The Luminaries: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
The Luminaries

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Lucious, but lacking, The Luminaries has style and character to spare, but those looking for a little more depth may be left wanting.

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Critic Ratings: 30

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User Ratings: 7

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Episodes

Air date: Feb 14, 2021

1865. Anna and Emery meet on a voyage to New Zealand, but their plans to reunite are frustrated.

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Lydia and Carver hatch a plan to free Carver from his convict past.

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Anna's suspicions are aroused as Lydia prepares to host a party. The key to the safe containing Crosbie's gold goes missing, and Lauderback is blackmailed by Carver.

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Emery and Anna have a disastrous reunion. In 1866, Anna is losing hope.

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A stranger arrives in town and the events of the night Crosbie Wells died are pieced together.

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Anna is tried for murder. New evidence reveals a connection between Lauderback and Crosbie Wells.

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Cast & Crew

Erik Thomson
Dick Mannering
Ewen Leslie
Crosbie Wells
Matthew Sunderland
Joseph Pritchard
Eva Green
Lydia Wells
Himesh Patel
Emery Staines
Matt Whelan
Cowell Devlin
Marton Csokas
Francis Carver
Eve Hewson
Anna Wetherell
Benedict Hardie
Alistair Lauderback
Richard Te Are
Te Rau Tauwhare
Mark Mitchinson
Thomas Balfour
Callan Mulvey
George Shepard
Paolo Rotondo
Aubert Gascoigne
Byron Coll
Charlie Frost
Kieran Charnock
Edgar Clinch
Erroll Shand
Harald Nilssen
Gary Young
Quee Long
Joel Tobeck
Benjamin Lowenthal
Scott Wills
Police Officer
Andrew Woodhead
Executive Producer
Timothy White
Executive Producer
Claudia Bluemhuber
Executive Producer
Christian Vesper
Executive Producer
Eric Fellner
Executive Producer
Tim Bevan
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for The Luminaries Season 1

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (13)

In this scattershot adaptation, all you can see is an eclipse of something that's probably quite beautiful when it is full.

Feb 17, 2021 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

The twists and turns of The Luminaries are mild, and despite a textbook-level satisfactory conclusion to these many narrative threads, the emotions never quite come through.

Feb 17, 2021 | Rating: 6.2/10 | Full Review…

The plot's lack of confidence notwithstanding, for some people Green's presence may provide enough reason to drift along from one beautiful sight to the next, unconcerned as to where it's all leading.

Feb 16, 2021 | Full Review…

It's remarkable that the miniseries, which distills a novel of more than 800 pages to just six hours of screen time, retains such thematic depth.

Feb 16, 2021 | Full Review…

The show has a certain rigid clumsiness in taking on complicated source material that does not serve it well. Despite engaging lead performances and attention to visual detail, The Luminaries never lights up.

Feb 16, 2021 | Full Review…

The Luminaries is worth your time on a lazy Sunday, but maybe not for an exciting Friday night binge.

Mar 8, 2021 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Supernatural drama has murder, sex work, opium, alcohol.

Mar 3, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

All told, The Luminaries is a beautifully acted, good-looking, and unfortunately forgettable adventure.

Feb 18, 2021 | Full Review…

While the show's murder mystery is gussied up with mystical mumbo jumbo and a complicated presentation, these things amount to very little, ultimately resulting in an exasperating and uneven viewing experience.

Feb 17, 2021 | Full Review…

For its literary heritage and cast alone, the series is definitely worth checking out, but make sure you tape it so you can hit the rewind button often to figure out what the hell is going on.

Feb 16, 2021 | Full Review…

The three leads, Patel, Hewson and Green, all do good jobs with their roles, but the show just feels like it's going to wander in the wilderness like the delirious Anna before it figures out where to go.

Feb 16, 2021 | Full Review…

As Peak TV "The Luminaries," which first aired on the BBC in 2020, is gorgeously envisioned.

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Audience Reviews for The Luminaries: Season 1

  • Mar 18, 2021
    The way they jump around in time leads to a disjointed handling of the story. They attempt to make it more of a mystery but end of leaving it feel disjointed.

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