Saturday, August 02, 2014

"Turn: Washington's Spies"

Take another look @ AMC's American Revolutionary War action drama series "Turn: Washington's Spies", returning August 2, 2014, starring Jamie Bell, Seth Numrich, Daniel Henshall, Heather Lind, Meegan Warner, Kevin R. McNally, Burn Gorman, Angus Macfadyen, Samuel Roukin and JJ Feild.

What is most interesting to Canadian viewers of the series, is the portrayal of British officer 'John Graves Simcoe' (Samuel Roukin), as a central villain, according to most historical accounts. But the real Simcoe also passed the 'Act Against Slavery' in 1793, leading to the abolition of slavery in Upper Canada (Ontario) by 1810 and founded the city of York, now known as Toronto:

" 1776 and 1777, a New York farmer and his childhood friends form an unlikely group of spies, called the 'Culper Ring', who eventually help turn the tide during the 'American Revolutionary War'.

"The series begins October 1776, shortly after British victories recaptured Long Island, Staten Island, and New York City for the British Crown and left 'General George Washington' and his army in desperate straits.

"Autumn 1776. Insurgents have declared war against the 'Crown'. Following a successful naval landing, 'His Majesty's Army' has forced Washington's rebels into the wilderness. 

New York City serves as military base of operations for the British. The Loyalists of nearby Long Island keep vigilant watch out for sympathizers, and spies..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Turn" ...