Black Narcissus: Miniseries (2020)


Miniseries
Black Narcissus

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Black Narcissus doesn't quite escape the shadow of its cinematic forebear, but this miniseries sufficiently keeps the faith with excellent performances and visual splendor.

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Critic Ratings: 28

31%

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User Ratings: 32

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Air date: Nov 23, 2020

With the help of Mr. Dean, Sister Clodagh and the Sisters of St. Faith run a school at the mysterious palace of Mopu in the Himalayas, but some believe the palace is haunted.

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Air date: Nov 23, 2020

Sister Clodagh begins losing control of the convent; feelings arise between Clodagh, Ruth and Mr. Dean at the Christmas party.

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Air date: Nov 23, 2020

Dilip Rai and Kanchi are discovered together; Clodagh and Ruth clash over Mr. Dean; all the nuns confront their desires with tragic consequences.

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Cast & Crew

Gemma Arterton
Sister Clodagh

Actor
Alessandro Nivola
Mr. Dean

Actor
Aisling Franciosi
Sister Ruth

Actor
Rosie Cavaliero
Sister Briony

Actor
Karen Bryson
Sister Philippa

Actor
Patsy Ferran
Sister Blanche

Actor
Nila Aalia
Sister Angu Ayah

Actor
Kulvinder Ghir
General Toda Rai

Actor
Chaneil Kular
Dilip Rai

Actor
Dipika Kunwar
Kanchi

Actor
Gina McKee
Sister Adela

Actor
Soumil Malla
Joseph Anthony

Actor
Gianni Gonsalves
Srimati Rai

Actor
Diana Rigg
Mother Dorothea

Actor
Jim Broadbent
Father Roberts

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Ayela Butt
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Amanda Coe
Executive Producer
Andrew Macdonald
Executive Producer
Allon Reich
Executive Producer
Lucy Richer
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Audience Reviews for Black Narcissus: Miniseries

  • Jul 12, 2021
    Slow, boring, a slog to get through. 3 episodes at 1.5 hours apiece and I couldn't even get past the second episode. I'm no stranger to slow-burn and I actually like a lot of shows/movies that fit that description but for some reason I couldn't get interested enough in the characters and plot of this one to finish it. Halfway through the second episode (of 3 total episodes) and nothing of note happened. Sure, there were whisps of hints of things to come. There was foreshadowing (possibly) and small, strange things but nothing that kept my attention or made me want to "see what happens next". I'm angry I wasted the time I did on this. I'll take some people's advice and spend the rest of my time watching the original film instead. Nothing can be duller than watching almost 2 hours of this borefest except maybe watching paint dry.
  • Jun 07, 2021
    I found it as a drama, it's not bad. If you were looking for action then keep looking. Its a mysterious drama of leminis in the mountain's feeling hormonal temptations and other feelings nuns are forbidden from and guilt. The location and visual cam shots are breathtaking. Top notch. Thought it would be a bit darker but it was enough to keep me interested.
  • Mar 05, 2021
    Horny nuns in remote Himalayas, ghost is probably not the issue....just isolation and bone
  • Mar 02, 2021
    Ok, sadly, somewhat less than the sum of its parts. Yay for the production designers and the location shooting and the gorgeous cast of Nepali and Himalayan background and support. Yay for the truly mind-bending decision to make a show about Anglican nuns going insane in the Himalayas. So weird. I still can't believe someone decided to write a novel about that in the 1930s, but so glad it happened. Sigh for the missed opportunities of a program that didn't commit to a full-on psychological breakdown, OR a full-on haunt, OR a full-on realist drama. OR the fan-service ending that was staring us all in the face and then punted.
  • Feb 21, 2021
    The convincing performances, eye catching locale and complex characters make this mini-series remake of a 1940's classic watchable enough while the script makes it so forgettable.
  • Jan 22, 2021
    I really enjoyed this although I was left feeling like it could have been longer. Very dreary and almost gothic feeling at points. Very sad and dark story about repression and faith with a hint of the supernatural. Great performances by the cast.
  • Jan 21, 2021
    Borderline incoherent
  • Jan 12, 2021
    A bit rubbish, pointless, depressing, drawn out. lots of adjectives to describe this three part series.
  • Dec 30, 2020
    I don't get all the hate surrounding this. I haven't read the book or seen the film, so maybe this is where comparative bias can seep in. Judging this on its own merits, I would overall say that they could have done better but they still created an engaging drama. Hats off to Gemma Arterton and Alessandro Nivola for their great performances that pretty much carried the show. From the first moment they met you could feel the undeniable chemistry between them. An interesting story which with a bit more time and effort could have been superb.
  • Nov 28, 2020
    Black Narcissus 1947 is one of my favorites. I was a bit apprehensive when I saw a mini series was being made, I vowed not to watch. I decided to give it a chance and I was entertained. I think they did a pretty good job. I did like the acting and the slight additions to the story while not changing the story I'm familiar with, yes there was a bit of extra filler but it was fine. It does not surpass the perfection of the 1947 version but they did make it their own and it was entertaining. I would recommend it.

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