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Peter Capaldi for BBC's The Three Musketeers

The Thick of It

Story by Jack Foley

PETER Capaldi is to star in a new 10-part BBC One adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ classic novel The Three Musketeers.

The Thick Of It star will play the villainous Cardinal Richelieu in The Musketeers alongside Skins actor Luke Pasqualino as D’Artagnan.

The remaining Musketeers will be played by Great Expectations actor Tom Burke as Athos, Merlin‘s Santiago Cabrera as Aramis and Howard Charles, who has acted with the Royal Shakespeare Company, as Porthos.

Tamla Kari from The Inbetweeners Movie, Maimie McCoy from Loving Miss Hatto and Bedlam‘s Hugo Speer will also star in the series.

Bafta winner Adrian Hodges has written the drama and filming begins in March with a view to having the series ready to air in 2014.

He has previously been responsible for co-creating the ITV sci-fi drama Primeval and writing the screenplay for the film My Week With Marilyn.

He told the BBC: “This series is all about passion, romance, heroism and action, and I can’t think of a better group of actors to embody those diverse qualities.”

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