This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 2nd July 2017

July 2, 2017

It’s been a quieter week when it comes to news about period dramas but there’s still some goodness to recap, from Outlander’s TV channel debut to the announcement of a brand new ITV drama. Step this way and get caught up…

New adaptation of Thackeray’s Vanity Fair in the works

British broadcaster ITV have announced their plans for a seven part adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s classic Victorian novel Vanity Fair. Most recently turned into a 2004 Hollywood film starring Reese Witherspoon, this new production will see Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, The Limehouse Golem) take on the lead role of Becky Sharp.

Poldark producers Mammoth Screens will be leading the creation of this drama, whilst Miss Austen Regrets writer Gwyneth Hughes will be bringing her exceptional experience to the screenplay. The estimated release date will be sometime next year, with filming commencing from September 2017.

Outlander breaks out of the streaming services

There was much furore in the press as Outlander made the step from subscription services to British television. The first episode of season one aired on More4 on Thursday, and will continue weekly. For those new to Outlander, it’s based on a popular historical fiction series by Diana Gabaldon which follows a woman transported into the Scottish Highlands of the 1700s.

Although it’s been shown on American television channels, this is an exciting step for British audiences, not least because they won’t have to take out an Amazon Prime subscription. Part of the delay is due to broadcasters being reluctant to air the episodes in full without cutting some of the series’ adult content. Producers refused to change the structure in any way, leaving Channel 4 offshoot More 4 to take the risk.

British treasure Emma Thompson talks about Alone In Berlin

Everyone’s favourite period drama actress Emma Thompson (don’t argue with me) has discussed her most recently historical drama, Alone In Berlin, in a great interview with The Independent. The film brings to life a German couple during the Second World War, played by Thompson and Brendan Gleeson, and their secret work supporting the resistance against the Nazis.

The biographical details in this profile won’t be new to fans of Thompson, but there’s an interesting discussion with the actress about her post-war childhood and efforts in recent campaigning. It’s definitely worth a quick read.

A Poldark Series 3 Spoiler?!

Nothing is confirmed, but Poldark writer Debbie Horsfield had some choice quotes at a recent press conference regarding the future of certain characters. Want to risk it? The full article can be found here.

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 Ursula are particular favourites - and is usually found with an Earl Grey tea in hand.

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