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Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Series 1 of BBC1's Atlantis set for DVD release.

The DVD release date for BBC One’s new action packed series Atlantis has been confirmed.

Starring Mark Addy (Game Of Thrones, The Full Monty), Jack Donnelly (Misfits) and Robert Emms (Kick Ass) as the unlikely but engaging trio Hercules, Jason and Pythagoras, Atlantis will be available to own on BBC DVD and Blu-ray from 10th February 2014 and extras will include exclusive Behind The Scenes footage.


Recently recommissioned for a second series following its successful launch on Saturday nights on BBC One in Autumn 2013, Atlantis begins with Jason washed up on the shores of an ancient land, far from home and desperate for answers. A mysterious place; a world of bull leaping, of snake haired goddesses and palaces so vast it was said they were built by giants - Jason finds himself in the city of Atlantis.

But under the surface of this enticing place is a dark and simmering past, a complicated web of treachery and deceit, with which Jason himself seems inexplicably bound. He soon finds himself embroiled in a perilous game of politics and power from which there is no escape.

Aided by the studious young Pythagoras and the overweight, overbearing Hercules, Jason embarks on a voyage of discovery and salvation which sees him brush shoulders with Medusa, come face to face with the Minotaur and even do battle with the dead.

Our reviewer said at the time, "part of me really wanted to pour cold water all over this show, especially as it mixed up legendary figures from across ancient history (to the best of my knowledge, it was Theseus who slew the minotaur, and Pythagoras never knocked about with demi-gods). I wanted to be snotty and derisive and cynical. But the truth is, after about 15 minutes it didn’t matter a jot.

The production values - a couple of dodgy CGI shots aside - were top-notch, and some of the fight scenes were amazing. The whole thing looks gorgeous (the costumes in particular of the royal family were sumptuous). As if that wasn’t reason enough to stay glued to the screen, then the lashings of humour definitely were. As previously mentioned, Hercules was handed the pick of the lines, and Mark Addy delivered them with aplomb, but occasionally Emms got in on the act and Donnelly too.

Atlantis - Series 1 will be available to own on BBC DVD and Blu-ray from 10th February 2014.

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