Updated Oct. 5, 2023 – A new period drama is headed our way this fall with the debut of The Buccaneers! The series is lead by an all-female creative team, with Katherine Jakeways serving as creator, writer, and executive producer. She’s joined by Susanna White and Beth Willis.
It’s a story about women, and lead by women behind the scenes. You can definitely count me in. Here’s everything we know ahead of the show’s release!
The Buccaneers release date and where to watch
The Buccaneers premieres Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023 on Apple TV+. If you’re not subscribed to the streamer, you can do so for $6.99/month to get access to the series, as well as everything else in the company’s catalog.
The period drama has a total of eight episodes. The first three will be released on premiere day, Nov. 8. Those will be followed by one new episode weekly until the finale on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2023. We provided a breakdown of the episode release schedule for you to follow along below:
- Episode 1 – Nov. 8
- Episode 2 – Nov. 8
- Episode 3 – Nov. 8
- Episode 4 – Nov. 15
- Episode 5 – Nov. 22
- Episode 6 – Nov. 29
- Episode 7 – Dec. 6
- Episode 8 (finale) – Dec. 13
The series will feature hits from some of today’s top artists like “all-american bi**h by Olivia Rodrigo (which you can hear in the trailer below!) and Miya Folick’s “What We Wanna.” Other “female-forward songs” throughout the production will come from Taylor Swift, Boygenius, Maggie Rogers, Bikini Kill, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Angel Olsen, Brandi Carlile and more, the streamer shares. Though it’s a period drama, it’s going to feature a modern soundtrack.
Cast: Who stars in the new period drama?
The series stars Kristine Froseth, Alisha Boe, Christina Hendricks, and more. Froseth, who plays Nan St. George in the show, is known for her roles as Kelly Aldrich in The Society on Netflix, Alaska Young in Looking for Alaska on Hulu, and young Betty Ford in The First Lady on Showtime.
If you watched 13 Reasons Why on Netflix, then the name Alisha Boe probably sounds familiar. That’s because the actress played Jessica Davis in the teen drama. She also portrayed Tara in the movie Do Revenge. Hendricks is known for being a main cast member in Mad Men as Joan Harris and in Good Girls as Beth Boland. Check out the full cast list below:
- Kristine Froseth as Nan St. George
- Alisha Boe as Conchita Closson
- Josie Totah as Mabel Elmsworth
- Aubri Ibrag as Lizzy Elmsworth
- Imogen Waterhouse as Jinny St. George
- Mia Threapleton as Honoria Marable
- Christina Hendricks as Mrs. St. George
- Josh Dylan as Lord Richard Marable
- Barney Fishwick as Lord James Seadown
- Guy Remmers as Theo, The Duke of Tintagel
- Matthew Broome as Guy Thwarte
- Simone Kirby as Laura Testvalley
- Francesca Corney as Jean Hopeleigh
What the story is all about
The Buccaneers follows the story of girls with money and men with power, according to Apple TV+. We’re going to see a group of young American girls make their way to a “tightly corseted” London in the 1870s to take part in the season to find themselves husbands and titles. But their hearts aren’t just focused on marriage, and saying “I do is just the beginning.” How will their American culture also be perceived and taken by the British who have done things a certain way for centuries? Check out the official logline and synopsis below:
"The Buccaneers are the daughters of America’s new rich — beautiful and untameable, despite the best efforts of England’s finest governesses, they are on their way to London to snare themselves an aristocrat, low in funds but high in class, to make a perfect match.Girls with money, men with power. New money, old secrets. A group of fun-loving young American girls explode into the tightly corseted London season of the 1870s, kicking off an Anglo-American culture clash as the land of the stiff upper lip is infiltrated by a refreshing disregard for centuries of tradition. Sent to secure husbands and titles, the buccaneers’ hearts are set on much more than that, and saying “I do” is just the beginning."
The trailer reveals how the group of lovely girls are bringing America to London, a look at the beautiful period costumes we’re going to see, and it seems like Nan will be caught in a love triangle. Check out the video below:
The Buccaneers series is based on a book by author Edith Wharton that she was not able to finish before she passed away. It was published posthumously in 1938. She died on Aug. 11, 1937 at the age of 75 after suffering a stroke.
The novelist became the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction in 1921 for her book The Age of Innocence. Being an aristocrat herself, she drew from personal experiences and knowledge to write about the part of the Gilded Age she was actually living. Other known projects from the author include The House of Mirth and Ethan Frome.
Check out the first-look images below!
Stay tuned to Hidden Remote as we bring you news and updates about The Buccaneers ahead of its release Nov. 8, 2023 on Apple TV+!