Review: Madame Bovary

Sophia Barthes’ Madame Bovary is a beautiful period adaptation of Gustav Flaubert’s novel that deals with its complicated heroine in a way that is both understanding and honest. The cinematography truly stands out as the star, making the film into a visual treat. The story follows the new wife of village doctor, Emma Bovary (Mia Wasikowska), who soon finds herself bored of the limited entertainments of a 19th century French provincial town. Her disappointment in her situation soon drives her…

Review: Decline and Fall – Episode 2

Decline and Fall continued to delight this week with its second episode, packed full again with witty dialogue, sharp visual gags and easy performances from a lively cast. Despite a leading man that many find polarising, and vague marketing, this show has excelled expectations and done the author of the source novel very proud indeed. After a busy set-up episode, the sequel largely transported us away from the stuffy boarding school of Paul Pennyweather's (Jack Whitehall) employment and into the bourgerious…

The Crown Rules Over The BAFTA TV Nominations

With an impressive five nominations, The Crown has taken the throne for top contender at this year's BAFTA TV awards. Netflix's most expensive series to date, this period drama about the royals cost at least £100 million to make for the first season of ten episodes. Among those nominations are Best Drama Series and Best Female Performance for leading actress Claire Foy. Supporting actors Jared Harris, John Lithgow and Vanessa Kirby also all earned individual nominations. Whilst period drama fans…

Review: Harlots – Episode 1

In the crowded list of recent bodice-ripping entertainment, a new British period drama has emerged on ITV's new subscription service, titled Harlots. Battling some garish marketing (more on that later) and another subscription charge that Netflix and Amazon users might see as excessive, it's certainly not got the media buzz it had hoped for.  Indeed, even writing about it is tricky - it's a strange, anachronistic creature, where the best efforts of the recognisable cast are somewhat clouded by some…

Review: Decline and Fall – Episode 1

The BBC unveiled their latest classic novel adaptation in the form of Decline and Fall, a televised version of Evelyn Waugh's 1928 comic novel. Featuring comedian Jack Whitehall as the lead and boasting American star Eva Longoria, it promises a light tone and easy humour. It achieved this well, but in the end it was the source material that really was the star of episode one, with sharp quotes punctuating busy scenes. Despite an unusual leading couple, Decline and Fall…

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Adrien Brody Joins ‘Peaky Blinders’ Cast For Season Four

In exciting news for Peaky Blinders fans, Academy Award-winning actor Adrien Brody has joined the cast of the gritty period drama series. Joining lead actors Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy and Helen McCrory, Brody is rumoured to play a character with a 'formidable presence', that writer Steven Knight wrote with the actor in mind. Adrien Brody is an American actor who reached worldwide recognition in 2002's The Pianist, which won him the Oscar for Best Actor. Since then he's alternated between big budget…

Review: The Lost City of Z (The Fan Carpet)

There are gaps in everyone's knowledge, and the same can be said of me when it comes to the early 20th century. I know the exploits of adventurer Ernest Shackleton, but I had never heard of Fawcett, a real life adventurer and contemporary whose exploits make up the subject of The Lost City of Z. With that said, what we are presented with in this film, is a beautiful and remarkably paced film that offers a fascinating take on a little-known…

Brian Cox’s Prime Minister Takes Centre Stage In First ‘Churchill’ Trailer

The first trailer has been released for wartime drama Churchill, starring Brian Cox as the eponymous prime minister. Set in the run up to the D-Day landings in 1944, it looks at Winston Churchill as he grapples with both power and age. It also focuses on a fractious period with future US president General Dwight D. Eisenhower (John Slattery).  Take a look at the trailer below - Filmed across Scotland, it also stars Miranda Richardson as Clementine Churchill and Ella…

10 Beautiful Period Drama Costumes From Television and Film : The Gown Edition

One of the many delights of brilliant period dramas come from the costumes. They can simply be sumptuous, but the majority of the time costumes also send a message about the character's state of mind, and of how they're trying to portray themselves in their environment. The most iconic costumes are undoubtedly the gowns, and we've picked a top 10 from period dramas over the years. Check out the gallery and the descriptions below - do you agree with our choices?…

Trailer Released For New Period Drama Series ‘Jamestown’

A 30-second teaser trailer has been revealed for a raunchy new Sky One period drama titled Jamestown. From what we can see, there's no starched cravats and delicate finery in the traditional style, but rather an abundance of sex and violence along the lines of the recent Taboo. It certainly looks intriguing; check out the small clip below - As the trailer states, this show shares the same creators as Downton Abbey, despite a very different tone. It will be…