This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 20th August 2017

News comes in waves, and since last week felt like a tsunami of big news, this week has been much quieter! Still, we've got a few exciting first looks at upcoming period dramas, and a couple of long reads that fans of the genre will enjoy. Grab a cup of tea and lets get started... Saoirse Ronan is Mary, Queen of Scots in first photo This week we got the first look at an exciting upcoming movie Mary Queen of…

5 Reasons Why You Should Watch (or Rewatch) BBC’s 2016 War and Peace

Between January and February 2016, the BBC aired a new adaptation of Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy's epic tome, War & Peace. Split into six episodes of around an hour, it was scripted by period drama veteran Andrew Davies (of 1995 Pride and Prejudice miniseries fame) and picked up 25% of the TV audience share in its first hour. Television critics raved about it, but it received a more mixed reaction among Tolstoy experts and social media users. Much was made…

This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 13th August 2017

It's been a crazy week with no less than two huge bombshells in the world of period dramas, along with the usual updates and articles. There's loads to look forward to - give the stories below a read and get caught up... Season 2 of The Crown gets its first trailer This was the sort of news that couldn't wait! Netflix released the first trailer for season 2 of The Crown and it is 90 seconds of pure thrilling drama.…

The Battle of Style vs. Substance in Period Dramas and Film

A few weeks ago, I was discussing a new studio film with a colleague when I was reminded of a particular debate among film lovers. He hadn't really enjoyed the film, which I had loved, and declared it as being 'too much style over substance'. I agreed, but was quietly fascinated by the fact that its showy flourishes had instilled adoration in me, but had repelled my colleague. Is there value in giving a film a free pass, even if…

This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 6th August 2017

As with most entertainment in August, news has been fairly quiet this week. That's why I hope you'll forgive me for missing a week - the Lost In Drama offices had a change of location that didn't leave much time for writing! However, we've still got a few good stories for you this week, so grab a cup of tea and get stuck in... First trailer released for convent-set period drama Novitiate Set in 1964, Novitiate is a new film…

The Addictive Agony of Watching Poldark

Edgar Allan Poe, eternal literary legend and one of my favourite ultimate goths, wrote this in a letter during the last year of his life: 'I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge.' He was talking about alcohol in that letter, and the sentiment is tough and painful, but I was reminded of it in a far more frivolous tone whilst watching Poldark this week. The BBC drama has, in blunt terms, been…

This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 23rd July 2017

All the film and television news is coming from San Diego this week with Comic Con, but we've got a few period drama updates for you. Don't forget to catch up on BBC iPlayer too - yesterday had a whole afternoon devoted to Jane Austen to celebrate her bicentenary, and there's a number of documentaries now on offer if you can catch them! In the meantime, catch up on everything else here. Natalie Portman's Planetarium gets a US release date…

Review: Dunkirk

Director Christopher Nolan has become synonymous with mind-bending budget blockbusters, from his polarising sci-fi Inception to recent space epic Interstellar. This time he's focused on a subject more grounded with Dunkirk, a historical thriller set in the 1940 evacuation of British troops from the French coast. The final product is breathtaking in scale and unconventional in its storytelling approach. Dunkirk is divided into three intersecting stories - the beach, the sea and the air. Newcomer Fionn Whitehead leads the cast…

This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 16th July 2017

There's been a lack of posts on Lost In Drama this week, so apologies! An upcoming home move and a lot of travelling hasn't left the usual time for binge watching and writing. There was plenty of news however, so lets get caught up on what the last week has brought us for period dramas. Joe Wright's Darkest Hour gets its first trailer Another interpretation of Winston Churchill is coming to UK screens in the form of Darkest Hour, directed…