TV Choice: ‘We’re really beginning to push the boundaries’

(C) BBC - Photographer: Larry Horricks
(C) BBC - Photographer: Larry Horricks

Your starter for 10, no conferring: what connects the actors Sydney Booth, Michael York and Logan Lerman?

If you answered they’ve all starred in versions of The Three Musketeers, then award yourself one point. Add another if you knew they played D’Artagnan.

And if you knew that Alexandre Dumas’ beloved character first appeared on film more than 100 years ago, chances are you’re a die-hard fan who can’t get enough of latest incarnation The Musketeers.

Having broken in his boot leather for series one, Luke Pasqualino is clearly having a great time in this second, slightly racier run.

“The tone of it has definitely changed,” explains the man better known as D’Artagnan.

“There were certain things before we couldn’t do when we thought we were making the show for pre-watershed, but now we know it’s going out later we can push those boundaries a little bit.

“We can tell the truth in certain aspects, which I think really lends itself to the story. It’s just much more adult now, which I think is good.”

Given the amount of historic epics that are in production year-round, for any young actor, the ability to ride horses and thrust and parry with a sword is a must have for most CVs. Obviously it doesn’t take much for those skills to get rusty between seasons.

So, has Luke been keeping up his Musketeer skills for series two?

“It was nice to freshen up and get back to grips with the technicalities of it all,” he explains.

“We all got back into the swing of it from the start. The boot camp is just as much about us getting back together and getting that camaraderie and banter going between us because that’s what The Musketeers are; they’re just really good mates.

“It just so happens that we are really good mates, and we have a laugh and giggle.”

This week, the king (Ryan Gage) sends the swordsmen to talk to prophet Emilie of Duras (Emma Lowndes), who is raising an army to march on Spain as a result of visions she claims to have received from God.

It’s obvious she and her followers pose a danger, and as anti-Spanish riots begin, Aramis (Santiago Cabrera) is chosen to return to her camp and discredit the woman - before she pushes France into war with its neighbouring country.

Meanwhile, Rochefort (a scene-stealing Marc Warren) continues to clash with Ambassador Perales (Will Keen), and resorts to blackmail and murder to resolve the problem.