Saints & Strangers

Jeramey By Jeramey, 4th Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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National Geographic launches its first scripted miniseries in time for Thanksgiving with a new take on the Mayflower.

Saints & Strangers on National Geographic Channel

National Geographic Channel (calling itself "Nat Geo") is airing its first every scripted miniseries this fall.

The history of one of the founding moments of our nation, the story chronicles the passengers aboard the Mayflower and the native inhabitants of the now-Massachusetts area where they landed and founded New Plymouth.

The title, if not the story, is based on a 1945 book by George F. Willison, "Saints and Strangers". Maybe the update to the ampersand is a modern touch?

National Geographic Channels CEO Courteney Monroe says that Saints & Strangers is "the ultimate story of adventure and exploration" and that the miniseries will explore human innovating and ingenuity in a historical event context.

Cast of Saints & Strangers

Some of the bigger names in the miniseries are Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect, True Blood), Ray Stevenson (Rome, King Arthur, The Punisher), Ron Livingston (Office Space, Band of Brothers) and Raoul Trujillo (Apocalypto).

Anna Camp as Dorothy Bradford
Michael Jibson as Myles Standish
Vincent Kartheiser as William Bradford
Ron Livingston as John Carver
Natascha McElhone as Elizabeth Hopkins
Tatanka Means as Hobbamock
Brían F. O’Byrne as John Billington
Kalani Queypo as Squanto
Barry Sloane as Edward Winslow
Ray Stevenson as Stephen Hopkins
Raoul Trujillo as Massasoit

Who were the pilgrims?

The pilgrims were not all religious separatists looking for religious freedom in a new land.

Many aboard the Mayflower were more likely to be considered "adventurers" -- single adult males looking for profit and enterprise in a new world, either through wealth and trade or holding new land. Or, perhaps escaping debts or jailtime in England.

The hope of the mini-series is to draw parallels to the modern view of the American character, with the personal struggles of the ship's passengers as a parallel to our nation's founding. Of course, a lot of early American history is heavily based on the immigrants relationships with the Native Americans. Immigration is obviously a hot-button topic these days, so it'll be interesting to see how Nat Geo handles this in 1620-setting.

Why is Thanksgiving always on a Thursday?


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author avatar Shamarie
5th Nov 2015 (#)

I hope to catch this miniseries. Thanks for the post, Jeramey!!!

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
5th Nov 2015 (#)

I will look it up!

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