Back in 2018, a new series was released in the US, based on one of the most chilling true events in shipping history.
In 1845, two British ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror (yup that was its real name), set out in the hope of navigating the Northwest Passage to the Pacific. They were never heard from again.
The mystery of what happened to the 129 men onboard has inspired many works of fiction, among them Dan Simmons’ 2007 novel, The Terror, which was the inspiration behind the series of the same name.
The series flew largely under the radar back in 2018 – I know it completely passed me by – but has resurfaced on the BBC, where it’s set to air later this year.
Now, it’s all anyone can talk about.
Back when it first hit screens, Vanity Fair described it as “the most terrifying show to air in recent memory”.
That sentiment hasn’t changed with The Independent talking it up in a recent review as “an ageless story of mystery and fear, and easily the most compelling new drama to reach British screens this year”.
Per HELLO!, the story imagines what may have happened to the crew of the ships after they were trapped in the Arctic ice, with some supernatural flair thrown into some already horrifying findings from those who managed to recover the ships in 2014.
Modern day excavations [have] revealed fascinating details about the disaster. In 2014, a Canadian search term located the Erebus wreck in the Queen Maud Gulf.
Two years later, the Arctic Research Foundation located the wreck of HMS Terror. The findings conducted by modern forensics suggested the men were forced to resort to cannibalism in order to survive.
The Terror boasts a star-studded cast including Tobias Menzies from The Crown as Commander James Fitzjames, the captain of HMS Erebus, while Chernobyl’s Jared Harris plays Captain Francis Crozier, the leader of HMS Terror.
Check out the BBC trailer:
Here’s the full-length trailer from 2018:
For those who enjoy a good binge, you’ll be pleased to know there are 10 episodes to chew on.
I won’t let this pass me by again.
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