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

August 27, 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. Australian actress Robbie is known for her often glamorous roles in Hollywood, but this transformation into her role as Elizabeth I shows formidable prosthetic work that makes her almost unrecognisable.

Unlike Cate Blanchett’s serene Elizabeth from the 1998 film of the same name, this Elizabeth looks far more accurate to historical sources. The queen was known for using unknowingly harsh methods for maintaining her beauty, often with destructive results that led to a receding hairline and marked skin. This certainly seems to have translated for this new screen interpretation.

Vita & Virginia replaces Eva Green with Elizabeth Debicki

Star of The Night Manager Elizabeth Debicki will be taking on the role of writer Virginia Woolf in upcoming movie Vita & Virginia. Starring along Gemma Arterton as Vita Sackville-West, she replaces Eva Green, who left the project due to scheduling conflicts.

Vita & Virginia will look at the love affair between Woolf and Sackville-West during 1920s London. It will be directed by Chanya Button (Burn, Burn, Burn) and will begin principle photography in Ireland in September. The film itself has already been picked up by distributors in the UK, as well as multiple countries such as Germany and Australia, so it’s expected to have a successful cinematic release.

New Channel 4 1940s-set thriller confirmed

Channel 4 have announced that they’re in the process of creating a new period drama, titled Jerusalem. Set in 1945, just after the end of the Second World War, it follow young woman Feef Symonds as she starts work in the Civil Service. As political turmoil swirls around her, she agrees to spy on the new Labour government for the Americans to aid their own hidden agenda.

The screenplay for Jerusalem has been written by Bash Doran, who has a history of writing period drama with her work on episodes of Boardwalk Empire and Master of Sex. There hasn’t been any casting as of yet and the release date is very much unknown, but Channel 4 have been keen to publicise that this new series will have reflections on the current state of world politics.

Stars of Victoria talk about what to expect in season two

In advance of tonight’s season two premiere, the Radio Times has published a great article featuring interviews with stars of ITV’s Victoria, Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes. Although it’s not very long, there’s some interesting insight as to what to expect in the next set of eight episodes, as well as excellent historical details that have clearly inspired creator Daisy Goodwin and her cast. Definitely worth a read before Victoria airs on ITV at 9pm tonight.

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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