Black Narcissus has released its first trailer, and the new BBC/FX drama promises everything from "paradise" and "perversion" to "sanctuary" and "sin".
Set in the 1930s, Black Narcissus tells a tale of sexual repression and forbidden love as a group of nuns, including Sister Clodagh (played by Gemma Arterton), travel from their British convent to Nepal to set up a branch of their order in the remote palace of Mopu.
The group end up in the so-called House of Women, a place of sensuality where Sister Clodagh becomes increasingly attracted to handsome land agent Mr Dean (Alessandro Nivola).
But as the repressed memories of Sister Clodagh's past become entangled with the tragic history of long-dead Princess Srimati (Gianni Gonsalves), it seems that history is doomed to repeat itself.
Are there really ghosts in the Himalayas, or are the nuns just giving in to long-repressed primal desires? And which of them is prepared to die – or even kill – for love?
The first-look trailer sees Sister Clodagh being told that she may not be ready to visit the "wild place" that is the palace and that could have been an accurate assessment, as she and her fellow nuns begin to struggle with the "unusual things" that happen there.
As Sister Clodagh struggles to battle temptation, she is also seen shaving her head and burning her hand on a candle, while the drama also seems to feature a fierce argument between two of the nuns.
Black Narcissus also stars iconic actress Dame Diana Rigg, who passed away earlier this month, as Mother Dorothea, Harry Potter actor Jim Broadbent as Father Roberts and Bodyguard star Gina McKee as Sister Adela.
Aisling Franciosi, Rosie Cavaliero, Patsy Ferran, Karen Bryson and Dipika Kunwar also star.
The three-part series is directed by first-time director Charlotte Bruus Christensen, who has worked as Director of Photography on movies including The Girl On The Train and A Quiet Place, while DNA TV and FX Productions have produced the adaptation.
The project was first announced back in 2017, with writer Coe saying: "I'm thrilled to be adapting Black Narcissus for BBC One. It's a truly extraordinary love story, as well as a brilliantly unsettling piece of 20th century gothic about the power of a place to get under your skin and the dangers of refusing to learn from history."
Black Narcissus will premiere all three episodes on FX in the US on Monday, November 23. In the UK, the show will premiere on BBC One in December.
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