National Geographic Is Launching A New Quebec History Drama & The Trailer Is Hella Intense

Take a trip back to the 1600s.
Contributing Writer
National Geographic Is Launching A New Quebec History Drama & The Trailer Is Hella Intense

We all have "the list." All of those shows and movies that people say you need to watch and you simply reply, "Oh, sounds good... I'll add it to the list," until you have hundreds of things that you never actually see. But National Geographic's new show, Barskins, is one that you shouldn't just add, but should definitely watch this fall.

Barskins is a limited series that will air on the channel from the team that brings you the world-famous magazine.

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It looks at New France in the 1690s and all of the drama and events that we used to learn about in school.

In particular, the show focuses on the massacre of the settlers of New France and the extreme nature of the wilds, in both the people and the physical landscape.

"Likely suspects abound — the English, the Hudson's Bay Company and a band of Kanien'kehá:ka (Iroquois) possibly in league with the English looking to drive the French from the territory — but who or what brought these settlers to such a tragic end?" reads the announcement.

The show is based on Annie Proulx's bestselling novel, also called Barskins and was created Elwood Reid, who worked on shows like The Bridge and Hawaii 5-0.

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Of course, a story about New France can only be filmed right here in Quebec. Production took place just outside of Quebec City, so don't be surprised if you recognize some of the location sites.

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As for the cast, you'll see some familiar faces, too.

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David Thewlis from Wonder Woman plays Claude Trepagny and Marcia Gay Harden from The Newsroom plays Mathilde Geffard, along with many other incredible actors from some of your favourite shows and movies.

The show is definitely a history class come to life and will absolutely transport you back in time just like Quebec City, itself. But in a much more suspenseful and entertaining way.

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It should be noted that this is a dramatized version of real events, meaning historical accuracies of events, including the treatment of Indigenous Peoples, may be interpretations of what really happened.

We've confirmed that the Indigenous characters in the show are being played by Indigenous actors.

Barskins will debut with a double-episode premiere at 9 p.m. ET and 10 p.m. ET, respectively, on Sunday, September 6. The rest of the six episodes will premiere every Sunday at 9 p.m. ET starting September 13.

You can watch the trailer here:

It's definitely on my list! What about you?

Gabi Sandler
Contributing Writer
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