The Irish are world-renowned storytellers but now our stories are being told for us on Netflix. If you want an Irish twist on your thriller, “The Rebellion” is showing on Netflix, a miniseries that dramatizes the events surrounding the 1916 Easter Rising that ultimately led to the liberation of Ireland.
Produced by the Irish broadcaster, RTE, “The Rebellion” was commissioned to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Rising and on release the state broadcaster’s most expensive drama was said to “be destined to court controversy”, according to the Irish Mirror. The New York Times said “no undue attempt is made to romanticize the Irish nationalists. They’re a brave but poorly organized, ragtag bunch” while the LA Times took a different view, saying it’s “a soapy mess that ignores the actual drama of the times in favor of following three women as they deal with sexism, forbidden love, unwanted pregnancy and the need for women doctors.”
The series begins with the outbreak of World War I, as fictional characters cross paths with well-known historical figures like Eamon de Valera, Countess Markievicz and Patrick Pearse. What better way to celebrate a night in than cuddle up to this?