Rich Phippen sits down with actor David Gyasi (Agreus Astrayon) to talk about Amazon’s Carnival Row, the Victorian Noir fairy tale detective series starring Orlando Bloom, Cara Delevingne, Tamzin Merchant, Andrew Gower, Indira Varma, Jared Harris and Alice Krige. The many secrets and theories surrounding the series have made a big impression on audiences waiting for the next big TV fantasy series following the end of Game of Thrones, and this may well be it.

Gyasi (Interstellar, The Dark Knight Rises, Cloud Atlas) talks about showrunner Travis Beacham’s huge world and how it was written ten years ago, and yet how it still feels relevant to today’s world. There is discussion on the real world parallels to today’s society with immigration, social hatred and so on, as well as the incredible scale of the world and how it was put together so viscerally on screen. The costumes, the locations and visual effects combine to convey a world in motion, and Gyasi talks of the ability of television series (particularly on the streaming services) to bring in visual effects, make up and cinematography and make something that wouldn’t look out of place on the big screen.

Carnival Row is now streaming.


A human detective and a fairy rekindle a dangerous affair in a Victorian fantasy world, where the city’s uneasy peace collapses when a string of murders reveals an unimaginable monster.