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Friday, 26 April 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
The first official images from the forthcoming BBC One drama The Musketeers were released today.

Luke Pasqualino stars as D'Artagnan alongside Tom Burke as Athos, Santiago Cabrera as Aramis, and Howard Charles as Porthos in this fresh take on the classic characters created by Alexandre Dumas. Together, they fight for what is just and are heroes in the truest and most abiding sense - men who can be trusted and believed in to do the right thing, regardless of personal risk.

Series creator Adrian Hodges, who is also co-executive producer and the lead writer, said:
The four actors look brilliant together and it seems like they have been working together for years. The camaraderie between them makes each action-packed scene exciting and authentic, and the images we have released today really encapsulate that.

Peter Capaldi
is Cardinal Richelieu, Tamla Kari plays Constance Bonacieux, Maimie McCoy portrays Milady, while Hugo Speer is Captain Treville in the ten-part series of one-hour episodes, which will air next year. Made by BBC Drama Productions, it is being co-produced by BBC Worldwide and BBC America. Jessica Pope is also an executive producer, while the producer is Colin Wratten.

Set on the streets of 17th-century Paris where law and order are more an idea than reality, the series follows Musketeers Athos, Aramis, and Porthos, who are far more than King Louis XIII's personal bodyguards, but ultimately stand resolutely for social justice: for honour, for valour, for love, and for the thrill of it.

D'Artagnan, a skilled fighter from rural Gascony, encounters the three Musketeers while on a mission to right the wrong of his father's death. Although he meets the men in unfortunate circumstances, he finds kindred spirits in the other soldiers.

Athos, who has rejected his noble roots to become a Musketeer, quickly befriends D'Artagnan but has a past that is shrouded in mystery and he is prone to getting into trouble. Porthos is a larger-than-life character who has come from humble beginnings to become a soldier in the most elite regiment in the land, finding a family in the other Musketeers. Never short of admirers, Aramis has an effortless charm that leads him in and out of love. Despite this, he is a shrewd pragmatist who is ferocious in battle and commands a key place in the brotherhood.

Constance Bonacieux leads a dull but comfortable life married to a cloth merchant, but her life is turned upside down when D'Artagnan tumbles into her world, and she becomes involved with the Musketeers.

Cardinal Richelieu, while striving to achieve his vision of a thoroughly modern France, is a shadowy character who will stop at nothing to achieve his objectives, and Milady is his secret weapon - the most mysterious and beautiful of villains whose motives are often concealed.

The king relies on the advice of the cardinal, his shrewd wife Queen Anne, and Captain Treville - the brave and respected commander of the Musketeers who keeps an eye on the soldiers to ensure they stay out of trouble.

Filming started last month, and Ben Stephenson, the controller of BBC Drama, said:
The ambition of this drama is clearly illustrated with such a world-class mix of talent - the perfect team to take the audience on thrilling action adventures every week.

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