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This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 25th June 2017

This week we've got some casting news, a big film trailer, confirmation of a much-anticipated movie and a cheeky announcement by a brand! Ready? Let's get started in the latest period drama news - The Downton Abbey Movie Has Been Confirmed Devoted fans were devastated when the hit series finally ended, but there's some good news - the Downton Abbey movie has been confirmed by Associated Press, with an estimated production start date of 2018. President of NBC Universal, Michael…

Edinburgh Film Festival Review: The King’s Choice (Kongens nei)

Welcome to the first review in our coverage from Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017! We've picked out the best historical biopics and period dramas from the schedule, so look out for more reviews in the next week. Wherever your education, chances are that your history lessons on large world events stayed largely rooted in the actions of your own country. We witness past wars from the side of whoever our ancestors fought for, and understand our own pocket of history…

Review: Churchill

Films have a tendency to turn in a trend to a particular point in history in a kind of reaction to modern society and politics. This year, there's been an increase in films set during World War II, such as Dunkirk, Alone in Berlin and The Zookeeper's Wife. For British film and television in particular, this has lead to a focus on prime minister Winston Churchill, renowned as the symbol of British resistance during the war. Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky…

This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 18th June 2017

Business returns to usual this week with a flurry of exciting updates and trailers. From an beautiful and uplifting trailer without any disastrous events (so rare!), to everyone's favourite northerner taking on the role of an Italian aristocrat, read on for the latest news in the world of period dramas. Trailer Released for Goodbye Christopher Robin It's very common these days to see trailers that ramp up the misery until by the end of two minutes and thirty seconds, you…

Review: Poldark – Episode 1, Series 3

When it comes to upping the stakes, series 3 of Poldark has a genuine challenge on its hand. After a second series that divided fans and caused plenty of controversy, the next step is dealing with a whole load of fallout. Fortunately, episode 1 set the series with a fun and dramatic beginning, maintaining the central story arcs that have held so far whilst introducing us to a few vibrant new characters. The episode begins with some seriously impressive stuntwork,…

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This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 11th June 2017

It's been a quieter week of news about period dramas but we've collected the best of this week's interviews with industry insiders. From a revelation about the future of Taboo, to an incisive reflection of Daphne Du Maurier adaptation My Cousin Rachel by its star, settle down for a deep dive into the latest discussions about the genre. Writer Stephen Wright Confirms That Taboo Will Last Three Seasons Huffington Post UK exclusively broke the story that Taboo will be a…

Review: My Cousin Rachel

A crucial scene of My Cousin Rachel takes place between our youthful male protagonist and his concerned godfather, as the elder warns of this new mysterious woman who has entered their lives. Not only is her past murky to everyone, but there have been rumours of a 'limitless appetite'. In another scene, an old acquaintance of the woman speaks leerily of her 'great passion'. In this classic adaptation, the eponymous widow takes audiences through twists and turns, but what this…

This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 4th June 2017

From upcoming big screen treats to Shakespeare spin-offs, we've got this week's best selection of news all about period dramas. First up, very exciting news for our Sunday nights... Poldark Series 3 Gets Release Date of 11 June 2017 That's right, our favourite Cornish drama is being released on 11 June, just a week from today. It's been deliberately pushed forward from its usual autumn screen time to avoid any clashes with ITV's Victoria. The ratings battle got pretty intense…

Review: Cable Girls – Episodes 4 & 5

Don't forget to catch up on our review of episodes 2 and 3! In episodes 4 and 5 of Cable Girls (aka Las Chicas Del Cable), the stakes became a lot more real for our four leading women. The feminist message behind the show is coming face-to-face with real situations, as Alba and her friends must figure out what they're going to do with the cards they've been dealt. As ever, spoilers ahead... Cable Girls is still a beautiful show,…

The Period Drama Guide – How To Deal With A Break Up

We're taking on a rather different and sombre topic today compared to the usual posts, using our favourite type of fiction to help with a very particular life event - a break up. The end of a relationship is always a tough experience and those first few weeks recovering can feel like drifting on an endless ocean. Platitudes are offered, hugs occasionally given, but sometimes it takes a little bit of personal research to know that things will get better. Enter…