Lost In Drama is One Year Old Today!

Exactly a year ago today, Lost In Drama went live on the internet, created to focus on period dramas and classic novel adaptations. It's been a labour of love done in the spare hours, and in one year has had 107 posts and 63,379 words (that's roughly a 250-word novel!). It's been lovely to write about this genre and to interact with fellow fans! There's plenty planned for the next year as I hope to branch out further in the…

This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 5th November 2017

News was a bit thin on the ground this week so it's just a quick update! It's good though - the following news reminds us of how much we can expect to look forward to, with two flagship shows arriving in just a couple weeks. Let's get started... Peaky Blinders season 4 finally gets a release date The BBC have been keeping the Peaky Blinders air date under wraps for quite a while, but they've finally confirmed that the first…

Review: Gunpowder (Episodes 1-3)

Perfectly timed to conclude just before Guy Fawkes' day, BBC's latest historical drama Gunpowder took us behind the scenes of the infamous 1605 plot. A brainchild of Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington, it tells the story of Robert Catesby (a distant ancestor of Harington's) and the reasons behind his decision to attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament. The final direction of the plot won't be a surprise to anyone, but the BBC have attempted to counterbalance this…

This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 29th October 2017

Happy Sunday! It's been a very busy week in terms of news, almost to the point that I was desperate to make this post earlier, but no, it's a Sunday schedule for a reason. As well as three massive trailers, there are also a few smaller bits of news, including one about everyone's favourite royal drama... Olivia Colman to replace Claire Foy in The Crown season 3 In delightful news, British actress Olivia Colman will be taking on the role…

This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 22nd October 2017

The nights may be getting earlier and earlier these days (seriously, when did that happen?!) but luckily there's still plenty to keep us period drama fans entertained while we're hiding from the cold. Victoria finished in fine style last Sunday for UK viewers but for those with access to on-demand, Outlander has got a really exciting episode this week. Even better, we're leaving film festival season and approaching awards season, which means more big budget period dramas will be arriving…

Review: Jackie

This review, chosen in a spur of the moment decision, comes out at a rather significant time, with the final John F. Kennedy files due to be released into the public domain this week. Pablo Larrain's Jackie portrays the pivotal moment of the 1963 assassination with unflinching, vivid accuracy but its real strength comes from its careful portrayal of the powerful, traumatised woman who was by the president's side - Jackie Kennedy. Jackie takes a languorous approach to a traditional…

This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 15th October 2017

News relating to period dramas has been thin on the ground this week. This is rather unsurprising, since a much larger story about the entertainment industry has taken up much of the media's attention - and for a very good reason. I won't go into it too much here, but the allegations against Harvey Weinstein are awful and representative of a systemic rot, where powerful men feel like they can freely abuse and buy their victims' silence. This was going on…

Review: Goodbye Christopher Robin

Director Simon Curtis has carved his niche in the film industry by specialising in historical dramas and biopics, starting with the lovely My Week with Marilyn and recently The Woman in Gold. This time he's turned his focus onto A.A. Milne, the writer best known as the creator of Winnie the Pooh, in Goodbye Christopher Robin.  The final product is a busy reflection on the grasping nature of celebrity and trauma, and despite some powerhouse performances, is hindered by a…

This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 8th October 2017

It's been a crazy week in the film industry but quieter in the smaller world of period dramas. For now, the BBC is largely dominating news announcements, with several upcoming shows to look forward to. In the meantime, I'm just enjoying having so much to watch, and feeling guilty about not watching enough! Whoever has already seen Goodbye, Christopher Robin or has watched the first episode of The Last Post, you're doing better than I am. Let me know in…

Outlander – the show pushing the limits

Prior warning: this has show spoilers and will allude to significant scenes. Avoid this post if you've not seen Outlander yet, please! When I started watching Outlander, I'll admit to being a bit of a snob. I'd always passed it off as a sweeping romance - the type I used to pick up abandoned in hostels when I went travelling. I thought it would be a lot of romance, corsets, and sweeping landscapes with little else. Many people I've spoken…