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  • #8826

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    So the History Channel is planning a 6 hour series (initially shown over 3 nights) that goes into the history of the Sons of Liberty, a group that helped drive initial efforts of the Revolution. It seems to be another modern-day production of a specific piece faction of the Revolution (Sons of Liberty), similar to how the TV series Turn focuses on the groups of Washington’s Spies, the Culper Ring.

    It premiers January 25th, at 9PM EST in the USA. The website is: http://www.history.com/shows/sons-of-liberty

    Plan to watch? Any thoughts on a new TV series about the American Revolution?

    #8851

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    Keymaster

    Tonight is the premiere of Sons of Liberty on the History Channel. Advertising has been everywhere and many people are talking about this, I hope it lives up to the expectations.

    Previews and behind the scenes photos seem good, the show aiming to be an entertaining look at history:

    http://benbarnesvideos.com/tag/sons-of-liberty/

    What are you looking forward to most? A specific founding father? Seeing a mainstream show about Revolutionary history? 3 nights of shows on TV?? πŸ™‚

    #8854

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    Keymaster

    The first night of the three night event is complete and we’ve gotten a feel for the show. Overall, I’d say definitely worth a watch. It is not a purely historically accurate show, more a drama set in the period based around some key period events. That said, the action is great, acting good, and the set/production excellent.

    If one let’s their imagination run a bit away from a fixation on historical accuracy, it is definitely a fun and and enjoyable watch. More to see tonight at 9 EST when we get the second part!

    #8855

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    Keymaster

    Well the series is over as we’ve seen it all. Slightly underwhelming from a historical perspective. Pretty good from a dramatic perspective. Acting and production are good, though I think it would have rung more deeply with fans had it been a little more historically accurate. Worth a watch for sure though!

    #8987

    Mark Simner
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    Sons of Liberty is about to air in the UK on the History Channel. I have been curious to see it but also a little apprehensive at the same time, since I find such dramas often wildly inaccurate. Also, being British, I of course worry it will have much anti-British sentiment. All that said, would you say it is still worth watching from a purely entertainment point of view?

    Mark

    #8990

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    Keymaster

    I would say it’s a fun watch. A large-budget production filmed with the latest technology in HD, set in the Revolution, with good acting, is worth a view. That said, it sensationalizes the American uprising, and vilifies the British rule a bit. I was a bit surprised to not see it re-run many times after the first airing (expecting to see it over and over given the volume of advertising before the premiere). If you decide to watch it, if I recall correctly it’s in three parts. Maybe check out the first and see if it draws you into the rest

    Have you seen TURN, Washington’s Spies, yet? That’s a winner

    Dan

    #8992

    Josh
    Participant

    I’ve been amusing myself now and again by reading Don Troiani’s Facebook posts about how innacurate TURN is, and how mad people get when he brings it up. I guess that proves it’s good entertainment!

    Josh.

    #8996

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    Keymaster

    Will have to check them out. I imagine that someone with Don’s knowledge can likely find inaccuracies in most modern-day productions (and people get furious at him calling them out πŸ™‚ ). For the most part though I bet the show is pretty well-done

    #8998

    Mark Simner
    Participant

    After all that I ended up missing the first episode! However, it will no doubt be repeated this week.

    I have not heard of TURN, I am not sure if it has aired here in the UK yet.

    Mark

    #9000

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    Keymaster

    Ha, funny how things work out sometimes πŸ™‚

    Here is some info on TURN: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2543328/ , hopefully it is available there soon (if not already). Season 2 is just about to wrap up here in the US

    Dan

    #9002

    Mark Simner
    Participant

    Thank you, Dan! I will keep my eye open for it πŸ™‚

    Mark

    #9016

    Mark Simner
    Participant

    I have finally had chance to watch episode one of SOL, and I have to say I was left with mixed feelings. What struck me is how well-made it is, including excellent sets/backdrops and special effects. I am not an expert on the American War of Independence so I cannot comment much on the accuracy, however there were a number of things regarding the portrayal of the British Army that did not fee right, but then it is a TV programme and, like Hollywood movies, its more about the drama than historical accuracy. Naturally the British are the bad guys – and I am British – but I have no issues with the point of view of others.

    All that said, I will continue to watch the series and see how it develops.

    Mark

    #9180

    Florentin1
    Participant

    Sounds interesting to me. My kids are big fan of Netflix and discovery channel. Thus, I don’t have a problem when they watch funny and stupid shows because along with those shows they like to watch shows by Andy Yeatman on Netflix and other educating shows on discovery.

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