart from appearing in the BBC thriller The Deep, Antonia is best known as part of the original cast of Misfits, playing Alisha.
Executive producers, Adrian Hodges and Jessica Pope, said: “We’re excited to welcome an actor of Colin’s reputation to The Musketeers. He will bring wonderful charisma and sense of mystery to the role.
“We’ve also been aware for some time of Antonia’s wonderful work in films and TV series such as Sunshine On Leith and Misfits, among numerous others. She brings such intelligence and vibrancy to every role she plays and we are thrilled to have her as Samara.”
This episode is written by Lucy Catherine and Adrian Hodges and directed by Mark Jobst.
The Musketeers was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One, and Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning. The Musketeers first episode attracted a consolidated audience of 9.3 million, with the first three episodes averaging 6.3 million viewers in figures and still with seven episodes to air, the BBC announced its re-commission early in the original run.