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Rebellion - (S01E03)

War . Drama

RTÉ's new five-part 1916 commemorative drama Rebellion begins with the outbreak of World War I. As expectations of a short and glorious campaign are dashed, social stability is eroded and Irish nationalism comes to the fore. The tumultuous events that follow are seen through the eyes of a group of friends from Dublin, Belfast and London as they play vital and conflicting roles in the narrative of Ireland's independence.

Episode Title: Episode 3
Airs: 2016-01-17 at 21:30
  • Gail Pennington

    If this sounds merely soapy, know that by the third hour, the English are executing rebels via firing squad, shops are being looted, innocent urchins are shot down and battle lines have been drawn between lovers and families.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • John Anderson

    Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the bloody event over three nights, this five-part series is a bit like the uprising itself: Under-strategized, perilously emotional, more than a little short-handed. Passion, however, is abundant. So is spectacular acting.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Vikram Murthi

    Rebellion tries to do too much at once, but much like the Easter Rising itself, it’s the trying that deserves plenty of attention.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    In the three-night mini-series Rebellion, serious historical drama goes up against tedious soap opera, and the battle ends in more or less of a stalemate.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joe McGovern

    This unfocused three-night miniseries puts a dull Downton luster on gritty events. [22/29 Apr 2016, p.104]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    Rebellion clearly aims to create a wide array of viewpoints on this tense period in Irish history, but manages to sabotage itself regularly with questionable pacing and an ungainly bunch of under-developed characters.

    Variety Full Review

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