Show Guide: 'The Nevers'

Post by: Rick Ellis 17 April, 2021

Synopsis: August, 1896. Victorian London is rocked to its foundations by a supernatural event which gives certain people - mostly women - abnormal abilities, from the wondrous to the disturbing. But no matter their particular “turns,” all who belong to this new underclass are in grave danger. It falls to mysterious, quick-fisted widow Amalia True (Laura Donnelly) and brilliant young inventor Penance Adair (Ann Skelly) to protect and shelter these gifted “orphans.” To do so, they will have to face the brutal forces determined to annihilate their kind. (Courtesy HBO, 2021)

The Cast:
Laura Donnelly as Amalia True, a quick-fisted widow
Ann Skelly as Penance Adair, a brilliant young inventor
Olivia Williams as Lavinia Bidlow, the wealthy benefactress funding the orphanage for Amalia’s outcasts, who are also known as the Touched
James Norton as Hugo Swann, the rich and irreverent proprietor of a den of iniquity
Tom Riley as Augustus "Augie" Bidlow, Lavinia’s sweet, awkward, younger brother with a secret of his own
Pip Torrens as Lord Gilbert Massen, a high-ranking government official leading the crusade against our heroines
Ben Chaplin as Inspector Frank Mundi, who’s torn between his police duties and moral compass
Denis O’Hare as Edmund Hague, a deranged doctor searching for the source of the powers
Amy Manson as the tortured, murderous Maladie, who derives power from pain
Rochelle Neil as the fire-wielding Annie “Bonfire” Carby, one of Maladie’s motley gang
Zackary Momoh as orphanage doctor Horatio Cousens, whose turn equips him with healing powers
Eleanor Tomlinson as Mary Brighton, a broken and resilient performer pursuing her dream of singing on stage
Elizabeth Berrington as Lucy Best, adaptive and streetwise, her quick-wit and high spirits mask the pain of a tragic past
Anna Devlin as Primrose Chattoway who, at ten feet tall and a dreamy demeanor, wishes to be an ordinary girl not taking up too much space
Kiran Sonia Sawar as Harriet Kaur, a young Scottish Sikh and aspiring lawyer, determined to live her life as she planned
Viola Prettejohn as Myrtle Haplisch, a middle-class girl rescued from a family who cannot understand her - literally, as she can no longer speak any form of language they understand
Ella Smith as Désireé Blodgett, a prostitute with a power that gets her in trouble and a six-year old son who never speaks
Vinnie Heaven as Nimble Jack, a rakish and charming young thief and an expert at breaking and entering
Nick Frost as feared criminal overlord Declan “Beggar King” Orrun

Production Credits:
The Nevers Part One of the first season is executive produced by Joss Whedon, Bernadette Caulfield, Ilene S. Landress, Doug Petrie, Jane Espenson and Philippa Goslett. Daniel S. Kaminsky co-executive produces.

The Episodes:
Season One Episode Guide (HBO)
1-01 Pilot--04/11/2021
London, 1899. Three years after an inexplicable event suddenly equips them with extraordinary abilities, Amalia True (Laura Donnelly) and Penance Adair (Ann Skelly) work to protect their kind from widespread, deepening antipathy. Meanwhile, police inspector Frank Mundi (Ben Chaplin) investigates a string of murders at the hands of a reportedly Touched and highly dangerous serial killer named Maladie (Amy Manson).
Written & directed by: Joss Whedon.
 
1-02 Exposure--04/18/2021
With the city reeling from Maladie’s (Amy Manson) opera debut, Mundi (Ben Chaplin) takes a personal stake in tracking her down, while Amalia (Laura Donnelly) launches an investigation of her own. Meanwhile, the charitable Lavinia Bidlow (Olivia Williams) seeks to destigmatize the Touched at a society event, Hugo Swann (James Norton) enlists Lavinia’s younger brother Augie (Tom Riley) to help monetize his illicit enterprise, and a deranged doctor (Denis O’Hare) conducts a series of experiments.
Written by: Jane Espenson
Directed by: Joss Whedon.
 
1-03 Ignition--04/25/2021
Penance (Ann Skelly) creates an amplifier to spread Mary’s (Eleanor Tomlinson) hope-inspiring song across the city – but first, Mary (Tomlinson) must find her elusive voice. As danger mounts against her group, Amalia (Laura Donnelly) propositions an unlikely ally and sets out to expand the Orphanage’s reach. Swann (James Norton) further entangles Augie (Tom Riley) and Mundi (Ben Chaplin) in his business affairs.
Written by: Kevin Lau
Directed by: David Semel.

1-04 Undertaking--05/02/2021

While Mundi (Ben Chaplin) seeks justice, Amalia (Laura Donnelly) and her most trusted advisors make a list of potential enemies. Harriet (Kiran Sonia Sawar), Primrose (Anna Devlin), and the other Orphans attempt to decipher a message. Later, Amalia (Donnelly) exposes an unexpected threat.
Written by: Madhuri Shekar
Directed by: David Semel.
 
1-05 Hanged--05/09/2021
As the city buzzes with anticipation over a pending execution, Penance (Ann Skelly) grapples with a moral calling at odds with Amalia’s (Laura Donnelly) plan. With the two women at a crossroads, the Orphans must decide whom to follow.
Written by: Melissa Iqbal
Directed by: Joss Whedon




 
Episode 6: “True” (Part One Finale)
Debut Date: SUNDAY, MAY 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m ET/PT)
After Amalia’s (Laura Donnelly) origin story is revealed, a long-awaited reunion crystallizes the Orphans’ mission.
Written by Jane Espenson; Directed by Zetna Fuentes.

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