“Crossbones” — Pirates Set Sail

"Crossbones" cast

CROSSBONES — Season: 1– Pictured: (l-r) David Hoflin as Charles Vane, Tracy Ifeachor as Nenna, Yasmine Al Massri as Selima El Sharad, John Malkovich as Blackbeard, Claire Foy as Kate, Chris Perfetti as Fletch, Richard Coyle as Tom Lowe — (Photo by: Sandro/NBC)

NBC kicks off the summer TV season this Friday, May 30th with Crossbones, the ambitious new project from Neil Cross (creator of the award-winning hit Luther).

Crossbones is a compelling new one-hour drama filled with extraordinary action, adventure and intrigue -– set in a world where one can never be sure just who is hero and who is villain.

It’s 1729. On the secret island of Santa Compana, Edward Teach, better known as the barbarous pirate Blackbeard (Emmy winner John Malkovich, “Death of a Salesman,” “Red”), reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreants. Part shantytown, part utopia, part marauder’s paradise, this is a place like no other.

Blackbeard has designs on the Longitude Chronometer, an invention that will change the world. During a massive attack on an English vessel, his most trusted pirates attempt to steal the device. But on board is Tom Lowe (Richard Coyle, “Covert Affairs”), an English spy working undercover as ship’s surgeon. Lowe’s mission is to prevent the Chronometer from falling into the hands of pirates — and to assassinate Blackbeard, should the opportunity arise.

Taken as prisoner to Santa Compana, Lowe must find a way to reassemble the precious chronometer, all while trying to foil Blackbeard’s master plan — a plan that includes a greater threat to the English throne than merely pirates…

In addition to Cross, executive producers include Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald (“Gladiator,” “Men in Black”), Ted Gold (“Three Rivers”), and Ciaran Donnelly (“Vikings,” “The Tudors”).


  1. Sam Sloan says

    I really enjoyed the first episode. I am looking forward to the rest of the series. Malkovich is always such a treat to watch act. He is truly unique and one of the best.

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