Review: Hostiles

Hostiles begins as many past Westerns have - with an attack. Conducted with brutal detachment, we witness a native tribe murder a white family in 1892 America and burn down a settlement before leaving it to dust. A lone woman is left without the life she had previously, cut from roots and overwhelmed by the prospect of building anything from the nothing she has left. What we're less prepared for is a reflection on the limitations of that portrayal. We're…

This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 14th January 2018

The January blues are upon us but there's still plenty on the small screen to entertain. This week we're awaiting the release of two intriguing historical dramas and have received news of two big casting announcements. Are you ready? Let's begin... Two experimental historical dramas meet their due date As the Christmas trees go back to the garage, the time for cosy costume dramas of bonnets and cravats is over. In its place we've got two bombastic television shows to…

Review: Little Women – Episode 3

Finally Lost In Drama reaches our episode three review of Little Women, although very late - sorry! A case of festive frivolities and the inevitable flu that followed wiped out writing for a period. A very belated Happy Christmas to those who celebrate it and I hope the winter break went well for you all. Catch up with our reviews of episode one and two if you haven't already! Now, the final episode of Little Women has been rewatched so…

Review: Little Women – Episode 2

The next episode of Little Women continued to race through a number of plot points at breakneck speed, leaving us all wondering how on earth previous film versions have managed to cram in everything in just two thirds of the time. In one hour, Jo's improbable career found a boost, Laurie made a move, Amy was bored, Meg got married and Beth almost succumbed to a fatal illness - plus, lots more. There was much to weep over and the drama…

Meet The Real People Behind Five Classic Historical Dramas

Watching period dramas is one of the safest ways to escape the present. So, even though we aren’t able to travel in time, we can go back in the past by watching some of the best period dramas created. Today, we're looking at the real people that inspired five classic dramas, to separate a little fact from fiction. [caption id="attachment_1366" align="aligncenter" width="650"] Credit: HanWay Films[/caption] Becoming Jane (2007) If you’re a fan of period dramas, you must be acquainted with Jane…

Review: Little Women – Episode 1

In the canon of beloved novels, Little Women has been a treasured part of many childhoods. From cultural references (warning: very old spoilers) to many affectionate adaptations, the BBC bravely chose their latest screen version as the star of their Christmas schedule. It's a starry affair, with Emily Watson portraying matriarch Marmee, Angela Lansbury as Aunt March and Michael Gambon as Mr Lawrence. The younger actors are less known but no less talented, with Uma Thurman's daughter Maya Hawke playing tomboy…

Review: Victoria Christmas Special – ‘Comfort and Joy’

Two months after the conclusion of season two, Victoria returned to British screens for a Christmas special, titled 'Comfort and Joy'. It ended up being a bit of a rollercoaster two hours with little comfort or joy, covering everything from Christmas traditions and heartache, to venereal diseases and unfortunately ice accidents. By the end, and after eating my weight in turkey, I was more than ready to call time on the day. Chief showrunner Daisy Goodwin took on writing duties…

This Week in Period Dramas – The Christmas Edition 17th December 2017

It's been a while since I've done one of these, as a combination of holidays, big period dramas and the instant arrival of an entire season of The Crown (thanks, Netflix) has kept me busy. So let's jump right back in, as the season of giving has left quite a bit of period drama-shaped previews in the last few weeks. Even better, UK fans can look forward to adaptations of Little Women and Jessie Burton's The Miniaturist gracing our screens over…

Review: The Crown, Season 2 – Episode 10 ‘Mystery Man’

We've reached the conclusion of season two of The Crown. It's also our final episode with Claire Foy and Matt Smith as the leads, along with much of the rest of the cast, potentially. Fortunately, Foy and Smith reminded us of exactly how phenomenal they are in this show with a quiet, but poignant, finale. I love Olivia Colman as much as the next British person with any sense, but I will be sad to lose Foy's titan performance. That…

Review: The Crown, Season 2 – Episode 9 ‘Paterfamilias’

The Crown waited until its penultimate episode for the series gut-punch, as 'Paterfamilias' explored the relationship between Philip and his son, and the traumatic childhood that he left behind. I do occasionally complain that this series focuses too much on Philip, who is portrayed in The Crown as pretty unbearable at times. Episode nine justified that focus though, with heart-wrenching scenes and phenomenal acting. That's part of the reason for this slight delay in episode reviews - after all, an…