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Dune Episode 1 : The universe is ruled by an empire of noble groups: The Bene Gesserit, The Guild and The Great Houses, who compete for the planets in particular the desert planet, Arrakis and the harvesting of "spice" a rare, mind-enhancing element, enabling space travel. Emperor Shaddam 1V has assigned Duke Leto Atreides (William Hurt) and his family to take charge of Arrakis and the production of "spice". However, Leto s bitter enemy the evil Baron Vladimir Harkonnen (Ian McNeice), who formerly ruled the planet, vows to win it back. In the midst of treachery and betrayal, Baron Harkonnen invades Arrakis and forces Leto s son Paul (Alec Newman) and wife Jessica (Saskia Reeves) to flee into the harsh desert. Here Paul becomes aware of his destiny

Dune Episode 2 : The evil Baron Harkonnen hands rulership of Arrakis to his brutal nephew Rabban, who intends to establish order with an iron fist. But, Paul Arteidesand his mother Jessica have survived their escape into the inhospitable desert with the help of the Fremen - a race of desert nomads.
The strengthening power of "spice" enables Paul to establish himself as the Fremen leader, Muad did. Whilst Paul struggles with the realisation of his fate, the Fremen rejoice in the new leader, who they believe will finally free them from oppression

Dune Episode 3 : Paul Atreides and his army of Fremen create havoc on Arrakis and threaten to stop theflow of the "spice" being harvested by the Harkonnen. The Emperor, Baron Harkonnen and even the Bene Gesserit sisterhood are pressing for war.A massive fleet of spaceships and imperial troops of the Empire invade the desert planet. Paul increases his strength by drinking from the "Water of Life". With the support of the Fremen, Paul attacks the Empire in a bloody battle.

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Amazon.co.uk Review
Frank Herbert's Dune is a three-part, four-and-a-half-hour television adaptation of the author's bestselling science fiction novel, telling a more complete version of the Dune saga than David Lynch's 1984 cinema film. The novel is a massive political space-opera so filled with characters, cultures, intrigues and battles that even a production twice this length would have trouble fitting everything in. While television is good at setting a scene, it loses the novel's capacity to explain how the future works, and as with Lynch's film, Frank Herbert's Dune focuses on Paul Atreides, the young noble betrayed who becomes a rebel leader--an archetypal story reworked everywhere from Star Wars (1977) to Gladiator (2000).

Top-billed William Hurt is only in the first of the three 90-minute episodes, and while he gives a commanding performance, carrying the show falls to the less charismatic Alec Newman. This version is at its strongest in the ravishing Renaissance-inspired production and costume design and gorgeous lighting of Vittorio Storaro (The Last Emperor). The TV budget special effects range from awful painted backdrops to excellent CGI spaceships and sandworms. The performances are variable, from the theatrical camp of Ian McNeice as Baron Harkonnen to the subtlety of Julie Cox's Princess Iruelan. John Harrison's direction is less visionary than Lynch's, but he tells the story more coherently and ultimately the tale's the thing. --Gary S. Dalkin
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