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The War of the Worlds 

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In London during the Edwardian era, George and Amy's attempt to start a life together is interrupted by a Martian invasion of Earth.
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Series cast summary:
Eleanor Tomlinson ...  Amy 3 episodes, 2019
Rafe Spall ...  George 3 episodes, 2019
Robert Carlyle ...  Ogilvy 3 episodes, 2019
Rupert Graves ...  Frederick 3 episodes, 2019
Woody Norman ...  George Junior 3 episodes, 2019
Jonathan Aris ...  Priest 2 episodes, 2019
Nicholas Le Prevost ...  Chamberlain 2 episodes, 2019
Susan Wooldridge ...  Mrs. Elphinstone 2 episodes, 2019
Harry Melling ...  Artilleryman 2 episodes, 2019
Taliyah Blair Taliyah Blair ...  Lillian 2 episodes, 2019


In London during the Edwardian era, George and Amy's attempt to start a life together is interrupted by a Martian invasion of Earth.

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17 November 2019 (UK) See more »

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Liverpool, England, UK

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This is the first British television adaptation of the 1898 novel "The War of the Worlds" by H.G. Wells. See more »


The railway line between Woking and London is shown as being run by the Great Western Railway. It should have been the London and South Western. See more »

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No Wonder They Held It Back
19 November 2019 | by Amble_alongSee all my reviews

Boring yawn-fest with CBBC effects and a totally unnecessary and very 21st Century sub-plot.

What this story needs is the kind of love and detail that only a Director with passion for the novel (and a big budget!) can deliver.

What Peter Jackson did for Tolkien we need someone similar to do for War of the Worlds.

The impression I had was this production team were not passionate about War of the Worlds, H.G.Wells or maybe even scifi generally. Instead it seemed to me they were dumped with this project and so glossed over the alien invasion part and instead hijacked it as a vehicle for a modern agenda and made that the story instead.

Please god will I still be alive before someone actually produces a period accurate, book accurate, Thunderchild scene including, non budget limiting, visual representation of the original book ?

A message for all scriptwriters -

1. When involved in the representation of a classic masterpiece be accurate to the period it was set in, do not try to re write history with inserted modern sensibilities that simply did not exist at that time.

2. Do not be so arrogant as to think that your tinkering can improve on a literary classic, that you are somehow more skilled than the original author and can improve on their tale.

3. Do not do projects that you know require a very significant budget when you only have a limited budget. Bad effects are worse than no effects at all - some pictures can get away with near zero effects and are all the better for it (eg. the excellent Let the Right One In) but some like War of the Worlds you simply cannot do with out effects, so if you don't have the budget to do it justice then just don't do it. The money (UK TV License Payers money!) would be better spent on alternative projects.

It's quite clear the BBC can do amazing things War and Peace (2016), Peaky Blinders and even do big budget collaborations well as shown in His Dark Materials - How this got through the review board within the BBC amazes me, no wonder they were keeping it back for over a year and released it with so little fanfare they knew it was a **** up, what a waste.

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