Friday, May 17, 2013
Coming Soon: "Courage, New Hampshire" TV Series
On Memorial Day Monday (May 27th), the INSP cable network will be premiering a four-part, four-hour independent drama series about the years leading up to the American Revolution. Courage, New Hampshire recounts the stories of the citizens of a small, rural New England town on the eve of the War. Beginning in 1770, it traces both the political and the very personal ways in which the colonists reacted to the events that lead to the fight for American independence. According to the production company's website, this is only the first in a multiple-"season" series; each subsequent four-part "season" will focus on another year of the 1770s, eventually culminating in the experiences of the war years themselves.
We've both been eagerly anticipating seeing this series ever since news about its development first trickled out a couple of years ago. We were thus delighted to hear several months ago that it had been picked up for a tv broadcast. Original historical dramas are way too few and far between these days!
From everything we've read and the clips we've seen thus far, the production values for this series seem to be particularly high, which is fantastic to hear for a historical drama whose success depends so much on its accuracy. The series is filmed at Riley's Farm, a living history site in CA. Lauren at American Duchess has interviewed the costume designer, Mary Johns, and I was so impressed to hear the tremendous efforts to which she has gone to attempt to preserve accuracy in the costuming, using only natural-fiber textiles and researching styles and accessories to try to retain the historical integrity of the clothing, even in the face of the necessary artistic demands of narrative and character development. And I also thought it was pretty cool that Mary's wardrobe team includes three people - herself and her two sisters :-)
Check INSP's website for broadcast specifics and the promotional trailer. We can't wait to see this! If you're too anxious to wait until Memorial Day, all four episodes of the series can be viewed online here.