While HBO’s Game of Thrones managed to scoop a record haul at the recent Emmy awards, it seems BBC has its sights set on knocking the series off its throne. The BBC is planning a new series called Troy – Fall of a City, which will be based on the 10-year siege of Troy.
According to the Daily Mail, the BBC has recently announced their new Troy series as part of their Fall/ Winter line up. In an effort to knock Game of Thrones off its award and rating successes, BBC bosses are generously allowing £2 million (approx. $3.05 million) per episode. This price tag would place the Game of Thrones rival as BBC’s most expensive series to date.
But what about the nudity? Because, let’s face it, part of Game of Thrones appeal is the sheer amounts of nudity present in every episode. For a show that has managed to bring us the word “sexposition” to explain a scene that contains nudity as well as conversations that include important plot points, the BBC will be hard pressed to match that fan base. Although, as another Daily Mail article pointed out, male nudity on BBC programming is beginning to get beyond a joke for female viewers. Recently, an episode that involved a skinny dipping Ted Burgess (played by Ben Batt) in the TV adaptation of The Go-Between tipped some female viewers over the edge, calling the BBC’s costume dramas “a bit silly” and questioning if male nudity is “now compulsory” in the BBC’s TV adaptations. So it looks like the BBC is probably the perfect network to rival the nudity in HBO’s Game of Thrones.
BBC1 channel controller, Charlotte Moore, wanted their Troy – Fall of a City to be a “bold and visceral rendition of the 3,000-year-old classic.” Troy – Fall of a City will be written by David Farr and he seemed excited to be at the helm of this project.
“The story of Ilium, the ancient city of Troy, has always gripped me. Fall of a City aims to convey in all its emotional richness, the effects of war and the toll taken on city and family by the horrors of siege.”
So, by the sounds of it, it will not only be rivaling the nudity in Game of Thrones, but also the offensive bits that keep viewers complaining about the brutality yet still tuning in “just to see how bad it will get.”
Game of Thrones returns to HBO in 2016. According to Deadline, Troy – Fall of a City will be cast in 2016.
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