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

June 11, 2017

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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 three-season show, following an interview with writer Steven Knight. Created by and starring Tom Hardy, the BBC drama created quite a stir for its graphic scenes and murky Victorian setting.

Knight, who also writes period drama Peaky Blinders, explains in the interview that they’ve got a plan for a three act structure, separated by each series. With the second series in production, fans of the show can a clear development towards a dramatic conclusion.

Rachel Weisz Talks New Film My Cousin Rachel

It’s always worth tuning into Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review on a Friday afternoon and one of the strengths of the radio show is the mid-episode interview with an actor, director or writer behind the latest film. This week, Simon Mayo brought his easy interviewing style to a chat with Rachel Weisz, star of big screen period drama My Cousin Rachel.

The interview includes interesting analysis by Weisz into the intentions of the lead heroine, as well as some insight into the production. If you enjoyed the film, or are looking forward to seeing it soon, this is well worth a listen.

Call The Midwife‘s Heidi Thomas Chronicles The Drama’s Journey

Call The Midwife has been running for six years, conquering initial doubts about finding an audience by picking up a dedicated following and most recently, winning ‘Best Period Drama’ at the 2017 National Television Awards. In this great interview with online New Zealand news outlet Stuff, creator Heidi Thomas reflects on the show’s dramatic highs and lows

Thomas also gives insight in their dramatic filming locations of series 6, as well as the many different ways in which the Call The Midwife can be enjoyed, from a historical document to escapist fun. It’s an in-depth treat for fans of the show.

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

More about Jen Scouler

Jen Scouler is a magazine journalist, 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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