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

June 4, 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 last year and both suffered for it, so this definitely seems like a sensible approach.

The fallout from Elizabeth’s pregnancy will lead the third series, whilst we’ve got a few new faces in the form of Demelza’s unruly brothers. Catch up on a sneak peak ahead with our trailer news post.

Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express Gets Its First Trailer

Kenneth Branagh takes both the director’s seat and the leading role in the latest big screen Agatha Christie adaptation – Murder on the Orient Express. The film will be released on 3 November 2017.

The trailer is full of big names, from Judi Dench to Willem Dafoe and Star Wars‘ Daisy Ridley. There’s lots of other visual treats too – a Sherlock-esque shot through the train detailing the various suspects and Branagh’s epic moustache. Watch it below –

A Look Into Shonda Rhimes’ Still Star-Crossed

Television superpower Shonda Rhimes, known best for being the showrunner of hit shows Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, has turned her talents to creating a Shakespeare spin-off, titled Still Star-Crossed. It follows on from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, following Juliet’s cousin Rosaline as she copes with the political and familial fallout after the young couple’s tragic deaths. There’s been some cynicism online but check out the trailer for yourself – it looks pretty great.

Whilst no UK release date has been announced yet, Marie Claire has published a really interesting article on the show, as well as the issues of screen diversity and historical accuracy. I’d thorough recommend period drama fans give it a read, not least because of the insight it lends to the genre.

Judi Dench Is A Queen Again In Victoria & Abdul Trailer

Judi Dench played Queen Victoria memorably in 1997’s Mrs Brown, co-starring with Billy Connolly in a mostly-true story about the widowed queen’s unconventional relationship with her Scottish servant. She’s taken up a portrayal of the Queen again in Victoria & Abdul, a film that looks at the last few years of her reign, where she struck up another unusual friendship with her Indian attendant, Abdul Karim.

The film will be released 22 September 2017 and is directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen, Philomena). The trailer shows high drama, rich costuming and settings, and a comfortable light humour. September can’t come soon enough. Check it out below –

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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