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article imageHistorical drama series 'Turn' premieres on AMC

By Mindy Peterman     Apr 6, 2014 in Entertainment
"Turn" is the latest in the line of outstanding programming from AMC. This time we're taken back to the Revolutionary War era to meet a scrappy band of rebels known as the Culper Ring: George Washington's personal spies.
Historical dramas have appealed to television audiences from the medium's infancy. In the ‘50s and ‘60s, westerns, war stories and even kids shows like Davy Crockett were the popular fare of the day. In more recent times, popular series like Downton Abbey and The Borgias offered up fact based but mainly fictionalized versions of times past.
Now AMC has jumped on the bandwagon to give us Turn, an untold true story of America’s first spy ring whose members turned against King George III in a fight to win their freedom. It is an immersing story of people driven to drastic acts to gain their independence from a cruel monarchy.
Based on Alexander Rose’s book Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring (a detailed account of George Washington's personal spies, the Culper Ring), the series stars Jamie Bell (who you may remember as the star of Billy Elliot) as Abraham Woodhull, a young farmer from Setauket, New York. At first, Abraham is an unwilling participant in his friends Caleb (Daniel Henshall) and Ben’s (Seth Numrich) plot to fight the British, who have been mercilessly annihilating Washington’s troops. The trio’s plans are subversive and crafty and Abraham is unsure if he can do the job that is asked of him. But after realizing the security of his family and an old flame are at stake, he eventually gives in to help the cause.
Written by Craig Silverstein (Nikita) and executive produced by Barry Josephson (Bones, Enchanted), the series comes from good stock. Like the majority of AMC’s original programming, this is a quality production that has the potential to keep its audience coming back for more.
Turn premieres on AMC on April 6 at 9 PM ET/PT.
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