This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 3rd September 2017

September 3, 2017

It’s all about the small screen this week with the release of new sneak peaks, exclusive videos and official pictures for upcoming tv shows. Get ready for the next season of period dramas and get stuck into our weekly update…

First official picture released of Kit Harington in Gunpowder

A first look at new BBC drama Gunpowder has been released, showing star Kit Harington in full costume (see above!). Harington, of Game of Thrones fame, will star as Robert Catesby, the mastermind of the famous 17th century conspiracy to blow up the House of Lords. That event is now celebrated as Guy Fawkes Day every 5th November in the UK.

The drama is due to be aired this autumn and features an all-star cast, including Liv Tyler, Peter Mullan and Mark Gatiss.

Star Luke Evans shares a new trailer for The Alienist

Set to air next year on Netflix, a new trailer has been released for upcoming period drama The Alienist. Lead actor Luke Evans shared the trailer on his Twitter feed on Tuesday, giving us a further look at this series that promises thrilling mysteries and a well-known cast.

Daniel Bruhl and Dakota Fanning also star, whilst True Detective director Cary Fukanaga is steering the creative direction of the show.

Sky Atlantic drama Britannia unveils first sneak peek

Now, first of all, a disclaimer. According to the rules of this site, new Sky Atlantic drama Britannia might not actually be eligible for coverage. We tend to exclude any period films or television shows with overt emphasis on fantasy. For example, Outlander is fine because the fantastical time travel is merely a plot device, but if we’re getting into the realm of dragons and magic, that’s where the period setting isn’t really realistic enough to qualify.

However, with the first trailer released for Britannia, I’m still none the wiser as to exactly what this drama promises. Due to be released in 2018, it’s set in 43AD as the Roman army return to crush the Celts of early Britain. It also stars Kelly Reilly, David Morrisey and Mackenzie Crook (under a lot of prosthetics). Whether it’s designed to be set in the real 43AD or an alternative one where sorcery abounds is still unclear, but for now, check out the trailer and see what you think!

ITV’s Victoria gets a fact-check by Digital Spy

It’s easy to watch historical biopics and wonder where creative license has overtaken fact. Thankfully for fans of Victoria, Digital Spy have trailed through the diaries of Queen Victoria herself to fact-check some of the key points in the drama. It’s a fun read and certainly surprising at times – writer and creator Daisy Goodwin has clearly done her research very thoroughly!

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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