This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 16th July 2017

July 16, 2017

There’s been a lack of posts on Lost In Drama this week, so apologies! An upcoming home move and a lot of travelling hasn’t left the usual time for binge watching and writing. There was plenty of news however, so lets get caught up on what the last week has brought us for period dramas.

Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour gets its first trailer

Another interpretation of Winston Churchill is coming to UK screens in the form of Darkest Hour, directed by the always-elegant Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice) and starring Gary Oldman as the wartime prime minister. Whilst The Crown showed Churchill in his post-war years and the recent film Churchill showed him just before the D-Day landings, this film takes us back further to the beginning of the Second World War.

Gary Oldman is completely unrecognisable in this role, with his face covered with incredible prosthetics. His performance is definitely a marked change from Brian Cox and John Lithgow before him, adopting a different manner of voice and delivery. However, early talks by industry insiders say that this is a performance that may be Oscar-worthy. Also starring alongside him is Kristin Scott-Thomas as Clementine Churchill and Ben Mendelsohn as King George VI.

The Crown rules over 13 Emmy nominations

The Emmy nominations were announced this week and Netflix’s big-budget gamble appears to have paid off, with their decadent period drama The Crown getting 13 nominations. As well as a nod for Outstanding Drama Series, it received nods for cinematography, costuming, directing, hairstyling and music composition. Lead actress Claire Foy received an individual nomination for her role as Queen Elizabeth II and John Lithgow got one for supporting actor in recognition of his performance as Winston Churchill.

There were also some specific production design nominations for the episode Smoke & Mirrors, which fans will recognise as the episode focused around Queen Elizabeth’s upcoming coronation. The Crown’s confident visionary style also lead to a nod for visual effects. The one disappointment from this writer is that Jared Harris didn’t get recognition for his brief but incredible performance as King George VI. Still, 13 nominations is still pretty great!

New photos released for Outlander‘s ‘heartbreaking’ third season

Spoilers ahead for Outlander fans so only check out this Vanity Fair article if you’re completely caught up with the show (I sacrificed my spoiler innocence to bring you this!). The photos from season three have been released and give fans a small snapshot of what to expect when the September 10 premiere drops.

Seamus the Poldark star (and his supporting cast)

The third season is based on the Voyager novel of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. Beloved stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan are back in their roles as Claire and Jamie, although this season they find themselves in markedly different circumstances…

An interview with the Yorkshire family who provide the noble steeds for period dramas

A fun interview was published in the Yorkshire Post this week with the family behind Atkinson Action Horses, who provide the horses and stunt riders for a number of well-known British period dramas, including Victoria, Peaky Blinders and Poldark. They’re also the home for Ross Poldark’s now-famous black cob Seamus, who has amassed quite a fan following.

It’s a really in-depth treat of an article – particularly for horse-lovers – that talks about the Atkinsons’ day-to-day responsibilities, which includes everything from saddle design to teaching actors to ride. A lot of attention to detail goes into everything they do, such as teaching actors to ride in a specific style to match the drama that they’re starring in. It’s perfect for a quick Sunday read with a cup of tea, so check this article out.

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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