This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 28th May 2017

May 28, 2017

With the last week of Cannes and a host of BBC announcements, this week has been a busy one. We’ve collected the best news from all the events, including two exciting new trailers and a great interview with everyone’s favourite romantic lead, Aidan Turner.

First Trailer Released For Victoria Season Two

It’s less than a minute long, but the first trailer for Victoria‘s second series is super dramatic. Heralding the next generation of royalty, it shows Queen Victoria and Prince Albert at an emotional christening for her first child. The trailer was specially released by American network PBS to mark the anniversary of the monarch’s birthday.

The second series has been written again by creator Daisy Goodwin and will air in the autumn months. It picks up the action six weeks after the conclusion of series one, and will look at Queen Victoria’s life as she deals with another new role as a mother. Check out the teaser trailer below –

BBC America To Produce New Miniseries Fever with Elizabeth Moss

In a press release last Tuesday, BBC America revealed that they’re partnering up with star actress Elizabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale, Mad Men), to create an adaptation of Mary Beth Keane’s novel Fever. The story is set in early 20th century New York, where a woman known as ‘Typhoid Mary’ became the first healthy carrier and unwitting infectant of the disease in the city.

It was Moss who first acquired the rights to the 2013 book, and she’s recruited director Phil Morrison (Junebug) to work on the project. It’s certainly set to be a dramatic story of isolation, guilt and fear, and with Moss’ excellent portfolio of work so far, the book looks to be in safe hands for the move onscreen.

The Black Prince Trailer Unveiled At Cannes and Online

The Black Prince is an exciting new feature film, focused on the life story of the last King of Punjab and his relationship with Queen Victoria during Britain’s occupation of India. A gala screening was held at Cannes Film Festival for the unveiling of the first trailer of this sumptuous period drama, and it looks packed with big names and rising stars.

The film stars singer Satinder Sartaaj in his first big screen role as the prince, alongside period drama veterans Amanda Root (Their Finest, Daniel Deronda) and Jason Flemyng (Jamestown, Great Expectations). Take a look at the trailer below –

Aidan Turner Talks About His Poldark Accent and Shirtless Scenes

We’ve found a fun interview to finish this week’s top news, with Aidan Turner’s conversation with RTE Entertainment.  In it, he discusses his work on Poldark, including past seasons and the upcoming episodes in June.

Turner also mentions his certain cringes at his Poldark English accent, which has occasionally slipped back into a natural Irish twang, and the future of the now-iconic shirtless scenes. It’s a bit of fun, so make sure and give it a quick read before the series comes back next month.

Check in with us next Sunday for our next news roundup.

More about Jen Scouler

Jen Scouler is a digital copywriter, film critic and the founder of Lost In Drama. With degrees in both English Literature and Digital Journalism, she has experience of writing for popular print and online publications. Jen is also devoted to her metaphorical novelist aunties - Aunt Jane, Charlotte and Jo are particular favourites - and is usually found with an Earl Grey tea in hand.

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