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It's 1715 on the Bahamian island of Santa Campana, the first functioning democracy in the Americas, where the diabolical pirate Edward Teach, a.k.a. Blackbeard, reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors. Part shantytown, part marauder's paradise, this is a place like no other on earth - and a mounting threat to international commerce. To gain control of this fearsome society, Tom Lowe, a highly skilled undercover assassin, is sent to the buccaneers' haven to take down the brilliant and charismatic Blackbeard. But the closer Lowe gets, the more he finds that his quest is not so simple. Lowe can't help but admire the political ideals of Blackbeard, whose thirst for knowledge knows no bounds - and no law. But Lowe is not the only danger to Blackbeard's rule. He is a man with many villainous rivals and one great weakness - a passionately driven woman whom he cannot deny.

From the award-winning creator of "Luther," Neil Cross, and award-winning producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, comes an extraordinary action adventure with an unexpected moral center where one can't be sure whether the pirates or the British crown are the villains.

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Episode Info

Next: 1x07 -- Beggarman (Jul/25/2014)

With few allies left in Santa Campana, things take a turn for the worse for Tom when Nenna's plans for escape puts him in her deadly crosshairs. Meanwhile, James makes an unexpected alliance that could cost both him and Lowe their lives.

Prev: 1x06 -- A Hole in the Head (Jul/18/2014)

Tom reveals his true identity to Kate in an attempt to convince her to leave Santa Campana. Meanwhile, Blackbeard's plans with the Wildman unfurl and the commodore insists that Tom operate on him.

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Available Episodes

A Hole in the Head
Jul 18, 2014
Season 1 episode 6

The Return
Jul 11, 2014
Season 1 episode 5

Jun 27, 2014
Season 1 episode 4

The Man Who Killed B..
Jun 20, 2014
Season 1 episode 3

The Covenant
Jun 06, 2014
Season 1 episode 2

The Devil’s Domini..
May 30, 2014
Season 1 episode 1

John MalkovichJohn Malkovich
As Edward "Blackbeard" Teach
Richard CoyleRichard Coyle
As Tom Lowe
Claire FoyClaire Foy
As Kate Balfour
Yasmine Al MassriYasmine Al Massri
As Selima El Sharad
David HoflinDavid Hoflin
As Charles Rider
Chris PerfettiChris Perfetti
As Tim Fletch
Tracy IfeachorTracy Ifeachor
As Nenna Ajanlekoko


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1x6: A Hole in the Head recap: Night in Santa Campana, and Selima listens outside of Blackbeard's room as he pleasures himself with several prostitutes. She walks off, while Blackbeard dozes off and dreams of a crying baby... read more.

1x5: The Return recap: Jagger holds Antoinette underwater, submerging her over and over to force her to tell him where he can find Blackbeard... read more.

1x4: Antoinette recap: Selima comes to see Blackbeard in his bedchambers and removes her dress. She gets into bed with him and kisses him, saying that she feels that the time is right. He pulls away from her and says that whatever is wrong with her won't be made right by lying to him... read more.

1x3: The Man Who Killed Blackbeard recap: Blackbeard is lying in his bed resting when he hears a child call "Father.".. read more.

1x2: The Covenant recap: Blackbeard looks at the Chronometer that James has rebuilt for him, and congratulates him on his efforts... read more.
Recurring Guests

Peter Stebbings as James Balfour (6 eps)
Ezra Buzzington as Oswald Eisengrim (5 eps)
Julian Sands as William Jagger (5 eps)
Henry Hereford as Frederick Nightingale (5 eps)
Natalie Hoflin as Rose (5 eps)
Lauren Shaw as Antoinette (4 eps)
Aimee Mullins as Woman in White (3 eps)
Michael Desante as Callow (2 eps)
Kevin Ryan as John Finnegan (2 eps)
Emilien De Falco as Alain Mersault (2 eps)

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Classification: Scripted
Genre: Action | Adventure | Drama
Status: New Series
Network: NBC ( USA)
Airs: Fridays at 10:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: May 30, 2014
Episode Order: 10
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