‘Troy: Fall of a City’ is a British and American series that airs on BBC One in the United Kingdom and internationally on Netflix. The series first premiered on February 17, 2018, and is a co-production between BBC One and Netflix. It vividly revives the Trojan battle between the Trojan and Greek armies. Sitting in the historic annals of Greece as a battle of pride, lust, and the demise of the great Achilles, the series revisits the period and recounts the love that brewed between Paris and Helen. For a reference point, Wolfgang Peterson’s 2004 epic-drama ‘Troy‘ is also based on the same war, albeit it takes a different route and focuses on the war. And it has a much better cast including Brad Pitt as Achilles, Eric Bana as Hector, Orlando Bloom as Paris and Diane Kruger as Helen.
Despite very high expectations from the show, considering the budget involved and the rich source material, the execution was not up to the mark and was ultimately disappointing. The viewership ratings were also rather low. However, critics did praise the show, especially the set design, costumes, acting, the portrayal of Helen, showing the psychological effect of the war, and the inclusion of Gods. However, they were quick to pan the show’s dialogue. Despite the apparent poor writing, the show stuck to the original source material which polarized views, with some praising the faithfulness, and other critiquing the lack of originality.
Troy: Fall of a City Cast: Who is in it?
The main cast of ‘Troy: Fall of a City’ includes actors and actresses that play out characters from history, reenacting the Trojan war. We see Louis Hunter as Paris and Bella Dayne as Helen of Troy. It is no mystery to fans of literature or history that it was the illicit love and subsequent elopement of Paris and Helen that instigated the Trojan war.
David Threlfall appears as Priam, the King of Troy, and father to Paris and Hector. Hector, the older brother, and a celebrated Trojan warrior is played by Tom Weston-Jones. Joseph Mawle appears in the role of Odysseus who was an important factor in winning the war.
Johnny Harris plays Agamemnon, the king who waged the war against Troy on behalf of Menelaus, the wronged husband of Helen. Menelaus is played by Jonas Armstrong. David Gyasi is Achilles and those who have seen the movie know just how important that one warrior was in the entire course of the assault against Troy.
There are several other characters including the Greek Gods, Hermes, Zeus, Hera, Athena. Together these characters manage to capture the essence and magnitude of the Trojan War, which has become a cornerstone moment of human history.