The Musketeers is a BBC period action drama programme based on the characters from Alexandre Dumas's novel The Three Musketeers and co-produced by BBC America and BBC Worldwide. It stars Tom Burke as Athos, Santiago Cabrera as Aramis, Howard Charles as Porthos, Luke Pasqualino as d'Artagnan, with Tamla Kari as Constance, Maimie McCoy as Milady de Winter, Ryan Gage as King Louis XIII and Alexandra Dowling as Queen Anne. It also features Peter Capaldi as Cardinal Richelieu in the first series and Marc Warren as Comte de Rochefort in the second series. Jessica Pope and Adrian Hodges produce the show for the BBC. The programme was filmed in the Czech Republic. In a retelling of Duma's classic, law and order is more an ideal than a reality in 17th-century Paris. Athos, Porthos and Aramis are the best soldiers in the king's regiment but are far more than just bodyguards. Committed to upholding justice, the Musketeers face an on-going battle to maintain order. The trio is soon joined by feisty young swordsman D'Artagnan, who seeks the murderer of his father. Together they must protect against all forces determined to sabotage the Musketeers and their homeland.
“This year the art department have thrown everything we have at the design of the new series. Our biggest challenge has been building the largest set yet on our studio backlot, consisting of Paris slums, two new squares and a dockside, complete with water tank and a large Paris city gate and bridge. Other new character sets and large set pieces have been a joy to design and execute – I’m very excited and looking forward to seeing our new expanded world on screen." Dave Arrowsmith 2016.