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Thursday 23 May 2024

Apple TV+ Announces Premiere Date for "Time Bandits" Series Adaptation

Time Bandits

Image: Apple TV Press

By Jon Donnis

Apple TV+ has revealed the global premiere date for the eagerly anticipated comedic adventure series, "Time Bandits." The first television adaptation of the beloved cult classic film will launch on Wednesday, July 24. This fresh take on the iconic movie has been crafted for the small screen by Jemaine Clement ("Flight of the Conchords"), Iain Morris ("The Inbetweeners"), and Taika Waititi ("Our Flag Means Death"). The series is produced by Paramount Television Studios, Anonymous Content's AC Studios, and MRC.

Watch the original film at https://apple.co/3WO34Du

"Time Bandits" follows an unpredictable journey through time and space, featuring a ragtag group of thieves led by an eccentric crew, with their latest recruit being an 11-year-old history enthusiast named Kevin. Together, they embark on an exciting quest to save Kevin's parents—and ultimately, the world. Guided by the character played by Lisa Kudrow, the band of adventurers encounters epic historical events and faces malevolent forces that threaten their mission and existence.

The show promises an engaging mix of historical settings and fantastical elements as the Time Bandits navigate through different eras. Their adventures include witnessing the creation of Stonehenge, experiencing the action of the Trojan Horse, escaping dinosaurs in the prehistoric ages, causing chaos during medieval times, and encountering various ancient civilizations. The series also touches on significant cultural periods such as the Harlem Renaissance, among many others.

"Time Bandits" aims to captivate a broad audience, with its live-action storytelling appealing to viewers aged 9 to 99. The star-studded cast includes Lisa Kudrow ("The Comeback"), Kal-El Tuck ("Unseeing Evil"), Tadhg Murphy ("Conversations with Friends"), Roger Jean Nsengiyumva ("You Don't Know Me"), Rune Temte ("Eddie the Eagle"), Charlyne Yi ("Knocked Up"), Rachel House ("Heartbreak High"), Kiera Thompson ("Martyrs Lane"), James Dryden ("Ready Player One"), Felicity Ward ("The Office Australia"), Francesca Mills ("Harlots"), and Imaan Hadchiti ("Thor: Love and Thunder"). The series also features special guest appearances by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement.

The 10-episode series is a collaborative production between Paramount Television Studios, Anonymous Content's AC Studios, and MRC. Jemaine Clement, Iain Morris, and Taika Waititi serve as executive producers, writers, and directors for select episodes, with Clement and Morris taking on the roles of co-showrunners. Additional executive producers include Garrett Basch, Tim Coddington, and Jane Stanton, who represents Handmade Films.

With its unique blend of comedy, adventure, and historical exploration, "Time Bandits" is set to become a standout addition to the Apple TV+ lineup, promising to deliver an entertaining and thrilling experience for audiences around the world.

Premiering Wednesday, 24 July

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