Creator and Director: Joss Whedon
Producers: Bernie Caulfield, Jane Espenson, Doug Petrie, Joss Whedon
Starring: Laura Donnelly, Olivia Williams, Ben Chaplin, Eleanor Tomlinson, James Norton, Pip Torrens, James Norton, Nick Frost, Denis O’Hare
Production Company: HBO
Kent Locations Used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Fort Amherst
This 12-part, direct to TV series is an epic science fiction drama about a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies and a mission that might change the world.
The Nevers (2021) was co-written by Joss Whedon (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Buffy co-writers Jane Espenson, Doug Petrie and was directed by Whedon. Bernie Caulfield (Game of Thrones). Jane Espenson, and Doug Petrie executive produce alongside Whedon. This is not the first time Whedon has filmed in Kent as he filmed at Dover Castle for Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).
Laura Donnelly (Outlander, Tolkien) leads the cast as Amalia True, the most reckless, hero of her time. Olivia Williams (Miss Austen Regrets) plays the role of Lavinia Bidlow, wealthy spinster and champion of The Touched, who funds the orphanage where Amalia lives. Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark) plays Mary Brighton, a gentle but resilient woman who pursues her dream of singing on stage despite a disappointing career.
Ben Chaplin (The Children Act) is deeply moral Detective Frank Mundi, a man caught between the powerful and The Touched. (Pip Torrens (The Crown Series 1 – 4 (2016-2020)) is the unflappable Lord Massen, a former general determined to protect the established order from The Touched. Nick Frost (Fighting With My Family) portrays Declan Orrun, aka the Beggar King, a low-level crime lord. Denis O’Hare (Big Little Lies) plays Dr. Edmund Hague, a gifted American surgeon who uses his skills in the most brutal way possible and James Norton (Grantchester) plays pansexual posh boy, Hugo Swann.
In 2019 production visited The Historic Dockyard Chatham, making use of multiple areas at the location as London doubles for Victorian streets including the Ropery exterior, Anchor Wharf, Stables and Officers’ Terrace. In Episode One a stunt scene filmed on Ropery Street appears with masked horsemen chasing the protaganists Amalia True (Laura Donnelly), Penance Adair (Ann Skelly) and Myrtle Haplisch (Viola Prettejohn). The rear of the Ropery building also stands in as a theatre stage door entrance. The Stables houses stand in for Dr Horatio’s (Zackery Momoh) home and Officer’s Terrace stands in for the London street where Maladie (Amy Manson) is led away to an “asylum for the psychologically deranged.” The Historic Dockyard Chatham also provided a unit base for cast and crew during filming at Fort Amherst. Production also filmed at Fort Amherst to depict colonial scenes.
Various locations in the Medway area provided unit base facilities to support The Nevers cast and crew during filming. The Dockside Retail Outlet Chatham and The Medway Campus of Greenwich University provided car parking and Gillingham Football Club provided a base for Supporting Artists. The Historic Dockyard Chatham provided unit base facilities in the exterior car parks and on Anchor Wharf, while the Fitted Rigging House was utilised for crowd holding between scenes.
Set on the River Medway The Historic Dockyard Chatham was once an active Royal Navy shipyard and is one of the most popular Kent filming locations, particularly for period dramas looking for London street doubles. Recent period drama TV productions include Pennyworth Series 1 (2019), Belgravia (2020) and The Crown Series 1 – 4 (2016-2020).
The Nevers (2021) series will arrive on Sky Atlantic and NOW on Monday 17th May 2021. The series will be available to view as a box set on both Sky Atlantic and NOW. The first series has been split into two parts, with the second six-episode part set to arrive in 2022.
The Nevers Official Trailer:
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