Prime Trumpets Jericho as Game of Thrones Stablemate

Prime will premiere the British western drama Jericho on a double-bill with season six of Game of Thrones.

The two will air back-to-back on Tuesdays, from 8.30-10.30, starting August 9.

Set in 1870s Yorkshire, the eight-part ITV series stars Call the Midwife’s Jessica Raine as a schoolteacher’s widow struggling to keep her family intact in a remote shanty town and earned mixed reviews.

“Visually, it’s a bit suspect, a bit Downton-wi’-navvies,” The Guardian said. “The clothes, huts and warmhearted prostitutes all look a little too clean, the machinery a little too unbattered and the moors a little too unscathed, but no matter. The story’s the thing, and there’s plenty of that.”

Acclaimed The Independent:  “It’s the intrigue and historicity of Deadwood meets the industrial boom of Peaky Blinders, with more grit and grunts than a packed third-class Victorian train carriage.

“And if the first episode is anything to go by, that’s a pretty gripping way to ride. There were precarious pulley-systems, gunpowder plots, gentle-hearted whores, brawls, cat fights, and third-degree burns all within the first 40 minutes.”

But The Daily Mail argued: “If the story rattled along, we’d have less time to notice how little sense it all makes. The fact that it’s so slow makes the plot look all the more absurd.”

Lamented Radio Times: “I really do, genuinely, like epics of sweep and scale, yet Jericho just doesn’t convince me.

“It feels too small, too parochial, as the little, often clichéd human dramas threaten to swamp the much bigger picture of social upheaval and unimagined change.”

Despite the premiere drawing 3.3 million viewers and the second episode three million, Jericho’s ratings came up short against against the BBC’s Death in Paradise and was axed after only one series.

The same week Jericho bows, Prime will farewell LimitlessStephen Fry in Central AmericaElementary and Madam Secretary.

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