August 27, 2017

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This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 27th August 2017

It's been a week of change-ups in the world of period dramas, from unbelievable transformations to significant re-casting. There's also plenty to look forward to, with some insight into exciting TV arriving very soon. Lets get started... First pictures appear of Margot Robbie as Elizabeth II Last week we shared the first picture of Saoirse Ronan in the titular role of new film Mary Queen of Scots and this week unofficial pictures of Margot Robbie have emerged from the set.…

Review: Victoria – Season 1

There's being late to the party and then there's panic watching eight hours of a series to be prepared for the sophomore season starting tonight. So first, apologies for not taking Victoria seriously when everyone was saying how great it was. I have only myself and Poldark to blame, since the Cornish BBC drama aired around the same time and made me choose every Sunday. Oh, and I'll blame the production company Masterpiece too - they made both excellent television…

This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 20th August 2017

News comes in waves, and since last week felt like a tsunami of big news, this week has been much quieter! Still, we've got a few exciting first looks at upcoming period dramas, and a couple of long reads that fans of the genre will enjoy. Grab a cup of tea and lets get started... Saoirse Ronan is Mary, Queen of Scots in first photo This week we got the first look at an exciting upcoming movie Mary Queen of…

5 Reasons Why You Should Watch (or Rewatch) BBC’s 2016 War and Peace

Between January and February 2016, the BBC aired a new adaptation of Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy's epic tome, War & Peace. Split into six episodes of around an hour, it was scripted by period drama veteran Andrew Davies (of 1995 Pride and Prejudice miniseries fame) and picked up 25% of the TV audience share in its first hour. Television critics raved about it, but it received a more mixed reaction among Tolstoy experts and social media users. Much was made…

This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 13th August 2017

It's been a crazy week with no less than two huge bombshells in the world of period dramas, along with the usual updates and articles. There's loads to look forward to - give the stories below a read and get caught up... Season 2 of The Crown gets its first trailer This was the sort of news that couldn't wait! Netflix released the first trailer for season 2 of The Crown and it is 90 seconds of pure thrilling drama.…

The Battle of Style vs. Substance in Period Dramas and Film

A few weeks ago, I was discussing a new studio film with a colleague when I was reminded of a particular debate among film lovers. He hadn't really enjoyed the film, which I had loved, and declared it as being 'too much style over substance'. I agreed, but was quietly fascinated by the fact that its showy flourishes had instilled adoration in me, but had repelled my colleague. Is there value in giving a film a free pass, even if…

This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 6th August 2017

As with most entertainment in August, news has been fairly quiet this week. That's why I hope you'll forgive me for missing a week - the Lost In Drama offices had a change of location that didn't leave much time for writing! However, we've still got a few good stories for you this week, so grab a cup of tea and get stuck in... First trailer released for convent-set period drama Novitiate Set in 1964, Novitiate is a new film…

The Addictive Agony of Watching Poldark

Edgar Allan Poe, eternal literary legend and one of my favourite ultimate goths, wrote this in a letter during the last year of his life: 'I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge.' He was talking about alcohol in that letter, and the sentiment is tough and painful, but I was reminded of it in a far more frivolous tone whilst watching Poldark this week. The BBC drama has, in blunt terms, been…